“Property Brothers: Forever Home” stars Drew and Jonathan Scott have run into plenty of ugly and outdated design choices in their day. But on the latest episode of their show, they’re shocked when they meet a young couple who insist on a doozy: keeping plastic covers on some of their furniture!
Granted, homeowners Rina and Nilesh do have two young kids who tend to make messes left and right, so the plastic serves as some sort of damage control. But as a result of such odd measures (and other questionable design choices), their home has a distinctly unflattering look.
It’s up to the Scott brothers to save this poor home—and, in the process of watching this episode, titled “Family Home Refresh,” we learned a ton about how to keep a home kid-friendly without sacrificing an adult sense of style.
Replace marble with easy-to-clean quartz
So where’s the plastic? It’s covering the kitchen table! Drew and Jonathan are horrified, but Nilesh explains the reason for this furniture faux pas.
“It protects the table,” he says.
And it’s true. The table is made of marble, which soaks up any spills. The brothers recommend replacing it with quartz, which will look just as nice, but the couple won’t have to worry about sealing it.
So, that’s exactly what they do. Instead of a table, the brothers create a large waterfall island in the center of the kitchen with lots of seating. It’s made of quartz so it looks great—and is easy to clean. That means no more plastic coverings for this family.
Of course, the couple love the improvements.
“Now this is a forever kitchen,” says Rina when she walks in.
No one wants cracked glass
Another odd kitchen choice Rina and Nilesh made has to do with a window that connects the kitchen to the living room. The couple explain that they like to use this window to keep an eye on the kids. There’s just one problem with it: the style.
When the brothers first see this window, Jonathan asks, “Who takes ownership for breaking the glass?” But it seems no one broke it. Nilesh explains that the piece is supposed to have that strange shattered-glass effect.
Drew and Jonathan convince the couple that clear glass will be better for watching the kids in the living space below, and will likely look better.
When the glass is replaced with an uncracked pane, Rina loves it.
“I see the vision now,” she says. “It’s clean, it’s modern.”
A staircase runner is safer for kids
Nilesh loves the look of wide-plank wood flooring, so the brothers are happy to install some gorgeous new wood floors in the home. At first, their plan is to stain the stairs so they match the floors below.
There’s just one problem: The stair treads aren’t solid wood, so the brothers can’t just stain them. This could be an expensive problem because switching out the treads would mean replacing the banister which, in the end, would have a hefty $3,000 price tag.
Instead, Jonathan decides on a much more affordable option: painting the stairs and adding a runner. This costs only $900, and the brothers point out that this runner will probably make for a safer option for active kids.
In the end, the couple love the stairs.
“It looks brand-new,” Nilesh says.
Purple is better as an accent color
Another big problem with Rina and Nilesh’s home is the color. When the brothers first tour this home, they’re disappointed to find purple walls in the living room.
Jonathan decides to paint the walls a tasteful white. “You don’t want to have the crazy, crazy bold color everywhere. You want to have it in just tasteful pops,” he explains.
In the end, the white walls look great. They perfectly complement the room’s new gorgeous wall art and furnishings.
“We took the color off the walls and put it in the decor and florals,” Drew adds.
Geometric tile can add interest to an all-white kitchen
Speaking of color: The Scotts create the perfect kitchen for this family, with white countertops, white cabinets, and even a white backsplash. But, of course, that’s a lot of white for one room, so the brothers choose a backsplash with a gorgeous geometric tile. This adds a bit of dimension to the space, bringing a little something different to the room.
Keep your shoes and coats out of sight in closets
When Drew and Jonathan walk into the house for the first time, they see two large shoe shelves. These shelves are both unsightly and in the way.
What this family needs, they conclude, is a shoe cabinet.
So the brothers decide to borrow space from the garage to give this family of four two cabinets: one for shoes and one for jackets. Both of these blend beautifully into the wall, and keep clutter out of sight.
“I love it, it looks phenomenal,” Rina says.
So, do the Scott brothers deliver?
The brothers are given a $140,000 budget and are almost able to stick to it. Painting the stairs and adding a runner cost an extra $900, but it isn’t too much of a setback.
All in all, Drew and Jonathan manage to improve this home’s functionality, carve out more storage, and give the furnishings a much needed style makeover.
So what do Rina and Nilesh think? Of course, they love it.
“We started our family here,” Rina says, “and the fact that we can continue raising our family in such a beautiful home is such an amazing gift.”
Happy holidays, indeed!
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