A strategic approach to renovation:

DIY kitchens with remodel-lite projects

(ARA) – If DIY kitchens are on your mind in today’s challenging economy, you’re taking a look at how you spend your hard-earned dollars. And while you may not have the necessary budget to tackle a major home improvement project, there are many homeowners who are choosing a more strategic approach to remodeling – by refreshing kitchens and undertaking small projects one at a time.

This new methodology toward the do-it-yourself (DIY) movement is something that is quickly growing, goes beyond quick fixes and simple decor updates and actually involves a completely new mindset. This concept is so relevant, in fact, that the researchers at Moen, the No. 1 faucet brand in North America, have identified it as a home improvement trend: “remodel-lite.” Read the rest of this entry

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(ARA) – While economic factors have slowed consumer spending in the home improvements category in recent years, new reports, including one from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, show homeowners are planning to invest in their kitchen renovation.

What’s more, data shows that these homeowners are looking to bypass the professionals when possible and take common kitchen renovation projects into their own hands. Read the rest of this entry

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(ARA) – Taking a tired kitchen from drab to fab is an easy goal to achieve on any budget. All you need is a little paint, a few decorating elements and some diy kitchens creativity.

In the summer, most activity moves to the great outdoors. Porches, patios and decks are the official “heart center” of most homes during the warm weather months, especially at mealtimes. Instead of congregating in the kitchen as they do in the colder season, families tend to gather on the patio to enjoy dinner and recap the day’s events. Read the rest of this entry

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(ARA) – We’ve all seen DIY kitchens paint jobs gone wrong, with thin spots, drips and streaks. Paint, however, isn’t usually the culprit of a bad kitchen paint job. But cutting corners while prepping a space is.

By following the right steps prior to painting, and using the right painting tools, you’ll be sure to have a refreshed kitchen space that looks like it was painted by a professional.

Assess The Situation

A major factor to consider when starting a new project is the condition of the walls and cleanliness of the surfaces you want to paint. Item number one on the pre-painting checklist is to inspect the wall. Any loose paint, holes or cracks should be fixed before priming, and especially before painting. Read the rest of this entry

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ARA) – Does your kitchen or bathroom look like it’s stuck in a time warp? Then it might be time to update the most-used rooms in your home. For kitchen renovation inspiration, look no further than the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), which recently shared its top 2010 kitchen and bath trends.

To compile the findings and determine the latest kitchen and bath trends, the organization surveyed those members who designed a kitchen or bathroom during the last quarter of 2009. According to NKBA, the top 10 trends for 2010 are:

1. Shaker style kitchen design
2. Maple and alder cabinetry finishes
3. Quartz countertops
4. Pull-down/pull-out kitchen faucets
5. Polished chrome finishes
6. Under-counter refrigerator drawers
7. Dishwasher drawers for small loads
8. Marble vanity tops
9. Integrated sink tops, drop-in sinks, vessel sinks and pedestal sinks
10. Bronze and stainless steel finishes Read the rest of this entry

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