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I Hate My Kitchen is a design series on the DIY Network. It features James Young, a licensed contractor and electrician who renovates ugly, old, and worn out kitchens into budget friendly updated spaces for homeowners. From updating cabinets, to selecting energy efficient appliances, flooring and updated paint colors, James and his crew transform spaces for homeowners who are on a budget and are in dire need of an updated look. Quite often, kitchens have never been renovated and are in the original state when the home was built.

James visits the clients at their homes in an effort to get an understanding of what the homeowner would like to change in the space to make it more functional and efficient. They discuss a wide variety of new products on the market and innovative tools they can incorporated into their spaces. These new changes are all budget friendly and are selected because of their durability of everyday use and how well they will stand the test of time. The client decides what style they are seeking to create. In some episodes the clients have chosen Tuscan, Country, Shabby Chic, Retro, Contemporary, and Colonial.

In some design plans, it is not necessary to demolish the entire kitchen. All that may be needed is to update the cabinets with new molding and paint, or sand down the old worn wood flooring so it may be re-stained. However, in most cases, it is necessary to gut the entire kitchen and start off with a clean slate. Depending on the budget of the client, this is the preferable way.

The transformation begins as James and the homeowners work together to create a new floor plan that will function more efficiently. New flooring, appliances, countertops, backsplashes, lighting and accessories are selected to give the space a much needed update.

By the end of the episode, the homeowners are delighted with the changes and all of the budget friendly choices James has selected.

Tuesday 9:00 PM et/pt on DIY Network
6 Seasons, 82 Episodes
October 5, 2010
Cast: James Young II
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I Hate My Kitchen Full Episode Guide

  • Licensed contractor James Young helps a young couple turn their ugly, dated, 1980s kitchen into a modern classic space. The kitchen has weird oak cabinets with a button detail, fake butcher block countertops, a tattered faux parquet floor and a dropped ceiling. James helps the couple change the layout of the room by opening up a partition wall between the kitchen and eating area, and relocating the fridge. Since the cabinet boxes are in good shape, James saves money by refacing the cabinets and adding some extra cabinetry to fit the new layout. New molding and wood trim on the soffits adds a sophisticated detail the couple love. In need of a wine and coffee bar, James shows how to repurpose a 1980s armoire, and turn it into an eye-catching piece of kitchen furniture. They install a cost-effective DIY quartz countertop, along with a beautiful mother-of-pearl backsplash. On the floor, a fossilized bamboo floor with a clever metal trim completes the kitchen renovation, all for a budget of $20,000.

  • Licensed contractor James Young helps a young family add personality and function to a builder-grade kitchen with cheap finishes and a boring design. Brian and Shemeka bought their house because they love the neighborhood for their two elementary-school age children. And while they've been able to add a hip touch to most of the house, they haven't done anything to the kitchen because the upgrades seem too daunting for their $27,000 budget. Once James is onboard, the couple tear down a wall and make the kitchen an open concept space that works with their lifestyle. James saves money by re-facing the base cabinets, and adds new horizontal upper cabinets for a modern vibe the couple loves. A funky curved island with quartz countertops will anchor the new room. Brian helps build an inexpensive DIY table from old records and epoxy, and Shemeka helps create a floating bench. Even though James keeps some of the couple's existing kitchen cabinets, the room has a completely different look with a dramatic modern flair the couple had been hoping for.

  • James helps a family with two elementary-age kids turn their dated suburban ranch kitchen into an appealing open-concept space. The couple bought their house because of the great neighborhood and school district. And while they have been able to update the rest of the house, the kitchen remodel was so overwhelming, they didn't even know where to start. It is closed off from the living and dining rooms and has old appliances. The hood vent is comically oversized for the space and doesn't fit with their traditional design taste. The worst part, however, is all the laminate: laminate floor, countertops and even walls! James helps the couple open up their space by knocking down two walls and moving some of the appliances to create a workable space. James introduces some new products in the reno, including a wine-stained floor, vinyl-covered tiles that mimic expensive custom tile, a DIY vent hood and a plate rack the couple makes themselves. A massive kitchen island in a bright burst of color anchors the space. It's a massive and beautiful transformation that comes in with a budget of $50,000.

  • Siblings Amanda and Kevin Horner knew they could live together as adults without a problem. But now that they've gotten their first house together, the stakes are a lot higher than the typical childhood tug of war about household chores and bedroom sizes. While their negotiations over living room d├ęcor have been easy, they're each holding their ground when it comes to the kitchen makeover. Amanda likes classic design and Kevin is into contemporary style. With help from licensed contractor James Young, who has a $20,000 budget, they knock down walls and create a modern-classic mix in the kitchen. New contemporary cabinets with quartz countertops are installed, along with a solid surface panel backsplash. They make a DIY metal table, and create a clever solution to a common kitchen storage problem. A colorful cork floor in a grid pattern anchors the new space, for an eclectic kitchen with touches of modern and classic that both siblings love.

  • Jevetta and Amondo have three children and large extended families and the party is always at their large 1950s multi-level home in the city. Both Jevetta and Amondo love to cook and share their home with friends and family, but the cut off kitchen space with old, broken appliances don't make things much fun. Licensed contractor James Young can't wait to tear out the walls between the kitchen, living room and dining room, opening the entire space and giving them a party house! He knows the couple are fans of reused and recycled products, so with a budget of $40,000, he brings in historic tiles from France for the floor and eco-friendly bamboo cabinets. They splurge on a high-end backsplash and black walnut countertops to create a warm, open kitchen, perfect for entertaining.

  • Micaela just moved into her first home, a 1950s two-bedroom rambler that was in need of a lot of love.She's done a great job at clean and painting, but the kitchen remains a disaster.The dingy cabinets don't stay shut and have been known to hit her in the head. The appliances are old and don't work, the sink is permanently stained and the countertops are dated and chipped. The floor is coming up in parts and the pink brick backsplash is layered with grease. With a budget of $24,000, James helps Micaela transform her kitchen into the cozy, comfy space she wants. Bright apple-green and white cabinets make the new space pop. A funky button backslash, open shelving, and a DIY pot rack give the room personality. But it's the clever use of removable gingham wallpaper on the ceiling that takes this kitchen transformation to new heights.

  • A young couple love their historic home's charm, but hate the kitchen that was last updated at a time when baby blue laminate and pink flowers were popular. With help from contractor James Young, the couple take down walls and create an open concept kitchen, that mixes traditional elements with funky pieces that match their personalities. The new kitchen's centerpiece is a huge DIY butcher block island that costs a fraction of what it costs in stores. They also update unsightly radiator covers, create easy DIY shutters and install beautiful large-format rectified tiles. In typical fashion for James, the new hardwood floors come with a twist, and the built-in bar stools are one-of-a-kind. The transformation leaves the couple nearly speechless, all for a budget of $25,000.

  • Two young sisters share a condo they have lovingly updated into a chic, modern living space. But the kitchen is stuck in the 80s, and they need licensed contractor James Young's help to turn it into the open-concept entertaining space that fits their lifestyle.

  • Newlyweds ask licensed contractor James Young for help updating their dated 70s kitchen. Their appliances are old and out of date, and the style clashes with the rest of their tastefully decorated house. James helps the couple open up walls and shows how to save money by reusing and updating the kitchen cabinets.

  • A 70s kitchen eyesore, complete with blue plaid wall paper, mismatched appliances and an awkward faux brick feature wall gets an update from licensed contractor James Young.

  • Emily and Dave love their charming 70s home, except for the closed-in, outdated kitchen with broken appliances and well-worn cabinets.

  • Matt and Zeny's 7-level home has loads of space and an open floor plan that they love, but after updating much of the house to match their sleek, minimalist style, they got stuck on what to do with their cramped, outdated kitchen.

  • Nicola and Brad stumbled upon their charming 1940s Cape Cod while walking through their neighborhood. They instantly fell in love with the spacious house and the rest is history. However, the larger space came with an ugly 1980s kitchen and 8 years later, it is still an eyesore. To complicate matters, a broken toilet on the second floor left the ceiling in shambles.

  • Danny & Ashley started renovting their early 1900's fixer upper 4 years ago, but got sidetracked by a wedding and a baby. Now, they're finally ready to tackle their outdated and cramped kitchen with help from Licensed Contractor James Young.

  • Jackie and Nicole love the location of their split-level home in a quiet suburb, but the kitchen needs to be updated.

  • Four years ago, Blake and Alison found their spacious home and knew it was perfect for their family. Although they've made a lot of improvements, the kitchen is desperate for modernization.

  • Lindsay and Jason love their Tudor style home, but the outdated kitchen is an eyesore.

  • Tyrone has fond memories of his grandma's house, but now that he owns it, he is frustrated with the dysfunction of the kitchen.

  • Newlyweds Beau & Jesalyn couldn't resist their 1950's ranch style centered on a beautiful lot backing up to an urban creek. But the kitchen is a major disappointment. James Young's plan includes knocking out a wall between the kitchen and family room to create one big, open space.

  • Jason Young helps two sisters expand their tiny kitchen into a functional space with an adjacent mudroom.

  • Roy & Katie's kitchen has a terrible layout, minimal cabinet space, and completely ancient appliances. Licensed Contractor James Young transforms the kitchen into a complete cozy country themed space.

  • Jim & Jen love the open floor plan of their 1940's home, but the outdated galley-style kitchen needs a transformation.

  • Matt has renovated every room of his 1920's bungalow except the tiny kitchen. A gorgeous built-in hutch has prevented him from expanding the room, but contractor James Young comes up with a plan to remove and repurpose the buffet, turning it into part of an island.

  • Nikkie & Joe have a large 60's rambler with one seriously outdated kitchen. It's covered in multiple layers of wallpaper, and the barely functioning yellow appliances have got to go.

  • Jeff and Amanda have a closed off kitchen that doesn't flow with the rest of their 1920's home. They lack DIY skills, so James Young tries to show them how to make the most of their budget and teach them a few things along the way.

  • Jeff and Sonia's 80's kitchen is definitely the problem child in their house. It's got plenty and space, but zero style. James Young helps them update it with modern, flat-front cabinets, stone counters, and poured epoxy resin floors. Convenient extras like a built-in coffeemaker help turn their kitchen into an earthy, sophisticated space.

  • Mike and Leigh love everything about about their charming 1920's bungalow - everything, that is, except the poorly planned out kitchen.

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