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.
DIY's Kitchen Crashers team take on a tiny and dated matchbox of a kitchen and transform it into a state-of-the-art cooking space with loads of visual appeal.The updated kitchen features custom cabinetry, quartz countertops, a copper-top center island and new appliances in brushed stainless steel.
Alison has her hands full with Jeff and Becky's 70's style kitchen that's layout is causing major rifts between the couple. To start, Alison removes the peninsula and flips the layout, putting the refrigerator and built-in oven where the peninsula once was. Next, she shortens the soffits to allow for more space for the solid alder wood cabinetry. Below the window, an under utilized space in the room, Alison designs a desk for homework or just hanging out. Blue fog colored concrete countertops, light yellow marmoleum flooring and two types of backsplash bringing in gray and blue tones give the kitchen a kitschy look. For a clean, crisp effect, Alison wires outlets into the bottom of the cabinets and completes the look with a solid glass backsplash, void of any outlet holes. Because the homeowners love lighting, DIY track light covers and a one-of-a-kind lamp finish off the space.
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.
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.
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.
When Alison walks into John and Kerry's kitchen, she realizes they weren't kidding around, the space is in desperate need for a crash. Without much additional space to expand into, Alison takes on the layout first, closing off several windows and breaking out the wall into the butler's pantry to make space for the L-shaped kitchen. With more wall space available, Alison adds dual colored cabinetry and open shelving in every direction, giving this family more storage and prep space than they ever thought possible. Granite countertops, laminate flooring and a DIY organization wall give the kitchen a fresh start and a chance at durability against the couple's four young boys.
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 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.
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.
Space is at a premium in this city kitchen, so Alison has to get creative. She blocks off a window to make space for a refrigerator, pantry and desk area and then builds the entire design upwards using triple stacked cabinetry. Track lighting, under cabinet lighting and in-cabinet lighting help light and break up the space. Quartz countertops that look like marble and stainless steel appliances, including a hood with a double extension to the ceiling, add to the look. A chevron patterned backsplash, DIY island and personalized desk area backsplash give the space a one-of-a-kind touch.
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.
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 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.