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 Storage

Maximize your kitchen with these smart small-kitchen storage ideas that will help you expand the space and improve its layout.

Small Cabinet & Drawer Ideas

Pack more storage into kitchen cabinets with custom features designed to make life easier. Trash pullouts, cutlery trays, and drawer drivers integrate seamlessly and prompt organization. Use either horizontal or vertical cabinet dividers to store baking sheets and narrow pans. A pullout shelving unit can make use of awkward cabinet space and expand for bulky pots and pans. Rather than storing a knife block on the countertop, outfit a shallow drawer by the range with knife dividers. Dedicate a small drawer or sliver of cabinet space to spice storage. A spice drawer organizer holds canisters in an upright position for easy reading.

Culinary Storage Solutions

Never underestimate the power of a quality drawer organizer or sturdy bar for hanging items. Tuck long, flat culinary gadgets into divided drawers near the prep area. A pot rack or strong bar mounted above the cooktop saves space and cuts down on cleanup time. Within kitchen cabinets, add risers or shelves to keep items in plain view and to avoid scratching nesting pots. Affix a pegboard with repositionable hooks to a wall or the inside of a tall cabinet door to hang kitchen supplies.

Small-Space Island Ideas

Squeeze extra prep and storage space into a small kitchen with an innovative island that's just the right size and height for your needs. When space is tight, go with an island on casters to get the look of a built-in without the bulk. During cleanup or while entertaining, just roll the work space out of the way. For a customized kitchen island design, start with a small, sturdy dining table and affix casters to each leg for versatility. Add bins and hooks for extra storage.

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Small Kitchen Appliances

Small appliances are essential to the kitchen, especially when it comes to entertaining and preparing last-minute meals on busy weeknights. Undercounter microwaves make it easy to transfer hot food to the countertop and help eliminate spills. Small appliances that pull double-duty, such as a combination microwave and convection oven, will save even more kitchen space. Dishwasher drawers, or dishwashers that can be programmed to wash small loads, cut down on water use and wash time. Appliance garages are great for stowing countertop appliances out of sight; choose side-to-side or up-and-down doors to conserve the most kitchen countertop space. Consider adding pop-up electrical outlets near small appliances for extra convenience.


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