If you want to remodel your kitchen, but the cost and time involved are too big of a commitment, consider refacing your kitchen cabinets. Refacing requires only the cabinet doors, drawer fronts and frame surfaces to be replaced. This usually only costs one-half to one-third of what a full cabinet replacement would cost. In addition, the work can be completed in a fraction of the time.

When you are trying to narrow down which home improvements to tackle first, a good plan is to make a wish list first, of everything that you would do if you could do it all. Go through your home and figure out what needs fixed and make a note of each item. Then you can begin to prioritize what items are the most pressing and what you can afford to fix first.

Interior paint finishes come in a number of textures. For ordinary homeowners there is no reason to select a texture rougher than “eggshell” or “orange peel.” In years gone by much rougher textures (like “popcorn”) were used for walls and ceilings in order to provide visual interest and dampen sound. These textures proved easy to damage and hard to clean, and so fell out of common use.

If you plan on painting your inside walls, ceiling, or door a dark color, tin the white primer close to the color you plan on using. You can find tints at most hardware stores for most types of paints. Tinting the primer will save you a coat or two of painting.

You should always purchase the materials you need for home improvement projects in the largest possible lots. Building materials have some of the deepest volume discounts you will ever see. By planning ahead you can figure out how much material you are likely to need and buy it all at once. This will cost you much less than making multiple purchases.

A protective screen around your gutters is very valuable for saving money and reducing messes. Gutter guards improve and protect your roof’s drainage by keeping leaves and other debris out of your gutters. Also, these screens and guards can help you when you are cleaning the exterior of your home.

Prior to purchasing and installing blinds, make sure you measure carefully. If you buy blinds without measuring the space, they may look bad or not fit at all. Blinds come in different sizes. Some blinds are meant to be fitted to the inside of the window frame, while others are intended for the outer frame.

A great way to set alcoves or niches apart from surrounding walls is to add wallpaper, or even better, to paint those alcoves and niches with an eye-popping accent color. Small painting jobs can utilize the sample sized paint containers.

Carefully consider all your options when planning a home improvement project. First, decide why you should do a home improvement; then think about how it will help improve your life. Any project needs a real commitment, and knowing why you are doing it will give you the confidence that all of your efforts are worthwhile.