Homeowners Brigitte and Chase Ratzlaff newly remodeled kitchen in Lake Wales, Fla. The couple's kitchen was in need of a Much-Needed Makeover for Original DIY Network Special, Kitchen Crashers: Worst Kitchen in America. Originally the space was part of the great room in the front of the family's house.
Jares and Steve love to cook and entertain and are stuck with a nightmare of a kitchen, until Alison arrives with plans to upgrade to a Parisian inspired space. To make room for the big plans, the team takes out Steve's closet and throws away everything in the kitchen, resulting in a very dusty demo. Dirty old flooring is covered with new, white washed oak planks with flecks of gray. A foam t-grid ceiling is replaced with DIY spray painted and antiqued tin tiles. Alison triples the couple's storage space, bringing in floor to ceiling cabinetry with a veneer finish and blended vertical grain. To satisfy Jared's love for baking, Alison and Gary design a baking station with plenty of room for storage and rolling out dough. Steve's desire to entertain is met with a gold bar cart that Alison and Steve cut and weld together. The space is finished off with a glass chandelier and all new high-end appliances perfect for cooking gourmet meals. Bon Appetit!
Alison is stumped when she walks into Matt and Anne's hazardous, mismatched kitchen. The layout is all wrong and the finishes are worse. In three days, she overhauls the space - first changing glass doors into windows, moving the sink across the room and eliminating a clunky peninsula to make room for a real dining area. Next, Alison brings in basil colored cabinetry and adds dummy strap hinges for extra style. A dark birch engineered hardwood floor levels out the space and hand-painted tile, sconce lighting and butcher block countertops give the kitchen an urban farmhouse feel. A DIY burlap pin board and repurposed ladder pot rack help the homeowners stay organized in style. And to finish off the look, Alison installs a barn wood accent wall made out of re-claimed wood.
Alison and the Kitchen Crashers crew tackle an outdoor kitchen that starts with absolutely nothing. This Las Vegas home has an enormous back yard that Alison re-imagines with a hotel styled cabana kitchen at its hub. The transformation begins with new pavers, outdoor cabinetry, and an enormous shade structure with his and her sides and an outdoor TV. Other custom touches include a swinging day bed, wine barrel stave shelving, a carry along beer caddy, a folding truck-bed bench, outdoor wine bar and beer tap, plus desert friendly plants throughout the new space.
Alison and company completely renovate an old, drab kitchen which is separated from the living room by a weird half wall. Once that is knocked out of the way, the renovation begins with new cabinets and truly amazing soapstone countertops with an under mount sink. The green touches begin with a backsplash which resembles green pennies and completely covers most of the walls. New appliances, lighting, and large open shelving add tons of space and beauty. Next, custom projects like a beaded light fixture, a magnetic chalkboard and a faux front storage drawer add the final one of a kind details.
Alison takes Kitchen Crashers to Nebraska to wage war on the worst kitchen in America. After the DIY viewers voted online to choose the kitchen, Alison and her gang literally move it from a small cramped corner to the other side of the house. The old kitchen space is converted to a mud room and the dining room becomes the kitchen. The transformation starts with a new mud room floor, cabinets in both rooms, a huge center island, and an amazing blue refrigerator. Alison also teaches the homeowners to create one of a kind custom touches like a coat rack using reclaimed door panels, a rolling ladder, and hand hammered distressed door faces. The end result is not only stunning, but huge and leaves the homeowners amazed.
Alison creates a modern space for a whole family. Ace and Raul's kitchen cabinets are the same quality as office furniture and the granite always looks dirty. Alison replaces those cabinets with stainless steel, glass, and high gloss white cabinets complete with grey countertops and a huge island in ice white. This kitchen is complete with a custom built wine rack with remote backlighting, a bar cart built from industrial pipes, and one of a kind cork coasters.
Candi and Joe's kitchen is old, dark and chopped up with a peninsula taking up most of their prep and dining space. To open things up and create a functional kitchen, Alison takes out the wall between the kitchen and laundry room, shrinks windows and removes an old chimney to make space for cabinetry and moves the sink to an area that makes sense. Once layout is set, Alison brings in both natural wood and gray, painted cabinetry to give the kitchen some style and plenty of storage. All new appliances, a glass tile backsplash, quartz countertops and a wood plank floor complete the look. To add a personal DIY touch, Alison works with the homeowners on building a shadow box for storage, a cork board for organization and an herb garden to grow fresh herbs right in the kitchen!
Alison and her crew are in Idaho to crash the Blog Cabin kitchen. With the walls already up and drywalled, Alison and Grundy can concentrate on building some big DIYs. Up first, a giant table made of black walnut with custom light-up lettering for the formal dining area. For the kitchen, they build stools out of fresh timber, channeling out sections and adding a resin and copper mix that will sparkle underneath the breakfast bar. Finishes include dual colored cabinetry with under cabinet lighting, dual colored quartz backsplash and countertops, stainless steel appliances and a custom-built chef's pantry.
Alison and the Kitchen Crashers crew tackle a dated kitchen with terrible sense of flow. This renovation starts by donating all the cabinets and demolishing two short walls to create a new sense of space. Then elements like a new center island, cabinets and countertops start flying in. Add to that custom details which Alison builds with the homeowners including a small mud cubby, doggie feeding station, and baskets made from paint sticks to store both human and dog items.
Alison and the Kitchen Crashers gang attack a kitchen from the 50's that is literally covered floor to ceiling in some form of plastic. After the difficult demo, this completely gutted space starts to fill up with details like new walls, window and flooring. Next, mid century style is added with cabinets, countertops and stunning appliances. There is also custom floating shelves and a wine rack made from pvc pipe. The final reveal leaves the homeowners feeling like they've just walked into someone else's house.
Alison and the Kitchen Crashers Crew find a couple of California homeowners who have a really big kitchen. The problem is size is the only thing this space has going for it, everything else is old and dated and half of the flooring is exposed plywood. The plan involves adding even more room by removing a wall and then the new finishes start flooding in. This ambitious renovation starts with new flooring throughout both the kitchen and living room spaces and new cabinets in both light and dark. Part of the cabinet package includes a huge kitchen island, painted blue, and topped with a manufactured stone countertop and then custom built elements like a sliding barn door, pub table, and a doggy feeding hutch are added. Lots of tears and laughter fill this new kitchen when the homeowners are called in for the for the final reveal.
While they're very happy with their indoor kitchen, Casey and McKenzie's urban backyard has a lot to be desired, until Alison and her crew step in for a complete overhaul. They start by turning the stairs on the existing decking to create the feeling of a room below, the perfect spot for an outdoor kitchen. Alison brings in composite gray decking and has it cut and mounted into squares to create a unique pattern. Next, a pergola, built-in bench with planters and stone bases come together to make up the footprint for the space. Garapa wood is mounted horizontally to a wall to enclose the space and two grills are installed to give the homeowners options when they cook. To round out the design, Alison and the homeowners make a DIY porch swing and chic herb garden that is both functional and fabulous to look at.
Alex and Joe have a giant deck on the roof of their garage, but they've let it sit for nearly eight years because they've been too overwhelmed by the lack of privacy to build it up. Luckily, Alison has ideas and starts her design by enclosing the space with slatted pine privacy walls. To add function, she designs three separate spaces, a kitchen, dining area and lounge. In the kitchen, Alison brings in a giant grill, beverage refrigerator, cabinets, granite countertops and a sink. Alison and Alex team up to make DIY side tables that will go in the lounge area, right by the new fire pit. In the elevated dining area, Alison has seating for 8, a turf floor and plants to give the space a cozy feel.