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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L-Shaped Kitchen Design

Beautiful L-shaped kitchens with smart designs and classy stylings

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    • Ceiling-High Cabinets

      This kitchen makes use of a long, narrow space, resulting in a functional design. Kitchen islands, such as this green one with a stovetop, can provide additional counter space and make the kitchen seem more compact and cohesive. Honey-tone wood cabinetry and hardwood floors bring the kitchen back to its 1930s roots. For your own L-shaped kitchen remodel, use ceiling-height kitchen cabinets as a good solution for storing seldom-used or seasonal items.

    • Small Kitchen Island

      Sometimes, what isn't there is just as important as what is when it comes to designing a kitchen. Here, a pass-through was used in place of a door, making room for lower kitchen cabinets and additional counter space. In your own L-shaped kitchen remodel, use small kitchen islands like this one with a curved form to create room for dining or a surface for friends to lean on while the chef cooks.

    • White Country Kitchen

      Arched window openings, inspired by the use of arches elsewhere in this home, create instant visual interest in this charming kitchen. A chocolate-brown tile kitchen backsplash frames the windows and offsets classic white cabinets while traditional saltillo tiles cover the floor. For an L-shaped kitchen remodel, try these narrow, open shelves between the upper cabinets—a great solution for storing wine that doesn't require temperature control.

    • Storage-Filled Island

      To keep this small kitchen looking open and airy, upper cabinets were kept to a minimum, which also allows more natural light to penetrate the room. To compensate for the lack of storage in a L-shaped kitchen remodel project, try narrow kitchen islands like this one, fitted with a combination of open shelves and closed cabinets. Note the use of the labor- and step-saving pot-filler faucet next to the range. Pot-fillers are a relatively easy plumbing addition.

    • Island Prep Area

      Prep kitchen islands, such as this one with a raised breakfast counter, can hold center stage. In this L-shaped kitchen remodel project, a wall formerly dividing the kitchen and dining area is removed. The new arrangement replaces a cramped U-shape layout that herded a single cook into a dark corner of the home. The addition of a skylight brings much-needed natural light into the space, shedding light on the clean-lined kitchen cabinets.

    • Galley Kitchen Makeover

      The removal of a wall during this L-shaped kitchen remodel project transformed the home's galley kitchen into a far more functional and accommodating shape and created room for a handsome, multipurpose island. The choice of materials, including butcher block, soapstone, and brick add a lot of visual interest to the simple white cabinets.

    • Vibrant Blue Kitchen

      This clever cabinet treatment and sink placement in what would otherwise be an under-utilized corner of this vibrant blue kitchen is a valuable lesson in making every space count. Shelves and racks elsewhere provide needed storage while maintaining an open layout, allowing homeowners to make the most of counter space. Try using a bright paint color to liven up your own L-shaped kitchen remodel project.

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