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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Kitchen Utensil Storage Ideas

Looking for kitchen storage ideas? Find clever ways to stash cooking utensils with these great utensil storage solutions.

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    • Over-the-Range Storage

      Hang frequently used kitchen utensils just over the stove with an over-the-range hanging rod. Hang utensils with S hooks to keep them within arm's reach while cooking. This convenient and practical storage option also provides a place for decorative elements and unique utensils.

    • Pegged Compartments

      Keep your drawers organized and your kitchen utensils in place by installing wooden pegs within your deep kitchen drawers. Pegs allow you to section off parts of the drawer for certain utensils and prevent them from sliding around as the drawer opens and closes. A pegboard at the bottom of the drawer allows you to rearrange the pegs to create different compartments. Baskets and sectioned containers within the drawer are great ways to keep napkins and silverware in place.

    • Drawer Knife Block

      There are a variety of inserts you can add to kitchen drawers. This drawer is outfitted with a wood knife block, which keeps knives organized, visible, and safely stored. The two-level insert provides space for all sizes, from small paring knives to large butcher knives.

    • Hang It Up

      Keep cooking utensils within reach by adding a stainless-steel bar above the stove top. Over-the-range storage frees up space throughout the kitchen and keeps frequently used utensils easily accessible. A hanging metal ledge also provides space for small utensils, such as measuring spoons.

    • Wall Storage

      In a small space, every inch of space counts. In this kitchen, a wall-mount organization system has a cup for holding utensils and a clever paper towel dispenser.

    • Inset Utensil Storage

      Inset storage bins on the kitchen countertop are a quick, convenient way to store kitchen utensils. Commonly used as food storage, these small, discrete storage units are perfect for holding everyday utensils. Try filling the bin with hot water and refilling it on a daily basis to help keep utensils clean.

    • Shaped Storage Tray

      This custom utensil unit allows spices, utensils, and other small kitchen products to be kept out of the way, but in a very organized, convenient format. Sliding trays pull out of this shelving unit to display molded surfaces perfect for measuring cups and measuring spoons of all sizes to ensure easy organization.

    • DIY Utensil Caddy

      Stray away from commonly used hooks or pockets and go for a homemade utensil caddy instead. Spray-paint galvanized pipe straps and screw them onto small painted boards. Attach the boards to the wall or to a cabinet for a quick, easy spot to keep your utensils in order.

    • Storing in Style

      Make your kitchen utensils just another part of the kitchen’s decor. Instead of a clunky utensil organizer, go with a colorful vase that matches the kitchen’s color scheme. Large utensils will be easily accessible and the vase contributes to the room’s style while serving a practical purpose.

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      Through the Glass

      Large glass jars are another way to contribute to the kitchen’s style. When you store dry baking goods, like sugar or flour, in glass jars, it only seems natural to store your baking utensils right nearby. Glass jars are a simple, yet timeless storage option and help keep all of your baking supplies in one convenient location.

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      Hanging in a Cabinet

      Install wooden rods into a shallow cabinet to make an easy spot to hang utensils. Similar to the over-the-range option, simply use S hooks to hang utensils from the rod. This option is more hidden, yet conveniently located.

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      Show Your Silverware

      Give your kitchen a simple, elegant look with mason jar silverware storage. Sort silverware into small mason jars and arrange the jars so that they form a sort of centerpiece or organized look. The simple storage fix is pretty and easy.

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      Convertible Drawer Organizer

      A drawer organizer is a no-nonsense way of storing silverware, measuring spoons, and other small, narrow utensils. Simply place the organizer in the drawer and sort your utensils into specified spots. Look for a drawer organizer that is convertible, allowing you to change the size of the organizer depending on the size of the drawer.

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