How can I upgrade my weird kitchen cabinets?

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These cabinets are driving me crazy! One side of the cabinet has an extension attached to it so you always have to open the right cabinet side first. Is there anything I can do to upgrade or DIY to make them normal? If I remove, there will just be a gap. Any suggestions would be helpful. THX

q weird kitchen cabinets

All cabinet doors have these extensions on the left side. Year built 1999.

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  • Lucy Marie Bernier Lucy Marie Bernier on Nov 24, 2018

    That is why the wood is there, b/c of the gap.

  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on Nov 24, 2018

    Remove the door and the extension and replace with either a full new door or one which has glass in it.

    • DiDi DiDi on Nov 24, 2018

      Thanks! Any photos for the door with glass in it?

  • Oliva Oliva on Nov 24, 2018

    This was actually a door style option, at one time...I suppose the thinking was that most people are right handed, but the logic escapes me.

    You'd need to replace the doors or go with open shelving, to get some peace of mind.

  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Nov 24, 2018

    cut off piece add smaller pieces to both sides,or replace the doors completely

  • William William on Nov 24, 2018

    Terrible design. Based on theory right hand door would be opened first. You can remove the extension strip. Close the doors and measure the gap. Then cut the strip one inch wider than the gap. Glue and nail it centered to the bottom and top of the cabinet.

  • Joy30150932 Joy30150932 on Nov 24, 2018

    Go to the Houzz.com site for ideas on what you can replace it with. The site covers all kinds of home planning situations.

  • Alice Alice on Nov 24, 2018

    take off the doors and get baskets.