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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Painting Laminate Cabinets Q&A

How to paint over laminate kitchen cabinets

Q: I'm about to move into an older home, and the kitchen cabinets are covered in ugly brown laminate. Instead of trying to remove the laminate, can I paint over it? If so, what type of paint should I use, and is there a special technique?

A: Laminate is not an ideal surface to paint, but it can be done. If you consider the paint job a temporary solution, you'll probably be more satisfied with the results.

The key to getting the best paint results is preparation. Begin by choosing a high-quality brush to minimize stroke marks. Remove the cabinet doors from their frames and remove all hardware, including hinges. To help paint adhere to the surface, clean the doors and sand them lightly. Next apply an oil-base primer; check the label for drying time. The latex or oil-base finish coat will adhere best if applied shortly after the primer is dry. To help protect the paint, consider topping it with two coats of clear polyurethane.

Adding wood or composite moldings to your cabinet doors will further change their look. Moldings of many sizes and shapes are available at home centers and lumberyards. You can have moldings miter-cut to your specifications or do it yourself using a miter box and handsaw. Once they are cut to size, paint the moldings, following the instructions above. When they are dry, use wood glue to adhere them to the door fronts, and then secure them from the back of the doors with small screws.

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