When reader Marina and her family moved into their home five years ago, she always knew she wanted to redo the kitchen. As you can see in the photo above, the kitchen was very dark, and even though the cabinets were painted a light color, they seemed heavy. Plus, as a mom of young children, Marina wanted to have the kitchen open to the family room so she could cook while still keeping an eye on her kids. Take a look a Marina's kitchen now — it took a turn for the lighter!

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

When reader Marina and her family moved into their home five years ago, she always knew she wanted to redo the kitchen. As you can see in the photo above, the kitchen was very dark, and even though the cabinets were painted a light color, they seemed heavy. Plus, as a mom of young children, Marina wanted to have the kitchen open to the family room so she could cook while still keeping an eye on her kids. Take a look a Marina's kitchen now — it took a turn for the lighter!

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.

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.

20+ Party-Ready Kitchens | Kitchen Ideas & Design with Cabinets, Islands, Backsplashes | HGTV

20+ Party-Ready Kitchens

20+ Party-Ready Kitchens | Kitchen Ideas & Design with Cabinets, Islands, Backsplashes | HGTV

The island of this kid-friendly kitchen is capped by a cabinet with clear plastic fronts so that the children can safely set their own places at the table. | Photo: Tria Giovan | thisoldhouse.com

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

The island of this kid-friendly kitchen is capped by a cabinet with clear plastic fronts so that the children can safely set their own places at the table. | Photo: Tria Giovan | thisoldhouse.com

House Plan 59196 | Cottage Country Craftsman Plan with 2118 Sq. Ft., 4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, 2 Car Garage at family home plans

Cottage Country Craftsman Southern House Plan 59196

House Plan 59196 | Cottage Country Craftsman Plan with 2118 Sq. Ft., 4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, 2 Car Garage at family home plans

20 Dreamy Kitchen Islands | Kitchen Ideas & Design with Cabinets, Islands, Backsplashes | HGTV

20 Dreamy Kitchen Islands

20 Dreamy Kitchen Islands | Kitchen Ideas & Design with Cabinets, Islands, Backsplashes | HGTV

this was the stool I had in mind originally when I designed the kitchen...don't think they are are kid friendly with the cushion seat though...so hence I ordered the more modern ones..

this was the stool I had in mind originally when I designed the kitchen...don't think they are are kid friendly with the cushion seat though...so hence I ordered the more modern ones..

The peninsula shape of the kitchen allows the counter space to function as an eat-in kitchen. A pair of polished nickel pendants keeps the dining area lit from above. To keep the dining space kid-friendly, Christina opted for barstools made of woven wicker in a forgiving grey tone. In addition to maximizing space for eat-in kitchen dining, the back wall of the kitchen is packed with floor-to-ceiling cabinetry, an integrated pantry and a stainless steel refrigerator.

A Cook's Kitchen with Coastal Design

The peninsula shape of the kitchen allows the counter space to function as an eat-in kitchen. A pair of polished nickel pendants keeps the dining area lit from above. To keep the dining space kid-friendly, Christina opted for barstools made of woven wicker in a forgiving grey tone. In addition to maximizing space for eat-in kitchen dining, the back wall of the kitchen is packed with floor-to-ceiling cabinetry, an integrated pantry and a stainless steel refrigerator.

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