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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Stylish Ideas for Kitchen Cabinet Doors

Bland or boring cabinetry? Don't worry -- our collection of creative cabinet door designs, finishes, and styles will help you discover new ways to energize your kitchen.

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    • Add Texture

      Ribbed glass, rather than clear glass or solid doors, becomes built-in decoration in a hard-to-decorate space. Inside, everyday dishes stand out like display pieces. The wavy glass adds visual texture to a kitchen filled with stainless-steel appliances and cool marble surfaces.

    • Dedicated Details

      Vintage profiles define these casual yet polished farmhouse cabinet doors. Hand-brushed paint finishes, carved feet, and recessed toe-kicks give the custom cabinets the look of freestanding furniture from long-ago homes. 

    • On Display

      Use glass doors to showcase personal collections of fine antiques, sentimental glassware, or playful pottery. Display colorful dishes to energize an all-white kitchen.

    • Easy Tips for Cleaning Cabinets

      Keep your cabinets clean and looking new. Get tips here!

    • Try Two Tones

      Two-tone cabinets turn the back wall of this open kitchen into a focal point. The semicustom cabinet boxes framed with white molding mimic the look of expensive custom inset cabinets. Dark-stained maple doors pop against the clean white molding for an upscale "tuxedo" look.

    • X Marks the Spot

      Multiple cabinet styles are better than one when it comes to this traditional kitchen. Crisscross muntins give glass-front doors charm while separating upper storage cubbies and a built-in plate rack.

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    • Fly the Coop

      Chicken wire door inserts add texture to traditional cabinet doors and keep this substantial built-in hutch from looking like a solid mass. The subtle door detail gives display storage more personality.

    • Feature Farmhouse Style

      Farmhouse cabinet doors conceal modern amenities with a timeworn patina. Painted wood panels made to resemble rustic barn doors can be used to hide appliances or house pantry items. Upper cabinets with glass-front doors show off a stunning display of dishware and kitchen accessories.

    • Turn It Sideways

      Running the wood grain of these white oak cabinets horizontally lends a loft-like urban style to this sleek, modern kitchen. The technique continues in the horizontal lines of the shiny tile backsplash. Stone cladding around the range hood keeps in step with the natural feel of the wood cabinets.

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      Modern Wood Grain

      Strong and durable bamboo cabinets house appliances in this streamlined kitchen corner. Underneath, inset pulls are set flush with the cabinet doors to retain a sleek look. The striations of the wood grain dress up the minimalist doors, while still keeping in step with the kitchen's modern aesthetic.

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      Consider Diamonds

      Detailed millwork decorates the cabinet doors in this sophisticated butler's pantry. 3-D diamonds adorn base cabinetry while an X-motif adds extra ornamentation to glass-front upper cabinets.

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      Mix It Up

      Warm wood door fronts blended into crisp white cabinetry creates noteworthy contrast and visual interest in this clean-lined kitchen. Equally bright and light, the wood adds warmth and color to the monochromatic room.

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      Innovative Door Styles

      Transform a standard cabinet into an appliance garage. Replace cabinet doors with tambour doors that slide up out of the way for easy access to small appliances behind. Choosing a contrasting finish breaks up large spans of uniform cabinets.

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      Above & Below

      In a clever turn, the base drawers in this storage-savvy kitchen are actually file cabinets designed for office supplies. Overhead, translucent glass keeps darker wood cabinets from closing in the kitchen and eases the transition from natural wood to painted cabinet fronts below.

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      Custom White Kitchen Cabinet Doors

      A piece of fabric inspired the unique fretwork pattern carved into these custom cabinet doors. While custom cabinets are expensive, they can offer a one-of-a-kind look. Embellish clean-lined cabinet doors such as recessed-panel, Shaker-style, or flat-front contemporary panels with molding for a custom look for less.

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      Try Extra Trimwork

      Detailed moldings and trimwork highlight the furniturelike design of these intricate cabinet doors. A mix of open shelves and white glass-front doors are finished with a gray glaze to add depth to the details and help draw attention to elegant china displayed inside. 

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      Shine On

      Upper cabinets rimmed in stainless steel shine on their own. But in this kitchen, they are backed by windows and receive inner illumination. The softly textured glass doors allow natural light to pass into the kitchen and showcase everyday dishware.

    • An Easy Cabinet Door Makeover
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      Cabinet Door Makeover

      Update your existing cabinetry with an easy stencil makeover. Watch and see how!

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      Think Big

      Extra-long custom cabinetry panels keep large appliances from dominating the kitchen and create the illusion of a taller space. Modern silver hinges and pulls punctuate these traditional white cabinets

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      Showcase Color

      A wall of cabinets with glass-front doors does double duty to provide storage and reinforce a stylish color scheme. Blue-and-white china joins orange ceramic pottery to punch up a neutral kitchen; the colors can be swapped seasonally or for a quick refresh.

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      Cut It Out

      Enlist the help of a woodworking craftsman to embellish cabinet doors with handiwork. These scrollwork cutout patterns add Scandinavian style to this country home.

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      Better in Black

      No cabinet door slamming here. Flip-up cabinet doors with pneumatic hinges ensure smooth, quiet operation. The black glass doors contrast with wood cabinets while hiding contents from view. 

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      Showcase Dishware

      A built-in glass cabinet that faces the dining room makes a space-saving alternative to a freestanding china hutch. The cabinet stretches from peninsula to ceiling with two doors to accommodate accessories in a variety of sizes.

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      Popular Kitchen Cabinet Colors

      A fresh coat of paint is an easy and inexpensive way to update your kitchen cabinets. Whether you prefer a crisp neutral look or bold, standout shades, these crowd-pleasing cabinet colors are sure to inspire.
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