Remodeling projects can be intimidating, expensive, and time consuming. Many people balk at starting a project, especially too close to the holidays. There are, of course, conflicting concerns: what if the project runs over and my kitchen isn’t ready for holiday hosting? Or alternatively: what if I don’t remodel and my kitchen isn’t functional enough for managing cooking, guests, and the clean-up afterwards? By leaving adequate buffer time, however, you can feel ready to take on almost any Columbus, Ohio kitchen remodeling project before the holidays start.
Install a Serving Buffet
Adding a buffet to your kitchen is an ideal pre-holiday renovation because it is relatively simple and highly functional. A beautiful buffet will give you a surface to spread out delicious holiday treats, freeing up table space for people to eat and socialize. Installing a buffet should only take a day or two, but you will reap the rewards when your kitchen is crowded with hungry guests.
Refinishing your kitchen cabinets is a great way to give your entire kitchen a face-lift before the holidays. Whether you’re re-staining the wood for a deeper finish or applying a new coat of paint, refinishing cabinets is a quick project that will take only a few hours to two or three days, depending on how big your kitchen space is. Leave some extra time after this project for the new paint smell to wear off before having guests over. If you’re truly feeling ambitious, you can also install new cabinet hardware at the end of this job, wholly transforming your kitchen.
Install a New Sink
Your sink gets plenty of use year round, but it’s especially a focal point during all of the holiday food preparations and the abundance of dish washing that comes with hosting guests. Trade in your old, stained sink for a modern look — apron sinks are a great alternative to the older stainless steel styles. Swapping out your sink for an upgrade is an easy pre-holiday remodeling project that can be accomplished in just a few hours.
Add a New Backsplash
Fill in the space above your countertops with a fresh new look. Your new backsplash should coordinate with your counters and cabinets while still setting up a contrast. If your cabinets and counters are a statement color, choose a more subdued backsplash. Simpler cabinet and counter combinations can stand up to a more dominant backsplash design. You can easily install a new backsplash yourself, making it an ideal pre-holiday kitchen renovation.
Add Island Storage
A kitchen island can be a great focal point during holiday hosting. Guests can gather around it to stand and talk or it can serve as food preparation central. Whatever its role, make your island work harder for you by installing lots of storage under your kitchen island. Cabinets, drawers, and even hooks for pots and pans all can help free up space in your kitchen; you might even consider installing a wine rack beneath your kitchen island. Adding storage under your kitchen island is a somewhat more difficult project that might require some professional assistance, but is still a quick renovation that is sure to be done before the holidays.