Tired of all those to-do lists and home improvement projects piling up year after year? Remodeling expert Laurie March shares her must-try projects to get your home guest-ready just in time for the holidays.

Project 1: Update a Contractor-Grade Kitchen

The kitchen of this new construction home was reinvented as a high-design masterpiece featuring gray cabinetry, brass hardware and a custom-built island.

Project 2: Refinish Cabinets Like a Pro

The contractor-grade cabinets of this Atlanta kitchen were given a high-end update with a sprayed finish and satin brass hardware.

Project 3: Install a Brand-New Backsplash

To add classic pattern and timeless color to this kitchen, 12-by-12-inch sheets of mosaic marble tile featuring a black-and-white basket-weave pattern were installed.

Project 4: Pack Storage and Style Into a Kitchen

In addition to providing extra storage, serving buffets offer designated space to spread out food and drinks for guests.

Project 5: Add Wow Factor to a Breakfast Nook

What was once a neglected spot just off the kitchen is now a classic, casual place to entertain.

Project 6: Pull In a New Stair Runner

Previously covered in dated, contractor-grade carpet, this stairway was transformed with a custom runner made from patterned sisal lined with a two-inch canvas border.

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