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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Kitchen Sink Picks: Apron-Front and Farmhouse Sinks

Apron-front sinks aren't just for the country anymore; these once old-fashioned mainstays of the farmhouse kitchen have been streamlined and brought into the 21st century.

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    • Fireclay Farmhouse Sink

      Crafted of tough fireclay, the Alcott combines a touch of old-world charm with modern convenience. This farmhouse sink, shown in Sunlight, can be accessorized with a cutting board and drain rack.

      Alcott
      $1,054.95 and up
      Kohler Co.
      800/456-4537; kohler.com.

    • Above-Counter Apron-Front Sink

      This stainless steel sink mixes contemporary above-counter design with the charm of an apron-front sink. An exclusive sound absorption system reduces sound from disposals and running water.

      Verity
      $2,149.70
      Kohler Co.
      800/456-4537; kohler.com.

    • White Apron-Front Sink

      The perfect addition to a country-style kitchen, this farmhouse sink is made from durable vitreous china. The unique backsplash is designed for a wall-mount faucet.

      Country Kitchen Sink
      $1,070
      American Standard
      800/442-1902; americanstandard.com.

    • Copper Farmhouse Sink

      Generously sized at 30x19x9 1/2-inches deep, this farmhouse sink offers ample room for pots and baking sheets. This traditional sink, made of copper, brings a unique addition to the kitchen.

      Copper Farmhouse
      $7,261
      Herbeau Creations of America
      800/547-1608; herbeau.com.

    • Monogrammed Copper Farmhouse Sink

      Create a one-of-a-kind sink by having your farmhouse sink monogrammed. Each sink can be custom designed and is handcrafted from copper.

      Monogrammed sink
      Call for pricing
      Handcrafted Metal
      800/755-0310; handcraftedmetal.com.

    • Slate Farmhouse Sink

      This natural slate farmhouse sink is anti-bacterial, stain resistant, and unmatched in strength and durability. All sinks are custom built to whatever size and configuration is needed.

      Custom Farmhouse sink in red
      $972
      Sheldon Slate Products Company Inc.
      518/642-1280; sheldonslate.com.

    • Granite Apron-Front Sink

      Only the best stones are chosen for the Bijou farmhouse sink. Each granite kitchen sink is carved by hand from a single block of stone and makes a unique addition to the kitchen.

      Bijou
      $2,100
      Adagio Inc.
      877/988-2297; adagiosinks.com.

    • Double-Basin Copper Sink

      The anti-bacterial qualities of this double-basin sink helps keep the kitchen clean and sanitary. This unique sink, made of hand-hammered copper, is now available in brushed nickel.

      Farmhouse Duet
      $3,145
      Native Trails
      800/786-0862; nativetrails.net.

    • Hand-Carved Farmhouse Sink

      The smooth lines of this hand-carved farmhouse sink bring an elegant touch to the kitchen. This model is available in both single- and double-bowl styles and in numerous colors.

      Farmhouse sink
      $1,750
      Stone Forest
      888/682-2987; stoneforest.com.

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      Soapstone Double-Basin Sink

      Made of soapstone, this beautiful sink looks like a natural extension of the matching soapstone countertop. This stone sink won't burn or stain and is practically indestructible.

      New England Traditional Double
      $1,130
      Green Mountain Soapstone
      802/468-5636; greenmountainsoapstone.com.

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      Farmhouse Sink Ideas for Cottage-Style Kitchens

      Cottage or country-style farmhouse sinks add instant charm to any kitchen. The range of materials makes this kitchen the perfect choice. From copper to stainless steel to the classic fireclay sink, there is a sink to fit every style and budget.
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