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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Apron Kitchen Sinks

These stylish and practical sinks give your kitchen a charming vintage look. Here' s what to know if you are considering buying an apron-front sink.

Apron sinks, also called apron-front or farmhouse sinks, bring instant charm and vintage appeal to your cooking space. Distinguished by their exposed front that drops down to the cabinet below rather than stopping at the countertop edge, apron sinks are available in a variety of materials. You can choose cast iron or fireclay for a traditional look or add a bit of drama with stone or copper. Stainless-steel versions bring a modern twist to the traditional sink design and fit well in contemporary kitchens. Each material offers specific advantages and disadvantages, so research the choices carefully. Both single-bowl and double-bowl apron sinks are available. In most kitchens, the faucet is installed on the countertop behind the sink or on the wall behind it.

Pros and Cons

Apron sinks blend style and function into one sculptural form. These sinks don' t blend into the background rather become a focal-point that helps set the tone of the kitchen' s work area. With a wide base and deep basin, they easily accommodate large pots and pans and minimize splashing. These sinks are usually installed farther forward than other sinks, so you' re situated closer to the work area and don' t need to lean over as much when washing dishes. However, their deep bowls can make it difficult for children or anyone who is seated to reach the bottom of the sink.

The price of apron sinks varies by material, but they often come with a high price tag and are usually heavy and more difficult to install than other sink models. Because of their weight and size, they usually require a special base cabinet, and due to the exposed front, water can drip on the cabinet below and damage it. If price is an issue, you may be able to save money by purchasing a vintage sink -- but it' s important to make sure the sink is in good condition (which drives up the price considerably). You can refinish vintage cast iron sinks, but they may not hold up well to the everyday wear and tear that' s common in a kitchen work zone. Another option to get the look of an apron sink is a self-trimming apron-front sink, which is easier to install than standard models, may help decrease installation costs, and allow you to keep your existing sink base cabinet.

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