Tired of all those to-do lists and home improvement projects piling up year after year? Check out these must-try projects to get your home guest-ready just in time for the holidays.
Project 1: Update a Contractor-Grade Kitchen
The kitchen of this new construction home was reinvented as a high-design masterpiece featuring gray cabinetry, brass hardware and a custom-built island.
Before: Like most new-construction homes built in 2001, the kitchen of this two-story house was designed using contractor-grade materials — including blonde oak veneer cabinets, engineered composite countertops and a ready-made island too small to function properly.
After: Conscientious of the client’s return on investment (ROI), this kitchen got an upgrade with cost-saving and custom options. The composite countertops were replaced with a Carrera marble remnant found in a slab yard. The biggest splurge was the storage-packed kitchen island, which is made of welded steel and silvered alder wood, topped with a concrete work surface.
The contractor-grade cabinets of this Atlanta kitchen were given a high-end update with a sprayed finish and satin brass hardware. While new cabinets would have cost an estimated $12,000, the existing contractor-grade cabinets were refreshed with high-gloss latex paint for only $1,200.
Project 3: Install a Brand-New Backsplash
To add classic pattern and timeless color to this kitchen, 12-by-12-inch sheets of mosaic marble tile featuring a black-and-white basket-weave pattern were installed on the walls creating a beautiful and easy to clean backsplash.
Project 4: Pack Storage and Style Into a Kitchen
In addition to providing extra storage, serving buffets offer designated space to spread out food and drinks for guests.
Project 5: Add Wow Factor to a Breakfast Nook
What was once a neglected spot just off the kitchen is now a classic, casual place to entertain.
Project 6: Pull In a New Stair Runner
Previously covered in dated, contractor-grade carpet, this stairway was transformed with a custom runner made from patterned sisal lined with a two-inch canvas border.
With a budget of $1,500, this entryway was transformed into a warm, welcoming space packed with understated elegance, including a saloon-style gallery wall and fresh paint.
This 17-foot-tall wall is completely covered with a collection of works of art, from masks and matted artwork to canvas prints and eclectic decor.
Due to careful planning, design considerations and ample safety measures, a flat-panel TV above this great room’s modern mantel is functional and aesthetically pleasing.
Project 9: Make a Modern, Floating Wood Mantel
Give your fireplace a contemporary update with a do-it-yourself modern mantel made from mitered wood planks.
Project 10: Design a Great Room Around a Holiday Focal Point
Neutral colors, a modern fireplace and a well-organized floor plan bring this great room to life.
Mix different prints within expansive spaces to create a layered effect. Vary the size and scale of the prints, as well as layer different shades in the same color family.
A small and unassuming area opposite the great room windows was transformed into a mini design studio where the homeowner can work while engaging with friends or watching TV.