Here are a few ideas for a project that many weekend warriors can handle. These are relatively easy, not very expensive and, if done properly, can either raise the value of your house or make it more competitive in the marketplace. Or simply – make it look nicer for your enjoyment.
Replace, Repaint or Reface Your Kitchen Cabinets
The kitchen is always a good place to start when it comes to investing in your home. It’s the first place most buyers gravitate to, since for most people it’s the heart of the home.
Today’s buyers, in medium price level homes and upward, expect granite countertops or other solid surface materials. Now – replacing countertops is probably a job best left to a professional, but if your’s is a lower priced home, Formica-type countertop sets can be purchased at most home improvement stores, and are easily installed. If you prefer granite, prices have come way down in the past few years. Make a few calls, get a quote, you may be surprised. But first, take a good look at your cabinets. You don’t want to remove granite, replace the cabinets and then reinstall the granite.
Replacing the cabinets is a fairly complex job, but it’s something the advanced weekend warrior should be able to handle – with a little help.
Repainting can be done pretty easily. I’ve seen beginners spray paint with a rattle can, rent a sprayer or simply use a brush. If using a brush, there are special paints that will make it easier by having a self-leveling paint that will smooth out the brush strokes. Or try staining. With this method, put a base coat of paint on the cabinets. Try various shades of yellow, orange or brown, then use a gel stain for the final color. Apply the gel with a brush, varying the strokes to give the appearance of the grain.
Re-facing gives an entirely different look. With re-facing the installers cover the exposed bodies of the cabinets with a Formica-type product that you select. They supply new doors and drawer fronts that are an exact match. With a good re-facing job is very difficult to tell the difference from new high-end cabinets. They are also very durable. Home improvement centers also sell re-facing kits if you’re up to the challenge.