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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Timeless Style Kitchen Makeover

With a can-do attitude, these homeowners banished the tired finishes and out-of-commission appliances in the kitchen of their 1926 home. The remodel resulted in a space that is an ode to classic beauty.


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    • Timeless Style Kitchen

      This 1926 Spanish Revival home once sported a yellow linoleum floor and brown plywood cabinets lined with sticky shelf paper. With a modest budget and a few modern amenities, the homeowners created a timeless look that preserves the original design. Shaker-style cabinets, an apron-front sink, and a bridge faucet create a classic look in this kitchen.

    • The Floor Plan

      An efficient floor plan makes this kitchen highly functional. Upper cabinets between the kitchen and eating areas were removed to make the space feel bright and open. The peninsula offers plenty of extra counter space and houses the apron-front sink. The butcher-block table, a find from a local butcher, provides a much needed workstation near the range.

    • Shaker Style

      With the cabinetry above the peninsula removed, the kitchen feels more open. While the homeowners considered squaring off the curved edge of the peninsula, they kept the shape because it echoes arched doorways throughout the house. Molding was added to the peninsula's plain sides to reflect the Shaker-style cabinets.

    • Like the Pros

      The oven was broken when the couple moved in, so they purchased a professional-grade range and ordered a hood to match. But to make them fit, surrounding cabinets had to be demolished.

    • Dual Purpose

      The dual-fuel range includes a second, smaller oven that enables the homeowners to bake dessert while dinner is cooking.

    • Smart Kitchen Storage

      In the breakfast nook, a built-in buffet provides storage for extra sets of dishes. The round table was a thrift-store find that the homeowners refinished and paired with new chairs.

    • Elegant Repeats

      The prep-room countertop, which is slightly lower than standard height for easier food prep, was cut from the same piece of marble used as a backsplash by the range in the kitchen.

    • Refurbished Cabinetry

      The homeowners worked with a cabinetmaker to create classic Shaker-style doors. They refurbished what they had by removing the doors, then sanding the cabinet frames and giving them a fresh coat of white paint. Glass fronts on some of the cabinets were created by combining two stock designs. White tile on the countertops was replaced with gray soapstone accented with subtle white veining for a sophisticated look that didn┬┐t darken the room.

    • Dutiful Detail

      To add a vintage touch to the room, a detailed, bridge-style faucet in a brushed-nickel finish was selected to dress up the sink area. The chandelier over the breakfast nook was a gift from friends.

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      Backsplash on a Budget

      The homeowners got a great deal on the marble tiles they used as a backsplash in the kitchen and prep room when they found a discontinued pattern and bought every box.

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      Before-and-After Kitchen Makeovers

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