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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. Does anyone know what the acreage of the home is? Does the property extend down to the water?

    Claire on August 23, 2012 at 1:24 pm
    • Re: Blog Cabin 2012 presently sits on approximately 50 acres of land. DIY Network has donated a portion of the Blog Cabin 2012 property (30 wooded acres, to be exact) to the Medomak Valley Land Trust (MVLT) in Waldoboro, Maine.The forested strip of land, previously owned for generations by the Robie family, stretches between Dutch Neck and Gross Neck Roads and abuts 18 acres that are protected with a conservation easement held by MVLT. Together, the properties protect close to 1,000 feet of frontage on Peters Pond, a 12-acre pond owned by the MVLT.

      Hawkweed on August 23, 2012 at 3:56 pm
    • Adding– the land extend down to the waters of Muscongus Bay.

      Hawkweed on August 23, 2012 at 4:00 pm
    • The Town of Waldoboro records show that the property has 250' of frontage on the Muscongus Bay. The total amount of property on the side of the road the house sits on, I believe, has 16 acres (from the road all the way down to the water) which would leave 4 acres on the side of the road where the bard sits.

      Myra on August 23, 2012 at 8:52 pm
  2. Question to all…During the Kitchen Crashers Special, did anyone notice that Alison was standing behind a green picket fence when she was talking about cutting the legs for the kitchen table…Does anyone have any idea where she was??? I don't remember a picket fence anywhere on the property!!! I know some of us wanted one along the front of the BC roadside, when we were first discussing the front yard landscape, but there's not one in sight, in all the photos of the BC…..Just curious to know where that fence is!!!

    Jennie/Florida on August 24, 2012 at 12:37 am
    • Hi Jennie ! Maybe the photographer found that nearby somewhere..it makes a nice setting, plus there were purple flowers behind Allison that were pretty.

      I hope the next storm coming up won't affect you ! Stay dry, I hope..

      LLColeman on August 24, 2012 at 2:43 am
    • Hi…LL, Thank you! This Issac guy is headed west, north, west toward the west coast of Florida. I guess he is a Republican and wanted to give his support to the RNC!! Or maybe he's a Democrat and wants to disrupt the whole R/Convention..sorry, Just kidding!! This is Serious..I hope Issac will continue to go further west into the Gulf and away from Florida..I don't wish the Hurricane on anyone else, but I remember going through Hurricane Charley! He was suppose to go up the west coast of Florida but made a sudden right turn and entered the coast at Punta Gorda and left destruction and deaths on the west coast… By the time He got to the East Coast, Charley had weakened but was still powerful enough to spawned Tornados and produce really high winds that seemed to last forever. We lost power for over a week and our street looked like a war zone and we were stranded for days until the County workers could clear the street and they had to start down at the end of the street and work their way in to get to us on a dead in street…..What a nighmare it was. So my point is, the Weatherman can predict where the storm is going, but the weather can change in a hurry due to upper atmosphere and pressure..Scary!.

      Jennie/Florida on August 24, 2012 at 12:27 pm
    • (continued) sorry LL…they made me split my comment…

      Isn't Alison delightful and she's so talented too….I really liked that fence. I think it would have looked so good to have the property fenced all the way down to the river on both sides. I like the thought of the property being "framed in"….I love fenced in things, to me it looks completed..JMT
      Got to go cut my grass before it rains…Have a great day… LL!!!

      Jennie/Florida on August 24, 2012 at 12:44 pm
    • Best of luck to you too, Jennie. Hope Isaac doesn't wreak too much havoc along his path nor his tail! Stay safe! You, Gremol, Frank and all BC Bloggies along Isaac's pathway!!<3<3<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on August 24, 2012 at 3:16 pm
    • Thank you, Kitty! I hope Isaac continues to travel toward the Gulf and stays away from Florida. If it continues the same course, I'm worried that Gremol will be in the path of Issac or close…but I pray that Issac will fizzle down to a tropical wave before landfall in the Pandhandle.The big problem for Florida is that too much rain has fallen already since
      "TS Debbie" and is still saturated so any rain we get will flood areas that are still flooded by Debbie especially in north corner of Fl..We have been getting torrential down pours almost every day and the trees and lawns are saturated!..snakes everywhere…be still my heart!!I
      I hope you're feeling better, I think of you often especially when I look at this beautiful Farmhouse and think of what it would mean to you to win…I think some of the things in the home could have been less extravagant and the first floor P/Room should have been installed. I would rather have stairs down to the basement, instead of a "big" square Spa tub, Hot Tub and a huge TV for Mega room..if budget was the issue..The home is Beautiful and looks so Serene and is waiting for her New Owner to tour her beauty!!! "Good luck" to you Kitty!!!

      Jennie/Florida on August 24, 2012 at 11:27 pm
    • You are so sweat and thoughtful, Jennie! Good luck to you too! The BC would be a fabulous place for you to come to like the snow birds do every year and spend your summers and 1st part of fall to see the colors then to migrate back to FL for the Winter and back next spring. Best of both worlds. we've had lots of saturating rain too and are expecting more this evening. I have lost control of my yard! It used to be beautiful, like a picture, but no more. Combination of bad weather and my health slowing me down. The BC has more electronic entertainment than I'll ever use–fill the bookcases with classics and bestsellers! Historical novels and books about Maine…I'm happy.
      Hope Isaac putters down! Stay safe!

      DwnSoDwnEaster on August 25, 2012 at 10:46 am
  3. Happy to see most of the choices (I picked) got chosen :) The Cabin is beautiful..I love the setting and the barn has so many possibilities!! Art studio for me …I wouldn't think of this home as a 2nd home but a full time home as my husband and I are dreaming of a retirement home such as this!! crossing fingers and toes!!!

    Renee B on August 24, 2012 at 8:33 pm
  4. The reclaimed dining room table is beautiful! I have a similar idea, except I would like to incorporate metal table legs to give it that modern look to go along with the rustic wood! I hope mine turns out half as good as yours! Thanks for the great video and ideas!

    Special T on August 30, 2012 at 10:26 am
  5. Victoria, I love, love, love, the kitchen. Coffee bar, glitzy stainless steel backsplash, island, table, garage door office/organizer space, wine rack, cabinets, floors, blinds, spice rack, and Everything!!! I'd love to win and be the first one to make dinner and serve it in this unbelievable kitchen and dining room. Wow, the table! Wow!

    bythebaydreamer on August 31, 2012 at 10:24 am
  6. HEEEEELP…… We have the kitchen from hell!!!!! Do you every come to CT??? I can send pictures of this awful, unfunctional kitchen.

    MrsTanguay2010 on September 1, 2012 at 4:53 pm
  7. Greetings Fellow Bloggers! Just returned from "holiday". I have to admit that I went through Blog Cabin withdrawal! :P Trying to get caught up on the blogs~boy, wish I could read faster!! AND -Goodness! Watching the Kitchen "crash" made me just giddy!! I was even clapping my hands like an excited school girl watching Victoria! She sure is a Pint Sized Power with an amazing EYE snatching up LOTS of goodies for the incredible Kitchen!! – The coffee bar with all the wonderful 'weighty' salvaged wood, the hanging shelf above-oh my!, the lamp–who knew it was one piece of pure beauty??, AMEN to the FARMHOUSE table-love the walnut detail and the special touch of 'hidden' craftsmanship- a treasure for the future! LOVE IT! :)

    Lilly on September 3, 2012 at 4:50 pm
    • Helloooooo Lilly and welcome back! I have missed you!!! That kitchen is phenomenal, isn't it?! I just love, love the 9 ft. table and coffee bar that Alison Victoria designed and built!!! And the sewing machine table will make a good serving table because it is on wheels. Awesome. Then Victoria Lesser brought in all those personal touches plus color and lights, antique accessories, things that just make the place call out "HOME!" I love your description of her as a "Pint Sized Power!" Perfect fit! This is one of the best kitchens in BC history in my book. I could cook there. So glad to see you back! ((HUGS)) ;) <3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on September 3, 2012 at 7:58 pm
    • Hello Kitty! BIG HUGS back at you! Glad to be back! I loved the idea of the sewing machine as well. ALISON Victoria put it together lickity split ! :P Yep, I goofed by just writing just her last name – thought there might be some confusion with Victoria Lesser — glad you made it perfectly clear and I truly mean PERFECTLY in a GOOD WAY just like the Blog Cabin Kitchen!! I sure could have used that coffee bar this morning! Couldn't find the coffee I packed and ended up drinking canned stuff – not as good :( but it gives me the kick in the pants I need in the morning :P hee Hee! I told my hubby that if I won we could cook in our HOME again :) We just can't seem to master our electric stove and I sure do miss being spoiled with Sunday morning chocolate chip pancakes! Okay I am off to look at what else is going on with the links and blogs. Take Care! Truly Lilly

      Lilly on September 5, 2012 at 1:11 am
    • Two Victorias lots better than one! Twice of the best! One build/design another–design/finishing touches! what more can one want??? ^_^^_^ <3<3 Kitty

      DwnSoDwnEaster on September 5, 2012 at 10:50 am
    • YOU GOT THAT RIGHT ! :)

      Lilly on September 6, 2012 at 12:27 am
  8. If I had the opportunity to be on Victoria's heels as she was rummaging through the barn WE would have created a dust storm to the likes nobody has ever witnessed!! And to top it all off Miss Pint Size Power Force built ANOTHER table under Chris' watch! She's a creative force to be reckoned with that is for shore! Hoping to be watching that shore line from the kitchen window! Now I just gotta get me some of those boots!! Happy Day All Day Fellow Bloggers!!!

    Lilly on September 3, 2012 at 4:50 pm
  9. Allison, I loooove you and your work. I especially love the way you 'visualize' the use of old materials to create the most beautiful works of art. You would be a blast to work with. I love your engery and obvious enjoyment you have for your work.

    Jean Faciane on September 4, 2012 at 10:37 am
  10. love it! Nettie

    nettiemoore11 on September 5, 2012 at 4:19 pm

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Blog Cabin is the groundbreaking multimedia experience based on a very simple idea: You Design It, We Build It, You Could Win It! This truly interactive series asks Internet users to vote on the design features for a real vacation getaway. Expert hosts from DIY Network series will be on hand to rebuild the 1920s lakeside house that will become a luxurious home for a lucky sweepstakes winner. Plus, a one-hour Blog Cabin special, hosted by tool expert Chris Grundy, will highlight the incredible transformation.
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