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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Kitchen Remodel: Space for All

Remodeling this kitchen created a space that caters to the homeowners' love for entertaining. The remodeled kitchen gives plenty of room to the cook while creating a spot for guests to congregate out of the action but within conversation distance.

Thanks to the new layout created during a remodel, this kitchen is now entertaining-friendly. A peninsula with a raised counter attracts guests with a comfortable place to sit and chat with the cook.

But the kitchen isn't designed just for guests. Plenty of chef-accommodating features establish a dream cooking setup for the homeowners. Butcher block on the island, illuminated by a pendant above, works as a prep station. Storage space beneath the island top houses small appliances and cookbooks.

Double ovens ensure that there's plenty of cooking power so food can be prepared at the same time. High oven placement eliminates awkward bending and back strain. The drawer below conveniently stores pans and baking sheets. A flip-up door keeps the microwave out of sight when it's not in use. The neutral color scheme serves as a no-distractions backdrop for a collection of colorful antique Italian dishes; the decorative cutout echoes the shape of the corbels below the range hood.

The double ovens also free up space beneath the cooktop for deep drawers that keep pots and pans close to where they are used most often, a step-saving move. The custom range hood complements the design of the surrounding cabinetry; corbels supporting the hood and mantel shelf reflect furniture detailing found in the base cabinets.

Pullouts next to the cooktop organize spices and oils. Cabinets and drawers in a variety of widths and depths are suitable storing tools, cookware, utensils, small appliances, and food. Pullouts and other organizing tools ensure items are easily accessible even in the back of cabinets.

Besides the practical elements, the kitchen is a pleasure for cooks and guests with its attractive finishes. The texture of the honed Ghibli granite countertops contrasts with the glossy subway tile backsplash, accentuating both materials, as well as the cabinetry and fixtures.

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