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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One Kitchen, Two Budgets: Traditional

Before you start a kitchen remodeling project, you need to determine how much you're willing to spend. 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 Ken Kelly 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 traditional-style kitchen plans is more expensive?

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    • The Value Kitchen

      Entry-level appliances and a backsplash of simple ceramic subway tiles keep costs in check.


      Frigidaire FFHS2612LS side-by-side refrigerator $1,099
      Frigidaire FGGF3041KF 30-inch gas range $899
      Frigidaire FPHD2481KF 24-inch dishwasher $599
      Frigidaire FFMV164LS over-the-range microwave $289


      Brookhaven semicustom, full overlay cabinets in Nordic White by Wood-Mode $16,100


      Cambria quartz-surfacing countertops in Nottingham $6,500
      Minwax Dark Walnut stain for existing oak floor $40
      United Ceramic Tile 3x6-inch white subway tiles $102


      Elkay LKGTPKG1CR Gourmet undermount sink $950
      Elkay LK2444NK Victoria faucet $621
      Willoughby Mini pendants by Savoy House $120
      American Lighting LVPX Xenon Puck undercabinet lights $96


      Total cost: $ 27,415

      Prices are estimates, excluding installation

    • Create a Traditional-Style Kitchen on a Budget

      Tip No. 1. Work within an existing footprint. Keep electrical and plumbing lines in place to reduce labor costs and free up more of your budget for materials, fixtures, and appliances.

    • Create a Traditional-Style Kitchen on a Budget

      Tip No. 2. Create the look of built-in appliances. Opt for an affordable slide-in range or counter-depth refrigerator to create a streamlined, built-in look for less.

    • Create a Traditional-Style Kitchen on a Budget

      Tip No. 3. Choose durable surfaces. Glossy quartz-surfacing countertops mimic the look of natural stone but are much easier to maintain. A simple edge profile will help reduce costs. For an even more affordable alternative, consider stone-look laminates.

    • The Custom Kitchen

      Pro-style appliances and distinctive semicustom cabinetry create a custom look and cost considerably more than stock offerings.


      Sub-Zero BI-36U 36-inch built-in refrigerator $7,995
      Wolf DO30-2U/S 30-inch double wall ovens $5,299
      Wolf CT36G/S 36-inch six-burner gas cooktop $3,259
      Miele G2472SCVI dishwashers $2,698
      Wolf IS15/S 15-inch steamer $1,979
      Best K260A42SS range hood with remote blower $1,744
      Dacor IWD27 warming drawer $939


      Brookhaven semicustom, inset cabinetry in Nordic White by Wood-Mode  $46,500


      Caesarstone Raven countertop with ogee edge $7,500
      Akdo 2x4-inch brick mosaic tile in Calacatta $1,224
      Minwax Dark Walnut stain for existing oak floor $40                 


      Rohl Perrin & Rowe bridge kitchen faucet $2,045
      Rohl Perrin & Rowe single-hole kitchen faucet $1,213
      Rohl RC3618 Shaws Original fireclay sink $1,175
      Cenflex undercabinet lights by Starfire $606
      Top Knobs M1266 pulls in brushed satin nickel $536
      Millenium LSM1509PS Mini Pendants by Quoizel $306
      Kindred QSU1820/8N bar sink $239


      Total cost: $85,297

      Prices are estimates, excluding installation

    • Create a Custom Traditional Look

      Tip No. 1. Splurge on stone. For timeless elegance and enduring beauty, opt for a countertop or backsplash made of natural stone. Marble and granite are the most popular material types, but soapstone and limestone are other options worth considering. Keep in mind that natural stone requires regular sealing and maintenance to keep it in like-new shape.

    • Create a Custom Traditional Look

      Tip No. 2. Customize your island. Furniturelike details add traditional character while amenities -- such as a second sink, or built-in appliance below the counter -- enhance function.

    • Create a Custom Traditional Look

      Tip No. 3. Aim high. Extra-tall upper cabinets create the illusion of a higher ceiling -- and boost storage space. Top with crown molding for a polished look.

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      Create a Custom Traditional Look

      Tip No. 4. Add chef-worthy appliances. Extra appliances ease meal prep: A double oven boosts baking capacity and makes it easy to prepare multiple dishes at once. Below-the-counter dishwasher drawers ease cleanup tasks. And specialty appliances, such as a built-in coffeemaker, steamer, or wine fridge, customize a kitchen just for you.

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      Get The Look!

      Shop these kitchens and get the look in your own home!

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      Low-Cost Kitchen Updates

      Stretch your kitchen budget and put these creative, money-saving ideas to work for updates such as revamped cabinets, a fresh backsplash, and more!
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