Summer is a time of change, and normally that means some renovations to make your home feel new again. But with the economy being the way it is, it can be tempting to try to tackle the entire project yourself to save a little money -- and while there are some jobs you can do, there are some that call for professional help. If you're wondering exactly what to try yourself and what to get the pros to do, then here's a list to help your kitchen look fabulous -- without overextending yourself.

Do It Yourself

There are a lot of kitchen remodeling jobs that you can easily accomplish by yourself, provided you have the time and dedication to stick to the task until it's done. Here are some ideas that just take a willing pair of hands:

  • Repainting. All you need is a bucket of paint, some rollers, a tin or two, and possibly some sandpaper (if you're really going the extra mile) in order to repaint like a pro. Consider choosing some classic colors like neutrals for the main part of the wall, and giving your decor a modern flair with a trendier color for the trim.
  • New Cabinets. As important as they are to both the look and functionality of your kitchen, new cabinets are actually pretty simple to install. If you follow a good how-to guide you'll be on the way to some amazing, custom-made cabinets.

Get Some Help

There are some things, however, that are just out of your reach (unless you work as a contractor, of course). For these jobs, you might want to hire some help to make sure everything runs smoothly:

  • Electrical Wiring. Getting all of the wiring in the right spot without overloading any circuits or causing any fire hazards can be nearly impossible without some specialized know-how. In order to keep your new kitchen from burning down, it's best to call in the pros for this.
  • Cutting Stone. Getting a new, made-for-your-kitchen countertop goes a long way towards making your kitchen look amazing. But stone is hard to lift and even harder to cut through without the right tools for the job -- and those tools are usually too expensive to afford it you're not in the business yourself. You can pick and choose your designs by yourself -- but when the saw meets the granite, it's a good idea to get out of the way.