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Make over your kitchen on a budget with design tips from I Hate My Kitchen host James Young.

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James Young

A multi-skilled U.S. Army veteran who received two Army Achievement Medals, this licensed electrician is hardcore when it comes to home improvement.
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About the show

Love your house without the kitchen? Join the club. DIY Network's I Hate My Kitchen series gives homeowners hope with economical yet clever kitchen design ideas using amazing new products and cool tools. Forget about it costing a huge chunk of an annual salary to renovate your kitchen. I Hate My Kitchen tears up real homeowners' lives and their kitchens, showcasing along the way impactful alternatives that don't require loans, demolition or divorce.

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Season 2, Episode 2

Boring Gone Bold

Courtney and Chad Krupa are fed up with their boring brown kitchen. It doesn't have a single ounce of style. From the outdated oak cabinets to the chipped white countertops and mismatched appliances, it's just plain ugly. This couple is ready to give the space a total overhaul, but the budget is tight at 16 grand. Enter contractor James Young - he'll step in to help Courtney and Chad use what they already have and combine it with a few cool new products to take their kitchen from boring to bold.

Wednesday
Mar 11

10am | 9c

Season 3, Episode 4

Layout Lamentations

Eight years ago Chris and Erin Farmer bought a 100-year-old craftsman bungalow. They love its classic style, but vintage charm can come with few challenges. The old and ugly kitchen is small, and its layout is lousy. Now, they're ready to renovate, but they aren't sure how to fix the awkward floor plan. Contractor James Young will help them turn their cramped space into a stylish open kitchen.

Wednesday
Mar 11

1:30pm | 12:30c

Season 5, Episode 13

Rustic Kitchen Overhaul

Jennifer and Keith have 5 busy kids between them, and although they had an addition put on when they blended households 4 years ago, a kitchen remodel had been put on hold ? until now! Licensed Contractor James Young helps them not only gut the space, but knock into an adjacent bedroom to give them the large, open floor plan they've always wanted. The overall theme is rustic and that includes wide plank flooring, pine cabinetry and reclaimed barn planks on an accent wall, plus aged copper countertops and a stacked stone backsplash.

Monday
Mar 23

8pm | 7c

Season 6, Episode 1

Hot & Spicy

When sisters Mary Jo & Anu bought their home, they thought they could deal with having a tiny kitchen. But after living with it for awhile, they can no longer tolerate the poorly laid out cramped quarters or the poorly functioning appliances. James Young helps them expand their space by incorporating an adjacent mudroom into the design. Then he walks them through maximizing the space they have with custom cabinetry, funky design features and lots of added color.

Thursday
Jul 9

8pm | 7c

Season 6, Episode 3

Grandma's Kitchen

Tyrone has many happy childhood memories of going to Grandma's house. But now that he OWNS Grandma's house and has a wife and five kids, those happy memories have turned into frustration?especially when it comes to the kitchen. It's too small, too tattered, and the cabinets are just plain too tall! With no room to expand, James Young needs to make this kitchen live bigger and function better. He starts by opening up a wall and creating a peninsula, then installs new stock cabinets with a rolling ladder added on to reach the high spots, then brings in walnut countertops, concrete tile for the floor, and new stainless appliances.

Thursday
Aug 20

8pm | 7c

Season 5, Episode 5

Earthy Sophistication

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.

Thursday
Sep 24

8pm | 7c

Season 6, Episode 3

Grandma's Kitchen

Tyrone has many happy childhood memories of going to Grandma's house. But now that he OWNS Grandma's house and has a wife and five kids, those happy memories have turned into frustration?especially when it comes to the kitchen. It's too small, too tattered, and the cabinets are just plain too tall! With no room to expand, James Young needs to make this kitchen live bigger and function better. He starts by opening up a wall and creating a peninsula, then installs new stock cabinets with a rolling ladder added on to reach the high spots, then brings in walnut countertops, concrete tile for the floor, and new stainless appliances.

Thursday
Oct 15

8pm | 7c

Season 4, Episode 4

A Fresh Start

Ben and Katie have a charming home in a quiet neighborhood, surrounded by parks and scenic views. Their entire home is full of color and designed for comfort except for the kitchen which is a white box with nothing to look at and little to love. The appliances are aging, the materials uninspiring and the whole room lingers under a layer of dirt and grime. The only remedy is a complete overhaul. This episode of I Hate My Kitchen loosens up the layout, maximizes the storage space, and gives Ben and Katie's kitchen a fresh start.

Saturday
Oct 17

4:30am | 3:30c

Season 4, Episode 6

Retro Gone Wrong

Allison and Kyle have updated much of their urban home but the small kitchen is still stuck in the 1940s. On this episode of I Hate My Kitchen, a wall is opened up and a few new cabinets are added to maximize the storage and counter space. New door and drawer fronts, plus appliance panels for the refrigerator and dishwasher make the old and new elements in the kitchen look integrated and custom. A herringbone pattern hardwood floor and a teal glass backsplash finish off the space.

Monday
Oct 19

4:30am | 3:30c

Season 4, Episode 4

A Fresh Start

Ben and Katie have a charming home in a quiet neighborhood, surrounded by parks and scenic views. Their entire home is full of color and designed for comfort except for the kitchen which is a white box with nothing to look at and little to love. The appliances are aging, the materials uninspiring and the whole room lingers under a layer of dirt and grime. The only remedy is a complete overhaul. This episode of I Hate My Kitchen loosens up the layout, maximizes the storage space, and gives Ben and Katie's kitchen a fresh start.

Tuesday
Oct 20

8pm | 7c

Season 6, Episode 4

Modern Condo on a Budget

Reuben and Camille bought their condo for it's convenient, urban location, but the drab kitchen is a serious sore spot. It's completely drab and filled with builder-grade materials from top to bottom. With a budget of just $20,000 James Young helps them spice things up without breaking the bank. On tap are new cabinet doors, a 3-D stainless steel backsplash, and concrete countertops with embedded fiber optic lighting.

Thursday
Oct 22

8pm | 7c

Season 4, Episode 6

Retro Gone Wrong

Allison and Kyle have updated much of their urban home but the small kitchen is still stuck in the 1940s. On this episode of I Hate My Kitchen, a wall is opened up and a few new cabinets are added to maximize the storage and counter space. New door and drawer fronts, plus appliance panels for the refrigerator and dishwasher make the old and new elements in the kitchen look integrated and custom. A herringbone pattern hardwood floor and a teal glass backsplash finish off the space.

Wednesday
Nov 4

8am | 7c

Season 4, Episode 9

Fresh Take on a Classic Look

Greg and Kate bought their old home after decades of neglect left the place a dysfunctional, rodent infested mess. Seven years later this hardworking couple is almost done restoring the house to its original, turn-of-the-century glory. Only one huge hurdle remains ? the grungy, outdated kitchen. In this episode of I Hate My Kitchen, licensed contractor James Young remodels the space by giving it tons of contemporary functionality but with an eye to the classic details that make this old home special.

Wednesday
Nov 25

8am | 7c

Season 7, Episode 7

Shag to Swag

Kaytie & Nick's rambler in the city looks like a 1970s time capsule. From the smoky mirrors to the shag carpet, they've embraced the space for what it is, but after a year of suffering with their dark, closed-off kitchen, they are ready to start making changes. James Young's plan to take the kitchen into the 21st century include opening up the kitchen to the dining room, adding all new high gloss cabinets, and fabricating funky laminate countertops with a cool retro metal edge. The floor gets an urban vibe with wafer board joined with aluminum seams and covered in poly. Plus the backsplash will be a combination of green glass subway tile accented with vintage bottle caps.

Monday
Feb 8

7pm | 6c

Season 5, Episode 2

Coming Out Contemporary

Jesse and Tiffany want to transform their small, dark kitchen into a brighter space with an open floor plan. To accomplish this, host and licensed contractor James Young removes a wall, gives the cabinets a facelift and adds an island. Stone countertops, stainless appliances and sink, plus all new lighting will help give their 70's split-level a fresh, contemporary vibe.

Sunday
Feb 14

4:30am | 3:30c

Season 5, Episode 4

Feng Shui Bungalow

Mike and Leigh love everything about about their charming 1920's bungalow - everything, that is, except the poorly planned out kitchen. You have to squeeze past the stove just to get in and out of the kitchen. Licensed contractor James Young suggests closing off one of three doorways so they can better utilize the space. That'll create room to add a much-desired dishwasher, and the rest of the room will be filled with stylish features like recycled glass countertops, a hammered copper sink and a customized, interchangeable backsplash.

Monday
Feb 15

4:30am | 3:30c

Season 7, Episode 8

1888 to Modern

Ian & Emily bought their 3-story duplex in the city because it was loaded with old school charm and offered plenty of space for their family. But the kitchen is tiny, has little countertop space, and not a single drawer, making it a challenge to do every day tasks. There's not much room to expand, so Licensed Contractor James Young comes up with creative solutions to save space, such as a base cabinet with a pull-out table. Going for a rustic modern theme, he blends old-school materials like reclaimed bleacher wood & recycled chalkboards, with sleek modern ones such as hi-gloss cabinet doors.

Monday
Feb 15

7pm | 6c

Season 5, Episode 6

Timeless & Traditional

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 comes in to show them how they can make the most of their $25,000 budget and teach them some skills along the way. The existing cabinets are repurposed and topped with soapstone countertops, opening up a wall allows for changes in the layout, and a peninsula addition gives them lots more storage and surface space.

Tuesday
Feb 16

4:30am | 3:30c

Season 5, Episode 8

Cramped to Convenient

Matt has renovated every part of his 1920's bungalow except the tiny kitchen. A gorgeous built-in hutch has kept 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. The rest of the space is then filled with a mix of modern and vintage features.

Wednesday
Feb 17

4:30am | 3:30c

Season 5, Episode 10

Down Home Country

Roy & Katie's kitchen has a terrible layout, minimal cabinet space, and completely ancient appliances. To fix the issues, Licensed Contractor James Young starts by reconfiguring the layout to create a working triangle and make the space more functional. He then adds old world charm with a beadboard ceiling & coordinating cabinet doors, an apron front sink, and rustic shelving made from an old wooden pallet. Laminate tigerwood flooring and a stone backsplash help warm the space up and complete the cozy country themed space.

Thursday
Feb 18

4:30am | 3:30c

Season 5, Episode 12

Midcentury Not So Modern

Midcentury not so modern is how Allison and Rustin describe their modified rambler just five minutes outside the city. They bought the house because of its location, but four years later they're still stuck with an out-of-date brown and beige kitchen with appliances that don't even work! Licensed Contractor James Young will help them better utilize the space by opening up a small wall between the kitchen and dining room. The cabinets will be painted white with stainless steel accents and countertops, giving it a contemporary feel. A mother of pearl backsplash will make an elegant statement, and a red range will add a splash of color.

Friday
Feb 19

4:30am | 3:30c

Season 5, Episode 13

Rustic Kitchen Overhaul

Jennifer and Keith have 5 busy kids between them, and although they had an addition put on when they blended households 4 years ago, a kitchen remodel had been put on hold ? until now! Licensed Contractor James Young helps them not only gut the space, but knock into an adjacent bedroom to give them the large, open floor plan they've always wanted. The overall theme is rustic and that includes wide plank flooring, pine cabinetry and reclaimed barn planks on an accent wall, plus aged copper countertops and a stacked stone backsplash.

Saturday
Feb 20

4:30am | 3:30c

Season 7, Episode 9

Looks Are Deceiving

Paul & Carla love the charm of their first-ring suburban neighborhood, and their spacious home is perfect for their growing family except the galley-style closed off kitchen. Licensed contractor James Young's plans include widening a doorway and nixing a sight-blocking cabinet to improve the flow of the home. Everything outdated is getting a makeover, and the improvements flow into an adjacent seating area where James gives them an inexpensive solution to solve their storage woes.

Monday
Feb 22

7pm | 6c

Season 7, Episode 10

Flood Fix-up

Brian & Meghan were left without a finished kitchen floor when a flood destroyed all the flooring on the first level of their home. They'd also like their kitchen to be open to the rest of their home so licensed contractor James Young comes in to help them reconfigure the space & make it shine from floor to ceiling. Plans include giving the old cabinets a facelift, upgrading the counters with modular granite slabs, and adding a large center island that will increase their countertop and seating space.

Monday
Feb 29

7pm | 6c

Season 7, Episode 11

Fifties to Fabulous

Adam & Kristin's ranch-style home has good bones but has required a lot of TLC to bring it up to date and they are stuck on what to do with the kitchen. Licensed contractor James Young decides on a plan to keep their old base cabinets because they have a cool design, and add all new uppers so the space is better utilized. They'll also add a peninsula, a shelf that doubles as a light, and a cool backsplash made using painted strips of wood.

Monday
Mar 7

7pm | 6c

Season 7, Episode 1

Confused Kitchen

Isaiah and Tanya love the location of their home, but they've had their hands full with repairs and updates over the 4 years they've owned it. One space they've yet to tackle ? the tiny kitchen with a strange laundry addition and a ceiling that's caving in. Licensed contractor James Young comes in to help them open up the space and make it a cohesive, efficient kitchen. Plans include all new cabinets and more counter space, and a center island addition. Plus, they'll add style to the kitchen with classic wainscoting and a bold graphic backsplash.

Tuesday
Mar 8

8:30am | 7:30c

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