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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.
Kitchen Problems solved
Hi! I'm Jenny Wright. Does your kitchen need of a little TLC? Well you're not alone. Although every kitchen is different, I found that homeowners come to me with the same common problems. Fortunately, this kitchen that I recently remodeled has 7 great solutions. Your kitchen problems will be solved. Kitchens have a ton of stuff that needs to be stored and if your kitchen is like this one, the existing cabinets may not be enough. Fortunately, you don't need to rip out your cabinets. A cabinet only needs to be about 12 inches deep to be useful. These tall cabinets from IKEA are only a foot deep but that's all the space you need to store canned goods, cereal boxes, small appliances and dishes. Not having enough space for meal prep is another major complaint from homeowners and this kitchen had very limited counter space. Removing the upper cabinets above this peninsula opened up sight lines and made this a comfortable spot to chop veggies or setup a buffet. Here's another space-saving tip that you'll thank me for. Get your microwave off the countertop. Look for a unit like this one that mounts to the wall or under the cabinets. This kitchen only had 2 ceiling mounted fixtures and a single hanging light over the dining area. Bring in the light. With the help of a professional electrician, we installed 6 new recessed fixtures in the work area and some pendant lights. Removing the original bulkhead was another project that opened up this kitchen. The area above the cabinets now offers display space and room for metal storage bins. Like many homes, this kitchen had a mix of old inefficient appliances. Choosing new appliances gave the homeowners features they wanted and the matching stainless steel fronts give the kitchen a clean unified look. This kitchen was trapped in the 1970s. The popcorn ceilings, a [unk] panel above the sink, dark blue countertops, and brick final flooring all had seen better days. Rather than trying to work with these dated elements, we decided to spend money to redo the ceiling, remove the front work, and install new more stylish laminate countertops and flooring. In addition to being ugly, no one wanted to spend time in this kitchen because there weren't any comfortable spots to relax. This new snack bar we built is a great place to pull up a stool and chat with the cook and this new banquet seat in the breakfast area is great for family meals and can be converted into sofa-like seating when hosting a party. No more excuses. Now you're armed with 7 ways to solve the most common kitchen problems. So let's remodel. I'm Jenny Wright with Better.tv.