Updating kitchen island

The backside of a kitchen cabinet door is a space with great potential that’s too often wasted.

A spice rack is an ideal way to put it to use — it frees up the inside of the cabinet and keeps all those tiny bottles neat and readable at eye level.

Designer Jan Goldman of Kitchen Elements had this cabinet custom-made for her client, but there are lots of prefab wall-mounted options available designed specifically for spice storage.

A fresh take on knobs and pulls is one of the quickest fixes for what ails your kitchen cabinets.

If you have solid but unremarkable builder-grade cabinets, the simplest route to a high-end look is adding some height with crown molding.

Kichler recommends dimmable task lighting for the kitchen so that you can make it as bright as necessary for doing prep work but dial it down for evening mood-setting.

Plus, it’s a project you can do yourself over a weekend without losing the use of your kitchen.

There are plenty of options besides plain clear glass: you can choose from etched (shown), fluted, crackled, colored or patterned glass, and set off your new look with interior cabinet lighting.

The Container Store offers under-cabinet shelving in vinyl-coated wire that adds usable real estate to existing cabinets without taking up any extra space in your kitchen.

Then you go up a few stairs where there’s a master bedroom and….oops…the hell happened to the other bedrooms?