Articles and Ideas 2018-03-02T21:14:55-04:00

Kitchen Remodeling Ideas

If you are considering updating your kitchen, be sure to search our archive of articles for kitchen renovation ideas. You’ll find suggestions on cabinets, countertops, backsplashes, sinks, flooring, appliances, fixtures, and more, which you can incorporate into your kitchen remodeling project plan.


Don't Mess Up This First Step When Tiling a Floor

3 Apr 2019, 6:00 pm | Kitchen Tile

Learn all about tile underlayment materials and installation to ensure a smooth, stable surface beneath your tile flooring project.

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12 Places in Your Kitchen Where Mold Could Be Hiding

29 Mar 2019, 2:27 pm | Kitchen Maintenance

Here are 12 spots in your kitchen where mold could be lurking, and a few ideas for getting rid of it and keeping it away for good.

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How To Paint a Ceiling

26 Mar 2019, 12:00 pm | Kitchen Painting

Here are some pointers on prep and techniques for how to paint a ceiling that will help you accomplish the job easily and successfully, just like a pro.

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Why Your Oven Isn’t Heating Properly—and How to Fix It

18 Mar 2019, 4:00 pm | Kitchen Appliances

Save a service fee and repair a faulty oven yourself with these tips and tricks.

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8 Surprising Reasons You Should Stop Using Plastic in Your Kitchen

13 Mar 2019, 4:23 pm | Kitchen Appliances

Plastic, while an amazing and ubiquitous convenience, is often viewed more as a growing health and environmental threat than a savior. Here are 8 reasons to stop using plastic in your kitchen and throughout your home.

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Does Baking Soda Really Deodorize the Fridge?

11 Mar 2019, 2:00 pm | Kitchen Appliances

Baking soda in the fridge does work, to an extent, as long as you follow a few rules. Read on to learn what makes baking soda an effective deodorizer and how to best use it to refresh your fridge.

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The 14 Freshest Kitchen Cabinet Colors

9 Mar 2019, 1:15 am | Kitchen Cabinets

Give your kitchen an exciting new look with one of these cool, clean paint shades, perfect for cabinets.

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10 Hidden Signs That You Have a Plumbing Problem

5 Mar 2019, 1:30 am | Kitchen Sinks

Read through these 10 hidden signs of plumbing problems in your home so you'll know when it may be time to call in a professional.

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8 Incredible Kitchen Inventions Most Homeowners Don't Think to Buy

4 Mar 2019, 10:18 pm | Kitchen Appliances

Here are eight of our favorite kitchen inventions that might just change your life—or at least change your meal prep routine.

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15 Small Kitchen Islands Ideas That Inspire

4 Mar 2019, 9:53 pm | Kitchen Cabinets

A kitchen island doesn’t need to be big to perform its duties. Take some design inspiration from these small kitchen islands, then consider recreating the look in your kitchen, whatever the dimensions of your space.

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How To Grout Tile

4 Mar 2019, 8:00 pm | Kitchen Tile

Fill the joints between your new tiles with fresh grout in four easy steps.

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The Pros and Cons of Vinyl Flooring

28 Feb 2019, 10:00 am | Kitchen Floors

Understand what makes vinyl such a viable flooring option—as well as the downsides to this popular product—to decide whether to install it or remove it from your home.

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What's the Difference: Grout vs Caulk

27 Feb 2019, 7:00 pm | Kitchen Tile

Understand how these common adhesives are used in various tile projects to get great-looking, long-lasting results.

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How to Coordinate the Best Kitchen Lighting Design

12 Feb 2019, 11:00 am | Kitchen Renovation Ideas

When revamping lighting design, it’s smart to consider everything from function and fixture to the type of light bulbs you use to address common kitchen lighting challenges and ensure optimal illumination for all your needs.

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Here's How Much People Spend on Popular Home Upgrades

2 Feb 2019, 12:08 am | Kitchen Renovation Ideas

Before you call a contractor or pick out the perfect slab of granite for your new countertop, you should know how much the renovation project you're about to tackle typically costs. Here’s what Americans are spending, on average, for some of the most popular home upgrades.

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25 Illuminating Lighting Ideas for a Beautiful Kitchen

29 Jan 2019, 3:30 am | Kitchen Renovation Ideas

Proper lighting is crucial to a kitchen's functionality, and the lighting fixtures themselves can pack a real punch style-wise.

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What to Do When Your Dishwasher Isn't Cleaning

28 Jan 2019, 10:30 am | Kitchen Appliances

Troubleshoot a poorly performing dishwasher with these tips and techniques.

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How To Clean Stainless Steel

25 Jan 2019, 4:00 pm | Kitchen Maintenance

Remove fingerprints, food splatter, and grease from your kitchen's metal surfaces carefully and completely with this set of cleaning products and techniques.

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This Is How Long Each of Your Major Appliances Should Last

25 Jan 2019, 5:35 am | Kitchen Appliances

If you're wondering how much time your appliances may have left, check out these guidelines on how long you can expect your appliances to last.

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10 Parts of the Home You Can (and Should) Renovate in Winter

23 Jan 2019, 10:49 pm | Kitchen Renovation Ideas

The middle of winter may not seem like a good time to start a renovation project, but the season has a surprising amount of DIY appeal.

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7 Tips for How to Clean Stained Grout

11 Jan 2019, 7:00 pm | Kitchen Tile

It’s possible to clean and restore your grout using common household products and a bit of elbow grease.

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Buyer's Guide: Interior Paints

4 Jan 2019, 7:00 pm | Kitchen Painting

Use these shopping tips and recommendations—based on satisfied consumers’ reviews—to find the best interior paint for the job.

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7 Things to Know Before Putting Wood Flooring in the Kitchen

3 Jan 2019, 11:00 am | Kitchen Floors

Learn why wood flooring in the kitchen is a growing trend—and the secrets to successful installation and maintenance to keep your wood looking good.

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The Best Time to Buy New Appliances at a Discount

28 Dec 2018, 1:00 pm | Kitchen Appliances

Whether shopping in-store or online, the ideal time to purchase depends on the type and model year of the appliances you have your eye on.

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15 Reasons to Think Twice About an Open Floor Plan

20 Dec 2018, 10:50 pm | Kitchen Renovation Ideas

Open concept living has been losing ground as buyers turn to cozier, more energy-efficient houses. Here are just a few reasons you may want to pass on that open floor plan.

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The Dos and Don’ts of Cleaning Kitchen Cabinets

19 Dec 2018, 6:00 pm | Kitchen Cabinets

Whether your cabinets are painted or finished wood, they’ll perk right up with a few common household items and a bit of elbow grease.

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The Kitchen Layout You're Overlooking

11 Dec 2018, 5:37 pm | Kitchen Renovation Ideas

Discover the top three reasons why a kitchen peninsula might be the right choice for your kitchen layout.

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Read This Before You Install a Floating Tile Floor

10 Dec 2018, 7:00 pm | Kitchen Floors

If you’ve been wanting a tile floor but shied away due to the difficulty of installing your own traditional tile, you may be intrigued by the idea of a floating tile floor.

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How Long Refrigerators Last

10 Dec 2018, 5:00 pm | Kitchen Appliances

That vital kitchen appliance may hang in there longer than you think, but it won’t be around forever. Learn how to extend its life—and when it’s time for a new one.

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7 Things to Know Before Choosing Laminate Flooring

30 Nov 2018, 9:00 pm | Kitchen Floors

To find out if this material is right for your budget, lifestyle, and aesthetic preferences, first consider these pros and cons of laminate flooring.

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7 Things to Know Before Choosing and Installing Marble Flooring

28 Nov 2018, 8:00 pm | Kitchen Floors

Learn what types of marble are available, how to choose the best one for your budget, and glean some DIY tips should you opt to tackle installation yourself.

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Here's Why All Cutting Boards Aren't Created Equal

21 Nov 2018, 12:00 pm | Kitchen Appliances

A cutting board acts as a chopping block, food preparation surface, or serving station—sometimes all three. So it’s essential that this can’t-live-without kitchen accessory be made of a durable material.

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How to Remove Texture From Walls

20 Nov 2018, 11:00 pm | Kitchen Painting

Before putting on your work clothes and picking up a scraper, get to know the two methods for removing texture from walls depending on whether or not your walls are painted.

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12 Household Cleaning Mistakes That Are Making You Sick

20 Nov 2018, 5:04 pm | Kitchen Maintenance

Your bad cleaning habits may be preventing you from achieving a real deep, lasting clean. Simply follow these 12 tips for your healthiest home ever.

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Stylish, Stain-Resistant, or Both: Which Type of Kitchen Sink Is Right for You?

16 Nov 2018, 6:00 pm | Kitchen Sinks

Understand the strengths and potential drawbacks of seven best kitchen sink materials so you can make the right choice for your kitchen remodel.

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7 Signs Your Home Needs a Water Softener

15 Nov 2018, 4:31 am | Kitchen Sinks

Is your water too hard? Here are just a few of the tell-tale signs that you may need a water softener.

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How to Clean a Porcelain Sink

14 Nov 2018, 6:00 pm | Kitchen Maintenance

Banish stains and dullness to get your porcelain sparkling again with these gentle yet effective treatments.

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How to Freshen Up a Smelly Fridge

13 Nov 2018, 6:00 pm | Kitchen Maintenance

Taking steps to reduce bacteria growth and following a proper cleaning routine can erase past odors and minimize future scents.

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The 9 Best Houseplants for the Kitchen

9 Nov 2018, 3:16 am | Kitchen Renovation Ideas

The kitchen is one of the most popular spots in the house, so it deserves to be brightened with a bit of nature. Try finding a place for one of these easy-care houseplants that thrive in the kitchen.

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Buyer's Guide: Drain Cleaners

2 Nov 2018, 7:30 pm | Kitchen Maintenance

Find out which drain cleaner to use as your plumber-in-a-pinch—depending on your specific type of pipes and clogs.

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The Must-Dos (and 4 Definite Don’ts) When Cleaning an Oven

2 Nov 2018, 7:00 pm | Kitchen Maintenance

Before you take a rag and the nearest cleanser on hand to your dingy oven, study up on the right and wrong approaches to getting your oven spotless.

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The Right Height for Wainscoting

30 Oct 2018, 5:00 pm | Kitchen Renovation Ideas

There’s an art to getting this architectural feature in perfect proportion with the rest of the room. Follow this advice and your wainscoting will stand out for all the right reasons.

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The Best Tools for Tackling Every Clog

22 Oct 2018, 10:00 am | Kitchen Maintenance

Whatever the cause or location of the clog you're dealing with, you'll find the right fix in this capable collection of plumbing tools.

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5 Reasons to Choose the Kitchen Peninsula

12 Oct 2018, 5:00 pm | Kitchen Countertops

An island can hog precious real estate in a cookspace, so consider this three-sided workstation, storage, and snacking solution.

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10 Creative Designs for Classic Subway Tile

30 Sep 2018, 11:00 am | Kitchen Tile

Check out some of the best ways to lay subway tile—from the timeless to the trendy. You’re sure to find the perfect pattern for your upcoming kitchen or bathroom project.

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Buyer's Guide: Grout Sealers

27 Sep 2018, 10:00 pm | Kitchen Tile

Save yourself time scrubbing stains from your grout by choosing to protect it today with a top-notch sealer.

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6 Things to Know Before Replacing a Kitchen Faucet

12 Sep 2018, 6:45 pm | Kitchen Faucets

Before you start tearing apart your kitchen sink area to swap in a new, more stylish faucet, get to know the process and any obstacles that might slow you down.

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All You Need to Know About Concrete Countertops

5 Sep 2018, 1:45 pm | Kitchen Countertops

In search of durable and stylish countertops for the kitchen or patio? Look no further than this beautiful, tried-and-true construction material: concrete.

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12 Mistakes That Make Your Kitchen More Attractive to Bugs

28 Aug 2018, 9:51 pm | Kitchen Maintenance

If you want a pest-free kitchen, the name of the game is CLEAN. You’ll be more successful in deterring bugs if you keep crumbs and food waste to a minimum.

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All You Need to Know About Galley Kitchens

13 Jul 2018, 2:00 pm | Kitchen Renovation Ideas

Understand the pros and cons of this narrow yet highly efficient design to see if it might work well for your cook space.

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The 5 Best Kitchen Flooring Options for Your Remodel

11 Jul 2018, 11:30 am | Kitchen Floors

With all that goes on in today’s kitchen, it’s crucial that the floor can withstand high foot traffic as well as the all the inevitable spills and spatters.

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Figuring Out the Correct Countertop Height for Your Renovation

9 Jul 2018, 7:00 pm | Kitchen Cabinets

Take the guesswork out of your kitchen remodel with this foolproof guide to determining the perfect countertop height for comfort and ease of use.

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What to Do About Ants in the Kitchen

2 Jul 2018, 5:45 pm | Kitchen Maintenance

House ants enter kitchens through cracks in windows, doorways, or floors in search of morsels that might replenish their own colony’s food and water supply. Read on to learn how to get rid of kitchen ants permanently.

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The Best Kitchen Islands Under $500

29 Jun 2018, 10:11 pm | Kitchen Cabinets

There are plenty of standalone kitchen islands to fit your needs, whether that's style, size, storage, or all of the above. Here's a roundup of the best kitchen islands for under $500 whether you have a big kitchen, little kitchen, farmhouse kitchen, contemporary kitchen, or something in between.

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15 Instagram-Worthy Breakfast Nooks We Love

29 Jun 2018, 3:44 am | Kitchen Renovation Ideas

Got some spare space in the kitchen? Consider adding a breakfast nook! These 15 photogenic options suit a range of kitchen styles and sizes.

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15 Photos That Prove You Need a Breakfast Nook

29 Jun 2018, 3:44 am | Kitchen Renovation Ideas

Got some spare space in the kitchen? Consider adding a breakfast nook! These 15 options suit a range of kitchen styles and sizes.

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10 Plumbing Tips Everyone Needs to Know

27 Jun 2018, 2:35 pm | Kitchen Maintenance

Are you dealing with a dripping faucet, low water pressure, or clogged pipe? Here are 10 basic plumbing secrets every homeowner should know. Maybe one of these could save you a costly visit from your local expert.

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Buyer's Guide: Garbage Disposals

22 Jun 2018, 4:30 pm | Kitchen Appliances

Learn what features and horsepower are best to grind and get rid of your family’s foodstuff leftovers.

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5 Plumbing Repairs Every Homeowner Should Know

6 Jun 2018, 3:15 pm | Kitchen Sinks

Use these troubleshooters to tackle typical hassles with your toilet, sink, faucets, and more.

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All You Need to Know About Tile Countertops

16 May 2018, 5:00 pm | Kitchen Countertops

Unlike natural stone, laminate, or solid surface (made of mineral dust and resins), tile offers endless creative possibilities for your kitchen countertop. Yet, as with any countertop material, has its own set of drawbacks.

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How to Find the Correct Upper Cabinet Height

9 May 2018, 8:00 pm | Kitchen Cabinets

Learn how high to mount upper cabinets in any interior for easy access—no tip-toes or step-stools required!

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The Best Painted Tile Floors on the Internet

20 Apr 2018, 10:27 pm | Kitchen Tile

When you're paring down your renovation budget there are a few places you can't scrimp. When it comes to the floors, however, there's room to negotiate. If your floors are ugly and dated yet structurally sound, there's an alternative to replacing them outright: Paint.

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The Pros and Cons of Butcher-Block Kitchen Counters

17 Apr 2018, 6:00 am | Kitchen Countertops

Butcher block countertops are a popular choice for kitchens these days, but as with any countertop material, there are pros and cons to consider.

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What to Do About a Leaky Refrigerator

9 Apr 2018, 5:30 pm | Kitchen Appliances

If you notice water on your kitchen floor, understand common causes and (mostly) easy fixes.

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What's the Difference: Quartz vs. Quartzite

3 Apr 2018, 6:00 pm | Kitchen Countertops

Understand the key discrepancies between these two often mixed-up materials to make an informed choice for your new countertop.

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Picking the Right Paint for Kitchen Cabinets

3 Apr 2018, 6:00 am | Kitchen Cabinets

Before you can paint your kitchen cabinets, you must make a few key decisions—what type of paint to use, and in what sheen and color.

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The 10 Most Indestructible Dishes You Can Buy

31 Mar 2018, 3:45 am | Kitchen Appliances

To save yourself from dangerous and costly dishware dilemmas, check out these 10 indestructible items, which are built to last for years.

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11 Ways to Hack Your Kitchen Appliances

27 Mar 2018, 11:08 pm | Kitchen Appliances

clever homeowners can think outside the box and use their appliances to accomplish a multitude of unexpected tasks.

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10 Clever Ways to Hack Your Kitchen Appliances

27 Mar 2018, 11:08 pm | Kitchen Appliances

Each kitchen appliance has a designated purpose, whether it’s toasting bread, making coffee, heating up food, or mixing ingredients. But clever homeowners can think outside the box and use their appliances to accomplish a multitude of unexpected tasks.

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How To Clean Stovetop Drip Pans

7 Mar 2018, 10:00 am | Kitchen Appliances

Here’s how to clean stovetop drip pans with nothing more than household items and some elbow grease.

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The Backsplash Remedy You Never Knew You Needed

28 Feb 2018, 8:00 pm | Kitchen Tile

Enlist this little-known, low-cost product to restore the original color of your grout or give it a brand new hue.

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How To Paint Formica Countertops and Cabinets

20 Feb 2018, 1:00 pm | Kitchen Cabinets

Slap a fresh coat of color on those Formica cabinets and countertops. This guide will help you makeover your kitchen or bathroom surfaces in a weekend—and on a budget!

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How To Cut Granite

6 Feb 2018, 12:00 pm | Kitchen Countertops

Follow these steps to size a granite slab or tiles to a perfect fit for your new countertop or backsplash.

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10 Ways You're Accidentally Ruining Your Countertops

31 Jan 2018, 4:12 pm | Kitchen Countertops

Despite their durability, countertops can suffer from costly damage. Here are 10 common culprits that cause homeowners to unintentionally ruin their countertops.

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How To Clean a Dishwasher Filter

30 Jan 2018, 12:00 pm | Kitchen Appliances

A well-maintained dishwasher filter can mean the difference between sparkling clean tableware and items marred by unsightly, unsanitary stuck-on food

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14 Brilliant Ideas for Removable Backsplashes

23 Jan 2018, 12:00 pm | Kitchen Tile

Saying “goodbye” to your old backsplash won’t be difficult if you install one of these temporary yet timeless wall treatments in your kitchen.

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10 Kitchen Gadgets That Will Help You Eat Healthier

8 Jan 2018, 10:39 pm | Kitchen Appliances

Eating healthier is a common New Year's resolution and there are plenty of ways to make this pledge a success. Check out these promising kitchen gadgets that promote healthy eating.

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12 Kitchen Trends That Will Take Over in 2018

4 Jan 2018, 7:58 pm | Kitchen Renovation Ideas

While there’s a vast array of choice on the market now, designers and contractors do have their favorites — from techy touches and savvy storage to the newest colors, finishes, and materials. Find out which trends will rule in 2018.

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The Best Ways to Improve Your Home's Value in 2018

3 Jan 2018, 10:29 pm | Kitchen Renovation Ideas

The trend in 2018 will focus on upscale renovations with a luxury feel. Small home theaters (seating for eight or fewer), wet bars, and open entertainment areas are good bets, but skip the wine cellar if you want to draw in potential buyers.

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What’s the Difference? Satin vs. Semi-Gloss Paint

3 Jan 2018, 6:00 pm | Kitchen Painting

Both satin and semi-gloss finishes can lend a beautiful sheen to any interior paint job. If you’re stuck between the two, read this guide to help you determine which coat to put on.

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How To Clean Granite Countertops

29 Dec 2017, 2:30 pm | Kitchen Countertops

To maintain its glossy shine, granite should be cleaned regularly—and carefully. Here's how.

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The Best Paint to Use on Wood

26 Dec 2017, 3:00 pm | Kitchen Painting

Prime your next painting project for success with our recommendations for the best paint to use on wooden surfaces throughout the home.

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Regulating the Refrigerator Temperature

22 Dec 2017, 9:45 am | Kitchen Cabinets

Follow these tips to make sure your refrigerator is functioning at the ideal temperature.

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What's the Difference? Granite vs. Quartz

21 Dec 2017, 6:00 pm | Kitchen Countertops

Before committing to a granite or quartz countertop, learn what distinguishes these two rock star materials.

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How To Caulk Baseboards

20 Dec 2017, 12:00 pm | Kitchen Painting

In addition to filling gaps and making the joinery look flawless, this sealant serves as an important barrier to keep both critters and drafts out of spaces where they shouldn’t be.

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How To Remove Grease From Kitchen Cabinets

19 Dec 2017, 2:00 pm | Kitchen Maintenance

Cabinet doors are practically a magnet for sticky and unsightly grease stains, and it can be frustrating—and fruitless—to clean them without the proper supplies. Read on for three ways to tackle greasy residue.

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10 Things Never to Put Down Your Garbage Disposal

18 Dec 2017, 11:37 pm | Kitchen Appliances

Feeding your garbage disposal the wrong items is a surefire recipe for bad smells, clogs, and ultimately, a broken appliance.

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What to Do When your Oven is Smoking

18 Dec 2017, 2:00 pm | Kitchen Appliances

Get your smoking oven to cool off with these no-sweat solutions.

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Here's What NOT to Put in Your Microwave

7 Dec 2017, 10:30 pm | Kitchen Appliances

Ready to warm up your leftovers? First check your plate for these items that should never go in the microwave.

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How To Make Your Own All-Natural Granite Cleaner

6 Dec 2017, 11:00 am | Kitchen Countertops

De-gunk and protect granite surfaces around the house with this all-natural DIY solvent.

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One Key Painting Step You're Overlooking

6 Dec 2017, 6:00 am | Kitchen Painting

No need to watch paint dry—here's how long you can expect it to take to get a smooth, even finish.

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15 Tips for Growing Kitchen Herb Gardens

4 Dec 2017, 7:00 pm | Kitchen Maintenance

Create better-tasting meals with an always available array of fresh herbs right at your fingertips!

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What to Do About a Stinky Sink

4 Dec 2017, 4:00 pm | Kitchen Maintenance

If your kitchen sink is raising a stink, neutralize the situation with one or more of these seven fresh solutions.

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10 Kitchen Products That Will Last a Lifetime

1 Dec 2017, 11:57 pm | Kitchen Appliances

When it comes to stocking your kitchen with gear, trust only the best brands and products. Here are 10 long-lasting picks we trust.

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How To Clean a Dishwasher

1 Dec 2017, 7:00 pm | Kitchen Appliances

It's tempting to think that your dishwasher gets a good cleaning every time you run it through a cycle, but that's unfortunately not the case. Here's how to keep it sparkling clean, sweet smelling, and effective.

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Fixing a Broken Freezer

1 Dec 2017, 12:30 pm | Kitchen Appliances

Do you suspect that your freezer is slacking on its one job? Then act fast before the day comes that you open the door to find melted ice cream, spoiled meats, and puddles of water.

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Freezer on the Fritz?

1 Dec 2017, 12:30 pm | Kitchen Appliances

These tricks will help you quickly identify and fix the problem before any food goes to waste.

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Buyer's Guide to Kitchen Trash Cans

30 Nov 2017, 5:00 pm | Kitchen Appliances

Ready to upgrade your garbage receptacle? We’ve got you covered with the style, closing mechanism, and odor control feature that’s just right for you!

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How to De-stink a Smelly Garbage Disposal

29 Nov 2017, 9:22 pm | Kitchen Maintenance

If your garbage disposal is starting to stink, there’s help for it. Follow this quick video advice to freshen your sink and get a cleaner smelling kitchen.

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What to Do About a Leaking Garbage Disposal

27 Nov 2017, 11:30 pm | Kitchen Maintenance

Suspect a leak in one of your kitchen's hardest working appliances? Troubleshoot the problem and repair a leaking garbage disposal with these tips and techniques.

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10 DIY Countertops that You and Your Wallet Will Love

21 Nov 2017, 7:00 pm | Kitchen Countertops

Kitchen countertops must be updated eventually. With DIY countertops, homeowners enjoy not only savings, but one-of-a-kind results.

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What to Do When the Dishwasher Stops Draining

13 Nov 2017, 4:00 pm | Kitchen Appliances

If you've opened your dishwasher to find a sudsy puddle on the bottom of the appliance, follow these troubleshooting tips to take care of the underlying problem yourself.

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This DIY Rolling Cart Is What Every Kitchen Needs

3 Nov 2017, 6:00 pm | Kitchen Renovation Ideas

No pantry? No problem! Find room for all fruits and vegetables that need no refrigeration in a clever kitchen accessory.

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12 Seriously Doable Ways to DIY a Kitchen Table

30 Oct 2017, 6:24 pm | Kitchen Renovation Ideas

Whether you're looking for a large farmhouse-style table or you need something that fits a tiny space, get inspired by these stunning and easy kitchen table DIYs.

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Sanded vs Unsanded Grout: Which Do You Need for your DIY?

26 Oct 2017, 4:00 pm | Kitchen Tile

Don’t get caught at the home center trying to discern the difference between sanded and unsanded grout. Find out which type is right for your project with this guide.

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5 Types of Tile Worth Considering in Your Next Renovation

19 Oct 2017, 2:00 pm | Kitchen Tile

Ready to re-do your flooring, kitchen backsplash, or bathroom walls? Check out our guide to five popular tiling options on the market today.

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7 Things to Know Before Installing Butcher Block Countertops

5 Oct 2017, 6:00 pm | Kitchen Countertops

Weigh these key considerations before updating your entire kitchen with butcher block countertops so you can feel confident in your decision.

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What to Do When Your Refrigerator Stops Cooling

26 Sep 2017, 10:00 am | Kitchen Appliances

No need to toss—or eat—all of the chilled food before it goes bad. Any of these easy solutions can get your hardworking kitchen appliance running again.

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3 Quick Fixes for a Smelly Trash Can

13 Sep 2017, 5:30 pm | Kitchen Maintenance

Your trash can will probably never smell like a fresh bouquet of flowers—but you do have the power to eliminate the worst of the stench.

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How to Clean Refrigerator Coils

13 Sep 2017, 10:00 am | Kitchen Appliances

Get the best performance from your fridge, extend its life and increase its efficiency by periodically cleaning its condenser coils.

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15 Things Never to Put in the Fridge

6 Sep 2017, 2:25 am | Kitchen Appliances

You might not know that some food items actually go bad when kept at cold temperatures. Keep reading to find out which things you should never put in your fridge.

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13 Things Never to Put in the Microwave

29 Aug 2017, 6:07 pm | Kitchen Appliances

While there are plenty of things you should never put in a microwave, the items listed here are some of the most common hazards. Just remember: When in doubt, keep it out!

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9 Mistakes You Make When You Load the Dishwasher

18 Aug 2017, 3:50 pm | Kitchen Appliances

Take care when loading the dishwasher, and take these helpful tips to heart the next time you do your after-dinner wash-up.

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How to Clean a Dishwasher

4 Aug 2017, 6:00 am | Kitchen Appliances

No, your dishwasher doesn't get clean every time you run a load of dishes. Luckily, making your appliance look and smell clean is quick and simple.

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Pros and Cons of Quartz Countertops

28 Jul 2017, 10:30 pm | Kitchen Countertops

Quartz offers striking beauty and like-a-rock durability—a combination of characteristics that make the material an enduringly popular pick.

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How to Clean Grout

12 Jul 2017, 5:09 pm | Kitchen Maintenance

Stained grout makes your kitchen and bathroom tile look dirty. If your previous attempts to whiten yellowed grout failed, try these tips during your next cleaning.

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11 Things That Make Any House Feel Old and Outdated

26 Jun 2017, 10:55 pm | Kitchen Renovation Ideas

If you’re planning some renovations or if you're thinking about resale value, you should consider updating these 10 things that make your home feel outdated.

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Porcelain or Ceramic: Which Type of Tile is Right for You?

22 Jun 2017, 10:00 am | Kitchen Tile

Discover the similarities and key differences between porcelain and ceramic tiles so that you pick the right one for your next project.

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10 Sneaky Hidden Costs of Home Remodeling

19 Jun 2017, 11:00 pm | Kitchen Renovation Ideas

Be prepared! Review these 10 sneaky costs of home remodeling that you could encounter in your next renovation.

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10 Things Always to Keep Near Your Kitchen Sink

17 Jun 2017, 2:34 am | Kitchen Maintenance

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.

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8 Renovations That Pay You Back

16 Jun 2017, 10:25 pm | Kitchen Renovation Ideas

Not all renovations are created equal. Get the scoop on the best investments you can make when remodeling your home.

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5 Things to Know Before Installing a Brick Backsplash

1 Jun 2017, 12:00 pm | Kitchen Tile

To ensure a fret-free brick backsplash installation with an enduring, professional-quality finish, take all of these factors into account.

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16 New Reasons to Love Subway Tile

25 May 2017, 4:50 pm | Kitchen Tile

Whether you've considered adding subway tile to your home or not, we think you'll find inspiration from these stunning rooms where subway tile makes its mark.

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9 Signs You Need to Replace Your Fridge

15 May 2017, 11:20 pm | Kitchen Appliances

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.

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What to Do About a Smelly Dishwasher

15 May 2017, 10:30 am | Kitchen Maintenance

With so many food particles swirling around, your dishwasher is bound to pick up some unwanted scents over time. Follow this quick fix to clear the air and banish foul smells.

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All You Need to Know About the Waterfall Countertop Trend

28 Apr 2017, 1:00 pm | Kitchen Countertops

It’s all about looks - a way to put a dramatic material, usually natural stone - on display! Read on for details about all the options to see if this splurge is right for your remodel.

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How To Seal a Granite Countertop

12 Apr 2017, 12:00 pm | Kitchen Countertops

Protect your pricey kitchen investment with the right sealant and these techniques.

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Cutting the Crud on Your Kitchen Cabinets

6 Apr 2017, 10:30 pm | Kitchen Maintenance

With a simple, effective mixture of common, non-toxic ingredients, you can restore the look of your cabinets, quickly and with relative ease.

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How to Glaze Kitchen Cabinets

21 Mar 2017, 4:00 pm | Kitchen Cabinets

If your kitchen cabinets are in need of a refresh, pick glaze over paint or stain alone this time to try out a trendy vintage-inspired finish.

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How to Remove Black Mold

2 Mar 2017, 8:00 am | Kitchen Maintenance

With a few natural ingredients, you can eliminate the harmful substance without the help of a professional.

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How to Mix Grout

21 Feb 2017, 6:00 am | Kitchen Tile

To ensure a great-looking, long-lasting tile job, get this all-important mortar blended just right. Learn how.

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10 Decisions Homeowners Never Regret

13 Feb 2017, 10:19 pm | Kitchen Renovation Ideas

Here are a few foolproof ways to get the best home-improvement bang for your hard-earned buck without suffering a case of buyer's remorse.

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10 Gadgets for Every Lazy Cook's Kitchen

10 Feb 2017, 5:44 pm | Kitchen Renovation Ideas

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.

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All You Need to Know About Crown Molding

10 Feb 2017, 8:00 am | Kitchen molding and trim

Hoping to transform a room with trim? Get the lowdown on this elegant upgrade!

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All You Need to Know About Paint Types

9 Feb 2017, 10:00 am | Kitchen Renovation Ideas

Before you apply your first coat of wall paint, read this primer to make sure you’re covered.

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How to Cut Glass Tile

8 Feb 2017, 11:00 am | Kitchen Tile

Glass tiles are still enjoying their day in the sun as homeowners continue to incorporate these trendy tiles into their home renovation projects.

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Fix a Squeaky Floor

7 Feb 2017, 2:00 pm | Kitchen Floors

Silence all squeaks and creaks that occur beneath the subfloor using one of these three easy techniques.

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13 Renovation Lessons You Don't Want to Learn the Hard Way

6 Feb 2017, 6:00 pm | Kitchen Floors

Whether you’re taking the DIY route or calling in a skilled specialist, here are few lessons to take to heart before leaping into a home renovation.

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All You Need to Know About Soapstone Countertops

27 Jan 2017, 10:00 am | Kitchen Countertops

If your kitchen or bathroom remodel wish list includes natural stone countertops, consider eco-sensitive soapstone.

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The 6 Kitchen Design Trends Set to Dominate 2017

10 Jan 2017, 12:06 pm | Kitchen Renovation Ideas

No longer a solely utilitarian space, today's kitchen plays host to a range of activities beyond meal prep and casual family dining.

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12 Kitchen Gadgets People Always Regret Buying

30 Dec 2016, 11:18 am | Kitchen Maintenance

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?

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All You Need to Know About Quartz Countertops

30 Dec 2016, 10:00 am | Kitchen Countertops

Beautiful, durable, easy-care quartz is among the most popular countertop materials available—but it is pricey.

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10 Things in Your Kitchen You Need to Toss ASAP

28 Dec 2016, 10:24 am | Kitchen Maintenance

Give your kitchen a fresh start this New Year’s by rebooting your pantry.

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11 Ways You're Accidentally Ruining Your Cookware

20 Dec 2016, 6:02 pm | Kitchen Appliances

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.

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The Easy and Affordable Way to Upgrade Your Kitchen Cabinets

20 Dec 2016, 7:30 am | Kitchen Renovation Ideas

Hang on a second: Before you decide to take on the hassle and expense of a full-fledged kitchen renovation, consider these inexpensive, easy updates.

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How to Make Your Own Dishwasher Detergent

20 Dec 2016, 12:00 am | Kitchen Maintenance

Why waste money—or put your family’s health at risk—with store bought brands when you can DIY a safe, efficient cleanser for everything from plates and glassware to pots and pans.

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How to Paint Stainless Steel

13 Dec 2016, 6:00 am | Kitchen Appliances

Try a fresh coat of color to salvage those pieces you’d rather not replace.

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What to Do When Your Garbage Disposal Stops Working

12 Dec 2016, 6:00 am | Kitchen Sinks

Sometimes a faulty garbage disposal only needs a nudge to get back up and running. Before you call in the pros, try these five troubleshooting tips.

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3 Things to Know Before You Invest in Granite Counters

6 Dec 2016, 4:30 am | Kitchen Countertops

Durable and beautiful, granite countertops bring a touch of elegance to a hardworking kitchen. Learn more about this luxurious material and whether it's the right choice for your kitchen.

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Selecting the Right Stove for Your Home

5 Dec 2016, 6:00 am | Kitchen Appliances

No kitchen stove is perfect. Both gas and electric models offer advantages and disadvantages. Here are a few consider...

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Build a Kitchen Island

30 Nov 2016, 5:00 am | Kitchen Renovation Ideas

Maximize any kitchen space—cramped or capacious—by building a custom kitchen island to fit all of your needs.

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Remove Paint from Tile

22 Nov 2016, 5:59 pm | Kitchen Tile

Longing to uncover an original surface or get rid of unsightly drips? Apply one of the three tried-and-true methods here.

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Why You Shouldn't Trash Leftover Tiles

21 Nov 2016, 4:00 am | Kitchen Tile

When you take on a tiling project, it's always a good idea to buy about 10% more than you'll need for the job.

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5 Easy Ideas for Better Kitchen Ventilation

17 Nov 2016, 10:00 am | Kitchen Renovation Ideas

Reduce toxic emissions, stale smells, and stuffy air in your cook space with a combination of these techniques.

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9 Health Code Violations Hiding in Your Kitchen

8 Nov 2016, 4:56 pm | Kitchen Maintenance

You may think you keep a clean kitchen, but all of those nooks, crannies, and corners are perfect hiding places for bacteria and other nasty bugs.

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How to Remove Scratches From Stainless Steel

8 Nov 2016, 6:00 am | Kitchen Appliances

From sinks to appliances, counters to cabinet hardware, stainless steel remains a popular kitchen trend, favored for...

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How to keep your kitchen knives sharp

12 Aug 2016, 3:00 am | Kitchen Maintenance

A few simple steps can keep your knives like new for years to come. Consumer Reports' experts show you how.

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A Bright-White Kitchen Redesigned Online

10 Jun 2016, 3:00 am | Kitchen Renovation Ideas

Consulting by e-mail, pin board, Skype, and telephone, a long-distance designer helps a dark but otherwise great cook space lighten up.

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Clever Finds from the 2016 Kitchen and Bath Show

7 Jun 2016, 3:00 am | Kitchen Renovation Ideas

See 33 of our top picks for these frequented rooms.

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Something Old, Something New for a Gut Kitchen Redo

24 May 2016, 3:00 am | Kitchen Renovation Ideas

Undertaking the gut renovation of her forever kitchen, a seasoned home cook holds fast to two kitchen keepsakes.

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Ask Roger: How to Prune Shrubs

5 May 2016, 3:00 am | Kitchen Countertops

This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook shows the right way to prune shrubs

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4 Kitchen-Right Lights Made from Cooking Essentials

5 May 2016, 3:00 am | Kitchen Renovation Ideas

Everyday items get a second, more illuminating life when you outfit them with plug-in or hardwired cord kits.

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How to Install a Touchless Kitchen Faucet

30 Apr 2016, 3:00 am | Kitchen Faucets

This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner install a new, no-touch kitchen faucet.

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The Hottest Tile Trends for 2016

27 Apr 2016, 3:00 am | Kitchen Tile

Standout looks spotted at this year's tile trade show Coverings.

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Kitchen and Bath Design Trends for 2016

6 Apr 2016, 12:00 am | Kitchen Renovation Ideas

The 2016 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends report details the features homeowners request most often.

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1970s Kitchen Turned Major Multitasker

6 Apr 2016, 3:00 am | Kitchen Renovation Ideas

A dated cook space gives way to a sophisticated, open gathering place for family and friends.

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How to Hire a Tile Contractor

5 Apr 2016, 3:00 am | Kitchen Tile

Tiling is complicated. With this 5-step guide, finding a tiler isn't.

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Hiding Screw Holes in Kitchen Cabinets

1 Apr 2016, 3:00 am | Kitchen Cabinets

Stained finishes make for tougher fixes.

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7 Home Decor Trends That Will be Huge This Spring

24 Mar 2016, 3:00 am | Kitchen Renovation Ideas

Give your decor a refresh. To help start that process, we've gathered the latest home trends for spring.

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5 Quick Cures for Kitchen Grime

16 Mar 2016, 3:00 am | Kitchen Renovation Ideas

Don't skip over these forgotten spots when cleaning your kitchen.

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1830s Farmhouse Remodel Fit for a Family

15 Mar 2016, 3:00 am | Kitchen Renovation Ideas

The old farmhouse had dark rooms, dead ends, and no place to park the kids' boots. Here's how an inventive redo made an 1830s artifact just right for a 21st-century household.

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9 Easy Home Upgrades for March

2 Mar 2016, 3:00 am | Kitchen Renovation Ideas

Simple ways to improve your home right now.

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A Farmhouse Renewed with Grit and Polish

2 Mar 2016, 3:00 am | Kitchen Renovation Ideas

With its listing walls and sagging roof, this fixer-upper farmhouse was a sorry sight—until two serial renovators gave it new life and a new look.

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Family Kitchen with a View

2 Feb 2016, 3:00 am | Kitchen Renovation Ideas

Opening up an isolated kitchen transforms it from a blind alley to the expansive hub of family life.

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How to Hang a Kitchen Wall Cabinet

22 Jan 2016, 3:00 am | Kitchen Cabinets

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner purchase and install a kitchen wall cabinet.

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How to Secure an Undermount Kitchen Sink

16 Jan 2016, 3:00 am | Kitchen Sinks

Ask This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner reattach an undermount kitchen sink to a granite countertop.

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How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets Without Stripping

6 Jan 2016, 3:00 am | Kitchen Cabinets

This Old House host Kevin O'Connor helps a homeowner refinish his kitchen cabinets.

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12 Kitchen Cabinet Color Combos That Really Cook

6 Jan 2016, 3:00 am | Kitchen Cabinets

Warm up your kitchen cabinets with a two-tone scheme.

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27 Creative Kitchen Upgrades

5 Jan 2016, 3:00 am | Kitchen Renovation Ideas

Freshen up your cook space on even the smallest of budgets with these savvy ideas.

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How to Maintain Kitchen Appliances

26 Dec 2015, 3:00 am | Kitchen Appliances

Repairman Richie Isaacson shows host Kevin O'Connor how to maintain kitchen appliances.

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How to Install a Pull-Out Kitchen Shelf

18 Dec 2015, 3:00 am | Kitchen Cabinets

Norm Abram shows how to create easy access to items in a kitchen base cabinet.

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How to Install a No-Sweat Backsplash

12 Dec 2015, 3:00 am | Kitchen Tile

Use a peel-and-stick tile mat instead of messing with thinset and a trowel.

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One Big, Happy Kitchen for Family Gatherings

24 Nov 2015, 3:00 am | Kitchen Renovation Ideas

Annexing the dining room gives this mom of two teenagers an open kitchen where the whole gang can gather.

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TOH Top 100 2015: Best New Kitchen Products

7 Nov 2015, 3:00 am | Kitchen Renovation Ideas

Up your culinary game with a tilt-a-whirl blender, a knife block that sharpens your knives, a perfect-pie-crust rolling pin, and more.

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How to Add Task Lighting to a Kitchen

4 Nov 2015, 3:00 am | Kitchen Renovation Ideas

This Old House host Kevin O'Connor works with an electrician to help a couple add task lighting to their dark kitchen in Brooklyn, NY.

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Read This Before You Redo Your Kitchen Cabinets

30 Oct 2015, 3:05 am | Kitchen Cabinets

Learn everything you need to know about replacing your cabinetry.

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Kitchen and Bath Problem-Solvers and Cool Finds

27 Oct 2015, 3:00 am | Kitchen Renovation Ideas

Inventive new products offer easy ways to upgrade the kitchen and bath. Here are 28 that caught our eye.

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Try Tinted Tile Grout

20 Oct 2015, 3:00 am | Kitchen Tile

How to highlight grid patterns around tiles.

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Create a Rustic Farmhouse Kitchen

15 Oct 2015, 3:00 am | Kitchen Renovation Ideas

Items salvaged from old mills and barns become the floors, ceiling, and shelves in this couple's rustic kitchen.

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Best Kitchen Before and Afters 2015

13 Oct 2015, 3:00 am | Kitchen Renovation Ideas

Behold 10 truly outstanding cook spaces from this year's annual Search for America's Best Remodel Contest.

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Kitchen Remodel as Character Study

24 Sep 2015, 3:05 am | Kitchen Renovation Ideas

The owners of a 1940's cottage blend past and present to get modern function with vintage charm.

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A Colorful Kitchen for $558

19 Sep 2015, 3:00 am | Kitchen Renovation Ideas

A lackluster kitchen gets a vibrant new look with updated countertops and a backsplash, plus bright blue paint.

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How to Work with Glass Tile

19 Sep 2015, 3:00 am | Kitchen Tile

In this how-to video, This Old House tile contractor Joe Ferrante tiles a kitchen backsplash with translucent glass tile.

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What's Their Story? Kitchen Sinks.

16 Sep 2015, 3:00 am | Kitchen Sinks

Learn the history of these sinks that used to take center stage.

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How to Repair a Leaky Kitchen Faucet

16 Sep 2015, 3:00 am | Kitchen Faucets

This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner repair her leaky kitchen faucet.

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How to Install Kitchen Cabinets

21 Aug 2015, 3:00 am | Kitchen Cabinets

In this how-to video, Tom Silva shows how to set cabinets like a pro.

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7 Home Improvements That Will Add Value to Your Property

11 Aug 2015, 7:37 am | Kitchen Renovation Ideas

When renovating your home, it's important to think about both aesthetic and resell value. There's no use in building a thousand-dollar, custom-made deck if your return on investment (ROI) will be peanuts when you move!

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How to Install Kitchen Cabinet Crown Molding

6 Aug 2015, 3:00 am | Kitchen molding and trim

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shares his secrets for producing tight-fitting mitered corner joints on crown molding.

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10 Ways to Spruce Up Tired Kitchen Cabinets

4 Aug 2015, 3:05 am | Kitchen Renovation Ideas

Hang kitchen cabinets to add storage, paint or reface old ones to refresh the look of your room, and more.

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6 Before-and-After Kitchen Cabinets

1 Aug 2015, 3:00 am | Kitchen Renovation Ideas

From small paint changes to total redos, these cabinet transformations will inspire you to start your kitchen face-lift today.

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