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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White Kitchen Countertops

White countertops work in every style of kitchen, but there are other factors to consider beyond how good it will look. Here we show you the range of materials, how to decorate a kitchen with white countertops, and what pitfalls to avoid.

If you love the look of white countertops, there are plenty of natural and manufactured materials to choose from, but don't choose on looks alone. Compare how you use your kitchen to the natural and engineered options below and you'll find the perfect fit for your kitchen.

White countertops occur naturally in granite and marble. Natural stone is heat-resistant, durable, and easy to maintain, if properly sealed. One of the major challenges to white natural stone, specifically marble, is avoiding stains from certain fruits, red wine, and acidic foods. Granite and marble both need to be sealed regularly, but marble is more susceptible to stains even with diligent sealing.

If you love the look of marble but worry about staining, there are certain kinds of granite that mimic the beautiful gray-blue veining of marble. Like other natural stones, granite is strong and heat-resistant, but it's often one of the more expensive countertop options.

Conversely, engineered countertops offer a wide variety of colors that aren't found naturally, and there are lots of materials to choose from: solid-surfacing, and quartz-surfacing, and laminate countertops are all manufactured and can be made into any color of the rainbow. Quartz has soared in popularity in the past few years with its super hard, low-maintenance, and stone-look qualities. Silestone, a kind of quartz-surfacing, even has antimicrobial properties, which lends itself well to a hardworking kitchen.

Still can't decide on one type of countertop? Mix-and-match countertops are an emerging trend. Put butcher block on the island and marble everywhere else or white granite on the exterior countertops and dark granite on the island.

Once you've chosen the countertop material and configuration that's perfect for you, you'll quickly find that a white countertop lends itself to many styles and types of architecture. A glossy white quartz-surfacing countertop is the perfect complement to dark espresso cabinets in a midcentury-style kitchen. Speckled granite works well with white cabinets and detailed corbels in a traditional space.

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