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-Hi. I'm Jenny Wright with Kitchen Makeovers Magazine. One of the biggest challenges you'll face when we're doing your kitchen is your floor. I'm gonna show you a great, creative solution using wood and tile. Before you begin, I have a few tips to consider to make the process a little bit easier for you. The most important thing you'll need to decide before you start to redo your floor is your budget. To save money, I compromised and mixed materials. Here, I chose a hexagon tile and mixed it with a warm wood. The tile was a splurge, so I offset the cost by making inset wood rugs. Using wood and tiles is also a great way to define space with the rug effect. Wood provides visual warmth and the lines create a smooth calming effect in the room. A conductor of heat, wood also retains its temperature---- A pro in the cold winter months. The white hexagon tile was a perfect choice to stay consistent with the original kitchen design and the craftsman style of the rest of the house. If you're thinking of mixing wood and tile, make sure you trim it to ensure a long life for your floor. To make sure the wood doesn't pop adjacent tiles out, I trimmed the wood rugs with [unk] strips. The metal strips act as a barrier between the wood and tile keeping the grout and tile from cracking when the wood expands. Because half of the kitchen is located above an unheated crawl space, radiant heat was installed to keep the [unk] toasty. So as the floor have to be leveled anyway to install the new flooring, installing the heat upgrade wasn't much more work. And there it is---- A creative way to mix wood and tile and some great tips to keep in mind before you start your next flooring project. Now if only the floors could clean themselves---- I'm Jenny Wright with Better.TV.Because half of the kitchen is located above an unheated crawl space, radiant heat was installed to keep the [unk] toasty. So as the floor have to be leveled anyway to install the new flooring, installing
Hi! I'm Jenny Wright. Whether you're spending hundreds of dollars or tens of thousands on your kitchenery model, you really want to make your dollar stretch. This kitchen is filled with tons of great ideas on how to save money. I want to show you my top 8 tricks on how to save money on your next kitchenery model. Preparing meals is job number one for any kitchen. So it makes sense to invest in good appliances. For 4300 dollars the homeowners got a new stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, and microwave oven all from Whirlpool. If you like the placement of your cabinets, keep the cabinet boxes where they are and just update the drawers and drawer fronts. I ordered this kitchen's new drawer and drawer fronts online. Remember that time is money so doing some shopping from home is better for the budget than driving all around town. Natural stone countertops and hardwood flooring are beautiful but you can get a similar look at a fraction of the cost by choosing laminate instead. Easy-to-assemble Pergo flooring replicates the look of much more expensive pickled hard wood for about 600 dollars for the entire room. We dressed up these new laminate countertops from Wilsonart with a beveled edge. Well it costs a bit more than basic square edging. This treatment gives the surface the appearance of slab cut stone and eliminates those black seams. Rectangular/Subway tile from Home Depot is my new favorite remodeling product. These tiles only cost 13 cents a piece but they look great installed in an interesting pattern. And because these narrow green glass tiles were considerably more expensive, we used them just as accents. Door and door [unk] are like jewelry. You can spend a fortune but you don't need to. Just go for a simple clean look like these silver knobs. You'll get a look you'll love for a long time. These two tall cabinets from IKEA were easy to put together and changed this forgotten wall into a bonanza of storage. Price tag just 250 dollars. Paint is the cheapest, most effective decorating tool you have. Green and blue pain on the cabinets made us quickly forget about the original dark wood and a coat of sunny yellow paint makes this free market table a fresh edition in the dining area. The new stainless steel breakfast bar we added costs 200 dollars to have custom made, but it adds a lot of function and style to this face. We offset the cost by mounting it on 7-dollar brackets. When you combine these dollar stretching tips and a little creativity, you can get a kitchen that really suits your style and your budget. I'm Jenny Wright with Better.tv.
Hi! I'm Jenny Wright. Do you want a kitchen that superheats but doesn't cause the big bucks? I'm here in the home of Karen Edwards and she has transformed her kitchen with an eye for glamour and a really low budget. What's her secret? She makes cost savvy cabinetry; a few, easy, do-it-yourself projects; and a couple of splurges. -Hi Jenny! -Hey Karen! What's up? -What do you think? -Oh my gosh! It's an enormous transformation and I love the color. It's so soothing. -Thank you. I wanted something warm and neutral, but also sleek and contemporary. -Tell me about the cabinetry. Do you have 3 different kinds here or [unk]. -I know. I know. Well sometimes when you can't make up your mind, it's for a reason. I found them all at IKEA and I was attracted of course to the warm, neutral mat that's finished. -Of course, yeah. -But I also really love the glossy, white glass for contrast and then in between the two is the frosted glass finish. -I love it. All the palette just ties everything together. It's wonderful. -Thanks! I think that and this [unk] stainless accent. -There you go. -Yeah. -Can I ask how much? -You can, but you're going to be surprised. -Okay, hit me. -All cabinets, all countertops, the sink, the faucet, all hardware, under 3000 dollars. -Oh my gosh! I can't believe it! You're so smart! For smooth ergonomics, Karen opted for a wide variety of drawers and door choices. Drawers to one side of the oven store pots and pans with their lids on. Lift up doors on upper cabinets minimize reaching. Pullout baskets mounted inside the sink cabinet put cleaning items in easy reach. Pullout doors allow content to be accessed from either side while pullout shelves make even farthest recesses of your pantry easily visible. -Love the backsplash crocodile! What is it Karen? -It's actually wallpaper. -Oh my gosh! -It's final wallpaper. It's durable, it's washable. -It's gorgeous. -And I glued it to a board to give it some dimension and then I found these great shiny chrome framing strips at a mirror shop. -What about the durability of this and is it really okay to use that as a backsplash? -Everywhere but behind your cooktop where you really do need a good heat resistant material. -Okay. -And that's where I brought in the tiles. -Okay, very smart. Okay, the whole thing, what did it cost? -Well, the wallpaper, the framing strips, the tile, honestly less than my shoes. By keeping the cost of all cabinets and countertops low, Karen was able to put a large chunk of her budget towards cooking functions buying the cooktop and oven of her dreams. This sleek Viking electric cooktop and matching Viking oven in brilliant white. The cost of both appliances 4000 dollars. The cost of all cabinets, countertops, the sink, faucet, and hardware about 500 less than her dreamy cooktop and stove. Karen's kitchen used to be a larger spoil room, but being a pretty picky cook she preferred the floor plan of a classic galley shape. The extra space she converted into a pantry where she stores larger items and thinks she doesn't need everyday like baking and party supplies. Great convenience and again great savings. The four open shelves cost only 150 dollars plus [unk], Karen's pet [unk] loves the semi-privacy. -Come for dinner some time? -Oh my gosh I wouldn't miss it for the world! I'm Jenny Wright with Better.tv.
Seven Design steps
-Hi! I'm Jenny Wright. Over the years, I've remodeled dozens of kitchens. Although each room poses its own challenges, I usually go through 7 essential design steps each time I start a new project. When I first visited this kitchen, I thought it was dark and dated especially for a fun family with 4 young kids, but I did see hidden potentials. Here's how I planned this room's floor to ceiling makeover. Every design project should start something that inspires you; maybe it's a great piece of furniture or a favorite piece of art. This fun fabric set a happy vibe for the room and inspired everything including the color palette, the updated cottage style, and the soft modern touches. Before you remodel, start making a list of all your needs and any problems you have with the room. For example, this family really needed a kid-friendly seating and more storage. Based on these needs, I designed this comfy upholstered blanket that includes lots of storage below. At 11 x 20 feet, this kitchen had limited floor space. Adding on wasn't a possibility, so we worked with the room's positives to make the most of every square inch. After sketching a floor plan of the room, I noticed a narrow strip of unused space between the sliding door and refrigerator. I introduced 2 tall shallow cabinets to give the family more storage. Time is of the essence when your kitchen is out of commission. Gather advice from professionals and set up a realistic timeline. With good planning, this project took about a month to complete; and by scheduling the project during warmer weather, the family was able to grill and eat outdoors during the work. To get a coordinated finished look, seek out products that are part of a collection or series. Fabrics and furniture are often available in this way, and now, appliances are as well. These stainless-steel Whirlpool appliances were less than $5000 for 4 pieces and really pull the kitchen together. Always draft a budget before you begin any remodeling projects. To make your budget work, combine a few splurges with budget-friendly choices. For example, in this kitchen, we spent $200 on this custom-made stainless-steel countertop. It's definitely a splurge, but it gives the space and high-end look and provides another place to eat, but on the cost-conscious side, we mounted the bar on $7 steel brackets. Store everything for your project in 1 spot. I like to use a basket to organize all the stuff for my projects, but a folder or file box can work too. Having everything in 1 location gives you and your designer or contractor a single place to go for any questions. So, there you have it, my 7 easy steps to planning remodeling projects. You're ready to get going, so let's do it. I'm Jenny Wright with Better TV.
Affordable Custom Kitchen
Hi! I'm Jenny Wright with Kitchen Makeovers magazine. Do you want to get a custom kitchen but without the big price tag? If so, I got just the tip that would give you a high end look on the cheap. Kitchens need lots of extra storage no matter what size the kitchen. To maximize storage, choose cabinets that have pullout shelves. This makes storing and finding items in your cabinets much easier. These stock cabinets from American Woodmark have pullout shelves, hidden cutting boards, and garbage pullouts. This Lazy Susan makes getting to the back of corner cabinets as easy as spinning a wheel. I designed this kitchen to pack storage in every possible place. This kitchen didn't have an entrance from the back yard. So we installed these French doors to make coming in and out more convenient. Installing French doors that open to the backyard allow for mini mudroom even though this isn't a large kitchen. Also by adding a sink here, it's perfect for cleaning up after coming inside. For today's busy lifestyles, I kept in mind that you wan eating and cooking areas together. You can never have too many cooks in the kitchen. Using cabinet uppers, I designed this cozy bench seat, trimmed it with a toe kick and topped it with a cushion. I also had a carpenter make this table without an apron to allow enough space for leg room. To make the space more livable, I designed a spot to make a TV. One project that soften the space was adding fabrics and this tile artwork. The fabric had softness to the typical hard surfaces found in the kitchen while the weave of the fabric creates a unifying feel tying in the window treatments to the chairs. Instead of running cabinetry just along the wall, I designed this great peninsula to separate the work area from the dining area. Like many homes, this kitchen didn't have any visual divisions. By adding a peninsula, this provides more counter space while separating the space without blocking the view. Since the old and cracked floors had to be replaced anyway, I chose a hexagon tile and wood combination to keep a consistent feel with the rest of this craftsman's style home. The wooden tile makes visual rugs that also define the two spaces. I love these state of the art appliances from Jenn-Air especially the cabinet depth refrigerator. Appliances are not in the kitchen only for function. They can make a strong design statement too. The rich tone from these oil bronze appliances complements our cabinetry perfectly. Because half of the kitchen is above a [unk] space, the homeowner installed radiant heat to keep the floor warm in cold winter months. Without sacrificing any style, I used home store product and a few special touches and gave this kitchen a great custom look. I'm Jenny Wright with Better.tv.
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-I'm Jenny Wright, a designer for Kitchen Makeovers Magazine. I've got a great wall art idea for you. This custom wall tile was made from a photo for only about $275. You can find companies that transfer photos to tile on the internet. I started by Googling photo tile and photo ceramic tile which led me to digitalcoverings.com. To hang the tiles, start by lightly drawing a straight line with a pencil. Then, tape on the picture hanger so you can hang the tile by the hook on the back. Now here's a trick to keep your tile nice and straight. Just apply several inches of hook and loop fastener to the wall and to the back of the tile. This helps keep the tile straight which is really important when you're hanging art in such a busy area. So, that's it. Wall art tile is easy and less expensive than having a custom piece of artwork commissioned. It's created an interesting focal point in this kitchen and it may just be the top of the conversation at your next dinner party. I'm Jenny Wright with Better.TV.tile on the internet. I started by Googling photo tile and photo ceramic tile which led me to digitalcoverings.com. To hang the tiles, start by lightly drawing a straight line with a pencil. Then, tape on the picture hanger so you can hang the tile by the hook on the back. Now
Kid Friendly Kitchen
Hi! I'm Jenny Wright. As a designer and mother of two, I know that the kitchen is the spot in the home where parents and kids get together. I also know that creating a kitchen that's stylish, functional, and kid friendly could be a major design challenge. That's why I filled this remodeled kitchen with tons of great kid-friendly ideas that will work for your family too. Every surface in the kitchen with kids needs to stand up to wear and tear. Laminate flooring and kitchens has 3 major pluses in my book. It's easy on your budget, it's durable, and now it's available in many great patterns. Speaking of pattern, lightly pattern surfaces hide spills and dust perfect if you have kids. This kitchen's original flooring, dark cabinets and countertops showed every crumb. New textured gray laminate countertops camouflage spills. Soft color makes any room more enjoyable including the kitchen. All the cabinets and webwork in this kitchen were primed with XIM from Sherwin Williams and then coded in colorful, oil-based paints. Yes priming and working with oil-based paint takes a bit more time, but the result is an incredibly durable finish that will stand up to anything your kids can dish out. The new appliances in this kitchen please the parents without forgetting the needs of the kids. Ice and water dispensers let kids easily take care of their beverage needs. We also installed a hot water dispenser which lets mom fix kid-friendly snacks like instant oatmeal and hot coco in a flash. These new, ready-to-assemble cabinets from IKEA are easy for kids to open and close. They hold cereal and snacks as well as tableware so kids can help the table at mealtime. With the house full of on-the-go kids, minimize sharp corners by choosing materials and furniture with rounded edges. For example, in this kitchen we gave laminate countertops angled edging and we chose a round table in the breakfast area. To showcase photos and kids' art projects, we installed this picture ledge in the dining area. Think of this spot as an ever changing art gallery. Whether eating, snacking, playing games, or doing homework projects, kids need places to sit in the kitchen. This room gives kids lots of options including 2 slip-covered bar stools that pull up to a new snack bar. Just toss these white covers into a washing machine with some bleach and you're good to go. In the dining area, we included a cozy upholster banquet and 5 plastic chairs. Although these chairs were designed to be outdoor patio furniture, their cool style works indoors too. Plus you can just take them outside and wash them down after a messy spaghetti dinner. There you have it, 10 ways to get a kitchen that's both stylish and kid-friendly. Now if you could just get the kids to clean up their dishes after meals, we've set for the perfect kitchen. I'm Jenny Wright with Better.tv.