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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Laminate Kitchen Cabinets

How to paint or reface laminate kitchen cabinets

Q: I have laminate cabinets and would like to redo my kitchen. What are my options? Can they be painted or resurfaced? Or should I ditch them altogether?

A: There are several options for your cabinets. Painting laminate cabinets, changing out the doors, and entirely replacing the cabinets are all possibilities. Your choice depends on how much you want to spend.

Replacing your cabinets is the most expensive option—cabinetry constitutes nearly three-quarters of the price of a new kitchen. Stock cabinets are least expensive.

Refacing is the next option. Adding a couple of glass doors can dress up your existing cabinets. Check out quality companies in your area to do the work, or save money by doing it yourself. You can spend a bit more on real wood cabinet doors and drawers, or go with premium rigid thermal foil. Prices depend on materials, door style, and construction (frame or frameless).

The least expensive option is painting. Prepping the cabinets properly is critical. Sand them with fine or medium sandpaper so the new paint adheres well, and use a good-quality primer such as Kilz Total One. Then use Cabinet Rescue, a paint product designed to be used on laminate cabinets. It comes in white but can be tinted colors such as almond, light gray, or beige. It dries quickly for a tough, chip-resistant finish and cleans easily with mild liquid soap. For more information, go to www.decotime.com.

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