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 Remodel: Kitchen Revival

Scrapping the existing kitchen in this 1868 Greek Revival home, the homeowners built a kitchen that combines space-savvy conveniences, sleek modern lines, and a few nods to history.

This Greek Revival home was built in 1868, and the kitchen was a conglomeration of mismatched elements picked up over time. Tucked away from the other rooms at the back of the house, the old kitchen took up a good portion of the backyard. Seeking a central hub for everyday gatherings and a more spacious backyard, the homeowners knew the entire kitchen had to go. Both architects, the homeowners designed the replacement themselves -- a space-savvy, two-story addition that includes a new kitchen on the main level.

Key to the kitchen's family-friendly character is a tall pass-through that allows the cook to interact with others in the adjoining family room and helps the kitchen flow into the rest of the home. The pass-through's peaked upper molding is a nod to the home's Greek Revival roots.

In keeping with their laid-back lifestyle, the homeowners eschewed a formal dining room in favor of a casual eat-in area nestled in a bay of windows. The expansive windows flood the modest-size kitchen with natural light, enlarging the sense of space.

Black soapstone countertops and khaki-color Shaker-style cabinetry reflect the homeowners' preference for clean lines while exuding the warmth of a historical home.

With storage space at a premium, the design duo made every inch count with solutions that do double duty. A hardworking peninsula defines the work zone from the dining area while maximizing storage.

To make good use of the corners in the U-shape kitchen, the peninsula provides corner space on the outer side as well as open cookbook storage on the end.

The cleanup zone along the peninsula features a single-lever faucet and an integrated countertop drainboard, reinforcing the crisp lines of the kitchen.

Just outside the work triangle, a multipurpose storage center compensates for the kitchen's minimal wall cabinets by serving as a pantry, glassware bar, and desk area.

In a layout with little wall space, the range wall offers the lone opportunity to make a statement with a backsplash. Reflecting the neutral hues of its surroundings, the recycled-aluminum tile showpiece is a dramatic accent. In the purposely subdued design, this element adds a little spark.

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