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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Contemporary Galley Kitchen Makeover

Galley floor plan. Dim lighting. Maroon cabinets. What's a gal to do? Team up and get to work.

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    • Girl Power

      With the help of an inspired and creative contractor, the homeowner made big changes in her home's tiny kitchen.

      DIY Tip: Ditch the single overhead light fixture in favor of pendants, track lighting, and task lamps. Use a mirror to bounce light around dark spaces.

    • The Problem

      When the homeowner first laid eyes on her home, she fell in love with every room -- except the small kitchen. For less than $4,500, she now has a modern kitchen equally suited for hosting dinner parties and cozying up with her morning coffee.

      The Solution: Tops on the homeowner's wish list: a fresh palette, a pretty window seat, and better lighting. She could live with existing neutral floor and countertops, so they stayed, freeing funds for more dramatic changes, such as tiled walls and an expanded entryway.

    • Stage 1: Dark & Dim

      Bland walls and maroon cabinets fall short in the style department. But a bold streak of blue forecasts a bright future for this kitchen.

    • Stage 2: Perfect Palette

      A new tile backsplash connects deep charcoal lower cabinets with crisp white uppers. The updated window seat adds needed storage.

    • Stage 3: True Blue

      At first, the homeowner wondered if this hue was too much for a small room. When she saw the finished space, however, she knew it was a good choice.

    • Window Perch

      The homeowner stuck to a strict black-and-white fabric palette, allowing these patterns to play nicely together. Long before the redo process began, she bought fabric from tag sales and discount stores, which saved big bucks for her budget.

      DIY Tip: When it comes to curtains and pillows, think outside the bolt. Expand your search to bedsheets, designer remnants, and tea towels. Hem edges with wide ribbon.

    • Prep Area

      Heavy cabinets above the stove made the kitchen feel claustrophobic, so they were removed and replaced with chic glass shelves. The new setup shows off the homeowner's bright kitchenware and grants easy access to essentials.

      DIY Tip: Your local hardware store will cut the shelves to size. After they're attached, the glass disappears against the wall, making your collections pop.

    • Tile Tricks

      The homeowner picked up inexpensive white subway tile at a home improvement center. Placing it an angle bolsters the kitchen's contemporary vibe.

    • Elements of Modern Design

      Discover how to create a modern kitchen in your home with these easy tips.

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      Easy DIY Kitchen Decorating

      Add personal style and fun decor to your kitchen and adjoining eating area without spending a lot of money. Take a look at these easy DIY projects.
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