Before & After: A Dark Kitchen Gets a Family-Friendly Makeover — Reader Kitchen Remodel

Before & After: A Dark Kitchen Gets a Family-Friendly Makeover

Before & After: A Dark Kitchen Gets a Family-Friendly Makeover — Reader Kitchen Remodel

22 ways to add personal style to your kitchen without spending a lot of money.

Easy DIY Kitchen Decorating

The dining room side of the kitchen peninsula was painted grey to add contrast and disguise dings and spills from three kids eating meals there. Tight-fitting slipcovers on the bar stools are a practical choice as well.

Interior: Casual and kid-friendly family home

The dining room side of the kitchen peninsula was painted grey to add contrast and disguise dings and spills from three kids eating meals there. Tight-fitting slipcovers on the bar stools are a practical choice as well.

Grasscloth for texture.  Always liked this for a natural look.  Not sure a kitchen island is the best place for it though.

Grasscloth for texture. Always liked this for a natural look. Not sure a kitchen island is the best place for it though.

Elements of Style Blog | Updating my Kitchen/Dining Room To Be Kid Friendly | http://www.elementsofstyleblog.com

Elements of Style Blog | Updating my Kitchen/Dining Room To Be Kid Friendly | http://www.elementsofstyleblog.com

In the game room, Chip and Joanna updated the bar area to give it a clean look. The existing brick wall added some warmth to the space and the metal accents. Joanna brought in a ping pong table for the room, promising to provide a great source of entertainment for their kids.

Fixer Upper

In the game room, Chip and Joanna updated the bar area to give it a clean look. The existing brick wall added some warmth to the space and the metal accents. Joanna brought in a ping pong table for the room, promising to provide a great source of entertainment for their kids.

Love the craft table as a kitchen island/peninsula. Best home tour on Design Mom. Living With Kids: Maureen Vazquez

Love the craft table as a kitchen island/peninsula. Best home tour on Design Mom. Living With Kids: Maureen Vazquez

The kids can forget dumping their schoolwork on the kitchen table, where it can mingle with coffee cups and yesterday's news. Assignments, permission slips, it all goes into shallow bins hung on the back of a cabinet door. As for the recycling bin for paper, it's banished to a different room—and another cabinet. "When you have a lot of children, you can't have clutter everywhere," Ellis says, politely overlooking that where clutter and children are concerned, her rule m...

A Small-Space Home with Loads of Built-In Charm

The kids can forget dumping their schoolwork on the kitchen table, where it can mingle with coffee cups and yesterday's news. Assignments, permission slips, it all goes into shallow bins hung on the back of a cabinet door. As for the recycling bin for paper, it's banished to a different room—and another cabinet. "When you have a lot of children, you can't have clutter everywhere," Ellis says, politely overlooking that where clutter and children are concerned, her rule m...

The renovation allowed the designers to increase the functionality of the kitchen, add a peninsula for seating and give the clients a large, open pantry that they coveted. For the design, the clients wanted to marry rustic and modern elements to create their dream kitchen. By using a light wash on the floors, a farmhouse sink and a wood hood, they added just enough rustic charm while still maintaining an overall modern feel.

The renovation allowed the designers to increase the functionality of the kitchen, add a peninsula for seating and give the clients a large, open pantry that they coveted. For the design, the clients wanted to marry rustic and modern elements to create their dream kitchen. By using a light wash on the floors, a farmhouse sink and a wood hood, they added just enough rustic charm while still maintaining an overall modern feel.

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