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 Remodeling Pictures

Find design and decorating inspiration for your kitchen from the smart ideas in these real-life makeovers.

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    • Beautiful Make-Under

      Forget a makeover; this gorgeous kitchen got a make-under. The remodeling process involved stripping the space back to its basics to create a bright, bare-bones backdrop for new cabinets and modern appliances.

    • Chop Smart

      A sliding butcher-block cutting board is a small but ingenious addition to this kitchen's new marble island sink. The specialty item requires a cut-in basin, so it must be chosen early in the design stage.

    • Work with It

      Removing the old radiator in the middle of this kitchen would have been pricey. Instead, the homeowners embraced its charm and installed an island around it, using the open area for barstool seating.

    • Custom Touches

      With so much cabinetry in this large kitchen, a semicustom option proved most economical. To avoid a cookie-cutter look, however, the homeowners created a focal-point island with custom cabinets in a muted green hue; painted moldings give the cabinets an old-world look.

    • Splurge Smart

      Rather than investing in pricey new cabinetry, these thrifty homeowners painted what they had and removed the doors from some cabinets to display pretty dinnerware. The money saved was used to splurge on new granite countertops.

    • Fresh Floor Plan

      Gutting a kitchen gives you the freedom to completely rethink the floor plan. This kitchen has an entirely new look and functionality thanks to a large peninsula that includes a sink, storage on one side, and a small desk area on the other.

    • Solid Planning

      Smart planning makes it more affordable to include special features such as this useful pot-filling faucet above the stove. Its special plumbing requirements were accounted for in the initial design so there were no surprise costs.

    • Embrace Uniqueness

      Rather than spending big dollars to eliminate an existing skylight, these homeowners decide to highlight it. They installed a same-size island directly below the skylight and used pendant lights to connect the two features.

    • Tucked Away

      In the same home, creative thinking also helped the homeowners add space-saving functionality to the new island. A pastry board on wheels slides out from inside the island when it's needed.

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      Focal Points

      Knowing the oversize range hood would be the focal point of their remodeled kitchen, the homeowners chose to frame it with green subway tiles in a hue that matches the island. To set off the hood, they mixed up the look with square tiles in the same color, punctuated by a few decorative tiles.

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      Hidden Away

      Countertop clutter once plagued this small kitchen. The remodel eliminated the problem by incorporating plenty of smart storage solutions, including an appliance garage in the cabinetry.

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      Seamless Solution

      To be certain an updated kitchen would still look natural in an old home, this remodel focused on incorporating plenty of vintage-look features, including an apron-front sink, honey-color wood cabinetry, and metal-grate door fronts.

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      Remake & Reuse

      Rethinking how to use existing space is a cost-effective way to maximize a kitchen's footprint. An underutilized storage cabinet adjacent to this kitchen was easily converted into a hidden wet bar during the remodeling process.

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      Beyond Cabinets

      Replacing cabinets isn't the only way to remake a kitchen. For a low-cost facelift, this remodel focused on other surfaces within the room, such as new countertops, appliances, sink, lighting, and backsplash, while a new painted design on the existing floor turns it into a unique feature.

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      Fresh Paint

      Another budget-friendly approach to kitchen remodeling is painting the existing cabinets. These homeowners gave their rich red paint an aged look by roughing up the edges with sandpaper. Modern stainless-steel pulls complete the new look.

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      Bold Accents

      Gutting their existing kitchen to start from scratch was a big investment for these homeowners. They decided to stick with classic finishes for the most expensive items in the room, including cabinetry and appliances. Bold, dramatic elements were used in smaller areas, such as the backsplash, which could be an affordable update later.

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      Maximize Space

      Very often, kitchens have small or awkward spaces that don't get much use. This remodel turned that negative into a positive by converting a tiny corner into a useful wine bar, complete with a cooler.

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      Space Smart

      There was no room to add an island to this small kitchen so the homeowners got creative and added a rolling cabinet that can easily be moved into the space when needed for meal preparation.

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      Highly Stylish

      To showcase this kitchen's beautiful new hardwood floors, the homeowners selected a furniture-look island with legs that raise the cabinets off the floor.

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      In the Details

      Sometimes small details can make a big difference in a kitchen. Layers of interesting trims were used to beef up this room's moldings for dramatic effect.

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      Before-and-After Kitchen Makeovers

      See how these kitchens transformed from closed-off and barely functional to dreamy, bright spaces, perfect for cooking, gathering, and entertaining.
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