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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Keep Small Appliances Out of Sight

Store small appliances according to how you use them by keeping the most-used items close at hand and others stored neatly away.

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    • In Plain Sight

      There's plenty of work to be done in this corner alcove, where small appliances await in a niche tucked between the range and a stacked wall oven and warming drawer.

    • Custom Cabinet

      A three-level cabinet has spaces just the right height for a mixer, microwave oven, and other small appliances. Retracting doors clear the countertop when appliances are in use.

    • Convenient Carousel

      Knobs, sliders, and hinges on this steel carousel squeeze multiple small appliances into a compact space while permitting easy access.

    • Appliance Outlet

      An outlet inside an appliance garage puts power where you need it. Keeping the appliances behind closed doors makes concealing them quick and easy.

    • Cut the Clutter

      The clean lines of this cabinetry and its hardware suggest a kitchen where every piece of equipment is tidy and organized. Hinged doors keep it that way.

    • Undercounter Convenience

      Hidden but handy, this island's drop-down toaster compartment is also easier to use by children or anyone in a wheelchair.

    • Slide-Out Storage

      Vertical slide-out cabinets put appliances within easy reach while maximizing existing storage space.

    • Tucked-Away Toaster

      Create convenient stations for appliances that are used infrequently. This toaster tucks away for quick storage and easy pull-out.

    • A More Manageable Microwave

      Here, a microwave stored inside of a cabinet is still convenient and easier on your back than an undercounter placement. Blackboard paint on the inside of the door makes it easy to leave messages and reminders.

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      Smart Snack Bar

      Keep small appliances behind closed doors but still close at hand by designating a kitchen cabinet as a breakfast area or snack bar. Include pullout shelves for a handy work space, and install electrical outlets inside the cabinet.

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      Nifty Niche

      A stainless-steel turntable in a corner niche uses often-wasted space by housing mixers, blenders, and more. Plus, it keeps these items out of sight but within easy reach.

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      Better Baking Spot

      This lift-up shelf provides a well-suited and secure spot for the mixer and can easily fold into the cabinet after use. The pullout drawer below stores additional baking supplies.

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      Appliance Garage

      Keep appliances on hand, but out of the way, with an appliance garage. Complete with appliance outlets, this storage nook provides the appliance storage center in this kitchen.

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      Roll-Out Storage Cart

      This hidden yet accessible cart rolls out easily and serves as a cutting board and appliance storage cart.

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      Pull-Out Platforms

      Pull-out platforms for mixing bowls or pots and pans let you stack more and keep you from bending over to retrieve them. Keep baking appliances and utensils together to create a handy baking center.

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      Stainless Steel Stowaway

      Keep your microwave out of the way, yet still accessible, with this handy roll-down appliance garage. You can easily find a kit online to install an appliance garage.

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      Inconspicuous Storage

      Carve out a corner niche for small-appliance storage. Doorless, this secret space allows items to be easily accessible but unobtrusive.

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      Hideaway Hutch

      Designed for a baker, this freestanding storage unit stores a stand mixer in close proximity to utensils, ingredients, and a cool stone work surface. An electrical panel occupies the left-hand recess.

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      25 Kitchen Organization and Storage Tips

      Stay organized, cut clutter, and store more in your kitchen. Here is a round-up of easy ways to get it done.
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