15 Ways to Refresh Your Kitchen

Eventually every kitchen needs work to look fresher and work better. Fun or functional, these 15 do-it-yourself ideas will put a new face on your place.


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Open Season

    These shelves showcase two trends -- open storage and cottage style -- in one installation. Support simple planks on purchased brackets. Let wall space dictate the dimensions.

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In the Right Light

    Undercabinet lighting makes performing any countertop task easier and safer. Today's do-it-yourself strip or puck fixtures use money- and energy-saving bulbs.

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Get a Grip

    Like pairing jewelry with a black dress, new hardware can update your cabinets' personality in a snap. Choose knobs and pulls that complement your kitchen's style and its other metal finishes.

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Leave a Message

    Chalkboard paint turns any surface -- such as this refrigerator's insert panels -- into communication central. It's also handy for menus and shopping lists.

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Over-the-Sink Storage

    It's a pot rack. It's a window treatment. This discount-store curtain rod works twice as hard. Install extra support brackets for heavy pans.

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Behind the Scenes

    It's all in the background. White dinnerware stands out against cabinet interiors lined with wallpaper or wrapping paper. Apply trimmed sheets with double-stick tape if you like to update the look periodically.

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Add-On Character

    Customize cabinets with furniture-style details. This traditional example features pilaster moldings and blocky feet.

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A Fresh Angle

    Architectural salvage ranges from plumbing fixtures to Victorian millwork. Brackets find new purpose in a doorway, beneath a display shelf, or under an extended countertop as shown.

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Plates on Parade

    Stock lumber and a few simple moldings turn a wall into an (almost) instant hutch. Wallpaper behind the shelves and below the chair rail suggests the outline of furniture.

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Storage Goes Vintage

    Get creative with flea market finds. Medallions and lacy appliques decorate this memory box allocated to grandma's kitchen treasures.

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A Place for Everything

    Make the most of limited storage space with wire organizers. Racks, shelves, and baskets occupy often-wasted vertical space -- and they go with you when you move.

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Line by Line

    Versatile beaded board brings homey texture to many surfaces. This backsplash also sports a row of relief tiles as an accent.

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Color Correction

    A neutral kitchen is a smart investment, but a pop of color is such fun! Shop art supply stores for tinted films you can adhere to glass cabinet door interiors. Exteriors will still be easy to clean.

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Floor Show

    This faux rug's sheer paint treatment lets the wood's grain show through, and light sanding suggests age. Careful taping makes it easy to re-create geometric designs.

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Playing with Paint

    Scallops and squiggles and flowers -- oh my! Plain-vanilla cabinets go cherry red in this whimsical painting project. Collectible pottery adds another focal point.

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