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We admit it: at first look we weren’t sure this 1969 kitchen could be saved.  After decades of use the cabinets looked extremely tired and the lighting, flooring and plumbing systems all needed significant help.

Alas, we’re excited to share the finished product with our fans!  The kitchenCRATE Chenault II project is a testament to the transformation kitchenCRATE can make on even 40-plus-year-old kitchens.

Scroll down to read about the homeowner’s experience and see the amazing before and after images for yourself!

The Homeowner’s Experience

What was your favorite part of the kitchenCRATE process?

KitchenCRATE presented us with a portfolio and day-by-day timeline for our remodel.  They showed up on time every day and dependably followed the schedule and organized each step of the process so we had nothing to worry about.  If they hit a bump, they took care of it.  It really was a stress free process because we were in good hands.

What was your favorite part about the kitchenCRATE team?

The kitchenCRATE team was a first-rate group.  They conducted themselves professionally in every step of the process, and they were respectful, energetic, good-natured workers.  They treated us as valued clients and consulted us over each decision.  We actually enjoyed having them in our home.

Was there anything about the process or project that surprised you? If so, what was it?

We were surprised that our tired, 45-year-old kitchen could turn out so beautiful.  KitchenCRATE offers high quality materials such as quartz countertops, glass and stone tile, and Kohler faucets, and their workmanship is high quality.  Choosing kitchenCRATE was one of our best decisions.

Before and After Pictures

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Day by Day Progress

(Note: We added extra days to our normal 7-day process to accommodate the owner-request add-ons, like these…)

Here’s how we did it:

Day 1 & 2 – Demo Day!  On this first day, we set up plastic walls to protect the home from dust, protected the path from the entry door to the kitchen with building paper, and then went to town removing the appliances, countertop, backsplash, plumbing fixtures, cabinet doors, and drawers.   To support the cantilever countertop, we reinforced the plywood sub-tops with steel straps.  Toward the end of the day we created the template for the new quartz countertops, which take a few days to fabricate off-site.

Day 3 – The electrical team began the wiring for the new can lighting.  6″ LEDcan lightswere placed strategically around the kitchen to optimize the lighting over work spaces. Lastly, we roughed-in the wiring and switches for the LED undercabinet lighting.

Day 4 – Next, we used metal-stud framing to sheetrock the old lightbox and then hung and taped the sheetrock to gain an extra day of dry time. A new gas line was brought in to convert the electric cooktop to gas.

Day 5 – Since all the walls and the ceilings had been protected, our painters began preparing and priming the cabinets.  Using a high-grade, oil-based primer, every inch of the kitchen cabinets were caulked, sanded and primed.  This is the first (and perhaps most critical) step of creating a durable paint finish.

Day 6 – The painters then applied two coats of Kelly-Moore Dura-poxy paint in Frost  to the thoroughly sanded and primed cabinets.  This same priming and painting process was used on the doors and drawers, which are painted off-site in a climate-controlled paint booth for the highest possible quality.

Day 7 –  The countertop installation team arrived to install the beautiful Kohler Vault under-mount sink in Stainless Steel and the MSI Accacia Brown quartz countertops with a mitered edge.

Day 8 – The tile backsplash artisans began installing the Emser Lucente Creme 3 X 6 glass tiles with and accent strip of Emser Lucente Camp Stone and Glass Blend tiles on the backsplash. This was grouted with Laticrete Almond grout.

Day 9 –  Lastly, the kitchenCRATE team installed the new appliances.  The transformation then hit the home stretch with the installation of the freshly-painted cabinet doors and drawers. The final day of the project included an array of “touch-up” items: all outlets and switches were replaced, the Kohler Simplice faucet and Soap Dispenser with a Matte Black finish were installed and the entire project was cleaned, top-to-bottom.

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Are you next?

Perhaps the Chenault Drive kitchen reminds you of your kitchen. Perhaps you like the layout of your kitchen and the cabinets are in good condition, but you are ready for a completely new look and feel.  KitchenCRATE can make this happen in just a few days and for an amazingly-low price.

Just click here to schedule your phone consultation using our on-line scheduling system.  Or feel free to call us direct during business hours at 888-995-7996!

Scott Monday is co-founder and CEO of kitchenCRATE and bathCRATE.  Follow him on FacebookGoogle+ or Linked-In.