Genuinely quick kitchen fixes you can do yourself

Even if only a fraction of your kitchen cabinets are actual wood — perhaps just the doors (not the cabinet boxes) or drawer fronts, in part or in full — you may have noticed your kitchen reacting to the changing seasons. Maybe every summer, that one cabinet door starts sticking, or every winter, a gap appears between two doors.

Wood, as a natural product, expands and contracts as temperature and humidity change: This can translate to your cabinets changing by fractions of an inch as the weather fluctuates. What many kitchen users do not realize, though, is that many cabinets are designed to be adjusted through the year! To see if yours were, simply open a door. If there are multiple screws within the hinging hardware itself (beyond the required screws that attach the hinge to the door and the hinge to the cabinet box), try adjusting these additional screws by a full turn. Especially if your cabinets are good quality, many hinges are designed to adjust how a door sits against a cabinet box along three axes: up and down, left to right and in and out.

Regardless of quality, your cabinetry will probably sustain some degree of wear and tear over the years. A scratch here or a chip there — known as “memory marks” to those who accept, rather than resent, their existence — happen even in kitchens with careful cooks. This is such a fact of life, and cabinetry, that nearly every manufacturer offers a solution: the touch-up kit. This “kit” may take the form of a pen, marker, crayon or spray and can, ordered to exactly match the finish of your cabinets, if you happen to have that information available. If not, most hardware stores offer a popular range of colors to help you try to best match your finish. Watch in awe as years of scratches disappear before your eyes!

Touch-up kits are not the only magical tricks of the trade for making blemishes disappear. Fixing scuff marks and other smudges on your walls can feel like a hassle to touch up with paint — and even when you go to the effort of digging out the matching paint can from the bottom of the closet or back of the basement, it never blends in perfectly, unless the rest of your walls are freshly painted. Magic Erasers, however, are both convenient and effective at removing most wall scuffs — and far less effort. With a few quick swipes, your walls — and even grimy baseboards and windowsills — can be looking like new before you can even ask, “Where’s my paintbrush?”

Lastly, granite countertops are beautiful natural stones and typically low-maintenance, but they are not no maintenance. To best protect your stone from stains — especially on stones that are lighter in color, as they are more porous — you should seal your stone. This is typically done by the fabricator when the stone is installed in a kitchen but generally is not permanent:

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Home Improvement: 9 Quick Fixes

Have you been looking for some easy home renovation tips? If so, you are reading the right article. This article offers a number of quick fixes that you can make around your home. Read on.

Squeaky Hinges of Doors
You can fix the problematic door hinges by spraying a bit of WD-40. Alternatively, you can rub a bit of petroleum jelly on the hinges. If these methods don't work, you can elevate the pings of the hinges about halfway and then lubricate them with a small quantity of oil. This will fix the issue in a few seconds.

Squeaky Floor
If you want to fix the floor temporarily, you can sprinkle a little talcum powder on the area that makes noise and then sweep it into the floor cracks. Removing the traces of powder is a good idea if you are planning to refinish the floor down the road.

Peeling Wallpaper
You can use a sharp knife in order to smear some wallpaper paste onto a writing paper. Next, you can rub the paper underneath the section that you want to peel off. Now, you should push the wallpaper on the wall sliding the paper out and smoothing the bubbles using a cloth.

Worn Caning
With time, you can experience a bit of sagging, which is natural. If you want to fix the problem, all you have to do is wet the bottom of the caning with lukewarm water. Then you should let it dry overnight.

Dusty Chandelier
Let the fixture cool down. Put on a pair of gloves. You should dampen one glove with glass cleaner. Next, you should wipe each of the prisms with the damp glove and then the dry glove.

Stained Tub
Create a paste with equal amount of baking soda and cream of tartar. Now, you should drop a few drops of lemon juice in the paste and then mix the whole thing. Then you can use a soft cloth to rub the paste on the stains. After an hour or so, you should rinse with water.

Stuck Sliding Windows
If you have some sliding windows that are stuck, you can use a bit of silicone spray lubricant to grease the skids. All you have to do is spray the lubricant on a piece of rag and then use the rag to wipe the tracks. That's it.

Hard-to-Remove Decals
Again, you can use WD-40 on the decals and the areas around them. You should elevate the edges to get access to the underside of the decals. Once you are done, you should scrap away each of the decal using a credit card.

Slamming Door
If you want to soften the slamming doors, you can use some peel-and-stick weather stripping on the doorstop. Alternatively, you can use a rubber band around the knobs of the door on both sides. Leave the latch uncovered.

So, these are some tips to help you renovate your home and deal with the common problems. Hopefully, these tips will work for …

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