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The Top 5 Kitchen Remodeling Must-Do Manuevers for New Homeowners

by Kelly Richardson

Let's take break from the ordinary do-it-yourself kitchen remodeling tips and focus on immediate needs. Most notably, this includes the major kitchen remodel projects that new homeowners should prioritize to turn this space from ordinary to extraordinary. Oh, and one more thing--the projects must be on the cheap and super-quick to complete.

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1. Paint the Kitchen

Nothing refreshes a kitchen like a fresh coat of paint. Popular colors continue to be oranges, reds, and calming greens. Use a high-quality primer to encourage a smooth, even coat. This should be the first project in your kitchen remodel simply because it'll displace the most appliances and furniture.

2. Four on the Flooring

The latest in laminate flooring offers the same look and feel as hardwood at about half the price. The best part? The locking mechanisms make installation a literal snap. Laminate flooring is sold by the square foot, so measuring your kitchen area before going to buy is a smart move.

3. Cabinetry and Accessories

We're not talking brand new cabinets here--unless money is no object. Custom cabinets can cost a pretty penny. But cabinet refacing is certainly an option. Refacing describes the process of placing new cabinet and drawer faces over the old. Top off with new hinges and pulls for a fresh look. This Old House recommends replacing plastic outlet plates and switch plates with stainless steel.

4. Backsplash Flashback

Adding backsplash to the walls behind your oven and cabinetry serves two critical kitchen remodeling functions. First, the aesthetic value increases because backsplash comes in such a wide array of colors and styles. Second, splashes and spills are kept under control. Particularly if you select tiled backsplash, stains wipe away quickly and easily. HGTV lists backsplash tiles that can be had for as little as $10 per square foot.

5. (Kitchen) Windows of Perception

No kitchen remodeling project would be complete without the addition of fashionable window treatments. These can be pre-fabricated or hand-made depending on your sewing skills and the amount of time you're looking to invest. Window treatments add a fuller look to your kitchen without being overbearing.

Believe it or not, these projects can be completed on a new homeowner (READ: lean) budget over the course of a few weekends. The kitchen might look like a construction zone in the process, but the results should be well worth the time and effort it takes.

About the Author

Kelly Richardson has obsessive compulsive lawn disorder and is afflicted with the need to share his knowledge with the world. Kelly writes lawn columns for a variety of home and garden magazines and e-zines.

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