The Kitchen

The Kitchen

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Beba and JL love their beach bungalow, but with no counter space, little storage and an uncomfortable breakfast nook, they haven't been able to get it just right. With an easy DIY project and some affordable additions, Megan helps create their dream kitchen (in a rental!)

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- Hi, I'm Megan Mitchell, and I'm here to show renters how to transform their space without putting their security deposit in jeopardy. With a few creative tricks up my sleeve and some cost-effective hacks, I'm going to help personalize the rentals from a place they live, to a home they love. This is Safe Deposit. Even when you've worked hard to get your space to look and feel just how you want, sometimes, there's that one room that just isn't cutting it. For renters Beba and JL, they're stuck. I'm gonna go meet them and see what is going on. - Hi! - [Megan] Hello, I'm Megan. - Hi, Beba nice to-- - Hi, JL, nice to meet you. - [Beba] Finally meet you. - [Megan] Nice to meet you guys! - [Beba] Come on in! - [JL] Yeah. - [Megan] I am excited to see everything. - [Beba] Yeah. - [Megan] This is so cute, you guys. - [Beba] I mean, you're being-- nice. - [Megan] No, it is. It is really cute. What are the main issues, you think, in this kitchen? - It's kind of a tight kitchen, so storage space has been difficult, yeah, to figure out. - [Megan] Okay. - For me, I cook a lot, and I can't, there's no counter space. - [Megan] Yes, I can see that. - Lighting is pretty much an issue, too. I've, like, strung up some lights-- to kind of-- - [Megan] They're really cute. - I mean, are they? It feels like a college dorm at this point. - Listen, if I could go back to college-- - [Beba] I know - [JL] That's true. - Like, I'm there. - [JL] Yeah. - I know, but we're two grown-ass adults. - [JL] Yeah. - Okay, all right, all right. - We're gonna need to get it together. - This cute little nook, I see these benches, these-- - [Beba] Yeah! - They look real comfortable. - [Beba] Sit down! - [JL] They're so comfortable. - [Beba] You'll see how comfortable they are. - [Megan] Oh boy, I like this table, though. - Yeah, this is like-- - [Megan] It goes with the beachy vibe. - [JL] Yeah. - [Beba] For sure. - No one ever really sits here, Beba just uses it to, yeah, I feel like prepare just prep-work. - Tell me about this window, this pop of yellow. - I had a yellow moment. - [Megan] Okay. - I would call it a mental breakdown. - It's rustic. - [JL] Yeah. - It's kind of like this table. - [Beba] Rustic. It's ugly. - Rustic. Okay, so you're not in love with the color? - Not in love with the color. This light was broken for a long time, and we finally told our landlord, we're like, "Can you fix it?" and this is what he did. - Right, so I have some ideas. We're gonna get more countertops, some storage, organization, make this nice and comfortable. - Nice. - Okay, so I'm gonna go shopping. I'm gonna get some DIY stuff that we can do together, and I'll be back, and we're gonna make this everything you want and more. - [Beba] Yay! - [JL] Awesome, great. - [Beba] We'll show you out. - Thank you! - Joe Liam and I met almost three years ago. A year ago, I moved into his place. I, like, redid the whole thing, and yeah, we've been together ever since. - The space is, you know, big enough for two, but there's not that much storage space, so we have to be pretty kind of creative with it. The kitchen is one of those places where we try to do stuff, like, Beba tried to paint a window yellow. That's as far as we've gotten. - We feel like we'd have to completely tear it down for it to be what we want it to be, and that's just not possible in a rental. When Megan showed up, we were so excited because we've been dying to make this kitchen our dream kitchen, our dream rental kitchen, which we haven't been able to do. So, we were just so excited that she was able to come in and help us. - Because Beba and JL love cooking together, I'm gonna maximize their space by adding a removable wooden countertop. I'm also adding a cart where they'll be able to store pots and pans. I'm removing the light fixture in the breakfast nook and swapping it out with a glass bulb that will give off more light. I'll store the old fixture in a safe spot. That way, they can replace it if they decide to move out. I'm freshening up the breakfast nook window by getting rid of the yellow and adding a fresh coat of white paint. I'm also going to paint the built-in benches to make them pop. Finally, hanging some plants above their sink will bring some light and a calming element to the space. - [Beba] Hey! - [JL] Oh, hey! - I'm just gonna let myself in. - I was just about to get beat by Beba at dominoes. - This is real cute, do you guys just often, like, sit and just play dominoes on the floor? - Yeah, it ends up in a fight normally, so you're coming at a peak-- - [Megan] The perfect time? - [Beba] Time. - [JL] Yeah. - Okay, well I've been shopping. I got some wood and some power tools. - [JL] Ooh. - [Beba] Ooh. - I have a DIY project that we can all do together. - [JL] Okay. - [Beba] Okay. - If you guys are okay with that? - [Beba] Sure, let's do it. - [JL] Yeah, definitely. - You will have to put this riveting game down. We'll come back to this, don't lose your spot. This will be a countertop for you guys. These are oak furring strips, so we're gonna cut them down to size, and then we're gonna attach them so you can put it up when you need it, and it's not gonna move around, and then, when you don't need it, it's so thin, it'll just slide next to-- - Wait, that's really cool. - That's amazing. - Right, so now you have this extra space. So, we're gonna measure it first, and we need it to be 24 and a quarter inch. So, 24 and a quarter, so that's right about here. These are just my glasses that I wear to the club sometimes-- - [JL] Oh yeah. - When you're like, we gotta be safe here. - Cool. - So, so there's a trigger right here, you wanna start it. - [JL] Okay. It's gonna be really loud, so you wanna start it, bring it down, and then bring it up and release it, and hold this really tight. - Okay. - Okay? And that's the way you miter saw, unh! - [JL] Unh! - And how do you feel about doing this yourself? - Super excited. - [Megan] Okay. So, mark it, all right. - [Beba] Wow. - And then-- - [JL] Ready? - With purpose! - Unh, yeah! - We're sisters doing it for ourselves, right? - Yeah! - We're gonna attach them on to the back of this countertop-- - [JL] Okay. - So then, when you fold it up or you put it up, it's not gonna slide around. I will see you guys later. - All right. - Okay. - We'll be out here measuring and just putting out the vibe. - All right. - Thanks, guys. - Thanks. - [Beba] Thank you. In Beba and JL's bungalow, because they love to cook, it was essential to maximize their counter space to get them more room to prep. By adding simple and affordable storage solutions throughout the kitchen for tools and spices, they can keep things organized and accessible. Because Beba and JL both love the ocean, I wanted to surprise them with a splash of color that reflects both their personal style and the beachy vibes that they've got going on throughout the rest of their house. Finally, I added cushions to their built-in breakfast nook to make the area both inviting and comfortable. - [Beba] Hello! - Hey, guys. - [JL] Oh, hey! What's going on? - [Beba] Wow. - Fancy seeing you here. I've been just looking out the window with your cat just waiting for you guys. - [Beba] Okay. - Are you excited? - So excited. - You nervous? - Uh, scared, but yeah, excited. - You're in good hands, it looks amazing. I'm so excited to see you guys. All right, so come up here, close your eyes. - [Beba] Okay. - I'm gonna guide you through. Eyes closed? - [JL] Eyes closed. - [Beba] Eyes closed. - Carefully, carefully, and we're gonna walk behind the couch. - [Beba] Okay. - So just kind of walk straight. And careful, careful, now turn, turn. - [JL] Okay. - [Megan] Turn, don't look. Okay, look! - Oh, what? - Oh my God. - [Beba] This is insane! - [Megan] Right? - [JL] Look at this! - [Beba] Cushions! We have cushions, Joe Liam! I'm gonna sit down. - [JL] People are gonna want to hang out here. - [Beba] Hey! - [Megan] New light fixture, painted it back to white. - Oh my God we have a-- - [Megan] Hung some plants. - Little, like, baking station and more jars. - [Megan] Yes! - [Beba] It just goes with the whole aesthetic of the bungalow. - It's that beachy, relaxed, welcoming, comfortable vibe. - [Beba] Yeah, and the plants, it makes it feel like there's life in here. - [JL] Look at the space we have now. - [Beba] This is honestly-- - [JL] That's a game changer right there. - [Beba] Insane. - This is now your new cutting board, chopping block island, almost. - [Beba] It honestly is an island-- - [Megan] Right? - [Beba] In the rental. - [JL] Perfect height. - [Megan] Right? It's a great height, and the best part is, you know, maybe if you own the place, you would add another countertop. Can't really do that, so this can go away when you need it, so it just-- - [Beba] Yeah. - [Megan] Slides down here, and it's functional. - [Beba] If we ever move out, we can just take-- - [Megan] Yes! - [Beba] This whole situation-- - [Megan] This is yours now. - [Beba] Before we go. - [Megan] This is yours forever. - This is, like, completely transformative. It really will help us in our everyday life. - Living here for five years, and with you for one year, like, this is the first time I realize that there's always a way to make it a little bit better. - I want you guys to enjoy, I'm gonna boogie out of here, give me hugs. - [Beba] Thank you so much. - [JL] Thank you so much. - [Beba] This was amazing. - [Megan] Cook a lot. Cook a lot of good food. - [JL] Absolutely. - [Beba] We will. - [Megan] Sit and relax. - [Beba] We're gonna do it right now. - [JL] Thank you. - [Megan] Invite me over. - [JL] We owe you. - [Megan] I mean, I live here. So, I'm gonna actually go to the bedroom, take a quick nap. It's been a long day, I'll see you guys soon.

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