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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Modern Galley Kitchen Makeover

An open floor plan and streamlined storage transformed this once-outdated galley kitchen into a modern space filled with style and function.

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    • Room for More

      Clean, modern lines and a neutral color palette merge to create a timeless look in this updated galley kitchen. During the remodel, a wall separating the kitchen and dining area was removed, taking a breakfast nook along with it. But the addition of a peninsula ensures no seating is lost.

    • Double Duty

      One of the most important items on the homeowners' list of makeover must-haves was more counter space. To fill that request, the design moved the cabinets higher up the wall and extended the quartz-surfacing countertops underneath them, wrapping around the space to form a U-shape work zone. With chairs placed on both sides of the peninsula, the area quickly transforms from work space to dining nook.

    • A Delicate Balance

      As with any small-space makeover, attention to balance, detail, and proportion gives this room its streamlined form. To keep the kitchen from looking heavy, dark-stained wood was limited to the lower cabinets, while lighter colors and materials were used on the upper cabinets. Stainless-steel toe-kicks, fixtures, hardware, and appliances create design continuity throughout the kitchen.

    • Light the Way

      Track lighting adds a splash of personality to the simple kitchen. Because the space was designed to accommodate multiple work zones, the lights can be repositioned and manipulated to highlight specific areas to make food prep and staging a snap.

    • Savvy Storage

      Creative storage solutions make the most of the kitchen's small size. Here, a corner storage unit maximizes often-unusable space and creates a convenient spot to stow away large pots, pans, and other cooking essentials. An automatic light inside the cabinet makes items easy to find.

    • Simply Sleek

      Cabinets with frosted-glass doors obscure the contents but keep often-used items within reach of the prep sink and eating area. Pulls were deliberately excluded from the upper cabinetry to keep the streamlined look uncluttered and modern.

    • Go with the Flow

      Thoughtful traffic flow and convenient work triangles are essential to this small kitchen's functionality. The pro-style range was strategically placed so the oven door can be opened without interrupting traffic flow. Large cabinets flanking the range and a small ventilation hood allow for handy storage near the work zone.

    • Eco-Friendly

      Drawers flank the professional-style range and conceal dishware as well as recyclables and trash. The built-in recycling center keeps an easy sorting system within reach at all times -- and recyclables out of sight.

    • Easy Access

      Large drawers and pullout shelves maximize storage throughout the small kitchen. Storing dishes in lower cabinets near the range prevents lifting them overhead and eases unloading the dishwasher. Pullout shelves ensure the homeowners will always have easy access to the dishes they need.

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      Filling Up

      A deep undermount sink and a gooseneck faucet make filling large pots easy. Their sleek stainless-steel finish contributes to a clean and cohesive look throughout the kitchen with other stainless-steel elements, such as toe-kicks, cabinet hardware, and appliances.

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      A Place for Everything

      Simple organizational accessories, such as drawer dividers, maximize the kitchen's limited storage spaces. This divider corrals silverware, cooking utensils, and hand towels close to the range.

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      Concealed Storage

      For more storage, the wall opposite the range was transformed into a pseudo butler's pantry, complete with a refrigerator, a second oven, and a hidden breakfast station. Tall cabinets flank the oven and breakfast nook, providing pantrylike storage for foods as well as cooking and baking supplies.

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      Out of Sight, Out of Mind

      Concealed behind a stainless-steel tambour door, this nook serves as a handy one-stop breakfast station. Being able to close off the area reduces visual clutter and allows the homeowners to keep their small appliances accessible but out of the way of the kitchen's main work space.

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