Is it your turn to host the holidays? Whether you’re planning a Thanksgiving feast or a Christmas dinner party, there’s no question that you want your home to look its best. Luckily, there are a number of home remodeling projects you can do in a short time frame. You’ll feel confident about what your home has to offer, and your guests will appreciate the upscale setting.
As you prepare for the holidays, here are some quick but impressive updates that will spruce things up!
1. Update the Kitchen Backsplash
Your kitchen is the main focal point of your home and the spot where all holiday cooking takes place. A new backsplash can give your kitchen a whole new look, and you don’t have to worry about replacing the cabinets or appliances. Right now, elegant and understated backsplashes are in. Some of your best options include natural stone, engineered stone, tile and glass.
2. Modernize Your Fireplace
Cozying up by the fireplace is a holiday favorite. Why not update your fireplace to be more functional and eye-catching?
A popular trend right now is converting a wood-burning fireplace into an electric or gas fireplace. These fireplaces are easier to care for yet still provide a nice ambiance and give off some heat. Or you can keep your fireplace and update the hardware, create a stone facade or paint over the brick. Your guests will love it!
(Please note that this type of work can be dangerous, and there are safety codes to meet. Talk to a qualified home contractor in Los Angeles before doing this work.)
3. Paint the Cabinets
If you’re tired of your cabinets but not ready for a kitchen remodel, consider painting them instead. This is a quick and affordable way to brighten up your kitchen for the holidays. Replace the hardware with something new (brass is back), upgrade your light fixtures and clean the appliances. If you’re handy, you can get all of this done in a week or less.
4. Buy or Install a Buffet Table
Need some more space to spread out food and drinks for your guests? Purchase a buffet table to place against the wall or contact a home contractor in Los Angeles to install one for you. This will give you extra counter and cabinet space that will carry you through the holidays. The best part is, the buffet table doesn’t have to match the rest of your kitchen. Contrasting cabinets are super trendy!
5. Add a Fresh Coat of Paint
A fresh coat of paint is our go-to recommendation for brightening up a space. Even though painting is not everyone’s favorite job, it’s a fast and affordable way to give your home a new look and feel. This is especially helpful if your walls have stains, smudges or fading. While you’re doing this project, replace outdated pictures with stylish canvas hangings. Canvas is lightweight and won’t damage the walls.
6. Install New Flooring
Laminate flooring or luxury vinyl planks can be a DIY project. It goes faster with two people because one can cut and the other can install. If you’re looking to do a bigger project like hardwood or tile, you can hire a professional contractor. Qualified contractors can usually get this project done in a day or two.
7. Fix Up the Bathroom
Even bathroom renovations can be done on a short timeline, depending on what you’re having done. Bathrooms are typically small in size, so you can install new flooring, paint the walls and doors, clean or replace light fixtures and upgrade faucets in a few days. Your guests will appreciate having a new, upscale bathroom to enjoy.
8. Enhance Curb Appeal
Don’t forget about the exterior of your home! As guests arrive at your Los Angeles home, greet them with a festive, well-manicured exterior. Check your outdoor lights to make sure they’re working, trim up bushes and trees and clean the windows.
Talk to a home contractor about installing a new front door as well. New exterior doors always make a statement, and they can help you save on heating and cooling costs, plus offer additional security for the holidays.
Get Your Los Angeles Home Ready for the Holidays!
The holidays are a magical time of year and people naturally want to make the most of them. Hopefully these ideas have given you inspiration on some of the things you can do to get your home ready for holiday guests. Kavin Construction is a residential contractor that provides custom building and remodeling services. If you need a helping hand, give us a call to get your home holiday ready!