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Easy Upgrades

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Put in a little do-it-yourself time to make hardworking areas more practical and polished. These new items will help transform your kitchen and bath in no time.

Kid-Friendly Cabinet

Keep little ones close by while you cook with KidZone pullout storage bins, slots, and child-sized work surfaces you can incorporate into any Armstrong base cabinet. Prices start at $1,560; Armstrong

Handsome Hardware

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Ditching dull cabinet knobs and pulls is one of the easiest DIY tricks in the book. With Atlas Homewares's Sutton Place line, it's affordable, too. In Venetian bronze, brushed nickel, or polished chrome; knobs, approx. $8; 4-, 6-, and 8.5-inch pulls, approx. $13 to $20; Atlas Homewares

Light Where You Want It

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Get ready for your close-up: Ginger's Columnar sconce comes with an arm that pivots a full 180 degrees. In oil-rubbed bronze, satin or polished nickel, and chrome; Approx. $350; Ginger

Waterproof Beadboard

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If this beadboard gets wet, no need for regrets. The Swanstone panels are fabricated of solid surfacing (and can be cut with a circular saw). In 33 colors starting at $655 per 3-by-9-foot piece; trim kit with adhesive and caulk, approx. $626; Swanstone

Backsplash in a Flash

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Keeping a painted wall behind the cooktop clean is a bear, but installing Broan's framed-tile backsplash is a breeze. It's ready to hang right out of the box. In three designs (Spatola, shown here); 30 by 14, 30 by 20, or 36 by 20 inches; approx. $320 and up;


DIY-Friendly Vanity

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Hauling home—and setting up—a new vanity just got easier. The hinged apron of American Standard's new collapsible version takes it from flat to fully extended without tools; the precut top screws on. In three styles; Jefferson vanity, approx. $305; American Standard

All-in-One Faucet

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Unclutter the kitchen sink area with a single-lever pull-down faucet. Delta's Allora comes with an optional 10-inch escutcheon to cover any holes left by the old setup. Approx. $490 in stainless steel; approx. $330 in chrome; Delta

Smart Storage

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Get organized with one of KraftMaid's 200 customizable Harmony storage solutions cabinetry options. The base pot and pan organizer, shown, keeps everything in its place, while offering easy access to cooking essentials. Available with KraftMaid cabinetry lines, and most framed cabinetry. Approx. retail price for the 30-inch version ranges from $328 to $994 and for the 26-inch, approx. $357 to $1,065; KraftMaid

Easy Floors

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Cover tired floors with easy to install click panels and squares from Forbo. Marmoleum, a natural product made primarily from linseed oil, wood flour and pine rosins is available in 18 colors, so you can mix and match hues for any desired pattern. The panels are approx. 12-inch wide by 36-inch long and can be used alone or in combination with 12-by-12 inch tiles. Approx retail price is $5.50-$7 per square foot; Forbo Flooring Systems