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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Cape Cod Cottage Kitchen Makeover

A little 1950s Cape Cod cottage gets a one-of-a-kind kitchen packed with personality. The farmhouse style balances more modern accents for an eclectic feel.

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    • Balanced Flair

      This once-cramped kitchen underwent an amazing transformation, for just over $5,000. The budget was kept low, thanks to the innovative homeowners who exercised their DIY muscles and looked for creative budget-friendly solutions. For example, the homeowners were inspired by a high-end, modern chandelier and created a custom fixture at a fraction of the cost. Outdoor rope lights amp up an inexpensive base fixture, while a vintage-style ceiling medallion balances its contemporary flair.

    • Starting from Scratch

      The owners of this 1950s Cape Cod home wanted a family-friendly kitchen with an open layout. They started by gutting the space (only 11x9-1/2 square feet), removing the wall between the kitchen and dining room, and claiming 27-1/2 square feet from the dining area for the kitchen.

    • Island Work Zone

      The unique kitchen island design is a combination of stock cabinetry and a countertop fashioned from concrete slab. A miscalculation in the amount of concrete mix led to the kitchen’s best amenity: a butcher-block center on the island. The substitution, referred to by the homeowners as “a very lucky accident,” resulted in a perfect food-prep area.

    • Traditional Touches

      In addition to constructing a functional kitchen, the owners wanted one that had a fun, spirited personality, too. They mixed modern elements such as stainless-steel appliances, hardware, and shelving with quaint, traditional ones, such as this apron-front sink. Inspired by the sink’s glossy sheen, they covered the range wall in shiny white subway tile.

    • Streamlined Food Storage

      Stainless-steel shelves from a restaurant supplier take the place of traditional upper cabinets, keeping the kitchen bright and open. Two undercounter refrigerators were chosen in lieu of a standard-height refrigerator to free up floor space and allow the kids easy access.

    • Creative Cabinetry

      Without upper cabinets, the kitchen needed a pantry to store food and cooking supplies. The homeowners’ creative solution? Lockers found on Craigslist and retrofitted with shelves. The lockers, which are recessed into the wall for a custom look, bring a touch of whimsy to the eclectic kitchen.

    • Communication Station

      Exposed ductwork is now the kitchen’s command center, covered in magnets and memos and flanked by office organizers.

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