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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. Some fine late night reading about the Dutch Neck Road area, if you love History: Enjoy. http://archive.org/stream/historyoftownofw00lcmil
    lol and yes it can be long winded.

    Hawkweed on August 17, 2012 at 10:34 pm
    • A good bedtime read. LOL Great find. Thanks.

      AnniesOwn on August 17, 2012 at 10:42 pm
    • Thanks, Hawkweed! Good read and interesting history. B)^_^ Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on August 18, 2012 at 9:57 pm
    • Hawkweed, Thank you for the information. It is interesting in learning more of the history of the Dutch Neck Road area. Can you imagine living in 1880 and being one of the settlers in the area. The blog cabin's reuse of many of the materials from nails and wood, doors, and hand pump, helps to preserve some of this great history. I don't know what I like best the re- purposed dining table or the panel doors planking the wall behind the bed in the master bedroom. So many wonderful things to discover! The crew did a terrific job from start to finish.Good luck!

      bythebaydreamer on August 20, 2012 at 10:37 pm
  2. Thank you Mary for your post and the reminder for us to tune in this Monday. We will have all set up for recording so that we’ll be sure to watch it hopefully as it airs. Anyway, I’m enjoying the virtual tour, which I’m really taking longer to take so I can enjoy every little detail of all the amazing work done. Unfortunately, this week I could not allocate as much time as I wished to focus on more of the virtual tour…I’m looking forward for tomorrow (Saturday) as I have set aside more time to see more of the rooms through the virtual tour, and check out the How-to projects… can’t wait to see all the details of every room and of all the projects! A great Saturday and a great weekend to you, Mary and to everyone!

    FLH on August 17, 2012 at 11:07 pm
    • This was the kind of fireplace I sent DIY to build between the dining and living room at the very beginning when all this fire started. To be able to walk around. http://www.houzz.com/discussions/102096/Making-a-

      Hawkweed on August 19, 2012 at 2:54 pm
    • I love that Hawkweed, I sent the link to my son who is drawing up disigns for a barn cabin.

      vicki_in_Utah on August 19, 2012 at 9:59 pm
    • You are welcome. It tiz a beauty of a fire place.

      Hawkweed on August 19, 2012 at 10:50 pm
    • Looks like Dean & Derek's work, and really, really, really makes me miss their show Rock Solid!

      You know this stone lover loves that :)
      Maybe next year Hawkweed. The stonework on that fireplace is beautiful !

      Mel on August 21, 2012 at 8:31 pm
    • Oh Vicki I think you just came up with a great new idea for a DIY show:

      Barn Cabin

      I could go for that. I would definately tune in to see a barn converted into a cabin :)

      Mel on August 21, 2012 at 8:28 pm
    • WOW. That would have been perfect.

      Windsmurf on August 20, 2012 at 11:01 am
    • That's the type of FP I had during the year we had 11 days of ice and snowed in weather with no power. We and the pets slept on the floor in front of the FP. All frozen goods went out on the deck where we could watch them (from critters) and I cooked canned goods and melted ice for potable water, made coffee, etc on the burning wood. A working accessible fireplace is a necessity, if there is a possibility of power outage and bad weather like that. That type of weather is more rare in SE Virginia than in Maine, yet we got it! Well there's a fireplace alright at BC, but somebody's got to bundle up and find dry wood to go out to cook there during a power outage and blizzard….;)<3Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on August 20, 2012 at 11:29 am
  3. Thank you Victoria for coming in to make some comments. I think you know from what has been said-in general we love your work and your contributions to the BC's:) You and your talent is a great asset and greatly appreciated. It is apparent that all people cannot be pleased-whatever and whoever wins will have a wonderful home-may need some personal touches after it is won?
    I do hope that next year that suggestions and choices of the blogger's are more taken into consideration and maybe explainations as to why things are done in the way they are done (if there are buget constraints or bldg issues,etc)? If we are to be a part of these projects like real DIYers then we should be treated as such and communicated with? Like what would be the relationship with a contractor we had doing a project or working with? Am I off base in thinking that this is what the BC DIY thing is all about?
    Victoria thank you for you contributions:) Hugs to the puppies:)

    ruffybc on August 18, 2012 at 8:38 am
    • Ruffy it wasn't me that suggested a stackable washer/dryer for the laundry room. I believe if a powder room is a must for the winner, a few simple changes to the laundry room and you could have both.

      The bloggers had requests met this year with the front and backyard makeovers. I actually went back and read many of those long discussions we had on the blog over landscaping so many months ago. Many things you see in the yards, we suggested and discussed on this blog, the hot tub being the exception. We did a good job with those requests Ruffy, and fellow bloggers ( You know who you are) !! I'm glad DIY listened to those requests, and even improved upon them.

      Mel on August 19, 2012 at 9:20 am
    • Mel sorry I made that mistake.:( forgive me.

      ruffybc on August 19, 2012 at 9:30 am
    • Dear Ruffy there is nothing to forgive! When the blog threads get so long it's hard to recall who said what, at least it is for me :)
      I just want you to know EVERY time I look at the front and backyard I think of us bloggers and our landscaping discussions. These are a couple of quotes taken from the blog well before the P/C voting, they're from when the cabin & location was first announced:
      "A simple stone pathway to the front door"
      "A line of boulders along the road with simple plantings"
      "A fantastic area in the back with the bulk of the landscaping budget being used there"
      "Dry stacked stone walls front and side"
      "A stone fireplace, large deck, and stone patio in the back"
      I do see blogger suggestions inside too, but DIY really listened to our outdoor suggestions.

      Mel on August 19, 2012 at 10:33 am
    • Mel I was so happy to see the orignal door knocker on the front door, and had to laugh when Chris Grundy in the video about the front of the house, said it was a peoples choice. When it wasn't, the one that won was just a every day knocker. But us bloggers had strong opinions about the orignal one…so glad they used it.

      vicki_in_Utah on August 19, 2012 at 10:48 am
    • Me too Vicki !! The Briscoe Darling look alike door knocker has so much character. Us bloggers saw his potential right away :)
      I know we made some great requests we didn't see realized, like Kitty's suggestion for a Russian fireplace ( I'd love to see that one year in the future DIY ) but it seems right to acknowledge some of the things we did get.

      Mel on August 19, 2012 at 11:16 am
    • Vicki, that was one of the most pleasant surprises of the entire BC! I know that many of us Bloggies kept hammering (no pun intended–or maybe, yes :) ) on that antique original door knocker, so it's no wonder that Chris Grundy stated that use of it was a people's choice, ha ha! Brisco Darling belongs where he is! I think that they tried to make some storage accommodations in several places, and, though not perfect, I have to appreciate both the effort and some beautiful custom storage as well as pieces of furniture selections!! Hooray! :*:p<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on August 20, 2012 at 9:44 pm
    • Mel
      You are good:)! You are very right. They did take many of our ideas and I for one am very happy with the landscaping. I voted to have the same people do it next year as they did listen to the bloggers:) I have to say I am still very disappointed about many things within the house, basement, dormers, WC access, powder room main floor, stove, to name a few. I knwo I am not alone. I just remembered this regarding the landscaping-I still have a question as to why they did not do a garage, or a pergola-something on the side of the house to protect a car and unload groceries,etc? I did not understand how they could take down that addition and then not put something in that area for a car or something else? Still many questions? The home is very nice and someone will be very lucky to have it-I hope I win it or you:) I am happy we have a place to discuss our ideas and make comments. Good luck:);)o.0

      ruffybc on August 20, 2012 at 7:43 am
    • Hi Ruffy, I think budget was a factor in decisions?
      That's understandable, but it would still be nice if the network would communicate that with their fans. It was very nice for Victoria to tell us about the powder room decision.

      I may be over analyzing this, but I think not having an inside cabin cam hurts the whole process of the way the blog cabin build should work. That added insight into the process allows the blog to be more proactive, suggestive, and let's face it, less bored! I don't know if we will ever get inside cabin cam back. I really wish we would. 2010 Bethel was nice, with the inside cam and front yard & backyard cam. AAahhhhh……..the good old blogging days.

      Mel on August 20, 2012 at 7:53 pm
    • <3

      LLColeman on August 20, 2012 at 5:49 am
  4. I have to comment also on the 1/2 bath/laundry issue. I like the laundry room (looks very vintage):)
    But, I have to say there seems to be plenty of room for a 1/2 bath maybe a combo? I am not please with the sink-it is obvious that it was to be placed IN a counter-not free standing. Love the shape of it but it should be in a counter? I agree with I think it was Mel? that the washer and dryer could have been stacked and it seems like a toilet could be placed in this space. I do not have a problem with a laundry/bath combo as long as there is a door to close it off:) It just seems like the area could have been better utilized? I will add it to my list of things to get on if I win?:)o.0

    ruffybc on August 18, 2012 at 8:44 am
  5. I absolutly love the barn across the road!! It has so much character and if walls could talk, I'm sure it would tell you some pretty interesting stories : )

    Equestrian591 on August 18, 2012 at 10:31 am
    • I,too thought the barn was remarkable. My question is, considering the barn and house, what is the size of lot(s) /acreage? This would not be a vacation cabin for me! This is as close to MY dream home as I have seen. I am getting older and I live with my older sister and this would be our chance to live in a wish that I have had since my childhood.

      Bobcat61 on August 19, 2012 at 12:54 pm
    • Yes, it would be interesting to know if there's more land next to the barn for maybe a small pasture?!?! Or if you're even allowed to have livestock there anymore? Many possibilities running through my head right now, what a gift that would be!!! Counting down the days. Ahhhh…well, back to reality…..: )

      Equestrian591 on August 19, 2012 at 5:57 pm
    • There's between about 3-4 acres on the barn side and about 17 on the house side. I doubt that you will be able to clear trees to make more pasture as this is a onservation area.

      AnniesOwn on August 19, 2012 at 8:51 pm
    • There really aren't any trees to clear. The area immediately by the barn is basically free of trees and most of the land behind the BC going to the river is pasture with trees just along the property lines.

      Camac on August 20, 2012 at 11:04 pm
    • I keep pondering the use of term "Vacation home" in the show… Blog Cabin, Waldoboro IS a Dream home. I purchased my 1st (and only) home in 2005. Built in 1978, its a simple 1 story, 1200 sq.ft. home, but it seems to fit our needs. A vacation home??? Reality check! My 1999 Coleman Pop-up is our "vacation " home.

      TexVet on August 20, 2012 at 11:11 pm
  6. Wouldn't it be amazing to win this house!! I keep picturing myself lounging on the deck, watching my dog enjoy himself in the breath taking backyard. I think he might love the house more than me! Anyways, that was my little fantasy. Good luck to all the bloggers out there, my fingers are crossed and double crossed!!

    Equestrian591 on August 18, 2012 at 10:38 am
  7. I love these two the way they interact, I think they really did enjoy themselves here in Maine so KUDOS to all the Mainers that made them feel welcomed :) but I LOVE, LOVE this house & I would be so blessed to win this home for my family. I know many of you do not like what they made but I think it is cool and love the idea that they refurbished items from the house instead of throwing them away. As I am here in the middle of canning season in a kitchen that is the worst for doing anything!! I can only dream about how wonderful it would be to have the kitchen in this Blog Cabin to be putting my harvest up in, can you imagine being able to put up your bounty from this great land while looking out at those beautiful views, now that is GRACE :) :) :)

    heaven-bound23 on August 18, 2012 at 10:48 am
    • Heaven-bound23 I have the same issues with my kitchen. We updated our kitchen a couple of years ago, it looks great, but due to it's size it doesn't have the level of functionality the BC kitchen does. When I need to work on certain projects like canning, freezing, or holiday baking I have to move everything off of my countertops onto our table so I have room to work. What a luxury it would be to have that island, with all of the convient storage underneath it. This is my favorite kitchen so far in the BC series. Custom repurposing, Contemporary touches, Country feel, Convient layout, and Charm galore.
      I guess that means it meets the the 5 C's standard for a "diamond" kitchen renovation. :)

      Mel on August 19, 2012 at 1:47 pm
    • LOL…. Mel I like the five C's. I just imagine all the things I could do in that kitchen while enjoying that great view :) :) Yes, I to like the island. I live in a home that is just like the the Blog home before they re purposed it and needless to say my kitchen is really, really bad for working in it. I have one counter top that I guess you could work at but it is only 4 ft long so it holds what kitchen appliances I need out all the time. No storage at all!! So I am finding a way to get creative about work space all the time!! I guess I should be comforted by not being alone but not a club I wish either of us to be in!! LOL

      heaven-bound23 on August 22, 2012 at 9:44 am
  8. Thanks for the video update. I love all the custom built furniture. Great job!

    Summer on August 18, 2012 at 11:03 am
  9. Alison Victoria and Chris Grundy are so charming and engaging. It's fun to watch DIY Network and its TV hosts helping us discover creative ways to fix, furnish and maintain our homes without having to rely on professional help.

    peter_lakewood_ranch on August 18, 2012 at 11:08 am
  10. This year's Blog Cabin has so much authentic charm and character. Too bad I'm so far south, because a home tour would have involved a sweet drive through Vermont during fall foliage season. The winner will be truly blessed with this wonderful prize. While the setting may not be as jaw-drop stunning as Blog Cabin 2011 in Susan, VA, this coastal Maine retreat is an historic Cape style house with a dream-worthy large red barn. I'd like to know, please, is the exterior of our coastal retreat, James Hardie's "mountain sage" ColorPlus technology? Because when I took their profile quiz, that was the exterior color it selected. If only this were fate. Good luck, everyone!

    peter_lakewood_ranch on August 18, 2012 at 11:09 am

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