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Crown Point man’s ugly kitchen wins makeover in contest

The kitchen Crown Point resident Mike Zurbriggen who recently wan ugly kitchen contest held by radio statiZ107. | Scott R.

The kitchen of Crown Point resident, Mike Zurbriggen, who recently won an ugly kitchen contest held by radio station Z107. | Scott R. Brandush~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: June 3, 2013 2:04AM



Crown Point resident Mike Zurbriggen has an ugly kitchen. The fake brick back-splash and faded yellow countertops scream out “1976,” which, in fact, was the year his kitchen last saw an update.

Besides a modern stove, Zurbriggen’s kitchen has been stuck in the past. All that is missing is a disco ball and The Bee Gees’ “Staying Alive” blaring out of his eight track player.

But his prayer for a new cooking space is about to be answered.

One day, while surfing the web, Zurbriggen came across an Ugly Kitchen Contest held by local radio station WZVN 107.1 FM.

Zurbriggen submitted a photo of his kitchen and was later notified that he had beaten out all the other kitchens to win a complete kitchen update.

The update includes a Whirlpool stainless steel appliance package — dishwasher, refrigerator, microwave and stove — sponsored by Maruszczak Appliance of Schererville, Wilsonart laminate countertops, back-splash, and an upgraded sink and faucet sponsored by The Woodshop of Crown Point, and Pratt & Lambert paint and Hunter Douglas window treatments sponsored by Doelling Decorating Center of Valparaiso.

The ugly kitchen contest was advertised on air, through social media sites and commercials and is the first time 107.1 the Z will give away a home makeover of this magnitude.

“We wanted to get listeners inspired and excited about the giveaway,” Melissa Marshall, Radio One Communications marketing consultant, said.

After the work is completed Zurbriggen, an avid cook and former Crown Point Chili Cook-Off champion, will be proud to serve his cooking creations out of his new kitchen.

Zurbriggen summed up the current state of his kitchen by stating, “The seventies were good for a lot of things, interior design was not one of those.”



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