10 Remodeling Projects to Do Before the Holidays

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.

Update a Contractor Grade Kitchen

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.



Refinish Kitchen CabinetsProject 2: Refinish Cabinets Like a Pro

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.












Install a Kitchen Backsplash

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.



Pack Storage and Style Into a Kitchen

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.



Breakfast Nook Remodel

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.
















New Carpet Stair Runner Remodel

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.













Budget Entry Way Remodel ProjectProject 7: Flip Your Entry on a Budget

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.














Budget Entry Way Remodel Project

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.
















TV Install Above Fireplace Remodel ProjectProject 8: Install a TV Above the Fireplace

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.














Modern Floating Wood Mantel Remodel Project

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.



Great Room Holiday Remodel Project

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.










Great Room Holiday Remodel Project




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.














Great Room Holiday Remodel Project 3End tables are excellent solutions for accommodating lighting and storage.







Great Room Holiday Remodel Project










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.