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In these behind-the-scenes clips, HGTV's J.D. Scott puts Kitchen Crashers host Allison Victoria to the test with a round of rapid-fire questions, the "hug, marry or knock out" dilemma, the hand-stand/push-up challenge, fan questions and more.
This rooftop kitchen features a state of the art grilling area, a bar with a granite countertop and fridge and a dining table under a pergola with retractable canopies.
The bad news is Dena and Michael Kelly have a tiny Chicago kitchen with a growing family and need a lot more space. The good news is they have two huge advantages: a dining room just on the other side of the wall and Alison Victoria crashing the house to completely renovate this kitchen. From the floor to the ceiling, this kitchen gets a complete makeover in just three days with such unique features as a magnetic wall treatment and a refrigerator/freezer drawer system.
Alison Victoria perfectly blends this couple's love of art and eclectic design with their need for more storage and functionality in the kitchen. The drab lifeless kitchen with its "surgery room" island and "poo brown" grout is transformed into a stylishly funky kitchen with a colored range and playfully modern chevron patterned tile. Homeowners can finally enjoy the view out of their kitchen window with a smart sink relocation to the revamped island. Rich wood flooring laid in a deceptively simple chevron pattern replaces old tile flooring and the unattractive cabinets are donated and replaced with a full sized pantry and cream-colored custom cabinetry. A banquet with a DIY chevron pattern painted on it accents the theme and adds just the right art deco touch to the seating area.
Alison and the Kitchen Crashers crew find a Chicago couple with a kitchen that can only be described as depressing. From floor to ceiling, nothing can stay including the tiles with little pregnant women on them. So this space get a total renovation to breathe new life into the hub of the home. Starting with new hardwood flooring, the space gets brought up to date with cabinets, countertops, quartz backsplash, storage shelves, and custom stenciled window treatments. The final reveal of this amazing space leaves the homeowners practically speechless.
Tom and Katey's kitchen has too many straight lines and not enough color. From the cold, white ceramic floor tiles to the dated brown cabinets to the fake beams on the ceiling, nothing flows. An oddly placed peninsula interrupts movement. Their cooktop is failing and their oven is worse. Alison's transformation starts by knocking down a wall separating the kitchen from the dining room. A custom island adds work space and casual seating. White shaker cabinets brighten a dark corner. The focal point of the room is an upscale ocean-blue glass backsplash behind the range hood in oval mosaic pattern. Linear blue glass continues behind the sink, arranged in a simple brick pattern. A formerly unused wall is treated with shallow blue cabinets below a storage unit created from apple crates stained and installed by Tom and Alison. Marble countertops continue the natural, organic feeling. Katey helps Alison create a cornice board covered with cheery floral fabric in blue, green and brown hues.
Two sisters who have been stuck in their family's hand-me-down kitchen are given a chance to make their mark on the space. Alison Victoria takes this mismatched kitchen down to the studs and starts fresh with bright yellow paint, vintage grey/blue cabinetry and white washed oak flooring. Alison revamps the layout by removing their awkwardly placed kitchen table and replacing it with an island - complete with a light grey-flecked Silestone countertop - perfect for prepping and homework. A small indoor porch is transformed into a light and bright dining area complete with a DIY table made from used cookbooks and a repurposed door. Keeping with the girls love for cooking and baking, Alison personalizes the cabinet hardware using tiny metal spoon, fork, rolling pin and knife themed hardware. To top off the retro-inspired look, a DIY clock mounted directly to the wall, made out of vintage hand mixers.
It's not like Alison Victoria to back down to a challenge, but when a couple's indoor kitchen is too tiny for a crash, Alison decides to take the crash outside. With only a small grill in her way, Alison uses the empty backyard to create a rustic outdoor kitchen that feels just like an indoor space. By replacing old siding with ceramic tiles and shingles and building a cedar pergola and deck, the bare backyard turns into a room. Alison pulls out of all of the stops with a gourmet grill, refrigerator, sink, faucet and giant stone pizza oven. She gives the couple additional storage with cabinetry fitted for the outdoors and an island they'd never be able to fit in their traditional kitchen. To keep things fun, DIY swing seats, an herb garden and a log bench finish off the design.
A couple of young newlyweds have a nasty man cave for a kitchen... that is until Alison and the Kitchen Crashers come home with them. After a total demolition, the space gets re-imagined from top to bottom. Starting with new hardwood floors and blue cabinets, the renovation continues with granite countertops, a custom glass pantry door, a reclaimed wood hutch, and antique brass lighting and hardware. The end result is a classy, colorful space with a nod to the past.
Ari and Lara's kitchen is cramped and the layout is all wrong, until Alison Victoria comes in and revamps the entire space, partially knocking down the wall into the dining room and accenting the room with an arch and DIY distressed corbels. Alison brings in a reclaimed wood floor to give the room a rustic feel and grey washed cabinetry with detailed doors and crystal hardware for a modern feel. Where there was once a wall, there is now a custom reclaimed wood peninsula and alcove with a DIY picture frame and chalkboard. A faux brick paneled wall, quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances finish off the space.
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 and the Kitchen Crashers gang find a blank slate rooftop with a million dollar view. The transformation begins with two new raised floors, one of Ipe and the other porcelain. Then it's time for custom made cabinets, granite countertops, commercial grade appliances and a modular seating/bed. In addition, Alison teaches the homeowners to make huge planting beds, custom rugs, and hot tub steps, all to accentuate the magnificent view from this fourth floor space. The final reveal leaves the homeowners amazed beyond their dreams with this space that started with literally nothing.
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.
Sara and Rob want a kitchen they can cook in for their family of five. Alison draws inspiration from Italian style kitchens with rustic features. She starts the design with a custom faux beam that separates the kitchen from the rest of the house and adds espresso cabinets, white marbled countertops, and rustic flooring with lots of texture. She adds a one of a kind wine pendant light that hangs over the custom mobile island that's perfect for chopping vegetables.
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.
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.
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.
The Braverman's have a large kitchen but it's dimly lit and feels like a cave. Alison transforms the cavernous dark-brown space into a two-toned and open kitchen that makes you look up and feel how large the kitchen really is. Complete with a homemade pot-rack and white cabinets that reach the ceiling, this kitchen creates space for the whole family.
Alison and the Kitchen Crashers Crew find a couple of homeowners with a huge kitchen that has become almost unusable. The traffic flow is terrible and everything from floor to ceiling has seen better days. This massive renovation begins with demolition of two walls and a complete re-imagining of the entire space. With an eye toward the couples' love of both entertaining and sushi, Alison brings a design that both opens the space even larger and looks like a fancy sushi restaurant. The elements include a new layout, flooring, cabinets, countertops and appliances. Then the custom touches are created like a low profile asian dining table, grasscloth shoji wall treatment, and resin paneled chandelier surround. The end result leaves the homeowners overwhelmed by a kitchen that is beyond both of their expectations.
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.
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