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

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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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One Kitchen, Two Budgets: Craftsman Style

Before you remodel your kitchen, you need to decide on a budget. But what do you really get for the money? See one kitchen's makeover potential based on two very different budgets.


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    • Splurge or Save: Can You Guess?

      We asked designer Patricia Gaylor to sketch plans for a kitchen remodel based on two different budgets­ -- a value budget and a custom budget. Can you tell which of these Craftsman-style kitchen plans is more expensive?


      Learn what everything should cost. Download our Price Guide!

    • The Value Kitchen

      Choosing stock cabinetry over pricier custom cabinetry is a smart way to keep costs in check without compromising style.

      KitchenAid panel-ready French door refrigerator $3,299
      Electrolux 30-inch built-in gas range $2,399
      Electrolux 30-inch chimney wall-mount hood $899
      Whirlpool dishwasher $589
      KitchenAid microwave $500

      Merillat Portrait in cherry, Paprika stain, plus oil-rubbed bronze hardware $15,325

      DeNova Cosmic Black countertop $3,500
      Daltile Lemon Custard subway tile $900
      Marazzi Imperial Slate ceramic tile flooring $500
      Motawi decorative tiles $315

      Kohler undermount stainless-steel sink $631
      Kohler pull-down faucet $389
      Amerock appliance pulls $330
      Rejuvenation lighting $115

      Total cost: $29,691

      Prices are estimates, excluding installatio

    • Create a Craftsman Kitchen on a Budget

      Tip No. 1. Embrace the warmth of wood. Cherry, maple, or oak cabinetry with a simple square door style won’t date quickly -- and will enhance a Craftsman-style design. Choose stock or semicustom cabinetry to minimize costs.

    • Create a Craftsman Kitchen on a Budget

      Tip No. 2. Build a better backsplash. Simple subway tiles are the perfect accompaniment to a Craftsman kitchen -- choose earthy colors, such as greens and browns, to complement the wood tones in flooring and cabinetry.

    • Create a Craftsman Kitchen on a Budget

      Tip No. 3. Choose the right lighting. Period-appropriate pendants over an island -- or a flush-mount fixture over the sink -- boost task lighting and add ambience.

    • The Custom Kitchen

      Top-of-the-line appliances, custom cabinetry, and stone countertops give this kitchen a truly custom look.

      Sub-Zero 36-inch built-in, over-under refrigerator $6,795
      Wolf 30-inch gas range with 10-inch riser kit $4,662
      U-Line 15-inch wine cooler $1,599
      Miele dishwasher $1,100
      Eliza 30-inch stainless-steel vent hood $1,099
      KitchenAid 24-inch warming drawer $775
      GE Spacemaker microwave $350

      White Woodworking cabinets $25,500

      Reclaimed antique oak flooring $6,965
      Soapstone and marble countertops $6,029
      Wall paint $1,300
      Daltile white subway tile $1,000

      Perrin & Rowe bridge kitchen faucet $2,385
      Shaws Original single-bowl apron-front sink $1,548
      Schoolhouse Electric lighting $874
      Restoration Hardware Felicity knobs and pulls $374
      Mountain Plumbing cold-water dispenser $292
      Classic Brass Montana hardware $292
      Horton Brasses pantry latches $100

      Total cost: $63,039

      Prices are estimates, excluding installation

    • Create a Custom Craftsman Look

      Tip No. 1. Invest in custom cabinetry for a distinctive look. Shaker-style doors are the perfect accompaniment to a Craftsman kitchen. For a consistent look, consider cladding the range hood in wood to complement the surrounding cabinetry.

    • Create a Custom Craftsman Look

      Tip No. 2. Add handcrafted details. Attention to detail is the key to building lasting character. Consider adding furniturelike details to the island and perimeter cabinetry to create a personalized look.

    • Create a Custom Craftsman Look

      Tip No. 3. Combine classic materials. A deep apron-front sink -- made from fireclay, soapstone, or granite -- paired with a shapely, vintage-inspired faucet is a timeless combination.

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