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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Wet Bar Ideas

Create a beverage center in your kitchen and entertain with ease with these beautiful wet bar designs.

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    • Hardworking Hub

      Close enough for easy access but still comfortably distant from the work zone, this wet bar features a rich contrast of white cabinetry, gray countertops, and a deep gray brick wall. Open shelves provide a place to hang wineglasses, stash napkins, and display vintage barware.

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    • Small but Mighty

      White-lacquered wood paneling provides an exquisite disguise for a living room's small but fully stocked wet bar. When the paneled doors are pushed back into the wall, it's time to party. A narrow wine cooler, refrigerator, and sink keep the square footage to a minimum.

    • Contemporary Chic

      This wet bar is beautifully equipped for cocktails thanks to a wine cooler, bar sink, open shelves for glassware, and two refrigerator drawers. Nickel-tone upper cabinets with glass doors display stemware, while a mirrored backsplash adds glamour and helps bounce light around the room.

    • High-Style Hosting

      Handsome wrought-iron-and-glass doors open to a dramatic wine room complete with a gorgeous glass pendant and plenty of built-in bottle storage. Texture and patina enhance the European-inspired space.

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    • Inspired Simplicity

      Connect your kitchen and dining room with a formal but inviting wine bar. Slate-blue cabinets surround a seagrass limestone countertop, a prep sink, an icemaker, a wine cooler, and two refrigerator drawers for the perfect party nook.

    • Elegant Appeal

      Furniture-style cabinet details and a marble backsplash and countertop enhance the sophisticated style of this wet bar. A small-scale apron-front sink provides plenty of space for soaking glasses, while mesh-wire panels add interest to cabinet doors.

    • Convenient Nook

      Make entertaining a breeze by building your wet bar just outside the kitchen. The corner location of this bar area allows guests to serve themselves, while darker countertops and a mirror backsplash distinguish it from other parts of the kitchen.

    • Handsome Workhorse

      Stainless-steel counters provide an industrial look that stands up to frequent spills and splashes. A sink and wine refrigerator further boost the function of this wet bar area, which features sandblasted-glass upper cabinets to keep the look bright and clean.

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      Easy Undercabinet Lighting

      Make your wet bar even more luxurious with these two ideas for simple undercabinet lighting.

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      Outside the Box

      Intentionally parked outside the work zone, this wet bar allows guests to help themselves to drinks without getting in the cook's way. Clean lines, quartz-surfacing, and sleek hardware enhance the kitchen's contemporary aesthetic.

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      Sunny Beverage Station

      Conveniently located near the kitchen eating area and formal dining room, this charming bar area comes equipped with plenty of storage and its own sink to ease entertaining duties. The wet bar incorporates glass-front cabinets for wineglass storage and paneled refrigerator drawers for chilled drinks.

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      Shimmering Finishes

      A glittering background of mirrored backsplash tiles bathes this wet bar in glamour. Floral curtains hide stemware in the upper cabinets, which feature chicken-wire door panels and sleek patinaed paint.

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      Eclectic Mix

      Mahogany counters and wallpaper with a whimsical pattern add charm to this wet bar area between the kitchen and the formal dining room. Salvaged-steel upper cabinets and a flea market towel bar contribute vintage appeal.

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      French Influence

      Elaborate moldings and millwork give this butler's pantry the look of fine furniture. The wet bar includes a wine chiller, a bar sink, an icemaker, and refrigerator drawers that keep beverages in easy reach. Painting and glazing cabinetry in a rich espresso hue, as well as a backsplash crafted from concrete tiles and antiqued mirror inserts, creates layers of visual depth.

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      Out of Sight

      Tucked away in a butler's pantry, this sleek wet bar displays a modern twist on traditional thanks to gorgeous marble countertops and stainless-steel cabinetry. The work area provides a hidden prep space and houses an extra refrigerator and wine cooler.

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      Tuscan Details

      An arched recess houses old-world-style cabinets over this curvaceous wet bar. An interplay of dark wood finishes, leather upholstery, and a soft green patina create a sense of calm plucked from nature.

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      Fresh Features

      Switch up the look of a small wet bar with a contemporary vessel sink. This petite beverage station mixes modern and classic styles through the use of mullion cabinet doors and a square vessel sink.

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      Jewel Tones

      Glamorous details, metallic accents, and concealed appliances make this wet bar feel anything but utilitarian. Glass-front cabinets that sparkle against a golden backsplash brighten the space and allow homeowners to display pretty glassware.

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      Light and Airy

      This kitchen's hardworking row of cabinets with a second sink and butcher-block countertop doubles as a beverage zone and food-prep station. The wet bar boasts bail-pull hardware that lends a furniture-style touch to cabinetry as well as a walk-in refrigerator for all your entertaining needs.

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      Well-Stocked Wet Bar

      The wet bar in this refreshment area features an undercounter wine refrigerator, bin storage, and stemware in open cubbies, allowing guests to serve themselves.

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      Sideboard Beverage Center

      Part coffee station, part wine bar, a built-in sideboard by the breakfast nook includes an undercounter wine chiller.

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      Sophisticated Beverage Center

      A section of walnut-stained cabinets serves as a beverage center complete with a bar sink, built-in espresso maker, coffee grinder, and a refrigerator drawer for cream and other extras.

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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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