On September 26th and 27th, dealers from across the nation, near and far, came to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Kountry Kraft, a custom cabinet manufacturer located in Newmanstown, Pennsylvania. Kountry Kraft was founded in 1959 by Elvin Hurst, Sr. and Helen Hurst, after Helen gave him the gift of a Sears Craftsman table saw for Christmas in 1958. 60 years and three generations later, the company celebrated their diamond anniversary with a diamond dealer conference.
The conference consisted of two fun-filled days of activities. The designers took a tour of the 96,000 square foot facility and were able to see where and how their cabinet designs come to life. They also made some of the products themselves – metal fusion finish, banded a door front, dovetailed a drawer box, paint colors and more.
The different activities awarded the dealers “diamonds” that could be used to enter to win different prizes. Prizes ranged from cabinet door samples, to cabinet displays, to the grand prize which was an option of a diamond with a $6,000 value, $6,000 net off one cabinet order of choice, $6,000 net co-op dollars or 60% off one display. The lucky grand prize winners were Janice Page, CKD, and Debbie Karpiak of PKsurroundings.
Richard T. Anuszkiewicz, also known as Richard A2Z, presented about Fashion Forward Thinking.
Matthew Ferrarini presented about the flow, function and feeling of a space.
Other kitchen and bath design leaders participated in a discussion forum leaded by Denise Grothouse, discussing major topics of the industry, including how to successfully brand your company and how to qualify leads. The leaders on the panel include Richard T. Anuszkiewicz, Justin Sachs of Stonington Cabinetry & Designs, Beth Veillette of Hanford Cabinet & Woodworking, August Reichert of Sunnyfields Cabinetry, and Janice Page of PKsurroundings.
Kountry Kraft is honored to have such great partnerships and employees. It is thanks to them that we can celebrate 60 years. Visit our Facebook page to see more photos from the diamond dealer conference!
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When updating a kitchen style with something new and unique, there are many popular kitchen cabinet ideas to consider. Reworking cabinetry can add a fresh new look to a kitchen. Kountry Kraft is always staying up to date with the latest innovations in cabinetmaking, allowing us to provide our customers with exclusive kitchen cabinet ideas.
Kitchen Cabinet Ideas
High gloss cabinets are powerful statement makers – providing a lacquer-look on cabinetry. The deep, mirror-like appearance becomes more noticeable and eye catching.
Designed by Burns Century Interior Design
Barn-style sliding cabinet doors have become a popular choice in cabinetry for every room of a home. The sliding door is used to achieve the farmhouse style look for industrial, modern or traditional homes.
Designed by Galen Clemmer of Kountry Kraft, Inc.
Two toned cabinets provide the contrasting look a room desires. When a kitchen has a multi-color backsplash, two-toned cabinets can help blend the colors together. Two toned cabinets are also used to add warmth or coolness to a space,
Designed by Shawn Preis of Kountry Kraft, Inc. Designed by Jessica McAllister of D&B Elite Construction Group
Mesh inserts give a slight peek at what’s inside the cabinet without putting the contents on full display. Mesh inserts work well in both traditional and contemporary designs, bringing a sense of old-world charm.
Designed by Samantha Petzrick Chinn of Petzrick Chinn Designs, LLC
The industrial appeal of steel doesn’t have to stop at stainless-steel appliances, mirrored cabinet doors can extend the industrial style feel of the space. Incorporating mirrors into cabinetry can make the room feel more casual and welcoming.
Designed by Sawhorse Designs
Kountry Kraft was chosen to educate television personality, Ryan Serhant, in the art of cabinetmaking for his new television show, Sell it Like Serhant. The Bravo TV team discovered Kountry Kraft on Instagram and were instantly impressed by their cabinetry work. In the episode aired on Wednesday, April 25, Ryan Serhant was on a mission to teach Frank, the struggling salesman, about how custom cabinetry is made. With only a week left before Frank would lose his job, Serhant went directly to the expert himself, Elvin Hurst Jr., President of Kountry Kraft.
Elvin Hurst, Jr. is the son of the founders, Elvin Hurst, Sr. and Helen Hurst, whom purchased the company with his sister, Dee Hurst-Funk in February 2003. Elvin and Dee have been immersed in the family business since they were born. Growing up alongside their hardworking parents gave them a strong desire to guide Kountry Kraft into the future.
Elvin taught Ryan and Frank the artistry and talent required to making quality cabinetry; beginning with cutting down the tree all the way to crafting the cabinet door. Elvin chose to teach Ryan and Frank how to create a distressed cabinet – or as Ryan Serhant would call it; “like a worn pair of jeans”. Elvin guided the two men through the steps of creating a distressed cabinet. As Elvin explained the cabinetmaking process, Ryan made sure Frank was taking notes.
Step 1: Dubbing using a sander
Step 2: Rasping using a file
Step 3: Dings and dents using a chain
Step 4: Worn holes using a scaler
Ryan Serhant, Frank, Elvin Hurst, Jr. and Kountry Kraft Craftsman
“Let’s make some cabinets!” Ryan shouted when it was his turn to create the “worn cabinet look”. Ryan and Frank were stunned when they saw their finished product. Ryan Serhant had such a great time that he stated, “if real estate doesn’t work out, I’m selling cabinets!” Frank could now see how the entire process was done by hand, and that became a unique selling point for him; telling the story. Every aspect of Kountry Kraft’s cabinetry is completely done by hand by the talented craftsmen.
Click here to watch an exclusive behind the scenes clip of Ryan Serhant with Elvin Hurst, Jr. at the Kountry Kraft manufacturing facility.
A designer’s dream kitchen consists of a mix of materials and products that a typical homeowner may not know exist. Being professionals in the industry, designers are exposed to a variety of design opportunities through a vast network of suppliers, trade organizations and their talented peers. Designer’s blend beauty, function, and durability when designing dream kitchens.
Designers are able to look at a kitchen space holistically and will offer space and organization options homeowners may not have considered. A fresh set of eyes from a talented professional can transform a space many people could not have imagined. Check out the extensive storage in the form of drawers that our client Stonington designed (see picture below). A professional does not just look at the layout of a room, they study every nook and cranny of the space. When a designer looks at an empty room, it is like a canvas with endless opportunities. Kitchen Designers have access to the most innovative products of the industry, allowing them to incorporate only the best products into a design. With all of that in mind, we highly recommend contacting a professional designer when planning your dream kitchen.
Must-Haves of a Designer’s Dream Kitchen:
Design by Bradford Design in Alexandria, Virginia
Custom Cabinets – custom cabinets can achieve a certain look that stock cabinets cannot. Sometimes a space will have an awkward corner, and custom cabinets are able to fill that space. Also, with custom cabinetry designers can ultimately choose the exact color hue of their cabinets.
Design by Stonington Cabinetry in Upper Montclair, New Jersey
Hidden Range Hoods – custom range hoods create the perfect focal point and can also blend seamlessly with the designer’s custom cabinetry.
Design by Stonington Cabinetry in Madison, New Jersey
Deep Drawers – to improve organization, designers trade out the usual lower cabinets for deep drawers for easy reach-in access for a pot or plate.
Based on the above list, Kountry Kraft can build a designer’s dream kitchen using their fine craftsmanship to create custom cabinets, deep drawers and hidden range hoods. Designers do not like to be limited, and at Kountry Kraft the choices are endless. We are always looking out for the latest and greatest in cabinetry solutions. Contact us today to get started on your dream kitchen
We all have that random pile of books in our kitchen, and constantly looking at kitchen bookshelf ideas for different ways to organize them. Kountry Kraft has crafted many different types of bookshelves for kitchens, whether they are open shelves or behind frosted doors; we’ve seen them all! A kitchen bookshelf can add the perfect hint of color that your kitchen needs, no need to spend money on expensive decorations when you can use your collection of cookbooks you have laying around your house.
Kitchen Bookshelf Ideas
Bookshelves are very versatile when it comes to incorporating them into your kitchen cabinetry. Designing open shelves at the end of your island is a perfect way to take advantage of unused, awkward space. Open shelving adds character to a kitchen because not only does it provide a bookshelf area, but also an area to show off knick-knacks or collectables. The shelving can also be incorporated into the cabinetry area of your kitchen. If you have collectables or important family cookbooks that you don’t want to be accessible to children, putting them at a higher point may be the choice for you!
There is a variety of kitchen bookshelf ideas to incorporate into your kitchen. Even if you don’t have a random pile of books, a kitchen bookshelf can hold anything! Some people are inspired by the way people display their kitchen items, and a kitchen bookshelf is such a unique and tidy way to do so. Bookshelves can also be accompanied by baskets or storage bins. A plain white kitchen is sometimes too “simple” and a bookshelf is the perfect way to add more personality to your space. View the below kitchen bookshelf ideas we have created for our customers.
Kountry Kraft offers endless storage solutions, visit our Houzz page to view our recently completed designs. Check out our storage & organization page for all accessories you can incorporate into your cabinetry.
Some cabinet manufacturers do not have the right answers when it comes to telling you the best way to clean wood kitchen cabinets. Kitchens are the most popular room in the house, and we all know what that means – they get messy fast. Whether you are dealing with fingerprints, nooks and crannies or greasy spots, we have the answers for you. Below you will find recommended cleaning products for kitchen wood cabinets!
Method Cleaning Products
There are many ammonia-free products on the market today, but they may not all get the job done. Method is the type of cleaning product you don’t need to hide under the sink. This product is ammonia-free, pet-friendly and earth-friendly. They offer many diverse products and you can use a variety of them to clean your kitchen cabinets. Its starts as simple as dish soap and water – use this combination to clean the grease spots, finger prints and scuffs off your cabinetry. Use a tooth brush with some dish soap to scrub at the nooks and crannies of your cabinetry. Method all-purpose cleaner as well as Method Daily Kitchen products are the perfect solution to wiping down the dirt and grease off your cabinets. Don’t clean your cabinets with dirty chemicals, clean them with natural, fresh products.
The Best Glass Cleaner
People think natural cleaning products are expensive but there are affordable, ammonia-free cleaning products available. This glass cleaner is an ammonia-free, foaming cleaner that you can use on windows, mirrors and other glass and plastic surfaces. The best glass cleaner can be purchased for less than $3.00 a can from local shopping centers like Target or Walmart. You can wipe down your metal hardware and chrome hardware with this glass cleaner as well. Leave your kitchen streak free and shining with this ammonia-free glass cleaner!
Cleaning with White Vinegar
Not only do we recommend natural cleaning products, but also inexpensive cleaning products. White Vinegar mixed with water can be a natural substitute for an all-purpose kitchen cleaner. Use this mixture to clean scuffs, grease marks or fingerprints off your cabinets – safe and affordable!
Families with children as well as homeowners who have guests over often know what it is like cleaning up after a crowd. Knowing the best way to clean wood kitchen cabinets will keep your space safe and clean. Keep up with our latest news and events by liking us on Facebook and keep up with our latest designs on our Houzz page.
A kitchen should be as functional as it is beautiful, and kitchen cabinet upgrades make this possible. Your dream kitchen should not only be beautiful, but also efficient for you and your family. Planning and functionality are the most important part of a kitchen upgrade. After all, how will your kitchen function if it’s not planned per your lifestyle?
Planning ahead for your kitchen remodel can help maximize space and organization. A Kountry Kraft designer will look at your lifestyle and analyze your needs, then they’ll transform your preferences into a custom cabinets design plan. Everyone wants the most functional cabinetry for their home. There are many cabinet accessories you can incorporate into your kitchen to increase the overall function.
Most Common Kitchen Cabinet Upgrades
Built-in storage has become a popular trend among renovating homeowners. Built-in organizers can help you easily locate items used on a daily basis. Avid bakers may choose a cookie sheet and spice organizer for their baking habits. A large family may find pull out snack cabinets and pull out laundry bins more reasonable. Depending on your lifestyle, different organizers can help suit your hobbies and activities.
Your Kountry Kraft designer will help you determine the kitchen cabinet upgrades needed in your home. There will be no more struggling to find what you need with our custom cabinet solutions. Functionality is a beautiful thing. Find a dealer near you using our dealer locator.
Kountry Kraft offers a variety of custom wood stain colors to make your kitchen as unique as you. Our custom stain matching room allows us to create a customized color for your kitchen. You bring in a color and it’s guaranteed we can match it.
Custom Wood Stain Colors
Giving your home the perfect color palette goes beyond paint. Our finishing process offers affordable options for dramatic accents and focal points throughout the home. With our customized stain matching abilities, the possibilities are endless here at Kountry Kraft.
Some think it is impossible to match the stain color that appears in other elements of their home. At Kountry Kraft, you bring in a sample stain color and we can match it. Our custom wood stain colors make it easy to match different elements of your home to make an entire look come together. We have everything you need for a quality finish every time.
Gunstock Stain Color
One of our most popular stain colors this year was the Gunstock stain color. This stain color can enhance any type of wood, paint or glaze. Gunstock is easily applied and penetrates deep into pores of the wood giving a long-lasting appearance. This stain color compliments the finest wood species and brings out it’s best attributes. Using custom wood stain colors can bring a dramatic effect to your kitchen.
Everyone has those awkward corner cabinets that are a pain to reach into and find what you need. Kountry Kraft has corner cabinet space solutions that will make finding and replacing kitchen items so much easier for you and your family.
Most people don’t know what to do with their corner cabinetry and it ends up being wasted space in the kitchen. Instead of reaching into dark cabinets, incorporate creative corner solutions to make appliance accessibility much easier. In small kitchen layouts there tends to be very limited space. When there is limited space in your kitchen, you should take advantage of your corner cabinetry. With any size kitchen, you should always take advantage of the space you have and form a kitchen cabinet plan for extra storage room.
Corner Cabinet Space Solutions
- Pull-out shelves
- Hinge shelves
- Wire shelving
- Inside cabinet lighting
- Custom-shaped drawers
- Lazy Susan inside door
Incorporating corner cabinet space solutions into your home will allow your everyday kitchen items to be easily accessible. You shouldn’t be reaching into dark cabinets trying to find a pot or pan you want. With the correct pull-out shelving and cabinet lighting, you will be finding all of your kitchen items with no problem. You can find the best kitchen corner cabinets for your kitchen. Instead of leaving wasted, dead space in your kitchen make it come alive with corner solutions by Kountry Kraft.
With a variety of ages and heights in your kitchen, it may be hard to make every appliance accessible for everyone. Corner cabinet space solutions help people of all ages and heights reach the items they need while in the kitchen.
To see more storage cabinet and organization accessories for your kitchen, click here.
Whether you’re planning to organize your record collection or shoe collection, there are always new ideas for storage organization. Whether you want your collection hidden or on display, Kountry Kraft can make your shoe organization idea come to life with custom cabinetry.
From big closets to small closets, there is always room for organization! Shoes can take up a lot of room, but with these shoe organizer ideas you will save a lot of space. Shoes don’t necessarily need to be in the bedroom, use another closet or another room to display or hide your shoe collection. Getting crafty with shoe organization makes your shoes easier to find and access. No need to be running around in the morning trying to find the other shoe match.
Kountry Kraft can incorporate your shoe organization idea into any room of your home. No more messy piles of shoes all around your house. Putting away your shoes will be as easy as taking them out! There are many space-saving solutions for your shoes, below you can find just a few ideas!
Shoe Organization Ideas
- Under the stairs
- Wheel out shelves for under your bed
- Hidden storage inside your walls
- Closet cabinetry
- Pull out shelving
- Behind a curtain
- Behind glass doors
- Home made baskets
- Shoe hooks
- Door racks
- Under benches or seating
- Designated shelves for each family member
“Kicking your shoes off” after a long day can become organized if you incorporate shoe organization throughout your home. Maximize your nooks and crannies in your home by making them an organized space for your collections.
See more organization ideas from Kountry Kraft here.