Hey folks, how would you deal with this?
My youngest leaned on the cabinet door and ripped the hinge out of the Particle board side. This happened ~5 years ago also and I fixed it that time by moving the hinge down 2-3" in height.
(So the top two holes are from back then. The lower HUGE chunk is from yesterday. That half-moon shaped piece in front of the hole is also broken and pulled out about 10-20 degrees, which isn't that visible in the photo.)
So I don't think moving the hinge again is really an option.
Ripping out and replacing the whole cabinet is just not in the cards right now -- too many other things on the go. The whole kitchen is not the greatest, but I don't have the funds to replace it right now, and really I want to wait until the kids are older anyways -- kids are hard on kitchen cabinets!
So far I'm thinking about cutting out a rectangular chunk and fitting in a piece of plywood to patch it. I might then use a much larger 1/8 or 1/4" piece on the outside of the cabinet (between the cabinet and the fridge, so well hidden) to secure the patch in place.
Here's a closeup, showing the part I'd cut out:
Got a better suggestion? Something simpler and quicker? Or slower and better?
Longer term I'm thinking about taking the doors off and replacing them with two deep drawers. Might breath some more life into this cabinet for the next 5 or so years before we decide on replacing everything.