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Top 5 DIY Projects to Make your Kitchen More Attractive

Top 5 DIY Projects to Make your Kitchen More Attractive

One thing every potential homeowner wants is a great kitchen that they can cook and entertain in. While doing a full remodel right before you sell may not make sense, there are a variety of DIY projects that can help elevate the kitchen you already have. Before you sell your home, give these five DIY projects a try to get the most money for your house.

1. Update Your Hardware

It is easy for kitchen cabinets to look dated, but replacing them can be a significant expense. Luckily, you can update your current cabinets with one simple trick: replacing your hardware. Simply changing the knobs and pulls can bring a completely different feel to the surface of your cabinets and drawers. It is also fairly inexpensive.

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When replacing your hardware, make sure you choose a finish that is in-demand today. You also want to pay attention to the holes that are in your cabinets, so you can pick items to match. For example, a knob requires a single hole, while a pull handle needs two. Pull handles can also come in different sizes, so measure the distance between the holes and use that to guide your selections.

2. Paint and Paint

If you want to go the extra mile on your cabinets, consider adding a coat of paint. It can be a cost effective, though a bit labor intensive, way to completely change the look of the space. It can also make outdated cabinets look more current. For example, the look of honey oak cabinets was huge in the 1990s, but isn’t so popular today. A coat of paint can give them new life at a fraction of the cost of replacing them.

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Your walls are another spot where new paint can give you a big bang for your buck. Find a color that leans towards neutral for a wider appeal. However, if you have white cabinets, you may want to choose a color other than white to give the space some variance.

3. Focus on Your Faucet

Another piece that is easy to update is your kitchen faucet. Look for a design that complements the style of your kitchen, but also feels up-to-date. You want it to move smoothly, and have a steady flow of water as well. As with cabinet pulls, you need to make sure you get the right faucet design.

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You don’t want to get a faucet that has two separate knobs for hot and cold water when your current option features a central lever attached to the base of the faucet, or vice versa. Otherwise, you don’t have the right holes for the new piece, and that makes the process much more complex.

4. A Better Backsplash

Backsplashes can have a significant impact on the look of your kitchen. If you don’t have a backsplash now, then it may be time to add one. Or, if yours is outdated, then replacing it may be ideal. When it comes to backsplashes, tile is your go-to option. It is highly water resistant and can add instant style.

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If you want to avoid using a tile saw as much as possible, look for small or mosaic tiles that come in sheets. The mesh backing helps maintain the spacing, but it can easily be cut to create a custom fit around outlets and light switches.

5. Update Your Lighting

Another place where old fixtures can seem dated is lighting. Finding a more modern fixture can be the crown jewel of the space.

Look for a fixture that aesthetically works while also providing the function you need. No one wants a dark kitchen, so make sure you bring in the light.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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