For an affordable kitchen update, try painting your cabinets.

Want to give your kitchen a facelift without draining your wallet? Consider painting the ­cabinets.

Wood cabinet refinishing entails removing the existing paint, sanding the surface (depending on the type of paint you are using) and applying new paint to the bare wood. This cosmetic project revives cabinets that have become scratched, faded or discolored, and breathes new life into an old kitchen.

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How to Find the Right Contractor for the Job

Thinking about updating your Construction Workers Looking at Roofcontemporary kitchen to something more modern? Or maybe you want to give the master bathroom that Jacuzzi tub and steam shower you’ve been dreaming of? Whatever the home renovation, you’ll want to find the right contractor—someone you can trust to do a great job for a fair price.

More Americans are staying in their homes due to the sluggish housing market, and many are choosing to remodel. Last year, the National Association of Home Builders’ Remodeling Market Index (RMI), a good benchmark for judging the pulse of the remodeling industry, reached a five-year high and has stayed strong this year.

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