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34 Amazing Ways To Make Your Kitchen Even More Kickass

Ideas for making the room with all the food even better. The products in this post were updated in February 2018.

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1. Add a pop of color to the space under your cabinets with gold contact paper and bright gaffers tape.

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Just cover the toe kick (that's what the under-cabinet space is called) with a long strip of the contact paper and add colorful striped accents with the gaffers tape.

Get a roll of gold contact paper from Amazon for $12.27 and a five-pack of neon gaffers tape from Amazon for $15.99. Get all the info here.

You can also use washi tape, but it's not quite as durable as gaffers tape.

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6. Rev up your mornings (or after-dinner hours) with a high-quality espresso maker that'll add a little luxury to your routine.

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With no wait time between brews, you can make espresso, cappuccino, or lattes for the whole family in no time.

Amazon reviewer Hasan has had this machine since 2012 and has made "over 2400+ cups of cappuccinos made and served to many family and friends I must say that I have gotten every single penny worth from this unit and then some."

Get it from $79.

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10. And customize your look with tea- and dishtowels printed with a pattern that brings you joy.

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12. And label them with typographic decals that'll help you remember the difference between baking powder and baking soda.

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And keep your family or roomies from asking you where the sugar is for the thousandth time.

Get the tutorial here and free printable labels here.

13. Store your knives on a magnetic strip on your wall or under your cabinet.

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Check out the how-to for the wall display here and the under-cabinet organization here.

Get an 18-inch magnetic strip from Amazon for $11.20.

15. Hang an infographic poster that'll actually teach you a damn thing.

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The spices chart even tells you the country of origin and how best to use all the spices and herbs listed.

Get the kitchen conversion one from Amazon for $12 and the spices one from Amazon for $12.99.

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18. Display your tablet on a mountable base so you can follow recipes, watch your favorite show, or check the weather with ease.

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20. Or for the less green thumb–inclined, try growing basil and other herbs in a self-watering pot you can keep on your counter.

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If growing ANYTHING isn't your thing, it also comes in a version that keeps your store-bought herbs fresher for longer!

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

21. Decorate your kitchen with functional items, like these surprisingly inexpensive farm-style cutting boards.

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24. Keep pretty lace or floral silicone trivets out to protect your counters and add a dash of flair.

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They double as cute decor, so you don't have to keep them hidden in a drawer. (Rhyme unintentional, but I stand by it).

Get a set of eight from Amazon for $12.99.

25. Corral your beverages with a fridge monkey to make your guests feel at home and party-ready.

26. Declutter your cabinets with cutting board and pan organizers.

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Even hidden messes will keep your kitchen from being the happy place it should be.

Get the one on the left (great for cutting boards, baking sheets, and cake pans) from Amazon for $11.04 and the one on the right from Amazon for $14.97.

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28. Make any hour happy hour with an elegant charcoal stemware rack that works as both a drying rack and an easy-to-grab display.

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Great for small gatherings of friends...or just shortening the time between getting home from work and having a glass of wine in your hand.

Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

29. Add wooden-dowel legs to your favorite cutting board to turn it into an over-the-stove counter extension.

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Basically doubling the workspace in your tiny kitchen. Just make sure you use cutting boards that fit properly over two or four burners.

Get the full how-to here.

30. Or ditch the drill and buy this bamboo cutting board that'll fit over two burners or your sink for easy prep work.

31. Keep your favorite (or prettiest) kitchen tools on an under-the-shelf hanger — not only does it look cool, but it will also make cooking faster and easier.

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34. Transform the kitchen into a game room with a tabletop ping pong set that'll protect the surface of your kitchen island.

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Just be sure to stow away any valuable items beforehand.

Get it from Amazon for $129.99. The set comes with the table top, net, two balls, and two paddles. PLUS if you turn it over, it turns into a backgammon/chess/checkers board.

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