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    Default 1886 house with COLD kitchen!

    I am renting a house built in 1886, and the kitchen is FREEZING! The cupboards are on an exterior wall, and they are like little refrigerators (the lower cabinets in particular). Is there an easy DIY way to insulate them? I don't see any holes to plug, and no draft, it's just really really cold. The cupboards don't seem to have their own back, they are just built onto the wall, if that makes sense? I obviously can't make major changes to the house since it is a rental, but if there is anything minor I can do (ie. something that doesn't involve taking walls down to re-insulate them) that would help, I would love some suggestions!

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    Default Re: 1886 house with COLD kitchen!

    You might consider buying a sheet of ridgid foamboard insulation and cutting it to the exact dimensions of the back wall of the cabinet. Of course, you will be surrendering some depth of the cabinets. Foamboard comes in many thickneses from 3/4 inch upwards. Obviously, the thicker the foam, the better the insulation. The foamboard can also be painted with a matching color so as to be minimally noticeable when the door is open. A couple pieces of double faced tape should keep it from falling forward.

    If you have access to a table saw, foamboard cuts like butter, albeit little foam "sawdust" particles fly all over the place!

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    Default Re: 1886 house with COLD kitchen!

    the exact same answer i would have given

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    Default Re: 1886 house with COLD kitchen!

    Thank you, that sounds very do-able! I'll look for some foam board when I'm out buying weather stripping for my doors later.

    The high temperature here today is 1 degree (F)...old houses are charming, but they are much less charming in the winter!!

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    Default Re: 1886 house with COLD kitchen!

    oh, I should have asked, is it safe to have this kind of insulation near food/pots & pans, or do I need to cover it with something?

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    Default Re: 1886 house with COLD kitchen!

    it's perfectly safe to put near any food, opened or not, or kitchenware.

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