Calling all designers and cabinetmakers: it’s time to look back at your best kitchen projects from the past year and throw your hat in the ring for the best design.

Woodworking Network’s BEST Kitchen Design Contest, sponsored by Timber Products Company, is your opportunity to share your premier kitchen handiwork from the last 14 months. All you need to participate is a photo and some of the project details. If your project is selected as the grand prize winner, you will walk away with a $500 Visa gift card plus a custom-made award.

Submitting an entry is easy: Visit Woodworking Network to share your project. Remember, all entries must include wood- or wood product-based cabinets. Kelvin Brown of Integrity Trimworks, LLC, right, accepts the 2014 BEST Kitchen Design Trophy from Timber Products Company representative Mike Lyon.

Entries will be accepted until March 29, 2015.

When the online voting closed last year during the inaugural contest and the judges at Woodworking Network had cast their final ballots, the winner of the 2014 BEST Kitchen Design Contest was Kelvin Brown of Integrity Trimworks, LLC.

The Maryland-based company was selected for the top prize for its remodel of a residential kitchen that brought new life and charm to a cozy space. Online voters awarded the project an average score of 8.88 out of 10 possible points.

“The project home is in Alexandria, Virginia, so the owners were looking for a classical, antique, traditional look,” said Brown, who runs his own one-man operation. “It was a nice challenge to do this project and it honed my skills even further. I had not done anything this elaborate before and it was a first that had that much detail.”

The remodel used both solid maple and maple hardwood plywood throughout the kitchen. The room features custom-built cabinets with beaded face frames and inset-raised panel doors and drawers. The stove, buffet and desk are sprayed with a cream color lacquer and charcoal gray glaze along the bead of the face frame. To provide a contrast, the refrigerator and island are sprayed with a gray charcoal lacquer. The island counter is made of 2-inch solid walnut and the rest of the countertops are marble.

A former graphic artist, Brown has been on his own in the woodworking business for the past eight years and foresees this award helping him earn more business in the Washington, D.C., area.

“I am happy I won, and I think the recognition will help with securing more jobs,” he said. “Being a one-man shop I am always competing with bigger companies, but once I prove I can produce quality cabinets it usually works out well.”

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