It’s difficult to know when it’s the right time to say goodbye to your kitchen cabinets. If I were a mobster, I’d say it’s important to know when the people around you support your cause or make life more complex. If you spend more time frustrated and feeling murderous of your cabinets, and you put a lot of effort toward trying to make things better then it might be time to put an end to your relationship.
Yes – I know it’s a little dramatic to suggest you should kill your cabinetry. We can outline a few key points Tony Soprano might consider when deciding if someone on his ‘team’ was ready to be put out to pasture, mafia style. Surely we can all learn a little something from an Italian in the kitchen.
Whaddya Made of?
Not all cabinets are made alike. Test the strength of your cabinets. Are they real wood? I’m far more inclined to keep an old-timer in the kitchen and on my crew if they’re made of strong mettle. Wood cabinetry that’s well built can survive many an era, unless the layout is limiting your lifestyle. Look to keep well-built, wood cabinetry.
Could a Little Rehab Help?
Get to know your cabinets and their faults. Some are more grievous than others. Is there water damage or peeling paint? A good cabinet through the years has benefited from a little rehab time. If your cabinets are in good structural shape, but have surface damage, consider keeping them on the team. They might just need repainting, resurfacing, and a hardware update. They’ll be grateful for the second chance and serve you well going forward.
Are They Being Used to Their Fullest Potential?
If you’re convinced your cabinets just ain’t cutting it on your crew, you could consider upcycling them into another part of your house, like into a desk or a work zone or into your garage. While you explore your options on replacing them, decide if they might be right for someone else. Groups like Habitat for Humanity, Diggers’ List, Craigslist, and Freecycle could be a kinder way to send your functional cabinets on to another team.
Past the Point of No Return – Where to Bury the Body?
Every mob boss has to know when it’s the right time to take out one of their own. If you absolutely cannot live with your warped, damaged, despicable cabinets, know how to dispose of them properly. If you can’t send them on to greener pastures, be kind and whack ‘em in a classy fashion. If you can’t reuse or upcycle, make sure you recycle all wood and plastic components that can be properly disposed of.
Are you thinking about putting a hit out on YOUR cabinets?