Easy Kitchen Updates

The kitchen may be the hardest-working room in the house, so it runs the risk of looking overworked. Give your kitchen fresh appeal with these quick and easy updates, including solutions for your windows, floor, pantry, and more!

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Freestanding Pantry Ideas

Short on storage and space? No worries. These stylish go-anywhere pantry designs house everything from baking pans and cooking staples to party supplies -- exactly where you need them most. As a bonus, many of these units are transportable so they can travel with you when you move.

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One-of-a-Kind Backsplashes

In a hardworking kitchen, a backsplash is an ideal opportunity to add a little personality. See how pretty materials and unique installations can bring a fresh face to your kitchen.

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Drab to Fab Makeover

See how a basic kitchen received a fresh face on an affordable remodeling budget.

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Guide to Cabinetry

From Better Homes and Gardens, ideas and improvement projects for your home and garden plus recipes and entertaining ideas.

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Countertop Ideas

Countertops are big part of your kitchen. Consider these up-and-coming materials to make a statement in your space.

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Subway Tile Backsplashes

When it comes to a classic backsplash, nothing beats the traditional subway tile. Subway tiles make cleaning up kitchen messes a quick and easy task, plus the variety to choose from seems almost infinite. One thing is for sure, subway tile will never go out of style.

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Cabinet Makeover: Triple Play

If you think your kitchen cabinets are beyond repair, don't despair. With a little creativity and elbow grease, you can revive the face of almost any cabinet door.


  1. Remove the door(s) from the kitchen cabinets.
  2. If the door's finish is rough, remove it with stripper. If the finish is in good condition, sand, and wipe with a cloth to remove sanding dust.
  3. Once the finish is removed, clean the door with sodium triphosphate solution, and apply stain-blocking primer.
  4. Starting at the top of the door, measure and mark three sections, the first 4 inches down, then another 8 inches down, leaving about 10 inches for the last section.
  5. Using three shades of the same hue, starting with the lightest and working down to the darkest, brush two coats of latex semigloss paint on each section.
  6. Cut two pieces of screen molding to the door's width, and seal with clear polyurethane. Using wood glue, attach each molding strip on the lines where paint colors meet. If necessary, use masking tape to hold the molding in place until the glue is dry.

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