2. Refresh your kitchen with a few weekend projects

Kitchen upgrades top most home renovation wish lists. But professional makeovers in this room can be lengthy and expensive. If you don't have that kind of time and money, take it down a notch with some short-term, simple DIY transformations.

Two effective and trendy DIY renovation ideas are cabinet and backsplash makeovers. You can create a whole new look by painting your kitchen cabinets and installing peel and stick backsplash. These projects are fairly simple to do over a weekend or two.

Changing out your kitchen faucet has a big impact, as well. Pick an upgrade that makes life easier when you're preparing meals and washing up after meals. Removal of your old faucet and installation of your new version is a straightforward process. Some online research can guide you through it.

Young husband and wife making renovation plans in a kitchen department of a home improvement store. A woman is pointing at something to the man. Extreme Media / Getty Images


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