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 Storage Tour: Updated Kitchen with High Style and Function

Tour a storage-rich kitchen and learn ways to keep your kitchen organized.


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    • The Ultimate Kitchen

      When style trumps substance, especially in the kitchen, problems with function seem to magnify with time. The original design of this kitchen was simply too small, with an undersize sink, inadequate countertops, and meager and unimaginative storage. An extensive redesign of the kitchen and adjacent spaces added a substantial butler's pantry, a beverage center, and a breakfast area. Extending to the top of the 10-foot ceiling, richly stained cabinets incorporate dozens of specialty storage features.

      Now the kitchen is a marriage of style and substance, with adequate storage and work areas and beautiful finishes and decor. Function, beauty, and style -- few cooks would ask for more.

      From Storage™ magazine.

    • Beverage Center

      The built-in refrigerator blends with the richly stained cabinets and is just a step away from the prep area; the adjacent counter functions as a serving station. The area doubles as a bar, with a wine cooler, icemaker, and stemware storage all in one place.

      From Storage™ magazine.

    • Efficient Island

      Custom cubbies tailored to the size of the homeowner's cookware may mean additional initial cost, but having a specific place for each major kitchen item saves time and minimizes clutter and confusion.

      The new island was designed to look like a piece of vintage furniture. Six inches lower than the other countertops to accommodate children, it serves as the primary prep area. Visually, the large piece creates even more impact, separating the kitchen from the living area while still allowing openness.

      From Storage™ magazine.

    • Custom-Fit Storage

      Deep pullout drawers flank the range and ensure that the right cookware is within arm's reach. The drawers also prevent pots and pans from becoming lost at the back of a cabinet.

      TIP: When planning your kitchen, consider what kind of storage you'll need. Devise a tailor-made storage plan that accounts for all your small appliances, cookware, and kitchen accessories.

      From Storage™ magazine.

    • Using Corner Space Efficiently

      A two-tier undercounter pullout uses formerly wasted corner space for storage. The cabinet houses food processors and coffee carafes that might have been banished to the pantry. The pullout gives these items a designated space and helps cooks know exactly where to find what they're looking for.

      From Storage™ magazine.

    • Dish Duty Made Easy

      Drawer dividers keep the designated area for flatware and other utensils neat and tidy. As another time-saving design idea, the drawers are located near the dishwasher. This peninsula contains a dishwasher, dishwasher drawers, and a generous farmhouse sink.

      The bar side of the peninsula is raised 8 inches to subtly divide the kitchen and adjoining breakfast area, while still keeping an open feel.

      From Storage™ magazine.

    • Cooking Area with Smart Storage

      A functional upper cabinet near the range displays dozens of canisters. The stepped shelves keep canisters visible and the cabinet compact. Utensil holders on the counter next to the range keep whisks, spatulas, and spoons close at hand. The tile backsplash complements the creamy color of the island base cabinets.

      From Storage™ magazine.

    • Plenty of Pantry

      Steps away from the kitchen, the butler's pantry is a marvel of well-planned, customized storage. Base cabinets conceal containers and supplies as well as amenities such as a bread drawer.

      Like the kitchen, the pantry boasts style. The pantry cabinetry is the same type as the kitchen island, creating continuity between the two spaces. A glass-and-metal light fixture complements the traditional decor. The pantry is flooded with light that shines through a large window.

      From Storage™ magazine.

    • Keeping Fresh Bread on Hand

      An old-fashioned bread drawer, inspired by the homeowner's grandmother's kitchen, is another custom feature in the pantry. The large drawer has enough space to store several loaves of bread. The ventilated lid keeps bread fresh.

      From Storage™ magazine.

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      Storage from Floor to Ceiling

      Open, adjustable pantry shelves, which stretch to the ceiling, give a clear view of what's in the larder. The pantry storage keeps clutter out of the kitchen and the u-shape counter adds extra work space.

      From Storage™ magazine.

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      Functional Kitchen Zones

      A savvy floor plan organizes this kitchen into functional areas.

      Cook. Slatted inserts in cabinets next to the oven hold cookie sheets and cutting boards, while self-closing drawers by the range keep the area clear and safe.

      Drink. Guests can access the refrigerator, icemaker, and wine cooler without hampering the cook. Glass-front upper cabinets showcase stemware.

      Prep. The island is topped with hardwood for chopping and is outfitted with a vegetable sink. It is also the central prep area in the kitchen.

      Eat. The bar side of the peninsula is elevated 8 inches to subtly divide the kitchen from the breakfast area and to hide barstools when not in use.

      Store. Base cabinets conceal storage containers and kitchen supplies, while four rows of open shelves above keep foodstuffs within easy reach.

      From Storage™ magazine.

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      Kitchen Cabinet Details that Wow

      Distinctive kitchen cabinet details--from layered finishes and hip hardware to architectural embellishments--stylishly boost interest in traditional, contemporary, vintage, and cottage kitchen designs.
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