The bank of open shelves has been painted to match the walls, and the miscellaneous cabinets beneath it removed or reused elsewhere. Now the diner bench, reupholstered in two different fabrics (both ugly) is sitting there. Why? What good is that? They can't eat there. They can't use it for storage or as a work surface. What possible good is that? How does that improve this kitchen even slightly? If anything, it looks tackier than it did to begin with. Two stools for the work island would have been a more sensible expenditure. And then, in the corner, where they'd had a big hideous dark brown cupboard of some kind with elaborate doors, is the bass cabinet. It's a very pointless project in this room, where storage space and work surfaces are so desperately needed. But you need it for theme! Then there's another window, similarly valance-d and hanging plant-ed, and the radiator underneath it has been spraypainted copper. Then there's the stove. They've put the metal backsplash on the wall behind it. There was a huge sheet of it, but now most of it's been covered up by some new IKEA cabinets (Kvadrat, I believe, in beech veneer) with which Kia's surrounded the range hood: two small ones above it and a taller one to the left, with a glass door. The upper cabinets have no knobs. Handy. Then there's a lower cabinet next to the stove, but it's not as deep as the stove -- it doesn't go all the way back to the wall, nor run flush with the front of the stove -- and it's not wide enough to fill the space available next to it, so it just looks meagre. Then, next to that -- where you can see the metal backsplash just end halfway down the wall apropos of nothing -- they've placed a spider plant about two feet off the floor to try to distract from how bad that looks. Do I even need to tell you it doesn't work? Speaking of things that don't work: around the ugly new ceiling fan/light fixture (did they really need a ceiling fan? Couldn't she have just given them a new light fixture?), there's an utterly ridiculous-looking rectangle of ivy wallpaper border. It's silly and stupid. There are assorted plants and copper gewgaws and tchotchkes around the room.
Oy. Admittedly, this is a very, very challenging room: the layout is absolutely terrible and it really requires remodelling. The best thing would be to arrange it so that there aren't so many doors and openings into the room. Obviously, that's beyond what can be accomplished on this show. But this room really required the services of someone with the training of an interior designer. It's really too bad they didn't get Vern, or at least Laurie. They would have gotten a huge amount of built-in storage. That whole wall underneath the open shelves could have been filled with a built-in cabinet, topped with a laminate or butcher-block counter. Drawers are difficult, time-consuming, and expensive to build, but they could have done a column of cubbyholes custom-designed to fit baskets for storage, alongside some cabinet doors, for a unit like that. There's plenty of room to the left of the open shelves for upper cabinets, too. You know Vern would have done all this and given them a new floor, too. The two biggest problems in this room that a designer could do anything about on this show were the dreadful floor and the motley and insufficient storage. Kia failed on both counts. And yet, and yet...it's easily one of her two best rooms. (I still think the "Indian" bedroom is better than this one, in that it's less fucked up.) Also, I hope they have a dining room in which to eat...it's never made clear on the show. Sure, a house of this age and style would almost certainly have one, but that doesn't mean it's available as a dining room. It could be an office or their band practice space or maybe their hydroponic growing operation is set up in there. Who knows?