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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Cost-Saving Tips from the Kitchen Pros

Four kitchen designers share their tips on getting a great kitchen makeover without breaking the bank.

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    • Meet the Experts

      Alan Hilsabeck Jr. is a Certified Kitchen Designer and the owner of Hilsabeck Design Associates in Flower Mound, Texas.
      www.hilsabeckinteriors.net

      Ann M. Morris is a Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer with Allied Kitchen and Bath in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
      www.alliedkitchenandbath.com

      Siri Evju is a Certified Kitchen Designer with Siri Designs in Portland, Oregon.

      Peter Salerno, Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer, is owner and president of Peter Salerno, Inc. in Wyckoff, New Jersey.
      www.petersalernoinc.com

    • Storage Savvy

      Tip from Siri Evju, CKD, Oregon


      Hire a carpenter, versus a custom closet company, to install shelving to save money. Or look for kitchen-friendly closet systems at home centers where you can pick and choose dollar-wise components that you install yourself.

    • Explore Your Options

      Tip from Siri Evju, CKD, Oregon


      Ask electricians or contractors what they charge to install recessed (can) lighting -- using a per individual fixture cost -- so you can compare apples to apples and get the best deal.

    • More for Less

      Tip from Siri Evju, CKD, Oregon


      Buy stained cabinets rather than painted ones.

    • Chopping Block

      Tip from Siri Evju, CKD, Oregon


      Need a budget-friendly alternative to expensive stone slabs? Laminate comes in a ton of cool colors and styles, at a low cost. Butcher block (shown) -- warm to the touch and durable -- is another great alternative that requires only periodic maintenance.

    • Stuck in the Middle

      Tip from Ann M. Morris, CMKBD, Florida


      Faucets can act as a focal point, or they can be really simple. Either way, don't choose the least expensive faucet and skimp on quality. Instead pick a middle ground, which is going to get you a good, durable faucet that is still economical.

    • No Frills

      Tip from Ann M. Morris, CMKBD, Florida


      In the long run, it will save money to purchase good cabinets from a reputable manufacturer with a guarantee. Cut costs by eliminating the bells and whistles. When you put components inside a basic cabinet, you raise the price. Many items -- cutlery dividers, extended drawers, a trash bin, and utensil dividers -- are now standard, so you can easily include these and skip the other add-ons.

    • Maximize Your Cabinets

      Solve the most annoying cabinetry storage problems with these easy -- and smart -- additions.

    • Custom Made

      Tip from Ann M. Morris, CMKBD, Florida


      To save on appliances, buy a 24-inch-deep refrigerator. The doors stick out 3 inches, but cover them with panels and the fridge looks like a built-in unit at half the price of a high-end version.

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      Great Legs

      Tip from Peter Salerno, CMKBD, New Jersey


      Add a bun leg on each corner of a cabinet or in front of the toe kick, so it looks like a freestanding piece of furniture. Bun legs are about $25 each, and you can paint or stain them to match your cabinets. That means for an extra $100, you can get cabinetry that looks much more expensive than it really is.

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      Make a Statement

      Tip from Peter Salerno, CMKBD, New Jersey


      If you don't have a walk-in pantry but have room for a tall cabinet, shop home stores for a piece of furniture that makes a statement without the custom-cabinet costs.

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      Clear Vision

      Tip from Peter Salerno, CMKBD, New Jersey


      Glass cabinet doors bring a lot to a kitchen without adding huge costs. You can also put in accents, such as fabric or wire, for a whole different feel that isn't that expensive.

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      Create a Focal Point

      Tip from Peter Salerno, CMKBD, New Jersey


      For a backsplash, choose simple 4-x-4-inch tiles with just a few accent tiles to add pop, or try mix different color subway tiles. It will give your kitchen a whole different feel by adding a focal point -- customization at a low cost.

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      Sliding By

      Tip from Alan Hilsabeck Jr., CKD, Texas


      Give your kitchen extra storage by replacing inexpensive drawer guides with better-quality versions. Add interior storage items such as cutlery dividers, pullout trash bins, towel rods, and storage for special linens.

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      Smart Substitutions

      Tip from Alan Hilsabeck Jr., CKD, Texas


      Don't be afraid of substitutions. For instance, if you want a granite backsplash or countertop, use granite tile with tight joints or grout lines versus a pricier granite slab.

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      Drawer Candy

      Tip from Alan Hilsabeck Jr., CKD, Texas


      Change the look of your kitchen without replacing cabinets. Instead, install new decorative hardware on doors and drawer fronts. It doesn't cost much, but it adds a lot of style.

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      Consult an Expert

      Tip from Alan Hilsabeck Jr., CKD, Texas


      Hire a Certified Kitchen Designer. The experience and knowledge, coupled with the cost of savings in all aspects of a remodel, are worth the fee. Your designer will pull the right products together the first time, eliminating mistakes and saving time and money without sacrificing style.

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      A few tweaks can give your kitchen a fresh new look. See how this kitchen combines cottage design and DIY style to create a cozy and modern kitchen.
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