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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Stylish & Durable Kitchen Remodel

See how this kitchen was transformed into a space that's tough enough for kids and stylish enough for grown-ups.

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    • A Perfect Balance

      Symmetry reigns in this open kitchen. The prep sink and cooktop establish the center of the space and are framed by matching pairs of cabinets and appliance towers. The island's single-level countertop is more comfortable for the homeowners' children than a raised snack bar. A trio of high-back stools covered with durable off-white leather blends function and style.

    • Isles of Style

      On the work side of the island, a generous-size prep sink completes a classic triangle with the refrigerator and cooktop. The homeowners' choice to leave the island countertop one level makes the prep sink and faucet a focal point of the room. The island's quartz-surfacing countertop fits well into busy family life, as it is more stain-resistant than natural stone.

    • Cooking Station

      With the cooktop separate from the wall ovens, there's room below the burner controls for deep drawers to store pots and pans. The pot filler faucet provides a convenient water source for cooking. Granite countertops and miniature white subway tiles add subtle texture to break up the wall of straight-line cabinetry.

    • Cleanliness Is Key

      Symmetry also reigns in the kitchen’s cleanup zone, which features a stainless-steel apron-front sink. The contemporary surface looks sleek and is durable enough for the bustle of family life. The deep basin is perfect for hiding dirty dishes, while the tall gooseneck faucet offers both industrial appeal and practical functionality.

    • Get the Party Started

      One of the goals of this kitchen makeover was to create a space suitable for plenty of casual entertaining. Here, an undercounter refrigerator was built into the island base near the patio doors, making it easy to grab a drink and head outside.

    • Dining in Style

      The dining area features original oak floors and a rugged teak table. The table's dark finish and the light-color chairs echo the island's style. Leafy-green walls and a textured light fixture enliven the mostly white palette of the nearby kitchen.

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