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: $15,000 to $20,000 Kitchens

Check out these kitchen remodeling projects that mix high-end and budget-friendly elements.


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    • French Country Kitchen

      Elegant details are key to this country-French-style kitchen. Golden granite tops the large furniture-style island, which provides extra storage. Burgundy granite makes a focal point as the range backsplash and contrasts with the ivory-painted cabinets. Iron cabinetry hardware and a ceiling light fixture complement the rich burgundy color.

      Total cost (excluding labor): $18,811.

    • Efficient Kitchen Layout

      A new L-shape layout makes this kitchen efficient for multiple cooks. New stainless-steel appliances help designate workstations, and the island is an ideal spot for guests when entertaining. Cognac maple cabinetry contrasts with the mix of patterned granite and concrete countertops. Seen through the back archway, sliding chalkboard doors hide the laundry room.

      Total cost (excluding labor): $20, 638

    • Mid-Century Modern Kitchen

      Bumping out the cooktop wall and stealing space from the adjacent garage added 25 square feet -- enough to make this kitchen functional for more than one person at a time. A fresh coat of aqua blue covers the cabinetry, accented by the wave-like stainless steel pulls. A natural-color mosaic tile backsplash and an engineered quartz countertop mimic the soft tones of a sandy beach. New Energy Star-qualified appliances top off the makeover.

      Total cost (excluding labor): $20,330.

    • Contemporary Kitchen Design

      Cherry mission cabinets and slender cabinetry hardware bring sleek lines to this modern kitchen. Multiple pendants provide plenty of lighting and add contemporary flair. Outdated appliances and surfaces were replaced with stainless steel, energy-efficient appliances and stonelike laminate countertops. Opting for an island with seating on one side created a casual dining space.

      Total cost (excluding labor): $21, 389

    • Kitchen with Custom Cabinets

      Installing the backsplash and countertop without professional help balanced the cost of custom cabinets in this kitchen. The professional-grade range was a floor model purchased at a discount. The light fixtures, salvaged from an old country bank, add charm.

      Total cost (excluding labor): $15,227

    • Kitchen with Painted Cabinets

      Existing cabinetry got a new look with paint, and cabinet doors were removed to create display space. New stainless-steel appliances and granite countertops made up for the money saved on cabinetry. A custom-made island, refinished hardwood floors, and a ceramic-tile backsplash complete the room's makeover.

      Total cost (excluding labor): $16,310

    • Modern Kitchen

      Splurging on a dual-fuel range and new cabinets meant finding bargains for the rest of this remodel. Cabinetry hardware was purchased online for $1 apiece. Laminate countertops, wood flooring, and stock ceramic tiles on the backsplash are stylish but less expensive elements.

      Total cost (excluding labor): $16,650

    • Small Yet Spacious Kitchen

      Keeping existing cabinet boxes, using paint for impact, and shopping at home centers reduced expenses in this remodel. Wood edging adds warmth and finishes the granite-tile countertops for substantially less money than matching granite edging. A new maple island increases storage and adds work space.

      Total cost (excluding labor): $16,777

    • Contemporary Cottage Kitchen

      Tongue-and-groove paneling at the end of the new peninsula gives the small space an authentic cottage feel. A backsplash of glass blocks and new windows above the sink introduces natural light into the room. Cabinets, custom concrete countertops, and appliances worthy of any gourmet cook are the biggest splurges.

      Total cost (excluding labor): $18,880

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      Blue-Accented Kitchen

      Painted walls, laminate countertops, and vinyl flooring left plenty of room in the budget for new cabinets, appliances, and a marble-topped buffet. The waterfront cottage kitchen was enhanced when a wall was replaced with a peninsula that opened the small kitchen to a window-laced eating area.

      Total cost (excluding labor): $18,925

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      DIY Dream Kitchen

      Ready-to-assemble cabinetry has a darker finish on the lower units to create a custom-made look. The concrete-countertop island and tile backsplash left plenty of space in the budget for hardwood flooring, quartz-surfacing countertops, and stainless-steel appliances.

      Total cost (excluding labor): $19,782

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      Before and After: Cottage Kitchen

      This once-drab kitchen needed more than just a facelift -- reworking the kitchen's layout was key to creating more counter space and a better workflow, and an infusion of cottage style refreshed the room's look.
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