6 Simple Kitchen Facelifts You Can Complete in a Weekend
So you’re looking to remodel your home are you? Before you tackle the job, be prepared to spend some time researching projects. Most people either get too intimidated to start or get in over their heads. Here are 6 simple jobs you should be able to complete in a weekend.
Install A New Sink
Installing a new sink isn’t as difficult as it sounds. The biggest thing that will stop you up is the water line. Make sure you turn this off under the sink or you’ll have a huge mess on your hands. Once the water is off, disconnect the piping, use a razor to break the seal on the old sink (assuming it’s a drop-in), and replace the sink.
If you have a sink that’s underneath a countertop, things get a little trickier. You might need to remove the counter to access the sink. But, with a few friends, this shouldn’t be too much of a hassle.
Install A New Faucet
If installing a new sink seems like a little too much work, what about installing a new faucet? Faucets are usually held in place with a couple of screws, and the water line is attached to the bottom of the fixture.
These kitchen faucet reviews should help you figure out which design and brand is right for your home. Choose something that fits with the decor and the style of the house. Once you’ve got the style picked out, pop off the decorative cap found on most of the faucet brands out there.
Underneath should be a screw. Remove it, and the unit should come out. Some models have several screws and seals that you will have to remove first.
Refinish Your Cabinets
Refinishing your cabinets sounds like a big job, but it’s simple. It’s just labor-intensive. Call up a few friends and have them help you take everything out into the back yard on a sunny day. Sand all of your cabinet doors down, along with the cabinets, and then wash and dry them with a sponge and a towel. Stain or paint them, and then rehang them once everything is dry.
Most paints will be dry to the touch after 24-48 hours, so if you start on a Friday, or an early Saturday morning, you’ll be done by Sunday night.
Put In New Countertops
A countertop is another job that people are intimidated by, but which is actually pretty easy to install. Laminate countertops are the most common, and they’re durable and affordable. Most are $15 to $25 per square foot installed.
So, this one might be as easy as cutting a check. You can also install it yourself with the right power tools and some liquid nails.
A solid surface countertop is a little more expensive, but they’re durable and look amazing. These countertops are made from seemingly exotic materials like Gibralter and Earthstone, and you can get them in just about any color.
The price is steep though – about $40 to $60 installed.
Engineered stone is a newer countertop option that is typically a mix of 90 percent quartz and 10 percent resin. There’s also Silestone which mimics granite but is almost completely resistant to staining.
Engineered countertops are very durable, more durable than granite, and will cost you between $60 and $70 installed.
Natural stone is still a popular choice because of the way it looks. Granite is more resistant to heat and scratching than any other countertop, but it’s not always durable when it comes to impact shock. People usually buy it for its perceived durability and its heat and scratch resistance.
It’s also very beautiful. It costs between $40 and $60 installed, and is a little tricky to work with if you’ve never done countertops before.
Concrete is an alternative countertop material, and its popularity has taken off due to the way it can be formed and molded. It can be made to look like practically anything, and it goes with a wide range of interior decors.
It will set you back between $50 and $80 installed, though.
Refinish Your Appliances
Refinishing appliances can be as easy as putting a veneer over them. Most appliances today can be retrofitted with a stainless steel, wood, or some other veneer to make them look more attractive. Installing them should only take you a day or so and it can dramatically change the way your home feels.
Refinish Your Floors
Refinishing floors can be a big job, but it doesn’t have to be. You’ll be putting in a lot of elbow grease, so be prepared for a hard weekend.
You’ll have to sand down your floors, clean them, and stain them. This is a job where the more people you have helping you, the faster the job will get done.
Richard Singleton is an experienced home renovator and painter. Whenever he has some free time, he likes to share his experiences with others. His articles can be found mainly on DIY, home improvement and homeowner websites and blogs.