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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Kitchens are the center of activity in the home – from cooking dinner to paying bills to sorting mail and more. Integrating kitchen desk cabinets into your design creates a centralized place for all of these activities. Getting your storage just right can help you stay on top of your busy schedule, as it can reduce time wasted finding items.
Including a desk into your kitchen isn’t just about finding the space for it. It’s also about finding a way to make the desk seamlessly blend into your kitchen design. With any kitchen office, use cabinets that match or complement the kitchen cabinets. Kitchen desks are also great for using otherwise wasted space in the kitchen.
Designs with Kitchen Desk Cabinets
Whether you want to put the home office in the kitchen or just set up a small desk area, find inspiration from these hardworking kitchen desk cabinets.
A custom-built desk area anchors one end of this white kitchen. Mounted cabinetry blends the office in with the rest of the kitchen, providing bountiful storage space that easily accommodates filing, schoolwork, and other needs.
Crisp white cabinetry connects this workstation with the rest of the kitchen. The space next to the block of kitchen cabinets was thought to be unusable, but a desk served as a perfect and practical addition.
Using the same style cabinetry as the rest of the kitchen, this office blends seamlessly into a previously unused space. Generous storage makes it easy to stash mail, homework, cookbooks, and important documents.
Wall-mounted cabinets hold office supplies, while drawers on either side of the built-in desk cabinets stash files and important documents.
Want more inspiration? Visit our website to see more designs with kitchen desk cabinets!
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According to Jennifer Ott of Houzz, the new ‘it’ color for kitchens is navy, and we couldn’t agree more. Navy Colored Cabinets are like dark denim jeans — dark denim blue never really goes out of style. In fact, after white, wood and gray, blue is often the top color that homeowners choose for their cabinets. Navy is an elegant color choice that pairs well with any color hardware, from silver to copper to gold.
Though the color itself sounds simple, there are many different shades of navy blue. From Benjamin Moore to Sherwin Williams and other national brand paint manufacturers, there is a plethora of shades to choose from. The beauty of designing custom cabinets is that you can select any shade you like and Kountry Kraft can custom paint match your cabinets to that shade. Hale Navy by Benjamin Moore, for example, is a deeply saturated shade of navy. Naval SW 6244 by Sherwin Williams is very similar to Hale Navy, but appears darker and bolder.
Designs with Navy Colored Cabinets
Integrated Kitchens LLC designed this modern kitchen for a home in Walnut Creek, California. A cross between darkest gray and navy, these cabinets were custom painted to match Benjamin Moore’s French Beret color.
Modern farmhouse meets glam in this kitchen designed by Aly Glavin and Dara Barber of Pure Design Works. Navy blue cabinetry was custom crafted to fit this u-shaped kitchen design, complemented by silver hardware and stainless appliances.
Ken Pascal of True North Cabinets, LLC designed this butler’s pantry for a home located in Darien, Connecticut. The beautiful blue cabinets were custom painted to match Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy color. Creating a crisp design, the blue pops against the white backsplash and countertops. The silver hardware and beverage fridge complement the saturated navy shade.
This transitional kitchen was designed by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs for a home in Bay Head, New Jersey. The cabinets were custom painted to match Benjamin Moore’s Hale Navy color. By designing blue cabinetry for the kitchen and dining room, this open floor plan feels cohesive and elegant. Open shelves painted to match the cabinetry add an extra touch on either side of the back wall in the kitchen.
Visit our website to see more kitchen designs with navy colored cabinets!
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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.
When designing your kitchen, it is really important to take your most frequent kitchen island activities into consideration. Some may say that cooking, cleaning and eating are the only activities going on in their kitchen. There are many more activities throughout your kitchen that you may not take notice to.
While entertaining guests or gathering with family, the kitchen island is where the majority of the activity takes place. The Kitchen island acts as a meeting place where people gather around to enjoy appetizers, have a conversation, prep food items, host a cooking lesson, create a craft, enjoy a meal, etc. But what are the most frequent kitchen island activities?
Most Frequent Kitchen Island Activities
According to RICKI – The Kitchen Think Tank
- Cutting up food.
- Mixing ingredients.
- Conversations with family and friends.
- Serving food.
There are a wide variety of kitchen accessories to accommodate the kitchen island activities in your home. Customized knife drawers keep them safe and secure in a drawer rather than out on the counter where everyone is gathered around. We often utilize pull out cutting boards, this helps with saving counter space when you are prepping food you can cut food off to the side rather than directly on the counter allowing more counter space. Custom spice drawers make it easy to access all of your cooking ingredients with one hand. You don’t need to reach over heads or take extra time to pull out a ladder to access your spices. Our double-level cutlery drawer allows you to combine storage of utensils and mixing spoons or cooking utensils. This makes all of your utensils needed for cooking and mixing easily accessed in one place.
All of these kitchen accessories can be incorporated into your kitchen island. Incorporating these accessories will create more space for your kitchen activities as well as keep you organized. For more storage and accessory options click here.
Kountry Kraft offers a variety of custom kitchen cabinets, and with this variety comes a lot of cabinetry terms that homeowners should be familiar with to select the right product. To make custom cabinetry unique for every customer, we supply an array of options for door styles, wood species, and wood finishes.
Cabinetry Terms To Know
There are 3 main types of cabinet doors that can be further enhanced in different ways.
- Inset Cabinet Doors – a popular style in the early 1900’s. The doors are mounted inside the frame of the box making the hinges visible when the door is shut.
- Partial Overlay Cabinet Doors – these doors are mounted over the face of the box, meaning parts of the frame and hinges may be visible.
- Full Overlay Cabinet Doors – this door style covers the whole face of the box which means very small gaps between different doors. This creates a consistent and continuous appearance.
Choosing your wood species is important when your cabinetry is not going to be painted. This is because each wood species has natural characteristics.
- Red Oak – light to medium brown with a reddish cast.
- Distressed Knotty Pine – large knots and defects which make a striking pattern.
- Cherry – light pinkish brown, darkens to a medium reddish brown.
- Rustic Cherry – same as cherry but with more mineral streaks and different sized knots.
- Hard Maple – off white to light brown in color with a golden hue.
- Hickory – open grained rustic hardwood, colors vary from near white to light brown.
- Quarter Sawn White Oak – pale brown to dark brown with a greenish gray tinge and very straight grain.
- Walnut – color may vary from light grey-brown, to a deep rich chocolate brown.
- Alder – tends to be light tan to reddish brown; darkens and reddens with age.
- Rustic Alder – same as Alder but contains knots of all sizes including cracks/holes.
Finishes bring your cabinetry to life and can also protect your wood from different external elements.
- Natural – the original characteristics of your chosen wood species.
- Paint – paint will completely cover the wood grain look.
- Glaze – glaze will add definition to the wood grain look because it is semi-transparent.
- Stain – enhances the wood grain patterns.
- Paint with glaze – glaze will darken your paint color.
- Stain with glaze – glaze will highlight the look of a stain finish.
- Metal fusion finish – includes brass, bronze, copper, white gold, oil rubbed bronze, iron, nickel silver, and stainless steel finishes.
- Distressing wood finish – gives the wood an aged and rustic appearance.
- Weathered grain finish – lightly distressed to replicate age and wear.
Understanding the basic terminology outlined above is the first step on the path to a successful kitchen design. For design inspiration, check out our gallery of completed custom kitchens here.
Each month, Kountry Kraft contributes a blog to profile one of our many accomplished cabinetry dealers that we have the pleasure of working with. This month, we chose to embrace Pinnacle Kitchens located in New Hampton, New Hampshire. Pinnacle Kitchens specializes in architecturally themed renovations, as well as new construction.
After studying mechanical drafting at Belmont High School, Stacy discovered her talent in hand-drawn perspective drafting. After graduating High School, she attended Phoenix Institute of Technology where she studied Architectural Drafting and Design. In 1984, Stacy mentored a seasoned kitchen designer in Laconia, New Hampshire and eventually began to work for herself just 5 years later in 1989. Through her studies and experiences, Stacy specializes in architecturally themed renovations, as well as new construction. When taking on a new project, Stacy will study the overall space and floor plan of a home and work the kitchen to flow into a beautifully designed, cohesive space.
Onto her partner, Jack, who has a natural ability for building. His hard work and determination is built from growing up on a farm in Gilmanton, New Hampshire. In his past, he’s worked as a carpenter leading up to project manager on countless projects. His most recent work includes incredible lake-front residential properties. Jack makes sure that all the Pinnacle Kitchens cabinetry projects are complete from start to finish.
The two ingenious talents joined together in 2003, and the match works perfectly!
Pinnacle Kitchens Transitional Style Kitchen
- Inset/no bead cabinet style, constructed out of Hard Maple.
- The doors and drawers are our Madison Hybrid door style.
- The cabinetry is finished with Kountry Kraft’s Shell White paint color with a 25° sheen.
Learn more about Pinnacle Kitchens and view their gallery on their website.
Properly Storing Your Cabinetry
Properly storing your cabinetry assures a smooth installation. The summer days are becoming extremely hot and humid, which is why we want to ensure your Kountry Kraft cabinetry is protected.
During a kitchen remodel it is important to schedule the delivery of your cabinetry to coincide with proper heating and cooling in place. It is also important to consider cabinetry that is in a vacation home or a residence that is periodically unoccupied. This information about properly storing your cabinetry is especially important to know during the summer months – when high humidity and temperature changes are likely to occur. Expansion issues are likely to happen if your Kountry Kraft cabinetry is currently stored in a non-air conditioned area. According to Conestoga Wood Specialties; Any solid wood product will expand or contract over time as moisture and climate conditions change. Solid wood cabinetry can act like a sponge, when surrounded by water the sponge absorbs the water and expands. However, unlike sponges you can’t ring the water out of solid wood.
When designing your Kountry Kraft cabinetry, you customize it to properly fit and function in your home. If your cabinetry expands due to improper storage where temperature and humidity is high, there will be issues when it comes time for installation. So, it is very important to listen to take this information seriously and store your cabinetry in a proper area.
- Store inside.
- Store in a room with air conditioning/temperature control.
- Use a dehumidifier to be safe about humidity.
- If it is summer time, or a vacation home, be sure to take extra steps to ensure your cabinetry is safe.
- Wood expands as humidity increases and shrinks as humidity decreases.
- Unfinished (exposed) wood will exhibit the most dramatic changes.
As always, if there are any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Kountry Kraft offers customers the ability to paint match their custom cabinetry to ensure that the cabinetry we create will complement the existing colors in their home. Our paint match list makes it simple for them to find the right color for their match. As of June 30, 2016 Kountry Kraft added 15 new paint colors to our already extensive list. Kountry Kraft matches their own paint colors to national brands including; Behr, Benjamin Moore, Dalys Paints Co.,Farrow Ball, MAB, Martha Stewart, Pratt Lambert, Ralph Lauren, Sherwin Williams, Valspar and Wilson Art Paints. Unlike other companies, Kountry Kraft does not charge a paint match fee for colors selected from the Kountry Kraft’s paint match list.
Kountry Kraft’s New Paint Matches:
Benjamin Moore Black Panther
Benjamin Moore Deep Royal
Benjamin Moore Grant Beige
Benjamin Moore Old Navy
Benjamin Moore Simply White
Benjamin Moore Smoke and Mirrors
Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron
Farrow and Ball Calke Green
Farrow and Ball Cooking Apple Green
Farrow and Ball Green Ground
Sherwin Williams Halcyon Green
Sherwin Williams Ivory Lace
Sherwin Williams Jasper Stone
Sherwin Williams Light French Gray
Valspar Woodlawn Colonial Gray
Kountry Kraft is always updating this list to include an array of colors for our clients to choose from. Kountry Kraft makes it easy for you to include the perfect color for your home
To see more paint colors Kountry Kraft has available click here.
Each month we profile one of our dealers, and this month’s profile is Sawhorse Designs, a Millburn NJ cabinetry dealer. Sawhorse Designs has provided more than 28 years of kitchen renovation in NJ, and they have a strong reputation for impeccable service, quality and integrity.
Sawhorse founder, Tom McCloskey, left his corporate consulting job to launch his own design company after having personal experience with renovations of several of his homes. Those experiences convinced him that his knowledge and experience could offer a service to customers and he opened his own Millburn NJ Cabinetry dealer business. His company is committed to improving the remodeling experience through professional planning, quality control and first class service. Sawhorse is a consumer focused company dedicated to the ultimate satisfaction of their clients. They are one of our most popular kitchen designers in NJ.
Tom McCloskey actively involves his clients in the design process, beginning first with a floor plan that satisfies the customers needs and lifestyle. He often develops multiple floor plans for the client to consider, and is willing to make tradeoffs that reflect the client’s priorities. Sawhorse works side by side with clients to help them throughout their project, helping to guide their choices of appliances, countertops, tiles, flooring and more. The end result is a happy customer who feels their needs have been satisfied.
Sawhorse has created many custom kitchen designs using Kountry Kraft cabinetry, and each is unique and beautiful. Their work is frequently featured in magazines, including Design NJ. The images in this blog feature one of Sawhorse Designs beautiful custom kitchens that is packed full of extra storage options. This traditional kitchen features beaded inset cabinets crafted of hard maple. The doors are constructed in the CRP10 style with an ogee framing bead. The cabinetry is finished in kling white paint. I love the way the wall of windows in this kitchen lets in a tremendous amount of natural light.
Sawhorse believes that while orchestrating a beautiful renovation is satisfying, the real gratification comes from having happy customers. Visit their website for additional photos of their beautiful work and more information about the company and consider them if you are looking for a Millburn NJ cabinetry dealer. Find other custom cabinetry designers in New Jersey on our dealer locator.