The Weekender: “Tiny Mighty Kitchen” (Season 4, Episode 8)

The Weekender: “Tiny Mighty Kitchen” (Season 4, Episode 8)


– I’m Monica Mangin, and I
believe that updating your home doesn’t have to take a ton of
time or money. I show people how to get
Pinterest-worthy spaces that are just right for them. – This doesn’t even look like
our house. – Are you kidding me?
– Whoa. – I’m a little dizzy! – Give me one weekend,
I’ll give you five projects, and you’ll have a completely
transformed space by Monday. [pop music] Guys, I might be crazy,
because this weekend, we are tackling a kitchen
in just a weekend. The tricky thing with kitchens
is that they’re a lot of work. Like, sometimes people spend a
month on a kitchen renovation. We choose to do it in two days. But I can see the potential
it has, and I just think it’s gonna be awesome–
if we finish in time. – This is the tiny kitchen. – Tiniest little kitchen
you ever did see, right? – Yes, it is. It’s a very small
house in general. – Yeah, but it’s in
a great neighborhood, and it’s super, super cute. – Hey, I’m Katelyn, and I’m
so excited that Monica is here this weekend to help me
redo my tiny kitchen. It’s one of the first rooms you
see when you walk into my house and it desperately needs help. So there’s a lot going on
in this tiny kitchen. – There is.
[laughter] – First off, we have this
table, which is kind of like the elephant in the room
here. It’s definitely
an oversized table for this very small space. – Yes.
We’ll figure out something to do there. – Right next to the table,
we have this lovely baby gate that we call “the death trap.” [laughter] – Because what’s down–
oh. – Oh, yeah, it’s a big drop
down to the basement. – Serious drop down
to the basement. – So, I’m a first-time
homebuyer. I saved up all of my money and I poured my heart and soul
into this little tiny house. It’s only 800 square feet. Unfortunately, my budget
wouldn’t allow for me to redo the kitchen. When I have my friends over, I’m embarrassed to show them
the kitchen. And then I have these great
linoleum floors. – Okay.
– Kind of dated. Along with my favorite–
not really– – Just kidding.
– Yeah. The teal countertops.
– Okay. I kind of have this, like,
love/hate relationship with the aqua counters. Like, they’re kind of cool.
– No. – Not cool at all.
– Not–uh… They’re, uh, not cool at all,
I’d say. – All right. And the tile, I mean, someone
had a specific, like, style they were going for. Like, check this out.
– I know. It’s really–it feels like it’s
grandma’s kitchen in here. – Yeah. – And then there’s like
original cabinetry right underneath it.
– Yeah. That one set of cabinets looks
kind of new. – Right.
– These ones look original, and then this is more like an
assemble-it-yourself pantry. So you have a lot going on
here, cabinet-wise. Layout-wise we can make
a few adjustments. Style-wise, we can make a ton
of adjustments. – Good, good.
– The first step to everything that we need to do–we have
a lot to do this weekend– is gonna emptying everything
out of here. We need to empty your cabinets,
get this massive table out of here, which immediately
is gonna make this feel so much bigger. So let’s grab Jay,
we’ll get a bunch of boxes, and then we’ll do some demo. – Great. Can’t wait. – Are you excited?
– Yes. – Good. [electronic music] I want to improve
the functionality and style in this kitchen. I feel like there are some
small adjustments that we can make that will
really help Kate utilize this space better,
and as far as style goes, we can totally change that. All right, so we got all
the little stuff out of here, all the cabinets are emptied, and now we’re gonna do a little
bit of demo, as promised. – All right.
– Okay? So we’re gonna demo
some things, and some things
we’re gonna leave. Like, we don’t want to take out
the aqua counters, because we love them. – Oh.
The counters are out. – [laughing]
All right, just kidding. Yeah, I will–we’re gonna take
out of the counters. Kind of as we’re going,
I’ll walk you through, like, we’re demoing this;
we’re not demoing that. All right?
– Sounds good. – Okay, cool. – Whoa. – Well, now we’re definitely
not keeping the aqua counters.
– Oh, well. – My ceremonial piece. I should frame this piece
and save it for later. [whirring] – I plan to take down
your upper cabinets. – All right.
– But don’t worry; I’m gonna give you plenty of
storage still. There you go.
Get it. [electronic music] ♪ ♪ So your aqua did not
want to leave. It’s very sad to go,
so we actually need to use a bit of a reciprocating saw
to cut it out. ♪ ♪ – Whoa.
– That’s what happens. – Big piece.
– You got it? – Yep.
– Buh-bye. – Cool.
Bye! – [laughs] I was hoping that we might be
able to scooch this wall back, but your stove was bumped out
because there’s actually, like,
a chimney back there. – Oh.
– I know. It’s way more than
a weekend project. So that’s, like, one of the
quirky features of this kitchen that we’re just gonna
have to embrace. Let’s get the fridge
out of here, get the faux wall out, and then
we’ll get the floor out. – Out we go. – I feel like where I’m
standing is very unideal. – You’re in a bad spot. – This vinyl flooring was laid
on top of the wan, which makes it super easy
for us to remove. It’s coming up in big chunks,
which is great, because it will definitely
save us some valuable time. Oh, wow.
– Watch your step over there. – This is wood, and it’s
probably original, but it’s in really, really
rough shape. There’s holes in it,
there’s broken pieces, there’s some pieces that look,
like, soft. So we’ll do any repairs we need
to, but we’re not gonna work with
this floor. – Okay.
– Now we have to tackle the backsplash. Primarily we’re gonna use
the reciprocating saw and just cut the drywall out.
– All right. – Pro tip: A reciprocating saw
comes in super handy when removing backsplashes. You can take it out in large
sections rather than having to chisel it
off piece by piece. Another timesaver for us. Are you scared yet? – Well, we did tear
everything down. We only have a weekend. – I would totally understand
if you’re a little nervous right now, because this looks
way worse. This looks like a flip
you walk into. – I trust you, Monica. [laughter]
– But you and I are gonna go outside and work on
a project that actually makes something pretty. – Good.
– Okay? And functional.
– All right. That sounds good. – And I’m gonna let you finish
demoing all the things we talked about.
– I appreciate that. Thank you.
– Keep demoing. – With pleasure.
– Yeah. While Jason finishes making
a mess inside, we’re outside kicking up
some dust with the old circular saw
for our next project. All right, so now it’s time for
you and I to start putting this kitchen back together.
– All right. – And actually Jason’s working
on that too. He’s gonna start kind of making
some tweaks to the cabinets, putting in some new ones, and we are gonna focus on
the countertops. Okay?
– Cool. – What do you think of these?
– I love these. I really wanted butcher block
countertops, so I am so excited about these. – I mean, I gotta say,
I’m a little sad to let the aqua go, but you are not. – A good replacement.
– [laughs] They are the opposite of
aqua laminate for sure. But what we need to do before
we can install it, is it cut out your sinkhole.
– Oh. – Okay?
And this is– well, this isn’t technically
your new sink, but it’s the template
for your new sink. I’m just gonna mark
just the corners for now, and then I’m gonna create
my shape with tape first, so that way we can draw on the
tape and cut through the tape,
not the counter. We have a top mount, so
it’s kind of a drop-in sink. So this line, you’re never
gonna see it, because there’s a little lip
covering it, but we still want it to be
as exact as we can. – Cool.
– Okay, so now we’re gonna take our Sharpie marker and
trace along the template onto the tape, and that’s where
we will cut. All right, and there is
the shape of your sink, okay? – Great.
– So now we’re going to put our marker away and actually
use some power tools. ♪ ♪ So this is a two-inch hole saw, and this is, like,
a two-inch curve here. – Oh.
– So we’re gonna drill out each of our corners. And then once we have holes,
we can easily put our jigsaw blade
right down in there. ♪ ♪ [whirring] ♪ ♪ All right, and let me lift
a little. Hold on. All right.
– Great. Looks good.
– Good fit, right? – Yeah.
– And when we were out there, you can see Jay put in
the base cabinets. So the nice thing is with
having this small kitchen, it wasn’t, like, there were
that many cabinets to put in. So we just swapped
these ones out with ones that I chose
at Lowe’s, and then we’re gonna put
the uppers back up, but first we need to work
on attaching our butcher block countertops. So to attach these, we just
are going to use screws, and we screw up from
underneath. So you’ll never see them,
but it will hold it securely. And then this piece…
both: Just slides right in. – That’s easy.
– Do you remember what this looked like before? This is where you had that kind
of, like, ready-to-assemble open pantry thing going on?
– Oh, yeah, that’s right. – So now instead,
we took the base cabinet all the way over and this gave
you, I don’t know, maybe, like, 18 inches
of new counter space. – Yeah, that’s great.
Thank you. – Yeah.
And no aqua. – Yeah, good-bye aqua.
– [laughs] ♪ ♪ All right,
so secret project time. Usually I tackle my secret
project on the second day, but this is a two-parter,
so we’re getting a jumpstart on it early. Jason’s actually already
getting his tile on. We are tiling the backsplash, and I picked out this
really cool woven tile. I think this has a really
natural feel to it, and it’s also gonna look
fantastic with the butcher block
countertops. So we’re really lucky
that these come in sheets. They’re easier to work with, and they’re also really a lot
more homeowner friendly. So what Jay’s doing here–
oh, my gosh, I love it. You already got two up.
– Mm-hmm. – Do you like it?
– Yeah. Yeah, I’m gonna add some more
mastic, and we’ll keep going. – Yeah, were you doing dishes? Why are you wearing
rubber gloves? – Protect the hands. – You have, like, a different
kind of glove for every project that we do. [laughter] Seriously, it looks like
you were, like– ran to your other job
washing dishes and then came back
to pop in this. – Yeah, just so I don’t get it
under the nails and gooey and stuff like that. – So you need a fresh mani. – [giggles]
– All right, well, although you’re all
very distracted by Jay’s incredible gloves, I need you
to focus on the tile. [laughs] Okay. This looks really, really
awesome, and this section right here
was just two pieces. So it really does go up easily, and we’re gonna do it from
the window trim down, all the way across. You have, like, 4,000 trowels
in here. – We do have–we do have
a few trowels. – Quarter.
both: Oh! – Glove didn’t help you there,
bro! [laughs] Ha ha ha.
Excuse me. I’m gonna keep my chicken
gloves clean. – All right, so I’m gonna put
it on flat. Then we’ll take that
quarter by quarter trowel and get our grooves. – Get our groove.
– Yeah, that way, that squishes nice when we
put our tile on there. – Are those all
the technical terms? – Yeah.
– Get our groove and it squishes nice. – Get out groove on.
Squish nice. – I can’t even work with these
things on. All right. In this area down here,
there are little openings. What we’ll do is cut along
the back. Just gonna cut the mesh. Okay, and then you have
an individual piece that you can pop in. So I’ll kind of use one of
these as all my little pop-ins, and then we only waste one. I’m just using the grout float, and it’s really helpful; it’s a
perfect tool for just pressing the tile in and kind of
squishes it all in there, to use Jay’s terms. 3/4. So my tile sheets, if I stack
two on top of each other, would be about 24 inches. So I need to run out to the saw
and make some cuts. I only want to go up to
underneath the window ledge, so it’s gonna stop and float
right along here. So I’m gonna go start
making some cuts so that Jay can go
all the way up to the highest point.
Coo with that? – I like it.
– Okay. – See you tomorrow. – Now, normally you would use
a wet saw when you’re cutting tile
and installing it, but this is actually
a pretty soft stone, so I’m actually just using
a grinder with a diamond wheel on it.
It’s much easier and a lot less messy. Here we go. And then I have a nice clean
line along the top. This woven basket weaved
pattern is a great alternative
to subway tile. I love subway tile, but
everyone has it these days. So this tile help your kitchen
stand out more, if that’s what
you’re going for. All right, different kind
of gloves for a different project that I promise
is not demo. – Good. – So what we are gonna work on
is a flooring project. This is actually gonna be
your new flooring. – Cool.
– Okay? This is unfinished flooring. So basically, like, when you
see hardwood floors, this is what it can look like
before it’s stained or polyurethane. You’re probably wondering why
we’re not working with your flooring in there. Part one is that there’s huge
holes in some of it. – That’s true.
– We don’t want to fall to our death.
– Right. – And honestly, within a
weekend, we just can’t work on
the floor in there, or we can’t be in there
all weekend. So as much as part of me would
love to just work with that, I still think the best option
is gonna be to work– stick with the original plan. – Got it.
– Okay? We have a ton of different
paints and a ton of different
stain colors. Okay?
– Yeah? – I kind of want to go for
a very eclectic feel with your flooring,
so variety of stain colors and even some of the boards
we’re gonna paint and sand down and basically
make it look like we scoured all of Philadelphia
to find the coolest old wood and put it all together.
– Great. I can’t wait. – You like that?
– Yeah, it sounds good. – You ready?
– I’m ready. – All right.
Color number one. – Wow. – Okay.
– All right. You’re making me nervous,
Monica. – So this is, like, a deep
terracotta brick red. All right?
– Cool. – Color number two. Black.
– Wow. Hmm. – More nervous.
– I’m trying to picture how it all goes together. – Next color…
– All right. Whoa. It looks similar to
my counter color. – It does.
You see where I’m going. – Wow.
– Okay? Like, a deep chocolatey brown. – All right. Another navy.
– A navy. All right, and we also have,
like, seven different color stains here. But basically each piece
will be its own color of paint or stain. – Cool.
– Okay? We’re going to apply the paint
and stain with rags. Our technique here is
very random. Some planks will get just
paint, some just stain,
and some will get both, varying up all the colors. The idea here is to make
the planks look distressed, as if the paint and stain has
worn down over the years and the wood is, like, 100
years old and we reclaimed it. ♪ ♪ So my plan is that we get
all of this flooring stained and painted today, and then it dries overnight
and then we can install it tomorrow dry and it should be
quick and easy. – Great.
– Okay? So we have a lot of staining
and painting to do. – A long night. [upbeat music] ♪ ♪ – Well, that was a long
Saturday, but we’re up bright and early
today to finish this space up. First Jason and I are
installing the distressed hardwood floor that we painted
yesterday. We’ve got our moisture barrier
on top of the subfloor and are installing the planks
randomly, different colors and stains, trying not to put too many
light colors or shades together in the pattern. The planks are tongue
and groove, and we’re top nailing them
into place. I wanted to do it that way
to give the floor an older look and feel, because
that’s how they did it in the olden days. – Good morning.
– Hello. How are ya? – Good.
– Good. All right. I’m gonna have you
help me with something I know you’re good at;
we are gonna stain some wood. Okay?
– All right. – Same kind of process as what
we did to the floor yesterday, but all one color. – Okay.
– Okay? This is for a project that
we’re gonna do in just a little bit, but we
need to get this all stained, and then we’ll cut the wood
and deal with the project. – Got it.
– All right, so there’s gloves under there, rag there–
you know the routine. – All right.
So what are we doing? – [laughs] All right, so one thing we haven’t taken care
of yet this weekend is, as you call it,
the death trap. – Oh. Yes. – So we are working on
a project that’s going to close off your basement
to make it a lot safer, but it’s also gonna look
really cool. – Great.
– So I picked up the same stain color that your stairs
were already stained in, so it’s going to look like it
was all meant to be. So you can see, I already did
a couple coats on these two. So they’re a darker, richer. That’s one thing that we
didn’t talk about yesterday, is that with stain,
you can do multiple coats to achieve a deeper, richer
color. All right, so a few of these
are already dry enough that we can work with, so
we’ll start making our cuts and I’ll kind of explain
a little bit more what we’re doing with
the project. – All right. – Okay.
A little swaperoo. Very nice and sturdy. You good?
– Yeah. – Okay. It’s tricky doing
these renos in the city. Not a lot of space.
– No. – All right, so now I can tell
you what we are doing with the wood
that we just stained. So I kind of sketched out
for you what we’re doing. We’re gonna use the 2x4s and
create, like, a slatted wall underneath, preventing people
from falling to their deaths. – That’s really cool.
I’m excited to see that. – Now the reason why we’re not
doing a solid wall is because you have that
beautiful brick behind there, and I don’t want to cover
that up much. So we’re gonna use the 2x4s
and leave about 4 inches between each, so that you can
still see the brick, and I actually think
the combination of, like, the stained wood and the brick
is gonna be really pretty. All right, so each piece
going down is gonna be a different length, but to
make them all look really uniform, we’re going to
cut them at a consistent angle going all the way down, and
that angle is 42 1/2 degrees. The reason we did that
is that is the angle if you were to create
a straight line going down your stairs, that’s the angle
that that’s at. All right.
– That was good. A little scary, but I did it. – You did it completely
perfectly fine. That was great. ♪ ♪ [whirring] All right, so what I’ve done
is just used some scrap 2x4s and cut them to 4-inch sizes.
– All right. – I call them cheater blocks, and they’re, like,
my favorite thing when you have to do something
over and over and over. So this will keep our
spacing even. So I need to put one down
at the bottom. And then this one will go here. And we’re going to attach these
from the back, okay? – Oh, okay.
– All right? So now you see why we put
the piece in here, so I’m gonna screw through that
instead of through your beautiful stairs
a million times over. Okay?
How’s it looking from up there? – It looks really great.
It’s really cool. – Do you see now, like, why
I’m keeping the 4-inch spacing so you can look through
the wood and see the brick? – Yeah, it looks awesome. – Good. Oh, my gosh!
I love it. – It looks great. – You couldn’t really tell–
I mean, I could tell it was cool from down there,
but now with the brick, I love it.
– It looks so nice and you can see straight
through, like you were saying. It looks awesome.
– But now look. You could never do this before. – We’re safe now.
No one will fall. – And we made it through
that project without me falling
down the stairs, so that was pretty impressive. All right, well, as much as
I love these, Jay and I have a ton to pull
together in this kitchen, so you’re actually done.
You’re outta here. – You’re kicking me out.
– He and are gonna take it for the rest of the day.
– All right. – And we’ll let you know
when we finish. Hopefully it’s today.
[laughs] – Yeah.
– Just kidding; it will be. – [chuckles] [upbeat music] ♪ ♪ – On the count of three,
you can open your eyes. One, two, three. – Oh, my gosh!
Oh, my gosh. I can’t believe this is
my kitchen. Oh, my gosh. It’s gorgeous.
Look at the tiles. – You like it?
– Wow! And the floor. I love it. Oh, my gosh. I’m speechless, Monica. I can’t believe this is
my house. I feel like I’m in a dream.
[laughs] – A good one, I hope.
– Yeah! Oh, my gosh, look at all
the cabinets. And the refrigerator
and the oven! Table, it fits.
– It fits. And it can also expand, so when
you have more people, you can just turn it. It’s much more flexible
for your space. – Oh, I can’t stop smiling. I love the shelves. Did you use the butcher block
for the shelves? – Yeah, so it’s scrap pieces
of butcher block that we had from cutting off
the end, we used as our shelves. – And look at the sink.
I love the color. – I think it turned out great. And especially, like, I think
there’s gonna be a lot more functionality for you now. You have extra cabinetry there,
all the way around. And then in the corner, we have
that lazy Susan put in. So there’s just so much more
storage here. You got, like, 20 inches
of new counter space. – This is gorgeous.
I could have never imagined it looking like this.
– No? – No!
– The funniest thing is, I’m like, I’m not sure if I’m
happy or sad about this, but the slatted wall looks like
it was always here. – It looks great.
– So I’m like, “Wait, we did that project,” but
I keep forgetting about it, because it looks like it
belongs in here. – It looks amazing; it adds so
much interest to that side. And I love how I can still see
the brick right through it. It’s amazing. I just can’t get
over the floors. I love them.
– Oh, I’m so glad you like it. – I love them.
– They were definitely a wildcard project,
and I told you that. And the funniest thing is,
is that we kept some aqua in this kitchen,
but it’s in the floor. – I would have never thought
to put all those bright colors, that aqua, but it really works. It works with the kitchen.
It’s amazing. – It does. I feel like it works
really nicely because of the dark staircase,
the brick, but then the light pieces
that we kept really tie in the butcher block
and the backsplash. What do you think about
that backsplash? – Love it.
And I love how it ties everything together. It goes great with
the butcher block. – Yep. Do you feel like you’re
gonna, like, have people over now and not be embarrassed
of it anymore? – Oh, 100%. I feel like this is gonna be
my favorite room. – I honestly can’t remember
what it looked like yesterday morning.
– Me either. I can’t thank you enough,
Monica. – Oh, you’re so welcome. – It’s like you just, you
know, put a magic wand on everything.
– I wish it was that simple. [laughter] – So there’s one person who
I know will love the kitchen, and I have to go get her. Gotta go get my mom. – Well, let me guess. Mom. Yeah, you can get her.
– One sec. – This lady’s been
chomping at the bit. Mom and Dad have been both been
very helpful this weekend. They helped us take
some trash out. They fed us. So we need a second reveal
for her. – Keep ’em closed. When I count to three,
you can open them. One, two, three. – Oh, my gosh.
Oh, my gosh. I can’t believe this. Not in your wildest dreams. This is beautiful.
Oh, my goodness. – I told you, Monica.
– You said she would cry. – I knew she would like it. – It’s unbelievable.
Totally unbelievable. Oh, my God, thank you guys
so much. – You made me cry.
– It’s gorgeous. Oh, it’s gorgeous–
look at this. – You’d think it was her
kitchen too. – I mean, she’s gonna be here
a lot, I think. Right?
– Oh, yes. She comes a lot. – Oh, my goodness.
You are so lucky. – I know!
– So lucky. [laughter]
– Oh, gosh. – I hope you guys liked this
makeover as much as Kate did. Leave us a comment below. Let us know what you think
of the makeover. And also be sure to check out
our “behind the design” for this episode. I’ll give you all the inside
scoop on the makeover and what really went down. Also be sure that
you’re subscribed to the Lowe’s YouTube channel. You wouldn’t want to miss
a single episode. See you guys. This week I’m helping
a super creative family with a craft room makeover, and I’m really jazzed up
about this, because it’s the first time
I’m getting to tackle this kind of space on
“The Weekender,” and it’s right up my alley. One, two, three.
Open your eyes. – Oh, my gosh.
I’m, like, dizzy. – Yeah.
– I’m a little dizzy.

52 thoughts on “The Weekender: “Tiny Mighty Kitchen” (Season 4, Episode 8)

  1. There is no way that they installed new drywall in the kitchen in the same amount of time it took them to cut out the sink shape in the counter top.

  2. This video has been on my suggestions for A YEAR now and i dont know why this is the first time i click it. Not disappointed.

  3. * The home owner is such a sweetheart, she deserves to be happy. A lot of people don’t understand it, but if you’re not happy with your kitchen, it gets depressing.

    Only thing is about the human tendency is to get tiered of things very quickly, that’s when you need to think about blessing you have that others don’t even have the essentials!

  4. I love the appliances. Reminds me of the ones I have, and she did a great job with the slats underneath the stairs.

  5. She failed to mimic the pattern repeat in the tile backsplash down at the counter where she just "stuck" in the "one" tile that "fit". I wouldn't be able to deal with that, my eye would constantly go to that flaw. That floor is not "finished", it has got to have several coats of polyurethane or something else to seal it or it will NOT continue to look good.

  6. Love the floor, and the basement slats. The only thing I really dislike is the tile, I think it's too busy.

  7. I always keep coming back to this video. This is my favourite episode by far. The kitchen turned out so beautiful (even though I hated the idea for the floor, it looks sooo cool). And the homeowner is really sweet!
    I need more episodes!!!!!!!

  8. Love how Monica does so much work with wood, whether building something or painting/staining. She inspires me to do less crafting and more woodworking! Amazing transformation! Love it!

  9. Monica's amazing kitchen who would have thought it turned out like that I knew it would be good but it really is great

  10. We just moved to a new place and all part of the house are old, i just hope i could bring Monica here in Canada so she could help me fix our home. Everything she touched turn magically change, she is like a fairy god mother to all the hopeless wife and mother like me.

  11. For a kitchen that small, I would have tried to build custom cabinets throughout at a height appropriate for the homeowner, sink and cooktop included. I noticed her head barely reaches bottom of the upper cabinet. Of course that's not a weekend project, but worth the extra time if she plans on staying in the house for a long time. She would really benefit from a sink and countertops that aren't too high for her.

  12. You needed to make a much bigger window above the sink; it would have really made a difference; but you missed it.

  13. I am looking for 3HD tiles do u all have it at lowes thanks good morning.when putting up they use some type glue or mud

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