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Learn how to exercise your creativity with home decorating tips and instructions. Find decorating style galleries along with bathroom and kitchen, deck and patio, kid and teen ideas. You'll also find a painting guide to help you get started.
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Makeover the Kitchen

  • Kitchen Decorating Ideas
    Instead of remodeling your kitchen, try the decorating ideas in this article to give your kitchen a new look. Discover ways to cultivate a vintage theme, to use bolder colors, and to integrate wood accents into your kitchen.
  • How to Design a Kitchen
    A new kitchen is one of the most rewarding gifts you can give your family. Your kitchen is where late-night talks, homework sessions, and celebrations happen. Learn how to design a kitchen.
  • How to Redo Your Kitchen on a Budget
    You've had a long day at work and end your commute at a home that's hardly a castle. How can you turn that dingy kitchen into something fabulous on the cheap?
  • A Guide to Kitchen Remodeling Materials
    Americans who are remodeling their kitchen spend about 16 percent of their budget on labor. The rest is spent on materials, including cabinets, countertops, and flooring. If you're starting a kitchen remodeling project, read this guide.
  • How to Resurface Your Kitchen Cabinets
    Your home is your castle, but it's also a huge financial investment. It won't hurt to use a little elbow grease and spruce things up -- starting with your cabinets.
  • How to Build Kitchen Improvements
    Small improvements in the kitchen can make a huge difference -- without costing lots of money. Use our clear instructions to laminate a countertop, build a pantry or spice rack, or install a roll-out shelf.
  • How to Design a Kitchen Pantry
    A well-designed pantry can hold much more than food, including dishes and cookware. But designing an efficient kitchen pantry space can be a challenge. Corner shelves and rolling baskets are a start, but learn what else to use.

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