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 Oak Cabinets Q&A

How to paint over oak kitchen cabinets with laminate ends

Q: We have oak cabinets that are not stained, but they do have a shiny finish. We want to paint them white. What steps do we need to take? Do we have to strip all of the finish, or can we paint over it? Also, the ends of the cabinets are not wood—they appear to be some sort of laminate. How do we treat that area?

A: You can paint the oak cabinets and the laminate ends, provided you do the prep work necessary for a good finish.

Start by cleaning the cabinets with a strong detergent to remove surface oils. Then, use a fine grade of sandpaper to lightly scuff up the oak and laminate surfaces. Applying a high-grade primer is the secret to giving the finish a good foundation. We usually use a water-base XIM primer (www.ximbonder.com). These primers will adhere to just about anything and provide a strong base where paint will stay put.

After priming, add two coats of paint. Use a quality latex that has been specifically formulated for kitchen cabinetry. These paints will dry extra hard, which keeps doors from feeling sticky against the cabinet.

Brushing paint on is OK. But for the smoothest finish, you'll want to spray on paint. Many homeowners are reluctant to spray because it usually involves removing cabinets and spraying outside or in a garage. Consider taking off just the cabinet doors and spraying them outside. You will be pleased with the results.

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