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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How to Build an Island

A mix of new and thrift materials gives this island character. Follow these instructions to build your own island from salvage materials.

What You Need:

-- 2 doors

-- 4 upper cabinets

-- Assorted bins and cubbies

-- 4 secondhand drawers

-- 4 drawer pulls

-- Medium-density fiberboard (MDF)

-- Paint

-- Paintbrush, sprayer, and/or roller

What To Do:

Step 1: Map your project. Sketch exactly where each piece will fit. For this island, a pair of narrow upper cabinets were arranged back-to-back on each end of the island, then filled in the center with drawers and bins. Lay the entire project on the floor and measure. Note: This island is a standard counter height of 36 inches. Make sure the door you use is tall enough to accommodate your desired island height.

Step 2: Use MDF to create the island's shelving and drawer unit. Cut pieces to fit the drawers and bins, then prime and paint your desired color. Let dry, then apply a second coat. When the paint is dry, assemble the island. This island was created with a MDF with a solid back so the reverse side of the island can be used for towel and utensil storage.

Step 3: Create the top and sides of the island from two doors. One door will become the island's work surface. Cut the other door in half to make the side supports. Inset the cabinets at least 8 inches if you want stools to slide underneath and out of the way. This also makes legroom for more comfortable seating when the island is used for homework or at snacktime. Insert the boxes and bins, and affix pulls to the drawer fronts.

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