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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Lakefront Cottage Kitchen Makeover

A lakefront cottage kitchen brings generations together in a space as cozy as the site's original cabin.

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    • Open Layout

      Designed with large gatherings in mind, this efficient kitchen opens to the dining and living rooms, and its island-based layout easily handles meal prep for large groups. Plenty of cottage-style details come together to create a kitchen full of welcoming charm.

    • Compact Charm

      The kitchen's pretty, yet casual style reinforces a sense of intimacy. Simple Shaker-style cabinetry was customized with furniture-style details. The roomy farmhouse sink accommodates heavy-duty clean-up tasks, while the style keeps in step with the kitchen's cottage look.

    • Elegant Storage

      Open storage by the range houses favorite pitchers and a built-in wine rack keeps bottles organized and out of children's reach. The clever configuration puts an awkward corner to good use as storage and display space.

    • Breakfast on the Go

      Efficiency is a must when cooking for a full house, and a compact breakfast bar, equipped with all the essentials, eases the morning routine. The built-in microwave saves counter space and anchors the breakfast station. The area also offers a coffeemaker and a toaster, and is also conveniently located next to the refrigerator.

    • Nature-Inspired Colors

      The backyard vista of a lake inspired the cabinetry's soft green color. Coordinating shades of green grace the walls and ceiling. Subway tile is a classic choice for the backsplash; however, a herringbone pattern behind the range puts an unexpected twist on the look. It adds texture and interest without overpowering the cabinetry or simple color palette.

    • Innovative Island

      Part island, part farmhouse table, this handy spot offers additional counter space and a cozy eating area without the bulk of a traditional island. Its placement creates clear traffic routes and eases congestion in the kitchen. Behind the hybrid island, a hutchlike built-in serves double duty as another storage area and display space.

    • Furniture-Inspired Details

      Similarities between the furniture-like details of the cabinetry and island reinforce the kitchen's cottage style. Decorative extras, like the legs on the island's farmhouse table, give this island an eye-catching twist.

    • Custom Built-In

      Simple recessed-panel doors convey classic cottage style, while curvy feet, rope columns, and beaded edging add fine-furniture touches to the hutchlike built-in.

    • Light Up the Room

      Onion pendants hanging over the island have a nautical look that honors the lakeside locale. White subway tile lightens the backsplash, working with the high ceiling and suspended pendants to make the room feel bigger.

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      Open Dining Area

      To create a spacious feel, an efficient layout is important. Opening to an adjoining dining area makes the kitchen feel more spacious. This casual dining area is the perfect place for family members to share meals and enjoy the view of the lake.

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      Whether sheathed in beaded board or furnished from flea markets, cottage kitchens are a welcoming place to gather with family and friends. Get the look in your kitchen with these style tips.
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