By incorporating a contiguous kitchen and living area, the new design is better suited not only to cooking, but to family gatherings and casual entertaining. The simple coffee table, custom-built by Alison and homeowner Brigitte, was crafted out of wood crates, stained dark then assembled to create modular storage as well as tabletop surface.
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.
Brothers Matt and Jack have lots of friends who like to hang out at their condo. There's plenty of space but a shortage of functionality: a double oven that's rarely used, cabinets that don't open, and an odd layout that separates cooks from guests. In three days Alison transforms a dated design into a bachelor haven. She starts by knocking down a poorly placed divider between the kitchen and living room. A custom wet bar includes a built-in kegorator and soda water dispenser. Dark two-toned cabinets and white granite countertops wrap around the new layout, and a modern range hood doubles as a sleek lighting source. Glass tiles in cream and brown tones pick up the theme. Custom glass shelves add storage. The centerpiece of the new space is a massive bar island with a poured concrete top, built from the ground up by Alison and the brothers. Alison shows Jack how to add interest to a focal wall. Matt and Jack learn how to personalize beer glasses for friends and family.
A worn out kitchen from the 60's is updated to create a Mid Century modern space. This kitchen is complete with avocado countertops, apricot cabinets, and silhouette glass backsplash in turquoise. Plus, Alison designs a custom dining banquette area, vintage nesting suitcase tables with turquoise legs, and a one of a kind gold record stool.
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.
This kitchen is so old the ceiling is literally falling down. Alison updates the space to match the homeowner's retro atomic vibe. This kitchen comes alive with high gloss white cabinets, vintage diamond shaped backsplash in green and gold, and apple martini green countertops. To add to the design, Alison builds a custom retro kidney shaped table in black walnut with vintage gold legs and shelving system from chrome pipes.
A kitchen that hasn't been touched since the 60's gets updated to a family friendly modern kitchen with a Mid Century style. This kitchen is complete with custom turquoise cabinets, penny round white backsplash, matching retro appliances, and cork flooring. Plus, Alison designs and installs floor to ceiling built-in shelving with wine racks in a walnut stain, floating shelving over the sink, and a sliding turquoise barn door that separates the kitchen from their studio.
Alison is stuck within the footprint of Maria and Matt's galley kitchen, so rather than fight the space, she pumps up the creativity and changes up the layout. First, she shortens a large window and moves the sink underneath to maximize countertop and cabinet space. After the soffits are out, ceiling height light sage-colored cabinetry comes in to compliment whitewashed laminate flooring and marbled black, cream and white granite countertops. Next up, smudge-proof black appliances including a double oven, cooktop, counter-depth refrigerator and stylish hood. To keep up with the black accents, Alison installs a heavy-duty black granite sink, faucet and sleek cabinet hardware. On the DIY side, Alison and the homeowners construct a mudroom with a custom boot tray to give this family more space and a vertical succulent piece and herb garden to bring nature indoors.
Interior designer and host, Alison Victoria, takes over for a Craigslist-loving, DIY couple that needs some expert help brightening their kitchen and opening up the space to both their dining and living rooms. The new design knocks out cabinets previously hanging over the bar area, widens the archway into the living room and substitutes an old cooktop with a new range and microwave. Alison replaces painted black cabinetry with a white shaker door look and trades chipping concrete countertops for gray quartz ones. The couple gets their first-ever backsplash, a natural marble mesh mount with green tones throughout. To finish off the look, Alison designs a DIY light fixture incorporating mason jars, wire, Edison light bulbs and a cut-and-sanded barrel to light up their dining space.
Alison and company find a kitchen with absolutely nothing in it, literally. The homeowners are Greek and love to cook so they get hooked up with a giant new kitchen complete with a center island finished with custom beadboard. Other features are new hardwood flooring, blue/green cabinets, granite countertops and a vintage range which is completely refurbished to it's former glory. During the chaos Alison teaches the homeowners to raise the level of their floor, install beadboard, stain a gigantic butcher block island top, and decoupage a cake server. After three days these homeowners are beyond words with excitement and throw down complete with rotisserie and lamb. OPA!
Alison and her Kitchen Crashers crew find a kitchen that is already big and double it. The homeowners have a giant family and not enough room so the walls come down to create an enormous space. Then the amazing stuff starts flooding in, all with a Paris flair. New flooring and cabinets in two colors, both wooden and quartz countertops, and all new appliances begin to fill up the space. Next Alison teaches the homeowners how to create custom pieces like a new storage hutch with a paint and wax treatment, marble backsplash, and candle holders made from galvanized pipes. But the crowning jewel is a range vent that rises from the huge peninsula and lights up like a space ship. The homeowners are left speechless, crying tears of joy.
Alison and the Kitchen Crashers crew tackle a section of real estate reserved solely for the family dog to do his business. This outdoor kitchen begins with a new door to access the space. All of the necessities required for a kitchen are brought in including marine grade cabinets, stone countertops, outdoor appliances and freshly painted furniture. Next Alison coaches the homeowners through three innovative custom projects: two dressers turned into planters, a fire table made from junk the homeowners wanted to throw away, and an herb garden made from recycled palettes.
Jamie and Maria want to feel like they are outdoors in their new kitchen. Alison draws inspiration from nature with an earth tone palette. Alison completes the design with mosaic stone backsplash, granite countertops with a waterfall island, and hardwood floors. To add to the design, Alison builds a custom dog food bin from reclaimed hardwood and adds a tree design to the adjacent wall.
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.
Tara and Joe love to brunch, and they love the look of kitchens they see in catalogs, so Alison Victoria has her work cut out of her to give them a personalized space with a catalog look. She starts by eliminating the old peninsula and replacing it with a DIY island perfect for laying out a brunch spread. For the seating area, Alison adds a built-in banquette, wood paneled wall and "green" light fixture. The soffits are gone and replaced with floor to ceiling dark wood cabinetry, the tiny "chicken nugget" oven gets an upgrade to a full-size double oven and ugly tile flooring is replaced with wood.