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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Budget Kitchen Remodeling: $10,000 to $15,000 Kitchens

Check out these inspiring kitchen remodeling projects for ideas on where to splurge -- and where to save money.


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    • Classic Kitchen Design

      Soft colors, white subway tile, and new appliances give this kitchen an update. A new cherrywood island and an aqua wall cabinet provide extra storage. The hardwood floors give the room a warm feel.

      Total cost (excluding labor): $12,650

    • White Modern Kitchen

      New windows illuminate this contemporary kitchen. Streamlined stock cabinetry and stainless-steel appliances and hardware add a modern edge to the traditional farmhouse sink and wide-plank wood flooring. The white walls, paint, and carrara marble countertops reflect the natural light.

      Total cost (excluding labor): $14,145

    • Cozy Cottage Kitchen

      Beaded board and a color scheme of blues and whites create this cottage kitchen look. A custom vent hood and a new island were the room's major additions. Subway and accent backsplash tiles, island corbels, and pendant lighting add detail to the kitchen.

      Total cost (excluding labor): $15,092.

    • Updated Retro Kitchen

      White-painted cabinetry and a checkerboard floor are the mainframe of this retro kitchen. A deep white sink with a vintage-style faucet is a practical and aesthetic addition. Details such as the cabinetry's arched feet and crown molding give a built-in, furniturelike look.

      Total cost (excluding labor): $14,795.

    • Rustic Lakeside Kitchen

      Shelving replaced upper cabinets to open up this country kitchen. White plank boards, barn-red-painted base cabinets, a farmhouse sink, and an ornate faucet complete the look. A pot rack (formerly a sled) makes a unique focal point above the island.

      Total cost (excluding labor): $14,485.

    • Cottage Kitchen Makeover

      A cabinetry facelift -- complete with crown molding, white paint, and new hardware -- was the first step in completing this cottage kitchen makeover. Energy-efficient appliances and fixtures update the room, and stone-look laminate countertops add a high-end feel.

      Total cost (excluding labor): $11,024.

    • Modern Kitchen Makeover

      Refinished hardwood floors and new maple cabinetry gave this outdated kitchen new life. Washable linen curtains on the lower cabinets provide easy access to pots and pans for a fraction of the price of cabinet doors. Flooring tiles, leftover from another project in the home, cover the countertops and exhaust hood.

      Total cost (excluding labor): $10,120

    • Kitchen with Painted Cabinets

      Kitchen cabinets purchased at flea markets, garage sales, and home improvement stores get a cohesive look when painted a single color and topped with crown molding. Oak parquet flooring, a decorative tile backsplash, and tile countertops add warmth and color. New kitchen appliances round out the complete overhaul.

      Total cost (excluding labor): $11,313

    • Cottage Kitchen

      Fresh paint revives the 75-year-old glass-front cabinets next to the sink. New, lower cabinets, a baker's table, and a central island were added. A $20 sheet of beaded-board plywood gives the island an authentic cottage look. Refinishing the hardwood flooring left room in the budget for a new suite of appliances.

      Total cost (excluding labor): $11,320

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      Kitchen with Salvaged Materials

      Ready-to-assemble cabinetry provided considerable savings. Secondhand finds such as the sink, window, stained glass, and commercial range also kept costs low. Discovering hardwood floors beneath linoleum was a budget-friendly surprise that allowed for marble countertops and a wet bar.

      Total cost (excluding labor): $11,905

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      High-Style Kitchen Design

      Thick cast-concrete countertops inject contemporary drama into the natural mix of materials. With a little elbow grease, the homeowners were able to completely renovate this kitchen by using ready-to-assemble stock cabinets, tiling the backsplash in neutral blue-gray tile, updating the pendant fixtures, and installing the professional-style appliances.

      Total cost (excluding labor): $12,420

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      Smart Kitchen Updates

      Updating existing cabinets with paint, hardware, and storage upgrades saved thousands of dollars in this 1920s kitchen. To unify the mismatched details, the ceiling beams, window trim, and baseboards were painted the same color as the cabinets. To splurge on a pro-style range and high-end stainless-steel dishwasher and refrigerator, costs were cut in kitchen surfaces including the countertop, flooring, and lighting.

      Total cost (excluding labor): $12,685

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      Kitchen Appliance Upgrades

      Keeping the existing cabinets and hardware intact allowed for a big splurge on new appliances. A top-of-the-line range, dishwasher, and refrigerator were all a high priority, as were the honed-granite countertops. The island houses the cooktop, but also serves as a gathering area with barstools that tuck nicely under an overhang.

      Total cost (excluding labor): $14,088

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      16 Kitchen Trends That Are Here to Stay

      Just because it's trending doesn't mean it's not timeless. These gorgeous kitchen trends -- including minimal upper cabinetry, sparkling quartz counters, and one-of-a-kind ceiling treatments -- are guaranteed to stand the test of time.
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