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Kitchen Crashers is Coming Up

Happy Friday!

I hope you are enjoying the virtual home tour of Blog Cabin 2012 and entering twice online daily for your chance to win our fabulous midcoast Maine getaway. I’ve got my fingers crossed for you.

Don’t forget to tune in on Monday, August 20, for the second episode in our Blog Cabin 2012 series. The Kitchen Crashers crew descends on Blog Cabin to overhaul and transform the home’s most important space.

Today, I invite you to watch a little teaser video we shot while Alison Victoria was filming on location with this year’s show host Chris Grundy. Take a peek and then check out the how-to projects (build a coffee bar, build a reclaimed wood dining table and craft a butcher block cutting board) from Monday night’s episode. Cheers!


  • Posted at 11:38 am on August 8, 2012
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222 Comments

  1. I CANNOT FIND DIY NETWORK. I LIVE IN SUFFOLK COUNTY, LI, NY. I HAVE CABLEVISION. PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHAT CHANNEL DIY NETWORK IS ON. THANK YOUL.

    Doris on August 17, 2012 at 12:40 pm
    • Inexplicably, I love these wacky questions. Just for fun, I tried to look up the answer, but I was stuck without knowing your zip code; Long Island has so many. Doris, the easiest way for you to find out if you can see the DIY channel is to call or e-mail your cable company and ask them. They may not carry this channel at all, or you may need to upgrade to another level to receive it. Good luck. This is the first year I've been able to see the DIY channel on my cable service.

      Lindingo on August 17, 2012 at 2:36 pm
  2. So with all this repurposing…is there still lead paint on these things the diy host are building? Like the coffee bar, table etc. I know there was quite a discussion about lead paint a while back with Clive and others. But it doesn't look like they are stripping any of the old paint off.

    vicki_in_Utah on August 17, 2012 at 1:11 pm
    • They sealed everything that was made of old wood so we should be safe.

      minitoni on August 17, 2012 at 4:34 pm
    • Agreed, whether sealed or not, lead paint chips still come off when bumped here and there. I'm not a fan, of this rustic, weathered, splintery, paint chipped look at all anyways. Vicki, you are so right on target, glad u mentioned it, however done, we get enough chemicals in any given product most days & that's a sure bet.

      PFG on August 18, 2012 at 5:23 am
    • I have to agree with you Vicki, that old paint makes me nervous also. Repurposing is in principle a good thing, but the 'shabby chic' look which retains portions of old paint seems risky. The video mentions sealing surfaces with wax. Wax may look good, but would be a very poor way to seal in any toxins. According to HUD guidelines, any paint prior to 1978 should be stripped by someone wearing protective mask and clothing, and all that paint and dust properly disposed of. I really wish DIY and HGTV would drop the whole 'shabby chic' look.

      SID on August 18, 2012 at 5:50 pm
    • I have to make my "home" a place where I can claim safety 1st for any member at any time. We have addressed our concerns, now here we go, like any politician, our concerns are attempted to be minimized by someone willingness to claim "good intentions" on a product made. Let this awful & potential hazards bypass homes. Stake your claim with having 100% green where & when you can on any given day. Good intentions can't mend health issues, so why opt for it as a known hazard with us or our kids and all the unknowns they'll do. It's certainly our choice, & your choice to say it's good enough for your home. I have to opt out on hazardous chemicals that carry more potential harms even if it's given with someone's good intentions.

      PFG on August 19, 2012 at 3:28 pm
    • Today's shabby chic is nothing more than just just pure and simple vandalism. If I see one more person tear apart a fire place just to go stick it to a wall, while thinking that is somehow cute,I think I will scream. LOL. People you got to stop doing that.

      Hawkweed on August 18, 2012 at 9:48 pm
    • LOL Hawkweed, why can't a mantel be a mantel? Or a frame around a mirrow, be that???

      vicki_in_Utah on August 18, 2012 at 10:39 pm
    • Vicki I believe we are seeing them repurposing with two different kinds of wood.
      Old barn wood that has never been painted, and antique pieces of wood that have.

      With the old painted wood ( danger of lead paint) they applied a sealer to the wood, either with polyurethane or paint. This technique was safer for the crews too, since the danger of working with lead paint is getting it into dust form and inhaled, or small chips that can be accidentally ingested. Minitoni is correct, sealing the painted wood with poly or paint makes it safe.
      Victoria was nice enough to come on the blog and let us know "all raw wood surfaces were sanded to a smooth touch and that wood was sealed" as well.
      The sealant for the unpainted wood can be wax or poly, since there is no danger from lead paint, either is fine.

      Mel on August 19, 2012 at 2:20 pm
    • Mel said, " Minitoni is correct, sealing the painted wood with poly or paint makes it safe."
      Know: That is something we all need to know! I am a little overly protective of small fingers picking at things and having those little painted bits go into little mouths.(They know not what they do and it is impossible to watch them every second they run away from you when your back is turned.) Maybe I worry too much? That is the only reason I also worry so much over the dutch stove in the front room. But I have been assured more than a few times on these blogs… that stove is safe. Just don't touch the flue of the fireplace. ;)

      Hawkweed on August 19, 2012 at 2:39 pm
    • Sealing the wood with polyurethane or a purpose made sealer (better) is the equivalent of sweeping dust under the carpet. It's gone from sight but remains nevertheless. The old barn wood should be fine with some sealer as its never seen lead based paint. The other has been cleaned I believe. I hope the workers wore some protection. Having watched the demolition videos I'm concerned that they may not have done so as they show scant regard for their safety in those videos. I hope I'm wrong and they all stay healthy. Lead poisoning and asbestosis (mesothelioma) are incurable and can leead to very prolonged illness with a very unfavorable outcome.

      Ally on August 20, 2012 at 10:08 am
    • Hawkweed
      I have said that I have one of these small stoves in my sunroom-love it:) But, that said I do not have small children around. My home is not babyproof. You are absolutely right-the whole stove gets very hot and you must take precautions-that can be done by whoever wins this home. I still don't get why they did not position it facing out? And I am concerned like you and many others about all this repurposing of wood. I am trusting they did it in the right way to be safe. I was watching the BC show the other night with the kitchen-did I see and hear right??? did they take the flooring boards out of the barn (2nd flr)? I really hope I heard wrong-that would be a shame:( I thought they said they were leaving the barn alone? Does anyone else know?o.0

      ruffybc on August 22, 2012 at 9:20 am
    • WOW riffybc thanks for correcting me. If I win that stove will have to come out the moment we move in. You would think DIY would consider the dangers with small children around that stove? What was up with that?

      Hawkweed on August 22, 2012 at 6:27 pm
    • Hawkweed
      If you win you will love the stove (after re-positioning:)) There are protective measures that can and must be put in place for a stove like this or any place for that matter when fire and heat are present. It can all be accomplished-just like any stove, fireplace-children need to be watched and instructed about safety. But, the stove will be a great addition to this home. I still wish there was a fireplace somewhere else in the home but at least they have that gorgeous fireplace outdoors:):) I love that! I have my marshmellow sticks and wine glass ready:):)o.0

      ruffybc on August 23, 2012 at 7:30 am
    • Ruffy,
      Alison wanted to use flooring from the red barn, but Grundy told her several times she couldn't use it. He took her & Doug to a "running shed" that appeared to be on the BC property on the north side, not far from the tree line were they harvested old wood. They had a planer on site that they ran the old wood through to make it smooth. The kitchen countertops were from Lumber Liquidators ( American cherry butcher block). The prep table, and coffee bar were also topped with the matching butcher block, all a purchased product. The mantel, newel post, and table legs that they pulled from the barn and repurposed didn't have any paint on them. The old original guttering did have paint on it, but Doug told Grundy he wasn't going to sand it. I would imagine that was sealed? They used it for framing on the underside of the dining table, so they would have a way to attach the legs. Everything looked to be handled and done safely to me, but maybe I missed something.

      Mel on August 22, 2012 at 6:42 pm
    • Mel
      Thanks for the info. My mistake again-I was alittle distracted during the show-I did not hear everything. I am so happy with your news that the barn was spared,etc. I did see them go to that other area to get wood,etc. I pretty much knew that they would re-purpose the woood in the proper way:) Thanks for the info:) exciting:)

      ruffybc on August 23, 2012 at 7:24 am
    • Mel, did you catch the width of the old floor board Allison was standing on when she commented on using it ? Beautiful old wide plank–thank goodness they left it in place !

      I was laughing at Chris when he leaned down to sniff the just-unwrapped cherry butcher block counter top, and said he could smell the "potential steak, and veggies and oil–and lobster " that would be in the future, LOL !

      LLColeman on August 24, 2012 at 2:21 am
  3. ! Happy Friday to you too Mary ! we are we love the virtual tour and enjoy the photos
    as well and l personally will not forget about August 20 and thank you for keeping
    your fingers crossed for us.

    pixelecho69 on August 17, 2012 at 1:29 pm
  4. I love the really fine looking kitchen center counter but unsure of the wood edging/trim on that counter.
    The rest of the kitchen is picture perfict. I would be very thankful beyound belief for having a pot faucet over the stove.

    Hawkweed on August 17, 2012 at 2:17 pm
  5. What a place to hang your hat…..or fishing pole….or gather the family together. Unbeleivable work was done to this old homestead . Would love to know more about the family who called it home before. The new owners will be the fortunate "caregivers" of this farmhouse, making new memories there while respecting the home and the the land.

    bythebaydreamer on August 17, 2012 at 3:32 pm
  6. Just an observation. With all those windows at the back of the house do you notice that there's not a single chair placed so as to take in that view. Even the bench seat in the bay window is built facing into the living room and is awkward and uncomfortable to use as a seat to relax and gaze out.

    I see this in so many homes with this type of feature. Some have it right (IMHO) with cushions arranged so that one can laze on the bench seat with ones back supported at the right and left end of the bay, usually with a small side table out into the room. If it were my house I would redesign that bay window as a priority and get rid of the two end units where the lamps are so as to be able to use it to see the views easily and comfortably.

    Judging by the number of sweepstakes entries last year, that bay has about a 1 in 20 million chance of being redesigned by me. :)

    AnniesOwn on August 17, 2012 at 4:15 pm
    • two of barrel chairs and three of dining chairs would take advantage of view. I'd put a loveseat in the living area to add to that viewpoint too!

      minitoni on August 17, 2012 at 4:52 pm
    • Those barrel chairs would be gone too. They make it look like a motel lobby to me. ;)

      I agree, chairs can be moved but it all seems a little jarring to me. Nothing seems to easily accomodate the views without rearrangement.

      I know I'm being picky but this is a house valued at close to $3/4 million. I would expect to not have to rearrange or rebuild to make best use of the biggest asset, the view, from the downstairs windows. There's no views at all from the upper floor o.0 so getting the downstairs right would be a priority for me.

      AnniesOwn on August 17, 2012 at 5:29 pm
    • Everyone IS speaking their mind, but telling someone else to "shut up" is not cool…and could get you reported, so please be careful with your words………

      LLColeman on August 17, 2012 at 9:47 pm
    • I did say "please", lol– I AM a grown up. I do not intend to report you–just warning what can happen. I never give thumbs down, because I believe in free speech, but not attacks on others. ;)

      LLColeman on August 17, 2012 at 10:32 pm
    • Hi, everyone! That was my very 1st observation with finally getting back here & viewing the 2012 Blog Cabin Tour. I too, was feeling remorse with having to make fixes. Love the place, yet it's living room space leaves me wanting. Built-in benchseat is a huge miss for me with design & execution. Again, I do it everytime, with how they incorporate space layout, designer touches, fixtures, furniture, colors, styles, fabrics, & just about everything, as it's not how I would do it, LOL. Truly, I do agree with you, with it being a universal major error with having to make me stand to be able to enjoy any view. Certainly, I can go outside to take in all the great views in from the deck that's offered. Again, I think, if I have to go outside to be able to sit with taking this view in…yo, it's got to change. Seriously, every place I've lived, any day, I want to sit & lookout to my yard, gardens & views.

      PFG on August 18, 2012 at 6:17 am
    • I really do like the barrel chairs, but concur with your opinion. There's a gorgeous view and I would want a very comfy place where I can curl up with a book and my binoculars, along with a great cup of coffee from that awesome coffee bar. In my opinion, the best solution is to move those great barrel chairs up to the darling game table upstairs in the Megaden! Then purchase a very special, coordinating, sofabed and loveseat OR a deep sectional with personality (that includes bed and ottoman). There would be a couple of neat afghans for any chilly day or eve. This would allow for more family and friends' viewing the outdoors, as well as relaxed seating or napping. It adds to sleeping space for someone who cannot maneuver stairs, as I have in my family. I think the barrel chairs will work fabulously upstairs. The chairs that are at the game table can be positioned elsewhere in the house and used for convenience. xD Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on August 17, 2012 at 5:41 pm
    • Exactly my thoughts on the barrel chairs, the game table. I said this before , along with a big sectional with a chaise at one end in the living/family room for cozy. Get rid of the bookcase and put a fireplace in. (Perfect) all are little fixes, some costly some cosmetic. When anyone buy's a home, You dream about what you can do with it! No different here.

      11241224 on August 17, 2012 at 7:11 pm
    • Early on, I had posted a link and described a Russian fireplace–they are expensive to build, but they maintain heat in the home and are extremely energy efficient. My "dream" would have been a corner one with an oven for baking bread and pizza, etc. Well, one can dream. I still think a corner fire place would work nicely there, even if the propane stove were re-positioned, as bloggers suggested. Personally, being an avid reader, I like the bookcases, but I can see your perspective too. I think the barrel chairs will actually add some softness/balance IMO to the upstairs. When I'm in Maine, I become a puffalump and I want soft, put-your-feet-up and get cozy type spaces–that's my Maine to me. That's HOME. The decor is refreshingly different, and I CAN picture my hubby and me there and Family and friends visiting, but I know I shall be kind of shimmying myself into the place, like when one gets a new pair of shoes and wants them to get REAL comfortable–till everything fits just so! xD:p;)<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on August 17, 2012 at 7:36 pm
    • Phooey! I just wrote you a long reply and forgot 2 important blogger caveats, before submitting: Don't use the word sho_es and COPY your post before posting, just in case you do the former, so you can paste it and reword the post and submit again, without retyping the whole thing!!! Well, I'm guilty of both mistakes and i should know better by now. I've lost a lot of pairs of sh_oes in this blog this past year!!:$:S I'll have to come back and comment later–sorry. ;( Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on August 17, 2012 at 7:46 pm
    • To save a little money since many things have to be fixed, like putting in a power room and gutters and having to build real garage for the car during winter. I would reuse the barrel chairs by moving the game table out of the way and putting it in the back of the media room behind the couch and putting them around the game table. Right now the so called "game room table" is in the way and everytime you want to go watch tv you have to walk about that game table. The chairs may not be too pretty downstairs but upstairs I think they would spruce up the upstairs.:)

      Hawkweed on August 17, 2012 at 10:15 pm
  7. Love the coffee bar and the repurposed sewing maching legged table. Wonder how it will really function. I wonder if I could put wheels on it. It is a real handicap not having access to DIY Network on TV!

    minitoni on August 17, 2012 at 4:36 pm
    • I think it has little wheels on it.

      izzyguest on August 17, 2012 at 4:48 pm
    • thanks!

      minitoni on August 17, 2012 at 4:51 pm
    • You are most welcome.

      izzyguest on August 17, 2012 at 6:37 pm
    • Hey !! How are you ?? Been meaning to e-mail you; will do so soon & catch up !! Later Sweetie !!!

      gremol on August 25, 2012 at 5:06 pm
    • I think I would in up using it to hold a MICROWAVE note there is not one in the Kitchen

      GidgetandLucy on September 5, 2012 at 7:51 pm
  8. Great watching the pros of DIY working together they seem so excited about giving the home to a lucky winner. We've look at the Blog Cabin 2012 tour video several times and each time find something else to love. My heart races as I go through the photos and I can visualize how wonderful it would be to call it home

    Thanks Mary for wishing all of us luck. We have all of our fingers crossed too.

    Sue on August 17, 2012 at 5:43 pm
  9. Praying so hard that we win this house, our current house is falling apart little by little and we can't afford to even buy a new used house =

    Good luck to everyone tho xD

    Gina on August 17, 2012 at 6:14 pm
    • And good luck to you too, Gina!xD Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on August 20, 2012 at 9:17 pm
  10. Love it,
    Hey Chris where's that guitar. I'm thinkin a little serenade.;)
    Love that idea for the paper towel roll, the butchers paper holder,great idea. Everyone enjoy the weekend. I'll be movin the college student in, yippee at last cooler weather.;):D

    Mary/PA on August 17, 2012 at 7:51 pm

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