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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Convenient Coffee Stations

Attention coffee connoisseurs: Create beverage areas to hold all the fixings for your morning cup of joe in one convenient spot.


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    • Coffee Countertop Niche

      A small area of countertop is home to all the fixings for a perfect cup of coffee. This arrangement allows space to set your cup down while you add cream and sugar.

    • Beverage Counter

      A section of countertop that's too small for food prep can be repurposed as a drink station. Use the cabinetry to hold glassware and cups, and keep the espresso or coffee maker on the countertop at the ready.

    • Overhead Storage

      An open cabinet above the built-in espresso machine holds all the supplies for a liquid treat -- cups, saucers, spoons, and sweeteners.

    • Built-In Beverage Corner

      An espresso machine and microwave built into contrasting cabinetry make preparing breakfast a breeze. Close proximity to the sink keeps messes under control.

    • Built-In Beverage Hutch

      A built-in hutch with open counter space makes a fitting area for a beverage station. Ample cabinetry holds glassware and cups. A built-in coffeemaker and a freestanding espresso machine team up so a refill is always close at hand.

    • Breakfast Nook with Built-In Espresso

      This small nook features counter space for setting out breakfast supplies. Built into the upper cabinetry, the espresso machine is flanked by small cabinets for storing cups. Drawers below hold spoons and other serving utensils.

    • Contrasting Drink Station

      This full-service drink station has plenty of counter space for preparing drinks, storage for all types of drinkware, and a sink for cleaning up. Its prominence in the room is amplified by its contrasting color.

    • Bed, Bath, and Breakfast

      A transition between a bedroom and bath, this beverage station allows the homeowners to enjoy their morning wake-me-up without leaving the master suite. Refrigerator drawers store fresh items, and the sink allows them to clean up without carting the cups off to the kitchen.

    • All-Inclusive Drink Station

      Teaming an espresso machine with a microwave and integrated refrigerator drawers creates an all-inclusive beverage station right in the kitchen.

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      Redesigned Breakfast Space

      This niche originally housed a refrigerator. Now base cabinets and a decorative window (to keep an open feel) make a sunny space to fix breakfast and coffee.

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      Vertical Beverage Station

      Smart kitchen planning means no wasted space, especially in a small kitchen. This area, just wide enough for a microwave, uses all its vertical reach to hold drinks for morning and evening.

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      Hidden Beverage Bar

      Keep your coffee station under wraps with a tambour door. The easy-to-roll-up door stays out of the way while you're making coffee and keeps the kitchen looking streamlined when you're not.

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      Built-in Espresso Machine

      This built-in espresso maker has plenty of storage around it for coffee-making supplies. It's conveniently located across from an open countertop area -- a good option if it can't be directly above open counter space.

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      Butler's Pantry Drink Station

      A compact butler's pantry between the kitchen and dining room keeps beverages handy. With small appliances tucked into the space, one person can prepare light breakfast items and drinks while another works in the kitchen.

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      Modern Drink Station

      This minimalist kitchen features an espresso machine on the countertop and ample room to rest a serving tray. Cups and other beverage-making items are hidden in the buffet-style cabinet.

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      Colorful Coffee Station

      Colorful cabinets set off this coffee station. The wide counter space holds a grinder and an espresso machine while leaving space for serving brunch. For easy access, store cups and breakfast bowls on an open shelf directly above.

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      Bountiful Beverage Area

      Entertaining is easy with a large bank of cabinets dedicated to drinks. A bar sink and dishwasher add function, while the lighting, backsplash, and glass-front cabinets transform the space into a focal point.

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      Appliance Garage Turned Coffee Station

      An appliance garage serves an alternate purpose: keeping cups and glassware corralled in a corner dedicated to making drinks.

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      Drink Station with Storage

      Storage abounds in this dedicated drink station. A combination of frosted-glass-door cabinets and an open shelf makes a beautiful spot to store frequently used items. The prep sink is great for conveniently washing cups and bowls that are stored directly above.

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      Breakfast Station

      Conveniently stacked in one section of cabinetry, the microwave, espresso machine, and warming drawer make preparing breakfast simple. A pullout tray adds extra landing space right where you need it.

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      Custom Built-In Beverage Station

      A built-in espresso maker and a wine refrigerator pair up to make entertaining easy. The nearby countertop is home to tea and coffee service, and overhead cabinets hold glassware and cups.

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