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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Easy Cabinet Updates: Traditional Trim

Update your kitchen with this easy cabinet door makeover. All it takes is a few tools and an afternoon.

What You Need:

  • Primer
  • Latex paint
  • Black latex paint
  • Wood glue
  • Nails
  • Wood molding block
  • Fluted wood trim
  • Saw
  • Router
  • Sandpaper

How to Make It:

  1. Fill any nicks in the door with wood filler.
  2. Lightly sand each door to rough up the entire surface. For already-finished cabinetry, use a bonding primer to ensure new paint will stick.
  3. Position wood blocks as desired on the door. Using wood glue, adhere blocks to the door front.
  4. Secure wood blocks from the back of the door with small nails.
  5. Using a saw, cut the trim pieces to fit between the blocks and similarly secure with glue and nails
  6. Apply a stain-blocking primer.
  7. Apply two or three coats of paint. Let dry.
  8. Use a small brush to apply mixture of one part black paint to one part water in the molding and trim piece grooves. Let stand for 10 seconds.
  9. Wipe off excess with a clean cloth.
  10. Rout a small groove on the bottom inside edge of the door for fingertip pull space.

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