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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Creative Ways to Store Dishes

Make your kitchen even more stylish and functional by storing dishes where you can see and access them easily. These out-of-the-box ideas will help get you started.

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    • Flatware

      The Great Divide

      Every cutlery drawer should have divided storage. Before shopping for inserts, take into account what you need to store, along with the inside dimensions of each drawer, including height, width, and depth.

    • Flatware

      Show Off

      If you are storing your family's precious silver, consider a nested approach. Here, a drawer has been outfitted with a divided pullout tray. This way the silverware remains protected from scratches, and when the drawer is open, it's easy to admire the delicate artisanship of each piece.

    • Flatware

      Easy Reach

      Adapt mobile storage solutions to keep everyday utensils handy and organized. To ensure utensils don't get lost in a large cabinet, use three small jars to keep forks, knives, and spoons separate.

    • Plates and Bowls

      Within Easy Reach

      Deep pullout drawers ensure that the right serving pieces, linens, and flatware are always within arm's reach. This drawer includes a modified pegboard approach that uses oversize pegs to keep dishes from sliding and chipping.

    • Plates and Bowls

      Open Storage

      Open storage ensures an easy reach for often-used items. Reserve lower shelves for items used daily, such as plates and bowls, and upper shelves for larger serving pieces.

      Here's a tip: Corral small items like napkins and table linens in small baskets to keep shelves clutter-free.

    • Plates and Bowls

      Dishes on Display

      A hutch offers a straightforward way to show off dish collections. Switch out dishware as the seasons or your decorating tastes change throughout the year. Create a pleasing backdrop for pretty dishware by updating an old hutch with a fresh coat of stain or paint.

    • Plates and Bowls

      See-Through Storage

      When installed in front of a kitchen window, a narrow, backless cabinet adds to a kitchen's open and airy feel. This storage solution lends a sunny backdrop to pretty glassware.

    • Plates and Bowls

      Pullout drawers

      Pullout drawers give easy access to stacks of plates and bowls in deep cabinets. They also make it a breeze to put away clean dishes and save your back by eliminating the need to lift a stack of dishes into the recesses of an upper cabinet.

    • Plates and Bowls

      Close to the Dishwasher

      Install drawers next to the dishwasher to house frequently used dishes. This way you won’t need to cart heavy stacks of plates, bowls, and serving platters across the kitchen after every wash.

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      Serving Pieces

      Show-Off

      Decorative bowls and platters don't need to be hidden away in a closet. Instead, use glass-front cabinets to showcase collections of beautiful dishware.

      Here's a tip: Arrange items by height -- standing platters and serving dishes in the back, bowls and pitchers in the front -- to utilize every inch of space.

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      Serving Pieces

      The Perfect Sidekick

      Open storage helps make small kitchens appear larger. Here, a cabinet front was removed in favor of a more convenient, drawerlike solution. Now a pair of decorative baskets fills the space to house napkins, oven mitts, and table linens.

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      Serving Pieces

      Up, Up, and Away

      Out of cabinet space for large serving pieces? Look up. This simple shelf solves the dilemma of storing odd-shape items, such as gravy boats and pitchers, while also displaying dishware that's just too pretty to tuck away.

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      Serving Pieces

      Between Studs

      Be sneaky about carving out storage spots of all sizes and shapes. This storage niche found a home set between the studs in an unused corner. Lower shelves store small appliances and spices, while the upper shelves are reserved for pieces of decorative dishware.

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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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