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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Retro Kitchen Ideas

Enjoy a stylish blast from the past with a retro kitchen that's full of personality.


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    • Diner-Style Banquette

      Reminiscent of a '50s diner booth, this banquette brings vintage style and ample seating to the kitchen. For dinner, schoolwork, and crafts projects, this seating arrangement is both practical and stylish.

    • Checkered Wall

      Get the look of a vintage tablecloth with a checkered wall treatment. A midcentury-style stove completes the old-school look with all the modern conveniences needed for today's busy lifestyles.

    • Midcentury Modern

      Give a modern kitchen a splash of history with midcentury-style dining chairs. A warm wood table softens the clean lines and metal detailing of the chairs.

    • Red Island

      A classic gathering spot, the raised kidney-shape kitchen bar lets a family prep meals together. It also provides a place for informal meals. Paired with retro stools, the bar reflects a diner look. The glossy cherry red adds energy to the black-and-white palette.

    • Garden Kitchen

      Keep garden bounty in the kitchen all year with bright fruit and veggie print fabrics. Red laminate countertops, a mosaic tile backsplash, and bright floor tiles echo the fresh colors for a complete design.

    • Vintage-Style Accessories

      Trimmed with a metal band and a thin line of red fabric, the stools are reproductions of seating options from a bygone era. Open shelves and glass-front cabinets make the perfect stage for displaying vintage dishes or other collector's items.

    • Blending Old and New

      A vintage appliance can have its place in a modern kitchen, and you don't have to give up any creature comforts. Here, the homeowners put an antique range next to a modern cooktop for a unique blend of old and new. Many new appliances on the market have the look of antiques but all the components of modern technology.

    • Vintage-Style Range

      This vintage-style range sets the mood for the kitchen. Add beaded-board cabinet doors and cup drawer pulls to complete the look from yesteryear. Abundant counter space flanking the range serves as prep area.

    • Old-School Treat

      Details make the room when you're trying to create ambience. The red countertop adds personality, and the vintage glass cookie jars are reminiscent of an old corner store.

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      Midcentury Motif

      Give your modern dining area a midcentury twist by pairing a banquette with streamlined midcentury modern chairs. A drum light fixture hung low over the table adds to the ambience.

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      Diner Style

      A full renovation is not necessary to turn your kitchen into a classic. Cherry red diner chairs and a grooved metal edge table are an easy way to put a little sock hop in your home.

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      Checkered Floor

      A classic '50s design element, the checkered floor makes a bold statement. Several tiles on the backsplash were painted black to coordinate with the floor. Spice up the black-and-white color scheme with cayenne-color cabinets.

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      Vintage Kitchen Ideas

      Whether inspired by a 1940s diner or an old-world scullery, vintage kitchens offer charm and contemporary convenience. See how these designs reference the past while beautifully accommodating modern needs.
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