Alison and the Kitchen Crashers crew find a couple of single Chicago guys with a dismal kitchen dedicated to the enjoyment of beer. One refrigerator is shoved into a doorway and the other has holes cut in the side for a beer tap. After Alison has the guys and their friends rip out everything from floor to ceiling, the new space begins to emerge. Starting with cabinets and soapstone countertops, this kitchen gets new appliances, a custom beverage center complete with beer tap and mini fridge and a butcher block peninsula. The final reveal is a new kitchen worthy of the finest of beers and two guys who can't believe it all happened in just a few days.
Alison makes the environment her top priority in this "going green" kitchen - recycling materials, reusing cabinet hardware and reducing waste by donating cabinetry and appliances instead of throwing them away. Rather than the typical demo, Alison keeps the cabinets and appliances intact and donates them to a local company for re-sale while all other materials go into a recyclable dumpster. The space is opened up by removing soffits and five layers of ugly, old flooring are replaced with dark brown bamboo planks. Alison brings in ceiling height cabinetry and countertops made of recycled oven glass to give the kitchen a new shape and function. Energy efficient appliances -including a wine refrigerator -- and a sustainable living wall are installed, giving Kevin and Meeghan the ability to grow their own herbs year-round right in their own kitchen. Alison designs a DIY art wall out of scrap pieces of cork and a stylish wine rack to finish off the look.
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.
When Alison meets soon-to-be-newlyweds Mike and Angie, she sets out to give them the best wedding gift ever - an elegant yet rustic kitchen makeover with room to seat all of their guests. To give this outdated kitchen a wedding-worthy look, she replaces the dingy cabinets and countertops with beautiful two-tone glazed cabinetry and a shimmery white stone countertop. Alison optimizes the flow of the kitchen by rearranging the appliance layout to create the perfect work triangle and opens up the ideal space for a bar, ready for a champagne toast. To add some country charm, Alison and Mike add interest to the ceiling by creating distressed wood beams that tie in to the reclaimed barn wood wainscoting. As if this wasn't enough, Alison gives this lucky bride and groom-to-be a piece of her own kitchen, which she and Angie repurpose into a beautiful new table with a rich history.
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