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Josiet
Can this cabinet be saved? laminent separating
Josiet

I purchased a home with what appears to be laminant cabinets. I suppose these are not so great compared to wood. But it doesn't look so bad overall. There is one cabinet though that seem to be separating. I'm trying to figure out if some how the cork can be pushed back in or perhaps I could saw the hanging part off. I posted some pictures. A cabinet overhaul will cost a lot I assume. So if I could somehow fix this issue, it would like nicer.

https://housetudor.shutterfly.com/pictures/19

A. Spruce
Re: Can this cabinet be saved? laminent separating
A. Spruce

Your pic doesn't work for me, not an uncommon problem with the security settings I run.

Be that as it may, laminates are usually little more than veneered MDF/HDF material, basically, think a compressed sponge with an image glued to it. What happens when sponges get wet, they expand, and once expanded, there is no going back. So, can you repair your laminate cabinets, probably not.

dj1
Re: Can this cabinet be saved? laminent separating
dj1

Old laminate cabinets, that have run the course, are not worth saving.

I used to repair old cabinets in old rental houses, and repair them and repair them - doors, panels, bottoms, front, back, sideways... and finally replaced them. With new cabinets, I started getting better rents, houses had much nicer appeal and stayed vacant shorter time. Win win.

This is a new house for you, don't you want to make it YOUR home? The kitchen is the best place to start.

Tight budget? nice new laminate cabinets are inexpensive. Unfinished cabinets are even less, but you have to finish them (stain), and when handles with care (no spills and with clean fingers) will last a fair amount of time.

Lynne
Re: Can this cabinet be saved? laminent separating
Lynne

Can you buy laminate replacement doors? I know they sell wood ones.

MichaelInOr
Re: Can this cabinet be saved? laminent separating
MichaelInOr

If it is just the corner of the cabinet that is messed up you could try repointing the corner with Bondo auto body filler. Sand smooth. Paint. If the side is delaminating up into the panel a fair way then replacing is probably the best option.

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