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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Before and After Makeover: Family Kitchen with Wenge-Wood Cabinets

A 1950s ranch kitchen becomes the center of the home through a 21st-century remodel.

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    • BEFORE: Original Kitchen

      While the original kitchen was the perfect place for the homeowners' daughters to play and make a mess as children, the grown-up family needed a gathering place that reflected their current lifestyle. Cabinetry, appliances, and flooring were all replaced to leave the '50s behind.

    • AFTER: Stylish and Functional Updated Kitchen

      The new expansive island is a snack and homework stop for the homeowners' daughters. A skylight and wide new window above the sink fill the room with light. The dark wenge veneer cabinets provide just enough storage for the family -- stopping them from hoarding anything unnecessary and the kitchen's layout allows enough room for a chef to work without tripping over others in the room.

    • BEFORE: Kitchen Needed an Update

      The old kitchen was great for a growing family. Little ones could do art projects and make a mess. But it was time for the kitchen to change as the family's needs changed.

    • Wenge-Wood Cabinets

      Beautiful wood cabinets don't have to cost a fortune. Wenge, an exotic African hardwood, makes a serious style statement. These cabinets, however, are actually wenge veneer -- not solid wood -- so they're not a budget breaker. This homeowner paid about a third more than typical solid wood, but a similar look can be achieved with stained white oak or American walnut.

      Here, a wet bar is conveniently located next to the island, making entertaining easy. Macassar ebony veneer on the backsplash pops against the wenge veneer used for the kitchen cabinetry, creating a sophisticated focal point.

    • Custom Cabinets

      The homeowners tailored the cabinet design to their needs. Since all family members are tall, the designer used higher countertops and upward-opening cabinets. Creating more space for appliances allowed the designer to consolidate the cooking area, making the kitchen even more efficient.

    • Secret Study Area

      When former mudroom space was merged with the kitchen, it became a spot to put a desk with the family computer. The homeowners love the convenience of a desk in the kitchen -- and the ability to hide it simply by shutting the doors.

    • New Twist on Classic Materials

      The kitchen's sturdy palette is also organic. Cabinets and shelves are wenge veneer, and counters and backsplashes are alabaster marble. The long planes of horizontal-grain wood and thick stone surfaces help the room stay true to its original ranch style.

    • BEFORE: A Cramped Kitchen

      Before the remodel, this kitchen felt confined and closed off from the rest of the house. The tired design left the room looking out-of-date, and the layout left no space for the homeowners' teenage daughters. It was time for the kitchen to enter its next generation.

    • AFTER: A Family-Friendly Kitchen Layout

      By combining the former mudroom with the previous kitchen, the homeowners gained space for a study spot as well as room to mingle when they entertain. Updated appliances in a consolidated cook area make the kitchen much more welcoming, and a new door by the old breakfast nook opens the room up to the backyard.

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