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- 10 Clever DIY Ways to Store Kitchen Spices
No matter the square footage of your kitchen, the perfect amount of space for storage and prep always seems just out of reach. Fortunately, nothing frees up space like a little organization. And when we hear that you can clear out a full drawer by devising a DIY solution for spice storage, we're all ears. Actual woodworking is not a requirement, because these 10 ideas for storing spices include simple repurposing projects as well as custom-tailored solutions, and all of them get the job done.
- 10 Easy Ways to Update Your Kitchen Cabinets
One of the most prominent fixtures in your kitchen—the cabinets—can be your quickest path to creating a whole new room. If you’re looking for a change in kitchen scenery but don’t have the time or budget to commit to a complete overhaul, your best bet is giving your cabinets a facelift. From the obvious to the obscure, there are myriad ways to upgrade your current cabinets without pulling out the hard hats. We’ve rounded up 10 options that you can implement with nothing more than a trip to the home improvement store, some careful decision making, and a weekend's work.
- 10 Essentials for a Retro Kitchen
Kitchens decorated with an eye to the past bring us back to simpler times, when cheerful colors and playful patterns dominated the domestic scene. Whether your interest in a retro kitchen stems from an affinity for all things vintage, or from, say, fond memories of a grandparent's home, the look can be easily put together today, thanks to myriad modern products that harken back to bygone eras. Here, browse ten elements that introduce the best design of yesterday to your kitchen today.
- 10 Extras to DIY for Your Kitchen
Want something special for the kitchen? You can buy, or you can DIY. The argument for the latter? You end up with exactly what you need, which makes preparing mouthwatering masterpieces so much easier—and, really, much more fun. Click through for 10 crafty projects to personalize your kitchen. And remember, it's all in the details.
- 10 Gadgets for Every Lazy Cook's Kitchen
Behind every beloved family recipe is a secret ingredient that makes the meal taste that much better—and usually that hidden X factor is time. Rush through making Grandma's marinara sauce or your dad's famous BBQ and you'll notice that it doesn't taste quite the same as when your loved ones spend hours in the kitchen laboring over a delicious dinner. While everyone likes a tasty meal, not all of us enjoy the work it takes to prepare it. So if you're short on time or just don't enjoy the act of cooking, consider adding one of these gadgets to your kitchen to speed up cooking time and meal prep, simplify clean-up, and generally make you look like a star cook.
- 10 Ingredients for a Cutting-Edge Kitchen
For the latest in smart tech and push-button convenience, look no further than today's kitchens. Truly modern kitchen amenities are not only technologically savvy, but also offer exceptional energy efficiency, durability, and ease of use. Here are 10 innovative products and technologies that no self-respecting 21st-century kitchen should do without.
- 10 Kitchen Updates You Can Do in a Day
If you're feeling a little stir-crazy in your kitchen, you don't have to take on a complete overhaul to free yourself from its confining style. Instead, try one of these attainable and inexpensive all-in-an-afternoon projects that will make a big change without a steep price tag.
- 10 Low-Cost Cures for an Overstuffed Fridge
We've all been there: After some major grocery shopping, you're forced to play a game of fridge Tetris just to make it all fit in the icebox. The innovative companies behind these products have designed a way out of the meal-time clutter struggle. Take a look at these unique organizers, and see if there's anything here your crowded fridge is missing.
- 10 New Kitchen Products to Make Your Life Better
What if you could get boiling hot water with the flick of a switch or turn on your oven from outside the home? Conveniences that once seemed like science fiction are here-and-now today. We've compiled some of our favorite innovative kitchen products—from easy-glide, pull-out pot storage to an illuminated backsplash—to bring style and convenience to your home and life.
- 10 Smokin' Hot Range Hoods
Today’s range hood seems to fall into one of two camps: the wallflower or the showpiece. Either it’s so hidden it disappears, or the designer chooses to embrace the opportunity for a star focal point.
- 10 Things Always to Keep Near Your Kitchen Sink
If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then the sink is the heart of the kitchen. From meal prep to clean up, you spend a good amount of time near your kitchen sink. Maximize the most high-traffic spot in your kitchen by adding a few extras that will amp up the convenience, utility, and style of your space. We rounded up 10 great products to point you on your way to a tidier and more productive kitchen.
- 10 Total Kitchen Makeovers—and What They Cost
If your budget is tight but your out-of-date kitchen needs help (and quick!), take a cue from these inspiring before-and-afters. With redos to fit almost any budget, these ingenious blogger renovations prove that a little paint, updated cabinet doors, and a DIY tile job can go a long way toward getting your kitchen cooking again.
- 10 Unexpected Things to Put in Your Freezer—And Why
While many of us think of the freezer as the home of our favorite cool treats and last-minute meals, we don't often realize the range of possibilities this underappreciated appliance has to offer. Here are a few surprising freezer feats, from prolonging the life of your batteries to cleaning your favorite pair of jeans, that prove that this workhorse's frigid temps are good for a lot more than storing ice cream.
- 10 Unusual Tips for Your Cleanest Kitchen Ever
The kitchen is everyone’s favorite room, and no doubt that's the reason it’s ground zero for major messes. Maybe you already rely on vinegar and water for wiping down countertops or baking soda for scouring your stovetop, but there’s a whole world of other quirky cleaners and surprising refreshers just perfect for KP. The tricks here will not only save you money—you probably already have the stuff you’ll need on hand—and get your cook space spotless, but sharing them with others will also make you the hit of your next book club meeting.
- 11 Cheap Cures for a Cluttered Kitchen
We pack a lot of life into our kitchens—but a lot of stuff as well. Without proper storage solutions all that stuff can take over the cabinets, counters, and the fridge. Take back your space with some very cool—and very affordable—kitchen storage solutions.
- 11 Clever Alternatives to Kitchen Cabinets
If you're looking to give your kitchen a facelift, look no further than the cabinets. Whether they store food, plates, appliances, or all three, cabinets often take up the majority of the real estate in the kitchen, both physically and visually. This means that your cabinets may be the most important decision you'll make in decorating your kitchen—along with a few other vital, big-ticket items like the refrigerator and oven. So why not look for cabinet options that will help set your kitchen apart from the rest? We found 11 alternatives that will keep feeling fresh and new, whether you’re sitting down to breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
- 11 Inspiring Kitchens That Defy Their Small Size
<p>Many homeowners dream of a kitchen with loads of workspace, lots of storage, and all the latest gadgets. But what if your kitchen is so small that you're unsure it can accommodate your vision? Fear not. Remodeling a small kitchen can be a big success if you keep a few key concepts in mind. </p><br/>
<p>First, minimize clutter and maximize efficiency. Get rid of unitaskers and anything that doesn’t have a real practical purpose. Find the very best storage for every drawer and cabinet, and if storage elements are out in the open, make sure they add to the overall design of the room.</p><br/>
<p>Next, focus your design details. Make the most, visually, of the space that you have. Open up the areas that you can. A counter bar with backless stools will create an open sense of flow, while providing necessary seating, and consider open or glass shelving instead of traditional cabinets. When you use color, make a statement, whether it’s an accent wall of tile, or a bold color choice for cabinets. </p><br/>
<p>The 11 inspiring rooms that follow prove one important point: Just because your kitchen is small, does not mean you have to skimp on style when remodeling. With clever color choices, smart storage ideas, and an eye for detail, you can remodel a kitchen of any size into the room of your dreams.</p>
- 11 Style-Setting Tiles Destined for Your Backsplash
When it comes time to design your dream kitchen, remember that details can make all the difference. While big-ticket elements, such as appliances and cabinets, are crucial, it's the finishing touches like the backsplash that will make your kitchen feel complete. If, like so many homeowners, you are considering a tile backsplash, you have some tough decisions ahead of you! There are so many different types of tile, including ceramic, glass, and even metal, in a huge variety of colors and styles. In addition to traditional tiles that are installed with grout, there are also tiles that use adhesives. There are even peel-and-stick options. Browse this gallery of 11 unique tile products that will put your backsplash front and center.
- 11 Ways You're Accidentally Ruining Your Cookware
When whipping up a home-cooked meal, most people don’t give a second thought to their cookware, even though properly using and cleaning these hardworking necessities should be part of every food-prep routine. Quality cookware is an investment that, with proper care and handling, can last a lifetime. Don't endanger the longevity of your pots, pans, and other kitchen utensils! Avoid these 11 "don'ts" to ensure that you get the longest possible service from your cookware.
- 11 “Zero Dollar” Ways to Organize Your Kitchen Cabinets
You don’t need unlimited funds to put a stopper on overflowing kitchen cabinets. These 11 DIYs can transform even the most cluttered cupboard into an organizational oasis—all with near zero cost, time, or effort.
- 12 Bite-Size Projects to Rescue Your Tiny Kitchen
You'll be able to cook more comfortably in a tiny kitchen when you add in any of these easy, space-smart improvements.
- 12 Design Essentials for the Perfect Country Kitchen
<p>Country kitchens are one of the most cherished decorating styles in American homes—exuding a laid-back charm that gives guests the idea to pull up a chair and stay a while. </p><br/>
<p>More than any single design element, country kitchens are a sum of many parts. There are several flavors of the country kitchen style to pull ideas from when you’re designing your country kitchen: traditional, farmhouse, cottage, modern, English and French. They’re all punctuated by a sense of warmth and comfort—creating the kind of space where people want to gather and be together. Wood, textiles, and traditional metals are common elements in each. It’s the stains, patterns, and patinas of those elements that will define the character and level of formalness of the space.</p><br/>
<p>Here, a few of the characteristic ideas that define the country kitchen look, from paint colors to fabric patterns to faucet styles. Which ideas you choose to incorporate, and how you combine them, is what will personalize your country kitchen and make it your own.</p>
- 12 Ideas to Steal from Vintage Kitchens
Back when every meal was cooked from scratch and every dish washed by hand, kitchens had to work hard, clean up easily, and keep moods bright through long hours of toil. Life is a whole lot more convenient today, but you can still find tons of inspiration in the practical, cheerful style of old-school kitchens. Here are 12 time-tested ideas to try.
- 12 Inventive Ideas for a Budget Backsplash
When it comes to kitchen backsplashes, most people assume you have to spend a lot of money to get amazing results. But these low-cost DIY projects are a testament that with a little creativity and DIY enthusiasm, you can craft a backsplash that adds charm and personality to any space—without a steep price tag.
- 12 Kitchen Gadgets People Always Regret Buying
There's no denying that the conveniences found in a modern kitchen have made cooking much easier than it was for our forebears. Slow cookers, food processors, electric hand mixers and more make the act of cooking up a great meal more efficient than in decades past, and that's good news for time-pressed home chefs. Hiding amidst all the must-have kitchen gadgets, however, are a number of single-use appliances, utensils, and doodads that, while clever in their own right, end up collecting dust and junking up your drawers and cabinets. Before you buy the hottest new thing in kitchen convenience, think it over. Will you really use it six months from now—or is this one purchase you're going to regret?
- 12 Kitchen Trends You Might Regret
A big kitchen renovation is one of the costliest (and most cost-effective) improvements you can make to your home. Perhaps you've heard the expression "kitchens sell houses." If it's true that a beautiful and functional kitchen will help you sell your home, it's also true that certain passé trends could hinder your sale. If you’re undertaking a new kitchen renovation, take care to steer clear of these trends to keep your kitchen from looking dated before you even break it in.
- 12 Outstanding Kitchen Island Options
The best ideas in storage, stove tops, and seating are bound to serve you a little kitchen island inspiration.
- 12 Top Names in Engineered Stone
When deciding between brands with many of the same benefits, the choice comes down to the finer details.
- 12 Unique Designs for DIY Kitchen Islands
Are you looking for more storage or workspace in your kitchen but are reluctant to splurge on a custom kitchen island? Here are 12 creative DIY kitchen island designs executed with materials that were recycled, reused, or otherwise rescued from elsewhere in the home. With a little elbow grease, paint, and imagination, you too can create your own unique DIY kitchen island.
- 12 Vintage Kitchen Features We Were Wrong to Abandon
Modern technology has transformed our kitchens into ultrafunctional work spaces, complete with sleek appliances and high-tech gadgets. But over the years, our focus on innovation has caused us to eliminate many well-loved features of kitchens past. Maybe it's time to reconsider some of those lost gems and welcome these 12 vintage elements back into our homes.
- 12 Wow-Worthy Woods for Kitchen Countertops
We've narrowed down the options to include some of the very best wood types for a kitchen countertop, whether you're interested in a functional butcher block or a gorgeous accent finish.
- 13 Seriously Doable Ways to DIY a Kitchen Table
The kitchen table is the hub of the home, serving as a family gathering spot for more than just dining. But many models come at a pretty steep price, and an upgrade can turn into a substantial investment. With a little elbow grease, ingenuity, and inspiration from these surprisingly easy DIY versions, you can craft a kitchen table of your own for a fraction of the cost of a new purchase.
- 14 Instant Fixes for a Total Pantry Makeover
To maintain a functional kitchen, organization is the order of the day. Whether you're blessed with a roomy walk-in pantry or constrained by a couple of cramped cabinets, you need to make the most of your storage space. A pantry that really works lets you easily see and access canned goods, packaged staples, spice jars, and snacks. All too often, though, a pantry becomes merely a jumble of food, storage containers, and condiment jars. Don't despair! With just a few storage solutions, either DIY'd or store-bought, you can transform a pantry of any size into an amazing clutter-free zone. Read on for 14 of our favorite ideas.
- 15 Ideas to Steal from Real People's Kitchens
Sure, it’s natural to covet the gorgeous kitchens you see on glamourous design shows or in glossy magazines, but sometimes it’s even more satisfying to see what mere mortals are capable of accomplishing in their own homes. Indulge your inner voyeur, and take a peek at these supremely real kitchens! You're sure to find some ideas that you can put into practice in your own home.
- 16 Gorgeous Galley Kitchens
Though narrow and compact, galley kitchens can appear bigger with the right mix of style and efficiency.
- 16 New Ways to Store Kitchen Necessities
The kitchen is the heart of the home. When it’s organized, everything from meal prep to homework help goes more smoothly. As it is elsewhere, adequate storage is a must. Kitchen storage solutions run the gamut from completely custom systems to a collection of DIY recycled and upcycled hacks. By implementing the right combination of kitchen storage ideas, you too can be on your way to a more peaceful meal prep and dining experience—and who doesn't want that at the end of the day? Don't worry if a renovation is not in your immediate plans. Custom kitchen cabinets provide wonderful ideas and inspiration, which you can replicate with off-the-shelf products and your own DIY inventions. Your kitchen drawers can be transformed into the perfect spice storage, linen storage, cutlery storage, and more with the right dividers. Meanwhile, the kitchen cabinets that often suffer from inefficient use of space only require shelf and drawer organizers to fit your specific needs. Try tiered shelf organizers to keep canned goods visible, and look to specialty racks to keep cutting boards and lids to your collection of pots and pans accessible. And anywhere possible, install slide-out drawers in cabinets that are deep to avoid wasting space. As you're implementing organizers throughout the kitchen and maxing out storage space, remember to position things that go together near one another. Store the coffee cups in the cabinet above the coffee maker and the dining utensils in the drawer closest to the dishwasher, while pots and pans should live close to the stove and plastic tubs for leftovers should be close to the fridge and/or pantry. Hungry to get started on your own organizing your own meal prep area? Click through for our favorite ways to store all your kitchen necessities.
- 17 Backsplashes for a Unique Kitchen
Let these incredible backsplash ideas inspire you to make the kitchen as unique as you are.
- 18 Tiny Kitchens We Love
If you’re craving a new DIY project, look no further than the kitchen. These 18 small kitchen ideas will help you cook up design success regardless of the dimensions of your space!
- 2011 Kitchen Trends
Kitchen TrendsEven as a seemingly endless stream of cooking shows, personalities, and cookbooks inspires you to take ...
- 21 Brilliant Hacks for an Organized Kitchen
Is your kitchen’s hallmark feature its chaotic cabinets, overcrowded counters, or limited space for meal prep? Get cooking on one or more of these 21 organizational solutions to minimize the clutter while maximizing surface and storage space!
- 3 Fixes for Oil Stains
Cooking oil appears in many forms—olive, vegetable, canola, etc. —and is a necessary ingredient for almost anything y...
- 3 Fixes for Tarnished Silver
There’s no place for tarnished silver on the holiday table, especially not when company is due for dinner. But if rem...
- 3 Fixes for a Dull Knife
No matter how you slice it, a dull knife just won’t cut it in the kitchen. Working with a blunt blade both slows dow...
- 3 Fixes for a Grimy Sponge
It’s often said that we tend to neglect those nearest to us, and this is especially true of our closest cleaning conf...
- 3 Things to Know Before You Invest in Granite Counters
As the primary work surface in a room that drives the daily operation of the modern household, kitchen countertops pl...
- 5 Creative Alternatives to Kitchen Cabinetry
Don't miss 11 Great Alternatives to Traditional Kitchen CabinetsThere are hundreds of companies who will gladly sell ...
- 5 Easy Ideas for Better Kitchen Ventilation
We commonly think of the kitchen as a comfy, cozy zone and “the heart of the house,” but according to a recent Depart...
- 5 Eye-Catching Range Hoods for All Kitchen Styles
There once was a time when homeowners tried to keep their range hoods concealed—attached to a microwave, tucked under...
- 5 Great Backsplash Ideas
Prior to April, I was a "tile virgin. " But then I went to Coverings, the tile and stone industry trade show. With ov...
- 5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before a Kitchen Renovation
Can it be that updating your kitchen changes life for the better? For Sabine Schoenberg, there's no doubt about it. "...
- 5 Reasons to Quit Washing Dishes by Hand
Gone are the days of loud, inefficient dishwashers that leave your dishes only partially clean. The new generation of...
- 5 Simple Steps to a Perfect Pantry
In many households, meals start in the pantry. Whether it’s an oversize cabinet, a converted armoire, or a separate s...
- 5 Smart Solutions for an On-the-Fritz Fridge
Holiday entertaining is getting underway, and gracious hosts everywhere are busy cleaning, shopping, decorating, craf...
- 5 Things to Know Before Installing a Brick Backsplash
Once a purely practical feature to guard against everyday spills and splatters, brick backsplashes are now desirable ...
- 7 "Delicious" Renovation Tips from HGTV's Kitchen Cousins
For kitchen design and renovation wisdom, the buck stops with HGTV's "Kitchen Cousins."
- 7 Budget-Friendly Kitchen Makeover Tips
Kitchen designer Cheryl Hamilton-Gray shares her pro tips for creating a budget-friendly makeover.
- 7 Countertop Materials You Can Actually Afford
When you're planning a kitchen remodel, a lot of thought and worry goes into the budget. And a hefty chunk of that budget will go to big-ticket items like the countertop. Materials like natural stone, granite and marble add classic style, but you won’t find many bargains. Fortunately, a tight budget can still buy you great countertops.<br>
Before you decide on a countertop material, think seriously about your lifestyle. Busy families might want to opt for something low maintenance and particularly durable. If you’ve got an obsession with baking, marble could be worth the splurge, for its ability to maintain cool temperatures. If you really want to save money, you should consider DIY-ing your countertops. There are several materials, like concrete and tile, that lend themselves to DIY projects. Even laminate and wood can be an attainable DIY project for many. Before deciding on your new countertop, click through these 7 affordable materials that have tons of panache—without the cash.
- 7 Kitchen Design Trends Set to Dominate 2016
Every year, renovating the kitchen reigns as one of the most popular home upgrades, largely because the cooking and entertaining space plays such a central role in day-to-day life. “It’s the heart of the home,” remarks Joe Maykut, a product manager with <a href="http://www.searshomeservices.com/kitchen/improve?lst=5206&SID=SHPx20150728xBOBVILA3KIT" target="_blank">Sears Home Services</a>. An expert in the industry, Maykut knows that since different homeowners have different needs and priorities, there’s no such thing as a single, right-for-everyone design. Rather, as he puts it, “The perfect kitchen for your neighbor may not be, and probably isn’t, perfect for you.” And yet, despite the fact that homeowners adopt a wide range of approaches to the project, Maykut affirms that going into 2016, a number of broad themes appear to be taking hold. Some emerged in previous years and continue to gain traction, while others are brand new and truly of the moment. Who knows whether these trends are going to last? We’ll find out as time unfolds. But for now, click through to see what renovation pros are predicting to be the hottest kitchen trends for the upcoming year.
<em>This content has been brought to you by Sears Home Services. Its facts and opinions are those of BobVila.com.</em>
- 7 Kitchen Sink Sins to Avoid
Show of hands: Which one of you has just poured bacon grease right out of the pan down into the sink? Or dumped a pot’s worth of used coffee grounds down the drain? Now, consider this: What you dump today you might be drinking tomorrow. The average American uses about 90 gallons of water each day in the home, amounting to approximately 107,000 gallons per household each year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Because of our high water usage, nearly everything flushed down the sink winds up back in the drinking water supply—unless it gets stuck, clogging your pipes and triggering pricey plumbing bills. Even modern municipal water filtration systems aren’t fully capable of removing toxic chemicals. Save yourself the hassle and danger by adhering to this list of things that you should never—and we do mean never—dump down the kitchen sink.
- 7 Smart Tips for Saving Big Money on Major Appliances
If your New Year’s resolutions include remodeling a room or two, while you're at it you should consider replacing any...
- 7 Ways to Skimp on a Kitchen Renovation
Who doesn’t love the idea of a brand-spanking-new kitchen filled with gleaming appliances, flawless cabinets and pristine countertops? Kitchen remodeling top homeowner renovation wish lists—and for good reason. Not only do they make daily living more comfortable, but they increase the resale value of your home. Unfortunately, a full kitchen remodel rings up at a premium. Luckily, budget-friendly DIYers can shave substantial dollars off kitchen renovations, and get a new look at a fraction of the cost. Here's a handful of creative ideas for your next project.
- 8 Countertops You'd Never Believe Were Handmade
<p>Don’t live with countertops you hate. Even without the money, time, or motivation for a full-on kitchen renovation, there are several DIY ways to do-over your counters. And while some are easier than others, all would give your kitchen a fresh look for less.
<p>A DIY countertop project is well within most homeowners' grasp. But there are a few guidelines that will help to make the process easier and the results more professional. If you’re installing new, or new-to-you materials, measuring is paramount. Always measure the length of your countertops from the back wall, to the nearest 1/8”. Check all 90 degree angles to see if they’re actually square, and note the angles if they’re not. Note and measure the placement of all appliances, sinks and faucets.</p><br/>
<p>Before you put your beautiful new DIY countertops in, ensure all your cabinets are level. Check the tops of the cabinets with a level from front to back, and side to side. Then, adjust the level of all the cabinets with shims until they are level in every direction. Make sure the cabinets are also flush with the wall. Then remove the excess from your shims and get ready to put your countertops in.</p><br/>
<p>Remember that countertops are one of the last parts of a kitchen installation. So, if you’re doing any other work, like installing a new floor, or painting cabinets, wait until the end to put your new DIY countertops. The only exception is the wall or backsplash behind the counter. No matter how careful you are, bumps can happen during installation. So, take care, and then completely mask and protect your new counters while you do any finishing to the walls behind them. Click now to see some of our favorite DIY countertops from around the Web!</p>
- 8 Tips to Keep You From Hating Your Kitchen Remodel
Kitchen remodeling sits at the top of many homeowners' wish lists, and for good reason: If properly done, a renovatio...
- 9 Handy Under-Sink Organizers to Buy or DIY
In most homes, the under-the-sink cabinet doesn’t get much respect. It often hides a trash can and the cleaning potions—but it can also become a dumping ground for odds and ends. To make the most of this centrally located space, get inspired by these smart ideas for transforming it into a tidy and efficient spot.
- 9 Signs You Need to Replace Your Fridge
The refrigerator is a major investment and an absolute necessity. If you splurge for a high-quality model, this household staple can last as many as 10 to 15 years, but eventually every fridge will reach the end of its life span. Learn the warning signs of a dying fridge so you can be ready when it needs to be replaced, potentially saving yourself from spoiled milk, rotten leftovers, and the stress of making a rushed purchase. Here are 9 signs it’s time to replace your refrigerator.
- 9 Simple DIY Ways to Reinvent Your Kitchen Cabinets
Bad cabinetry is like bad pizza: it has no place in anyone's kitchen. Dark, dingy, and outdated cabinetry can age an otherwise attractive kitchen. And because cabinets are so expensive to replace, many homeowners simply make due rather than attempt a remodel. Luckily, you can transform old and unattractive cabinets rather than replace them. Here are 9 ideas to inspire your next kitchen upgrade.
- 9 Time-Savers You Need for a Hassle-Free Holiday Season
Perhaps more than any other time, the holidays bring a sense of frenetic energy to an otherwise tranquil kitchen. From Thanksgiving to Christmas and beyond, now is the time when many American kitchens play host to a marathon of baking, cooking, and the inevitable clean up that follows. But with the right tools, this year's feast could be as easy as pumpkin pie. From multi-tasking inventions to heavy duty and timeless standbys, we've got you covered with our favorite picks. Take a look to see 9 new essentials to consider adding to your kitchen.
- 9 Ways You’re Loading the Dishwasher Wrong
You may not realize it, but it is possible to load your dishwasher incorrectly—and doing so could result in broken, corroded, and continuously dirty dishes. Get the most out of your machine by avoiding these 9 bad practices that could be to blame for your less-than-sparkling dishware.
- A Game of (Quarter) Inches: The 12-Year Kitchen
Since the beginning of our kitchen renovation, we’ve had a running joke about a rogue quarter inch—we’re either missi...
- A Year of Planning: The 12-Year Kitchen
We never had any doubt about what architect we wanted for our kitchen makeover. Norm Davis had done the p...
- All You Need to Know About Stainless Steel Countertops
Fancy yourself an at-home chef with serious skills? Then you may be interested in upgrading your cooking space to one...
- Are You Smarter Than Your Refrigerator? The 12-Year Kitchen
We are so close to finished I can almost taste the ice. It’s been more than seven months since this project began, an...
- Award-Winning Budget-Friendly Kitchen Makeover
Besides wanting a budget-friendly, easily maintained kitchen with clean, contemporary lines, the owner of this 1950s-...
- Backsplash Idea: Faux Stone Re-Finish
My wife, Mary Ann, hated the backsplash tiles in our kitchen, and I agreed they were slightly dated. Unfortunately, t...
- Before & After: '70s Kitchen Remodel Puts Every Inch to Work
For Mat and Anna Nicholson, husband and wife with three houses' worth of DIY renovation under their belts, a tiny kit...
- Before & After: A Massive Makeover for a Minuscule Kitchen
Cathy Poshusta says, "My husband and I are a couple of old-house renovation junkies. " Together, she and Garrett reno...
- Big Chill's Cutting-Edge, Retro-Styled Appliances
How did Big Chill end up manufacturing cutting-edge new kitchen appliances that look, in the best way possible, 60 ye...
- Bob Vila Radio: Appliance Manuals
While your important household documents should always be backed up and kept in fireproof storage, some things, like ...
- Bob Vila Radio: Banquettes
Banquette seating has a nostalgic charm that may remind you of your favorite diner or that cozy spot in your grandmot...
- Bob Vila Radio: Budget Kitchen Upgrades
If your kitchen’s begging for a facelift but your budget begs to differ, try focusing on some key details. LISTENList...
- Bob Vila Radio: Butcher Blocks
The original butcher blockers were literally blocks up to sixteen inches thick: hard rock maple pieces were often dov...
- Bob Vila Radio: Cabinet Knobs
Replacing cabinet hardware is an easy and inexpensive way to give your kitchen a little facelift. But even a quick fi...
- Bob Vila Radio: Cabinets or Shelves in the Kitchen?
These days, a lot of homeowners are trading kitchen cabinets for open shelving, and there are some great reasons why!...
- Bob Vila Radio: Cleaning Stainless Steel
The sleek look of stainless steel lends sophistication to any kitchen. But keeping those surfaces gleaming takes care...
- Bob Vila Radio: Clearing the Counters
Over time, kitchen countertops can get cluttered with junk, which not only makes the kitchen look sloppy but also dis...
- Bob Vila Radio: Countertop Options
Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing)...
- Bob Vila Radio: Cutting the Crud on Your Kitchen Cabinets
In any home, no matter its age or design, the kitchen always seem to serve as the hub of daily activity—a gathering s...
- Bob Vila Radio: Dealing with Finicky Fridge Doors
If your refrigerator door doesn't open and close as it should—or if it doesn’t seal as tightly as it's supposed to—th...
- Bob Vila Radio: Dishwasher Care
Your dishwasher does a lot to make your life easier; here are a couple things you can do to make its life longer!CM_B...
- Bob Vila Radio: Farmhouse Sinks
Farmhouse sinks, also known as apron-front sinks, are a country kitchen staple. These distinctive vessels have an exp...
- Bob Vila Radio: Fixing Chipped Stove Enamel
There’s something so crisp and clean about a kitchen with a traditional, white porcelain enamel stove. But sometimes ...
- Bob Vila Radio: Garbage Disposal Care
While they’ll grind and send most kitchen scraps down the drain in small batches with a good strong flow of cold wate...
- Bob Vila Radio: Gas Range
Cooking with gas costs half what it costs to cook on electric ranges. Keeping your range clean will keep it efficient...
- Bob Vila Radio: Induction Cooking
Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing)...
- Bob Vila Radio: Installing a Garbage Disposal
A garbage disposal really keeps things flowing in the kitchen, and installing one isn’t a tough job for a do-it-yours...
- Bob Vila Radio: Kitchen Backsplashes
If you’re looking for a kitchen upgrade on a budget, take a look at your backsplash. It’s easy to turn this unassumin...
- Bob Vila Radio: Kitchen Cabinet Design
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- Don't Make These 6 Common Mistakes in Your Kitchen Renovation
In recent years, study after study has revealed a rise in the number of renovations that take place in the kitchen. Why the kitchen, you ask? It's simple: The kitchen often serves as the epicenter of household activity. It's the room where family members typically spend the most time, alone and together, cooking, eating, entertaining, and more. In the words of Joe Maykut, a product manager with Sears Home Services, the kitchen is "the hardworking heart of the home." If yours isn't up to snuff—if it doesn't meet your daily needs, or if you've never cared for the way it looks—then you've probably pondered an upgrade. Perhaps no other remodeling project delivers such a high-impact improvement in quality of life, or does so much to boost resale value. That said, while there may be any number of reasons to redo a kitchen, there are at least as many ways for the best-intended renovations to go off the rails. Click through now for details on some of the most common mistakes homeowners just like you make with this most common of remodeling projects. <br>
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- The 6 Best Reasons to Renovate Your Kitchen
The Internet didn’t create kitchen envy, but now that it's so easy to see how other people have transformed their spaces, we're all almost constantly spurred on to consider new and exciting possibilities for our own homes. The kitchen gets particularly strong attention online because it's the epicenter of household life, the space where cooking, dining, entertaining, and even homework take place. Indeed, as Joe Maykut, a manager with Sears Home Services, notes, it is “the heart of the home.” If yours doesn’t quite match your lifestyle needs or design preferences, you may have considered bringing your kitchen up to speed with a few modest, targeted improvements. Homeowners often, however, eschew a piecemeal approach, choosing instead to embark on a full-scale renovation. Which is better for your kitchen? “It all depends on your goals,” Maykut concludes. If your concerns go well beyond chipped tiles, peeling paint, and faulty doors or drawers, read on to discover why so many choose to demolish the old and start fresh.
- The 6 Kitchen Design Trends Set to Dominate 2017
No longer a solely utilitarian space, today's kitchen plays host to a range of activities beyond meal prep and casual family dining. For Joe Maykut, Product Manager with <a href="https://www.searshomeservices.com/improve/kitchen-remodel/?SID=5652&pid=5&utm_source=social&utm_medium=soc&utm_campaign=BobVila2016_MM" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Sears Home Services</a>, there's no doubt: The kitchen serves as "the heart" of the home. Taken together, the kitchen's importance to the goings-on of everyday life and the continued popularity of open floor plans have thrust this room front and center in home design, a trend that Maykut views as unlikely to slow anytime soon. These days, he observes, "homeowners don't want the kitchen to look and feel different from the rest of the home." Instead, according to Maykut, homeowners are likely to further integrate the kitchen into both the design of the house and the life of the family, with kitchens taking on many "characteristics more commonly associated with other rooms." For all the details on the biggest kitchen trends expected to unfold in 2017, click right now!<br>
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- Your Dishwasher Can Do Better: 9 Tips to Boost Performance
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- Your Eat-In Kitchen: 10 Space-Smart Design Ideas
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- Fixing the Unsupported Kitchen Ceiling
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- Building a Kitchen Staircase
Furniture maker Todd Allen builds a staircase from scratch, which will run from the basement to the kitchen, using a technique that is a couple of centuries old.
- Installing a Soapstone Kitchen Counter
Bob discusses installation and care of the new kitchen soapstone countertop and tours the kitchen, showing the cabinetry, storage, future mudroom, and small office.
- Building a Privacy Fence and Touring the Completed Kitchen
Bob reviews the progress of his western red cedar custom fence, designed to provide privacy and block the carport from the neighbors’ view.
- Laying Porcelain Oxidized-Look Tiles
Bob and Anthony Lopez install porcelain tiles for a decorative look.
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- Building a Template for a Kitchen Countertop
Scott Lawyer makes a template for a Corian kitchen countertop and installs the sink section, Andrea Johnson discuss Corian colors.
- Installing the Dishwasher
Mike Goodrich show Bob how to install a dishwasher
- Ultra Low-Flow Toilet Installed
Lenora Campos shows Bob a Toto energy-efficient toilet.
- Cherry Cabinet Installation
Gam Danziger from Craftline Cabinets reviews the assembly of the contemporary Cherry kitchen cabinets being installed in the penthouse apartment.
- Marble Kitchen Countertop Installation
Bob consults with the project's stone and tile specialist, who explains the process of attaching the Pietra Cardosa countertops to the Cherry Craftline island cabinet.
- Installing Kitchen Cabinets
Bob meets with LesCare cabinet representative Brad Brewster, of Princeton Custom Cabinetry, who explains the features of this semi-custom cabinet line and also outlines the installation process.
- Mounting Overhead Cabinets
Bob and Brad Brewster of Princeton Custom Cabinetry oversee the installation of the hanging cabinets in the new condo kitchen. Brewster lists the various features of the LesCare cabinetry, including full-box construction and recessed hardware.
- Kitchen Cabinet Styling and Installation
Bob meets with Dave Boniello from Simplex Industries to discuss the custom modular kitchen being built and installed at the factory.
- Installing Quartz Kitchen Countertops
Bob looks on as workers instal a solid-surface countertop called Zodiaq (from Dupont), which is made of natural silica, quartz, and polymer.
- Kitchen Cabinet Design
Darcie Miller from Wellborn Cabinets is on the site of the modern Colonial project house to talk about the kitchen's design.
- Kitchen Cabinet Installation
John Wellborn (from Wellborn Cabinets) and carpenter Paul Anderson join Bob for the kitchen cabinet installation.
- Manufacturing Marble Kitchen Countertops
Evan Zgonis of Olympia Marble and Granite gives Bob a tour of the facility where the kitchen countertops being used in the modern Colonial house are manufactured.
- Installing Marble Kitchen Countertops
Evan Zgonis and the crew form Olympia Marble and Granite are installing the marble countertops in the kitchen.
- Installing Crown Point Kitchen Cabinets
Carpenters Bob Ryley and Pat Cloutier are installing the Crown Point cabinets in the kitchen.
- Installing Solid Maple Kitchen Cabinets
Kenneth Carmode of WW Wood Products joins Bob as their Sequoia cabinets are installed in the kitchen of one of the Mashpee, Massachusetts, affordable homes.
- Fitting Custom Countertops
John Spellman of Cape Cod Counter Works shows Bob the installation of the shop-made laminate counters in one of the Mashpee, Massachusetts, homes.
- Installing the Dishwasher, Sink, and Garbage Disposal
Plumbing and heating contractor Doug Buchanan is ready to install the Kenmore Elite dishwasher and the Kohler Dickinson sink (with garbage disposal).
- Custom Kitchen Cabinets and Drawers
Thomas Bump of Fine Custom Cabinetry shows Bob the Maple and hardwood panel cabinets that were built specifically for the Brownstone kitchen.
- Reviewing the Kitchen and Layout of the Ranch-Style Home
Bob meets plumber Charlie Delvecchio of Cape Plumbing at the ranch-style affordable home in Mashpee, Massachusetts.
- Feng Shui for the Home
Bob visits Emma and Jacob Josselyn in their Cape Cod-style home to see the new Vermont Castings Addison cast-iron electric stove that will warm the corner of their dining room. Katherine Kaess of Soulspaces International discusses feng shui.
- Kitchen and Butler's Pantry, Venetian Blinds, and Luxury Kitchen Appliances, Finishes, and Cabinetry
The huge space that is the kitchen of the Manhattan Brownstone has received its finishing touches. Bob tours.
- Installing the Kitchen Cabinets
Mark Van Sickle (from Merillat) installs the hardware on the cabinets destined for the kitchen in the Victorian restoration project house.
- Discussing Silestone Countertops and Countertop Templating
Dick Deshant (from Counter Intelligence) tells Bob about the new Silestone countertops. And while Brece Rupolt (from Northern Marble & Granite) demonstrates the traditional method of creating countertop templates, Paul Hansen (from E-Template) shows how a template can be made electronically.
- Aristokraft Kitchen Cabinet Installation
John Tasker (from Aristokraft) shows Bob the kitchen cabinets being used in the project, and contractor Sam Cousins goes over the installation process.
- Corian Kitchen Countertop Installation and Energy Star Appliances
Carpenter Bob Ryley meets Steve Wilkinson in the kitchen to install the Corian countertops, and Bob talks with Ren Anderson (from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory) regarding the Energy Star appliances.
- Preparing a Shower Pan for Tumbled Stone Tile Installation
Bob observes the tile setter Tim Galvin build a shower pan.
- Limestone Tile Installation
Bob talks with contractor Tim Galvin, who is installing limestone tile over a heavy bed of mortar.
- Cherry Kitchen Cabinet Installation
Bob observes, and assists with, the installation of Cherry cabinets, a Northland refrigerator, and a wine storage system.
- Touring the Remodeled Kitchen
Executive Chef Mark Herndon shows Bob around the newly remodeled basement kitchen of the Virginia governor's mansion.
- Reviewing the Kitchen Appliances
Bob peeks into the "first kitchen", the kitchen in the first family's private living quarters. Todd Graves (from GE) shows Bob the Halogen oven.
- Fabricating Stainless Steel Kitchen Countertops
Bob visits a stainless steel fabrication shop to see how the kitchen counters for the loft project unit are made.
- Installing the Stainless Steel Kitchen Countertops
Bob observes Bob Watts weld together the stainless steel kitchen countertops on-site.
- Butcher Block Installation and Care
Bob meets with Joel Scanlon, who installs legs on a butcher block top and explains how to care for the wood surface.
- Kitchen Plumbing Installed
The final connections are made to the new kitchen appliances, including a garbage disposal and a gas stove.
- Installing a Mirror and Glasswork
Bob observes Bill Brody (from Classic Glass) installing a large mirror, a glass shelf, and a glass partition wall.
- Oven Hood and Shelving Installation
A restaurant-quality oven hood vent is installed, in addition to Metrowire shelves.
- Touring the High-Efficiency Kitchen
Bob reviews the kitchen appliances, paying special attention to their energy saving features.
- Installing a Granite Countertop and Kitchen Cabinets
Bob talks with contractors Jim Azerroe and Mike Burk. Jim is installing a granite kitchen countertop, while Mike puts in the new cabinets and drawers.
- Installing Insulation and Plastering
Carpenter Bob Ryley and Tim Grether (from Owens Corning) install insulation and vapor barrier in the bathroom. And Jim Larson (from Georgia Pacific) installs a special backer board for tile.
- Installing High-Gloss Laminate Cabinets and Surell Countertops
Cabinetry and countertops are brought in for this attic conversion project, and fiber-optic lighting is installed.
- Installing a Granite Tub Surround, In-Floor Heat, and Fiber-Optic Lighting
A granite tub surround is installed, as well as an in-floor heating system and unique fiber optic lighting.
- Tour of Yuca Restaurant
Bob tours the heavy-duty, no-nonsense kitchen of Yuca, a Cuban-American restaurant in Miami.
- Surell Counterop Construction
Bob meets with Rich Rogers, who explains the fabricating techniques for Surell, a solid-surface material manufactured by the Formica.
- Steel Kitchen Table
Bob meets with contractor Ed Weller, who explains how the steel-framed kitchen table will support a surface of Surell, and also how the table will be mounted.
- Constructing Kitchen Cabinets and Shelves
Bob and contractor Ed Weller check out the open pantry shelves made of Surell.
- Kitchen Demolition
Bob and carpenter Cortney Lofton review and demolish the original kitchen cabinets. Bob then visits a salvage yard to view the turn-of-the-century cabinets purchased by the homeowner.
- Custom-Made Kitchen Cabinets
Bob confers with cabinetmaker Brian Comeaux. He is installing the kitchen cabinets that were custom-built in his shop to match a vintage cabinet found by the homeowners.
- Installing a Wood Kitchen Countertop
Bob and carpenter Cortney Lofton install a counter around a new apron-front Kohler sink.
- Built-in-Place Kitchen Cabinets
Bob meets with restoration contractor Richard Marks to discuss the built-in-place kitchen cabinets. Richard explains the floor plan and appliance placement.
- Designing the Kitchen
Contractor Tom Drobitsch explains the kitchen layout before installing an innovative custom cabinet system.
- Progress Update and Pedestal Sink Installation
Bob reviews progress in the kitchen, where pantry space and a tin ceiling have been installed, and where contractor Bob Ryley continues working on the staircase. In the master bath, the plumber demonstrates how to install a pedestal sink.
- Finishing Touches in the Kitchen
In the kitchen, where the white pine cabinets have been installed, Bob Ryley demonstrates how to adjust a European door hinge before he finishes putting in a plate shelf that runs the roof's perimeter.
- Reviewing the Unfinished Kitchen
Bob reviews the new staircase in the entry hall before he and contractor Larry Landers tour the kitchen, pointing out where furniture, appliances, and fixtures will likely reside.
- European Kitchen Cabinet Showroom
Bob visits the Boston Design Center, where he learns about European kitchen design. Europeans view kitchen cabinets as furniture. Lower cabinets are usually movable and upper cabinets are hung like picture frames.
- Installing a Cement Backerboard in the Bathroom
Bob meets contractor Larry Landers in the master bathroom, where a cement backerboard is cut and attached to the walls with galvanized screws.
- Laying Glazed Ceramic Floor Tiles
Floor tiles are installed in the bathroom after the underlayment has dried and chalk reference lines have been drawn. Tips on cutting and laying tile are given.
- Installing the Lavatory
Bob observes plumbing contractor Steve Bottazzi install a lavatory (faucet and sink) in a bathroom vanity.
- Installing European-Style Kitchen Cabinets
Bob looks on as Pat Malone, a cabinet installer from the Boston Design Center, installs European-style kitchen cabinets.
- Cutting the Granite Countertop
Bob watches as David Ingram (of Aldrich Stone) cuts a granite countertop with a cook-top cutout.
- Colonial Kitchen Tour in Nantucket
In search of design ideas, Bob tours a charming Colonial kitchen in a house on Nantucket Island.
- Progress in the Kitchen
Work continues in the kitchen with the resurfacing of old counters. Tips on using contact cement are imparted.
- Installing Cultured Marble Shower Walls
Bob helps install cultured marble panels in a bathroom. The tile professional on the job, Jack Miklaus, shares information on fabricating the panels and tips on installing them.
- Setting Tiles
Bob meets with a tile setter to learn about the installation of tiles in the kitchen.
- Discussing the Kitchen Layout
Bob discusses the kitchen layout with designer Amy O'Haire, then visits her showroom, Classic Kitchen Designs.
- Applying Bathroom Floor Tile
Bob looks on as tile setter John Boardman applies bathroom floor tile at the Cape Cod project house.
- Kitchen Cabinets Installed
Custom-built base cabinets and laminate countertops are installed in the kitchen of the coach house.
- Adding Detail to the Kitchen
Bob installs some interesting finishing touches in the coach house kitchen. For instance, a pony wall is dressed up with a shadow effect and a routed oak cap.
- Installing Fixtures in a Tiled Bath
Bob checks out the handmade tiles and selected plumbing fixtures in the remodeled bath. When general contractor Tim Berky drills into the tile, he stresses the importance of drilling slowly and of having a new carbide drill bit to avoid cracking or damaging the tile.
- Shopping Online for Kitchen Countertops
Pablo Contreras (from e-counters.com) joins Bob to explain how shopping, ordering, and installation of all types of custom counters happen through their internet service.
- Sink and Faucet Installation
Frank Lowry of FJ Lowry Plumbing and Heating installs the a Franke tri-flow Corinthian faucet, now that the countertop and sink are in place.
- Chef-Quality Ovens and Cooktop
The Silestone island countertop arrives, with the cooktop cutout done on site. Matt Lihous (from DCS/Fisher & Paykel) explains the features of the Dynamic Cooking Systems appliances, installed in the project house kitchen.
- Installing Cherry Cabinets
General contractor Tim Berky is installing Merillat cherry cabinets in the remodeled kitchen. Berky roughs in the base wall cabinet, shims it, and checks for level. Then, he screws the cabinet into the wall, and through the adjoining face frame, before trimming off the shim. Berky finishes by dressing out the toe kick with a cherry-stained board that he glues and nails in place.
- Installing Artisanal Tile
Steve Powers (from Trikeenan Tileworks) explains the manufacture of their unique artisanal tiles, and the homeowner lays out her design vision. David Cloutman (from DC Tile) performs the installation.