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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Buying Stylish & Affordable Kitchen Cabinets

These days, cheap kitchen cabinets do not always refer to shoddy quality. In fact, some great options are easy on the pocketbook but as strong and good-looking as their more expensive counterparts.

Cheap Kitchen Cabinets: Characteristics & Opportunities

Thanks to big-box stores, you can have the latest in designer kitchen cabinets, without the designer price. Knockdown cabinets -- stock cabinets shipped flat and sometimes unfinished -- are available at a fraction of the cost of custom cabinetry in similar designs and styles.

Another way to save money on kitchen cabinets is to get creative with your kitchen design. You don't have to line the walls in your kitchen with cabinetry. In fact, some homeowners forgo cabinetry altogether. If you want a look for less, you'll love these ideas:

  • Incorporate wire shelving and stainless-steel tables from kitchen supply stores for an of-the-moment industrial look.
  • Use "real" furniture in your kitchen. Antique armoires and dressers make great storage options for the kitchen and have a timeless European feel.
  • Keep your lower kitchen cabinets but substitute shelves for all upper cabinetry. Use fancy wood brackets for a custom look, or choose metal brackets for a modern vibe.
  • Explore opportunities to reuse or repurpose cabinets salvaged from other projects. Check closely to ensure the construction of the cabinets is worthy of salvage, and have a plan for handling changes to hardware or finishes.
  • If cheap is appealing but the cost of replacing your kitchen cabinets is not, consider replacing only the cabinet doors. Another option: removing the doors on upper cabinets for an open, airy look.

Cheap Kitchen Cabinets: Ways to Save

If you are an experienced DIYer, you can save even more money by installing the cabinets yourself. Many manufacturers offer websites and customer service representatives who can help you with the design specifications and walk you through the process of installation. Another pro for cheap kitchen cabinets is the fact that you can personalize them with distinctive finishes and specialty hardware.

Cheap Kitchen Cabinets: Challenges

Sometimes cheap really does translate to substandard construction. Watch out for joints that are not glued tightly together, corners and angles that are not perpendicular, and irregular finishes. Research the construction techniques and qualities of well-designed cabinetry before you purchase. Know exactly what to expect from your purchase.

If you have the cabinets sent directly to your home, inspect the package as soon as it arrives to make sure there is no water damage or nicks in the finishes.

Make sure you understand the time and skill it will take to assemble and install cabinets if you do it yourself. Know the tools you'll need and the level of experience required to construct cabinets of the quality you desire.

Editor's Tip: Splurge on cabinetry that plays prominently in the room, then match it with cheaper kitchen cabinet options in areas not as visible. Mixing and matching finishes is a way to disguise the use of different cabinetry materials and grades. Unfitted cabinetry, or mixed styles, is a common feature in many kitchen design styles.

Investigate the basics of cabinetry styles, shapes, features, and finishes before you invest.

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