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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Small Kitchen: Bright and Open Kitchen Makeover

This kitchen remodel brought in tons of natural light, a warm color palette, and a love connection for the homeowner.


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    • Lighten Up

      This once-dark kitchen had drywall soffits and a pantry in the middle of the room, making the space feel closed off and difficult to maneuver. The soffits were removed along with a partial wall, creating space for a more useful layout. Plus, a new glass back door brings in lots of natural light.

    • Room with a View

      The sink was relocated to the half-wall between the kitchen and the living room, so the chef can chat with guests while doing prep and cleanup. The stainless-steel apron-front sink adds character that's in line with the modern look of the flat-front cabinets.

    • Easy Care & Cleanup

      A raised counter behind the sink protects guests from splashes and hides kitchen clutter from the adjoining living room. Using the same marble on the countertop and backsplash creates a seamless and high-end look, and prevents too many patterns and colors from overwhelming the small space. Limiting materials also simplifies care and cleanup.

    • Build the Color Palette

      The combination of green and chocolate brown in the veining of the Perola Bonita marble inspired the rest of the room's color palette.

    • Add Efficiency

      A cabinet next to the refrigerator takes advantage of the missing soffit by extending nearly to the ceiling. Every cabinet needs to be as efficient as possible, so a combination of shelves and deep drawers fills different needs for maximum storage space.

    • Drawer Storage

      Deep drawers with removable pegs can hold various-size dishes and be easily customized and rearranged. Dishes are also easier to reach in a drawer than high inside a closed cabinet. The efficient dish pantry holds more dishes than two or three traditional upper cabinets.

    • Transitional Textures

      To complement the home's midcentury-modern furnishings, the homeowner mixed materials such as granite and stainless steel for a transitional look. Moving the range to the main kitchen wall allowed for plenty of prep space on the adjacent granite countertops.

    • Floor-to-Ceiling Storage

      An existing coat closet was turned into a kitchen pantry. It was the key to eliminating most of the upper cabinets.

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