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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DIY Kitchen Projects Done in a Day

Update your kitchen in a flash with stylish and simple DIY projects. From furniture to tableware to décor, you can fill your kitchen with your own creations with these quick, easy projects.

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    • Natural Transformation: Part 1

      Give your kitchen a nature-inspired look with easy prints on the edge of wooden chairs. Start by printing your image on Lazertran transfer paper, and let the image dry for 30 minutes. Once the image has dried, cut around it and soak it in water for about a minute.

    • Natural Transformation: Part 2

      Peel off the backing and position the filmy printout on the chair. After smoothing out any air bubbles, use a small paint brush to brush on one to three coats of polyurethane to make the whites of the background transparent. Repeat with additional chairs for a complete set.

    • Want to photo transfer on other surfaces?

      Learn how to photo transfer onto wood, canvas, and more!

    • Dotty Drinkware: Part 1

      A clear glass pitcher and matching cup get a refreshing revamp with circle label stickers and white glass paint. Start by sticking circular labels securely to the outside of the glassware. This can be done in a straight line or in a more random polka-dot pattern.

    • Dotty Drinkware: Part 2

      Use a foam pouncer to apply white paint over the labels and up the sides of the glassware for a faux-frosted look. Avoid the rim of the pitcher and glass, so no paint is ingested when they’re used. Peel the stickers off while the paint is still wet, scratching off any paint that seeped underneath. Let dry and begin to enjoy your new, stylish glassware!

    • Chalk the Tray: Part 1

      Up the elegance factor at your dinner party by converting a vintage platter into a beautiful menu display. Start by gathering your materials: an oval shaped platter, a paper and pencil for tracing, a small brush and paint roller, and black chalkboard paint.

    • Chalk the Tray: Part 2

      Trace the oval base of your platter onto a thick piece of paper. Cut out the oval and center it on top of the platter, then trace an oval guide for the paint. If your platter has a central oval edge, you have a built-in guideline.

    • Chalk the Tray: Part 3

      Use a steady hand and a small brush to stroke chalkboard paint inside the edges of the traced guideline. Roll the center with chalkboard paint using a small smooth-surface foam roller. Let paint dry, and prop the platter up to complete the look.

    • Take the Cake: Part 1

      Put your baked goods on display with a one-of-a-kind cake stand. Wash and dry thrift store glasses, vases, candleholders, and plates. Coat items with frosted glass spray paint for a touch of texture and let dry. Next, spray the glassware with a few light coats of spray paint, letting dry between coats.

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      Take the Cake: Part 2

      Leave the plate as you purchased it, or paint only the bottom so the top remains food-safe. Once the pieces are dry, epoxy the glass to the plate bottom and let cure according to package instructions. Stack several for a charming, tiered cake stand. Pile on the treats and let them eat cake!

    • How to Spray Paint
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      Learn How to Spray Paint Anything

      For just a few bucks, you can get a quick makeover with spray paint.

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      Cabinet Door Update: Part 1

      Accent the cabinet doors in your kitchen office area with chalkboard paint and a colorful silhouette. Paint the entire door with chalkboard paint in a color of your choice. Next, select a design or image that you want for the door.

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      Cabinet Door Update: Part 2

      Trace the design you want -- we used a cat -- on contact paper. Cut out the design stencil. Peel off the backing and adhere the contact paper to the cabinet door. Paint the surface with a different color of chalkboard paint. Remove the contact paper before the paint dries. Allow the paint to dry before reinstalling the door and making notes with chalk.

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      Down By the Bay Cabinets: Part 1

      Create a beachy vibe in a kitchen or bath with sea-glass-inspired mosaic tile installed on cabinet door panels. Start with a door painted in your desired color. Trim tile sheets to match the size of the door panel.

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      Down By the Bay Cabinets: Part 2

      Brush tile adhesive on the cabinet and set the tiles on the door. Allow to dry. If the mesh behind the tile is visible, consider adding grout. Tile will add weight to the door, so be sure to purchase high-quality hinges.

    • An Easy Cabinet Door Makeover
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      Stencil a Cabinet Door

      See how to upgrade standard cabinets with a stencil and a little bit of paint!

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      Dresser-Turned-Island

      Turn a dresser into a kitchen island in a few simple steps. Scour thrift shops for a vintage wood dresser in a style that you prefer. Look for one that’s about 36 inches tall, or add casters for height. To achieve a two-tone look, mask the wood top using painter’s tape and kraft paper before sanding, priming, and then painting the body and drawers with two coats of semigloss paint. Replace the bottom drawer with baskets.

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      Leather Drawer Pulls

      Craft drawer pulls for your dresser-turned-island using supple leather or suede. Try mystery braiding, a technique that achieves a braided look with closed ends to get this unique look. Using a crafts knife and a straight edge, cut two even slits lengthwise in a 1 ½ x 8-inch strip of leather, leaving about 1 inch uncut at each end, then braid the strip. After braiding, insert a grommet at each end of the drawer using carriage bolts and nuts.

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      Decoupaged Tile Backsplash

      Embellish inexpensive 6x6-inch ceramic tiles with paper for a custom backsplash. Cut scrapbook paper, apply a thin coat of decoupage medium to the tile, then align the paper carefully and press firmly into place. Apply two more coats to the top and sides of the tile, allowing time to dry between coats. To further protect the tiles, apply a coat of outdoor decoupage medium, and let dry for three days. Then apply a coat of water-base varnish. Allow the tiles to dry thoroughly before installing. When grouting, use unsanded grout to avoid scratching your tiles and a barely damp sponge to wipe away the excess.

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      Tiered Serving Tray

      Adhere melamine dishes in two sizes to the top and bottom of a candlestick to create a pretty serving piece. Use an industrial-strength adhesive, such as Gorilla Glue, for a permanent hold, or try commercial-grade hook-and-loop tape to make it easier to store the tray when not in use.

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      Block Print Pattern

      Interesting shapes are found in a variety of household items. The funky curved repeat on this place setting comes courtesy of a potato masher. Start by dipping your print tool in fabric paint, and blot on paper to remove excess. Press the tool above the hem of a plain cloth napkin; repeat the pattern as desired. Use the same process on round cork trivets to turn them into coordinating chargers.

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      Budget Beater

      Created from wood shims, graphic paper, and pipe straps, these cabinetry pulls go easy on the pocketbook. Spray-paint shims (cut to 4 inches long) and pipe straps. Use decoupage medium to adhere the paper of your choice to the wood. After it dries, attach the pipe straps with an industrial-strength glue, such as E6000. Screw the pull directly into the cabinet door.

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      Falling for Geometrics

      Wood blocks covered in acrylic paint, gold leaf, and washi tape energize cabinets with playful shapes. Attach the tape to the blocks at 45-degree angles. In a few places use the tape as a mask to crate crisp lines in the paint. Place blocks on the doors with double-sided tape to confirm placement before drilling through the back of the cabinet doors into the blocks.

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      Low-Cost Cabinet Makeovers

      Save thousands of dollars by using paint and new hardware to update your existing kitchen cabinets instead of buying new ones. These colorful, budget-friendly examples will help you get started.
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