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 Renovations: Vintage Kitchens

These updated kitchen designs showcase the versatility and universal appeal of the clean, classic lines that define vintage style.

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    • Limestone-Topped Kitchen Island

      This updated 1920s space is full of kitchen-remodeling ideas, from French-wire cabinet doors that keep plates in view to a hanging pot rack that adds another classic touch. With the cooktop removed, the island can function as a work surface.

    • Limestone-Topped Kitchen Island

      This updated 1920s space is full of kitchen-remodeling ideas, from French-wire cabinet doors that keep plates in view to a hanging pot rack that adds another classic touch. With the cooktop removed, the island can function as a work surface.

    • Kitchen Eating Area

      This kitchen's designer got rid of the oval over the island and claimed the space for a pot rack. The new casual eating area embraces the tradition of family dinner.

    • Kitchen Eating Area

      This kitchen's designer got rid of the oval over the island and claimed the space for a pot rack. The new casual eating area embraces the tradition of family dinner.

    • Red-and-Yellow Kitchen

      A cheerful combination of red, yellow, and white, including classic toile fabric, gives this kitchen a fresh look. Glass fronts on a few cabinets brighten the entire room, and damaged dishware gets a second life as a signature backsplash.

    • Red-and-Yellow Kitchen

      A cheerful combination of red, yellow, and white, including classic toile fabric, gives this kitchen a fresh look. Glass fronts on a few cabinets brighten the entire room, and damaged dishware gets a second life as a signature backsplash.

    • Updated Kitchen

      This vintage kitchen with custom cabinets and flooring cleverly incorporates an office/computer area. By opening the wall where the range was originally located, an old pantry space and the main kitchen were merged. An L-shape desk with drawers below for storage is a better use of space.

    • Updated Kitchen

      This vintage kitchen with custom cabinets and flooring cleverly incorporates an office/computer area. By opening the wall where the range was originally located, an old pantry space and the main kitchen were merged. An L-shape desk with drawers below for storage is a better use of space.

    • Storage-Filled Kitchen

      A soaring bank of cabinets and cubbies in the kitchen of this 1890s Georgia cottage provides display shelves and much-needed kitchen storage. The chalkboard opens to even more storage, including baskets of school supplies, tools, and keys.

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      Storage-Filled Kitchen

      A soaring bank of cabinets and cubbies in the kitchen of this 1890s Georgia cottage provides display shelves and much-needed kitchen storage. The chalkboard opens to even more storage, including baskets of school supplies, tools, and keys.

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      Kitchen with Vintage Details

      Simple white subway tiles are period-appropriate and complement the dark countertops. Vintage details, such as salvaged metal brackets under the island, pull the space together.

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      Kitchen with Vintage Details

      Simple white subway tiles are period-appropriate and complement the dark countertops. Vintage details, such as salvaged metal brackets under the island, pull the space together.

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      Kitchen with Corner Storage

      A banquette did little to optimize this kitchen's floor plan. It was replaced with a multifunctional window seat that opens the room for additional storage in a cupboard-style pantry and corner shelves.

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      Kitchen with Corner Storage

      A banquette did little to optimize this kitchen's floor plan. It was replaced with a multifunctional window seat that opens the room for additional storage in a cupboard-style pantry and corner shelves.

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      Marble-Top Kitchen Island

      Timeless surfaces, classic cabinetry, and old-fashioned fixtures help this new kitchen seamlessly blend in with an old home. The marble-top island serves several purposes, including an eating bar, preparation surface, and serving buffet.

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      Marble-Top Kitchen Island

      Timeless surfaces, classic cabinetry, and old-fashioned fixtures help this new kitchen seamlessly blend in with an old home. The marble-top island serves several purposes, including an eating bar, preparation surface, and serving buffet.

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      Small Kitchen Makeover

      The genius behind this little kitchen's redo is the skinny appliances that give it full-size function. A framed pegboard, inspired by one in legendary cook Julia Child's kitchen, provides practical and livable storage.

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      Small Kitchen Makeover

      The genius behind this little kitchen's redo is the skinny appliances that give it full-size function. A framed pegboard, inspired by one in legendary cook Julia Child's kitchen, provides practical and livable storage.

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      Classic Kitchen

      Functional flair and artful organization define this kitchen, which was restored using the home's original 1929 blueprints. The cost-saving decision to keep the existing range justified some remodeling splurges, including a new double oven and a glass-front refrigerator.

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      Classic Kitchen

      Functional flair and artful organization define this kitchen, which was restored using the home's original 1929 blueprints. The cost-saving decision to keep the existing range justified some remodeling splurges, including a new double oven and a glass-front refrigerator.

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      Easy Kitchen Update

      This bland, all-white kitchen was refreshed with easy, minor tweaks. Flat-front cabinets showcase classic character with screen molding that simulates paneling. New cabinet hardware makes a big impact, and walls are perked up with paint and a wallpaper border.

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      Easy Kitchen Update

      This bland, all-white kitchen was refreshed with easy, minor tweaks. Flat-front cabinets showcase classic character with screen molding that simulates paneling. New cabinet hardware makes a big impact, and walls are perked up with paint and a wallpaper border.

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      White Vintage Kitchen

      Textured white subway tiles line this charming kitchen's backsplash, giving the room a light, spacious backdrop. The L-shape island provides separate areas for eating and prep work. Now the space is perfect for both day-to-day family life and entertaining.

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      White Vintage Kitchen

      Textured white subway tiles line this charming kitchen's backsplash, giving the room a light, spacious backdrop. The L-shape island provides separate areas for eating and prep work. Now the space is perfect for both day-to-day family life and entertaining.

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      Sleek Vintage Kitchen

      This small kitchen got a boost from French doors that maximize light and views. A crackle-finish ceramic tile backsplash complements the sleek look, and a dramatic Craftsman-style corbel supports a display shelf and enlivens the simple, traditional design.

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      Sleek Vintage Kitchen

      This small kitchen got a boost from French doors that maximize light and views. A crackle-finish ceramic tile backsplash complements the sleek look, and a dramatic Craftsman-style corbel supports a display shelf and enlivens the simple, traditional design.

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      Spacious Kitchen

      Doubling the size of the kitchen was this remodeling project's focus. Details include deep drawer storage that houses most of the kitchen utensils, as well as a butcher-block island top that signals the functional attitude of the space. Perimeter counters are limestone.

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      Spacious Kitchen

      Doubling the size of the kitchen was this remodeling project's focus. Details include deep drawer storage that houses most of the kitchen utensils, as well as a butcher-block island top that signals the functional attitude of the space. Perimeter counters are limestone.

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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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