When you own a home, you may find that your weekends become consumed with house projects.  For many people, this is an enjoyable thing, and a nice break from the work week.  It may entail shopping for new window treatments, mowing the lawn, trimming the shrubs, updating the bathrooms, or accomplishing a DIY project somewhere in the house. If you have a fixer upper, you will probably be consumed with several bigger remodeling projects as well.

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The kitchen is one of the two main selling features of a home (in addition to the bathroom).  If you have a home, you will probably find yourself updating it or remodeling it at some point during the time you live there.  Here are some kitchen projects that every homeowner should be aware of.

  1. A New Kitchen Sink. The sink is the most used feature of a kitchen.  So why not have one that is not only efficient, but beautiful as well? Choose one that is the proper size for the space.  Do you like to have two separated areas in the sink?  Or one large space?  Is a garbage disposal a must have?  What type of faucet do you like?  When incorporating your styles, make sure you also make selections that most people would like in order to appeal to the masses for down the road when you are ready to sell.
  2. Reface Your Cabinets. If you don’t want to spend the money on getting all new cabinets, consider refacing them.  This can be done by sanding them down and repainting them a different color.  Having fresh paint and new hardware will do wonders for your kitchen.  Stick with a neutral color if you want to make other features in your kitchen pop, or select a bright color if you want the cabinetry to be the main feature.
  3. Put in a Backsplash. A kitchen backsplash is the perfect way to add a unique touch to the kitchen.  In order to not break the bank, consider using faux wall paneling instead of traditional tile or stone.  It isn’t porous and is made from polyurethane, so naturally it is impervious to moisture.  Faux stone, faux wood, or faux brick all make beautiful backsplashes for a kitchen.  They are easy to install and only require a few standard tools.
  4. Add Storage. Storage is absolutely essential in any well-functioning kitchen. You can either revamp your current storage by adding clear doors to showcase your china or organizing the space underneath your cabinets (toe-kick storage) or you can add to your current storage situation.  If possible and the budget allows, consider adding a pantry.