The morning of my daughter's 6th-grade graduation party I started to get nervous about a missing cabinet door. Specifically, one of the doors for the undersink cabinet. Why were we missing one in a brand new kitchen? It broke. Why? I have no idea. One day I left for work and had two cabinet doors... and when I got home... I had one. How did it break? Well... the screw holding the hinge to the frame snapped in half. Or... It popped out and then snapped in half when Karl tried to screw it back in. I'm not really sure how it really went down. All I know for sure is that I had a half of a screw in the spot where a whole screw needed to be in order for my door to go back on.
My first idea was to just move the hinge a little lower down the door. The likelihood of anyone noticing was slim to none. Except.... I have the European hidden hinge style... that look like this:
And are completely hidden from the outside:
In order to move the hinge, I'd need to be able to drill a new hinge cup hole. That would require a Forstner Hinge Cup Bit like this one (but bigger) at a price range of $24-50:
THEN... I would need this "Jig It" kit because I don't have a drill press for another 40 some-odd dollars.
All I know is that that circle thing that looks like a steering wheel goes around the shaft of the drill bit and then just sits on the cabinet door to ensure that you are drilling straight. Not sure how that works either... I would probably manage to mess it up somehow!
If I could find someone with a drill press (and buying a drill press was out of the question too... a cheapie one would run me well over 100 beans), all I would need (besides the Forstner bit) would be a set up guide for another $8. Jeez Louise.... what sounded like a simple solution... "Well heck... I'll just move the hinge then!" was starting to become a very very expensive option.
On to Idea # 2... Removing the busted off piece of screw. This was starting to look like it would be the one that would win. Rockler sells a "screw extractor" for $14-17.
After you pull the busted screw out you repair the hole left behind with glue and a dowel. Even though my dad assured me this would work, I had my doubts. I would then have to screw into the dowel and while I know that the glue would hold the dowel in, I wasn't convinced that the dowel would hold the screw.
So... I just kind of ignored the missing door for awhile...
For a month or maybe two that missing door mocked me.
Until that one morning a few weeks ago when panic started to set in. My grandma was going to be coming over. I was frantically cleaning the kitchen and bathroom when a genius idea hit me like a ton of bricks. If I were to take the OTHER door off too... It would like like it was SUPPOSED to be that way. Add a tension rod and a short curtain and BAM! Design feature.
So I hit up the ole Wal-Mart and picked up a tension rod
and the ONLY set of curtains that would fit that didn't scream "I'M CHEAPO KITCHEN THEMED CURTAINS FROM WALMART!!!" Seriously... I was NOT about to ruin my super smart genius idea by putting rooster covered fabric in the cabinet door's place. Nor was I going to put up chubby Italian chef or coffee themed ones. Seriously Wal-Mart... not everyone decorates their abodes with super mathcy themes.... (ahem... full disclosure here... when I first moved out 8 years ago or so... I DID have a coffee themed kitchen. and I didn't drink coffee at the time. sue me...). So anyway... I found a sheer sagey green set. Which I wasn't too crazy about either because it looks like it would fit better in my mom's kitchen than mine (she even said it looked like something she would pick out for her place haha). But it works until I can either fix the cabinet doors or find a replacement curtain.
Don't you just love those random moments when you surprise yourself with how much of a genius you can be!? Should have had my IQ tested that day hahahaha
Note: the images of the Forstner bit, Jig It kit, and screw extractor were shamelessly lifted from Rockler's website. I'm not being compensated in ANY way for linking to their website. I just like them. :)