Eight kitchen upgrades you can do yourself

Eight kitchen upgrades you can do yourself

The kitchen is the most frequently upgraded room in the home. After all, the day’s activities tend to revolve around the kitchen and it’s where family members and guests often congregate. Not only are kitchens the most frequently upgraded, they tend to be the most expensive to upgrade as well. Not every home improvement project in the kitchen has to be a major undertaking, though. Here are eight kitchen upgrades that you can do yourself and without spending much money.

Install under-cabinet lighting

Under-cabinet lighting adds a nice touch. It’s good to have task lighting in the kitchen for food preparation tasks. Installing under-cabinet lighting is as simple as peeling and sticking LED lights to the underside of cabinets.

New cabinet latches

Cabinet latches wear out over time and occasionally need to be replaced. You can tell they’re getting worn when the cabinet doors won’t stay shut on their own. All you need is a drill, an hour or so of your time, and a little money for new latches to do this job.

Peel and stick backsplash

Tiling a backsplash is doable for many homeowners but it is still a pretty tough projects. A simpler solution is a peel and stick backsplash. You can apply it in moments and suddenly the surface is much easier to clean. Best of all, it’s easy to remove and apply a new one if you get tired of it and want a new look.

Hang a pot and pan rack

You can hang a pot and pan rack on a wall or on the ceiling above your kitchen island. This allows you to free up valuable cupboard space by moving your pots and pans out into the open.

Replace cabinet hardware

Something as simple as swapping out the cabinet hardware can give your kitchen a new look. As with cabinet latches, this is something you can do in an hour or less with a drill and $50.

A new paint color for the cabinets

All new custom cabinets are expensive. A new coat of paint for your cabinets is cheap, and you can easily do it yourself.

Replace your kitchen faucet

Swapping out your kitchen faucet is a task the average homeowner can do alone and it will make a world of difference.

Install baseboard heater covers

Baseboard heater covers that snap into place will make a dated kitchen look much more sleek and modern and it only takes a few minutes to do.

Source: Popular Mechanics

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Measure Your Baseboard Heaters

How to measure baseboard heaters:

Step 1

Always measure left to right, and twice for accuracy

Step 2 

Always measure left to right, and twice for accuracy

Step 3


Based on how your heater is configured,

choose an option below to expand and view

specific hot water baseboard heater measurement templates.

[+] Option 1: Straight Heater Configuration
[+] Option 2: L-Shape and U-Shape Configuration
[+] Option 3: 45 Degrees, Z-Shape Configuration


Now that you’ve learned how to measure baseboard heaters,

you’re ready to order.