One Upgrade at a Time: Five Kitchen Problems You Can Solve Before Thanksgiving

One Upgrade at a Time: Five Kitchen Problems You Can Solve Before Thanksgiving

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Katie Holdefehr
Nov 15, 2016

Okay, so you don't have time for a full-on remodel before the holidays start, but here are the top five big kitchen changes you can make in time to host Thanksgiving, and have your kitchen back in order before your guests show up. After hanging out in your kitchen outfitted with a new farmhouse sink and cozy lighting, we have a feeling they'll never want to leave.

#5: Sink Too Small For Large Pots & Pans

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Giant roasting pans and towering stacks of dishes call for an enormous sink. The quickly approaching holidays may be your motivation to make the splurge now, but it's an investment that will pay off for years to come. While the traditional farmhouse sink fits a style that's, well, farmhouse, modern options in zinc, stainless steel or concrete can complement a warm industrial or sleek contemporary kitchen, too. The porcelain apron front sink above was spotted in a Swedish home on Decorator's Notebook, but don't miss these:

#4: You Can't See What You're Cooking

Whether you're rolling out cookie dough or carving the turkey, you're going to need a well-lit workspace. The Jen Langston Interiors kitchen above, found via Decor Pad, works two types of lamps: Sconces above each window illuminate the sink area and two main work surfaces, while pendants hanging in the middle of the room cast a softer light around the rest of the space. Add a mix of direct, focused lighting over task areas and diffused lighting that gives the room a cozy glow.

#3: You're Sick Of Washing So Many Dishes

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It's been on your wish list for forever, and now's the time to make the leap: You need a dish washing machine. Even a smaller kitchen, like the one above from House Beautiful, can make room for a moderately-sized appliance, and some brands even make teeny-tiny options for exceptionally small kitchens. Sure, you'll lose a few square feet of cabinet storage, but think about all the time you'll save not up to your elbows in dirty dishes.

#2: You Take Out The Trash Too Often

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To avoid emptying the trash mid-party and prevent the smell of tuna appetizers from lingering into dessert time, think about upgrading your regular trash can to a trash compactor. The initial purchase is an investment (around $600-800 for moderately priced models), but it won't take up much more space than a tall kitchen trash can. If you're not prepared for the splurge, the next best option is installing a pull-out sliding drawer for your regular trash can. Whichever you choose, take a tip from the pristine white kitchen above by Studio McGee and hide the trash behind some beautiful cabinetry.

#1: Stuff On The Stovetop Splatters

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A backsplash will save your walls from all the stovetop splatters that inevitably occur when heating up cranberry sauce or cooking a turducken. And if you're going to install a backsplash, it might as well be a beautiful one, right? Get inspired by the pretty copper backsplash, above, in a kitchen designed by Bricks Studio, or check out these next-level backsplash ideas.

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