5 DIY Money Saving Kitchen Improvement Tricks

5 DIY Money Saving Kitchen Improvement Tricks
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    There is always room for improvement, especially in the kitchen.

    What is more important is to figure out ways to keep these improvements on a budget.


By Alex Levin

Here are 5 cost friendly do-it-yourself tips and tricks for minor kitchen improvements.

1. Cabinet Noise Softener – Cork it: 

While plenty of newer appliances have slow closing mechanisms to prevent slamming of cabinets or drawers, there is a cheaper way to stop loud banging without installing new cabinetry. Using a butter knife, cut a piece of cork horizontally to create a thin disk-like shape. Stick the cork with an adhesive to the inside of the cabinet. Let dry and you’re done.  Say goodbye to loud slamming cabinets.

2. Walnut as Minor Scratch Fix

: Have a minor scratch on a wooden counter, table, or floor? Walnuts can be used to not only fill the crack, but hide them as well. Simply rub the shelled nut into a scratch. The walnut will fill the scratch and the oil should help to mask the flaw. Talk about a cheap fix!

3. Steadying a Table or a Chair:

Back to the wine cork on this one!  For a quick fix on an unsteady chair or table (or even to protect your wooden floors from scratches) simply cut a cork horizontally with a knife and place it under the faulty leg. It might take a few tries to get the right size, but before you know it—problem solved.

4. Dissolve a Kitchen Sink Clog:

If you have a clog in the sink, instead of running out to the store to buy expensive drain cleaner, use items you have around the house. All you need is baking soda, white vinegar, and hot water. Pour a ½ cup of baking soda, followed by a ½ cup of vinegar, down the drain and cover with a rag or sink-plug.  Wait 5 to 10 minutes and follow with boiling water. Your clog should be gone.

5. Shine Your Chrome Fixtures

: Adding shine to chrome fixtures can quickly create a glow in the kitchen area, making the sink area look cleaner and brighter. Chrome polish is often expensive and generally wears off rather fast with regular use, needing to be reapplied regularly. An easy way to solve this problem is by using baby oil as a substitute. A small amount can be used on all chrome and other appliances to give a speedy shine on a dime.

Got any more? Leave your budgeted DIY kitchen fixes below in the comments section!

Author Information

Alex Levin is a writer for Granite Transformations, professional kitchen and bath remodelers.

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