DIY Filing cabinet makeover - epoxy to attach cheap frames from walmart, painted entire thing using homemade chalk paint in swiss coffee color, then added new hardware and finished it with minwax paste wax to guard against scuffs and scratches.
Puzzle storage - "Buy some legal size poly expandable envelopes. Remove the string and replace with Velcro circles. Place in a bin. My rule is one out at a time. The envelopes are easy enough for my two year old to open and clean up himself.
Let your kitchen nook double as a home office by adding slender tables along opposite walls with a cozy couch between. would be perfect for a large kitchen nook, especially for when the kids get older and need to do more computer homework