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One of our favorite parts of kitchenCRATE: bringing an old, tired kitchen back to life!

And this is just what we did in this 1971 Del Rio ranch-style home.  The homeowner wasn’t quite sure if their cabinets were salvagable.  Despite being structurally sound, the glides did not work well and many areas of the cabinets were worn from over four decades of use.

With a little TLC (OK, a lot…), and by topping them with sleek new quartz countertops, we’re sure you’ll agree that this kitchen turned out bright, fresh and ready for another few decades of enjoyment!

We asked the homeowner a few questions about their two-week kitchenCRATE experience.  Here’s what they said:

The Homeowner’s Experience

What was your favorite part of the kitchenCRATE process?

It’s so great to have everything looking so updated and snazzy!  We just love it all and are so glad we had you folks doing it.

What was your favorite part about the kitchenCRATE team?

The kitchenBOX team was really tops – especially the painters who did a superb job of turning our old, discolored, chipped cupboards and drawers into a beautiful contemporary look.  They were thorough, painstaking, and professional.  We especially appreciated the short time element, thoughtfulness, and that the workers always kept us informed.

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

The biggest surprise was, of course, how updated and beautiful our kitchen looks!  Another surprise was that the painters not only painted the exterior of our cupboards, but the entire interior as well.  Special projects, such as the ceiling lights and new paint really pulled the look together.

Day by Day Progress

(Note: We added 2 days to our normal 7-day process to accommodate the owner-requested add-ons, like these…)

Here’s how we did it:

Day 1 – 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 masonite, and then went to town removing the appliances, countertop, backsplash, plumbing fixtures, cabinet doors, and drawers.  We also removed the fluorescent surface-mount light box to make room for the new LED can lighting. 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 2 – The electrical team began the wiring for the new can lighting and we roughed-in the wiring and switches for the LED undercabinet lighting.

Day 3 – 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 4 – The painters then applied two coats of Kelly-Moore Dura-poxy paint in Snip of Tannin 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 5 – Next, the electricians got to work installing the pattern-specific can lighting.  Five 5″ can lights were placed strategically around the kitchen to optimize the lighting over work spaces.

Day 6 – The capable team at Artistic Edge arrived to install the beautiful Kohler Clarity under-mount sink in Sandbar and the MSI Mojave Brown quartz countertops with a mitered edge.

Day 7 – Artistic Edge was back on-site, this time to install the Daltile Matte Almond 3 x 6 tiles with an accent strip of Bedrosians Eclipse Allure glass mosaic tiles on the backsplash.

Day 8 – Artistic Edge returned one more time to add Laticrete Almond grout to the backsplash.

Day 9 –  Lastly, the kitchenBOX team installed the homeowner’s previous 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 was installed and the entire project was cleaned, top-to-bottom.

Before and After Pictures

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Technical Details

Countertop:  MSI Mojave Brown

Backsplash:  Daltile Matte Almond 3 x 6 tiles with an accent strip of Bedrosians Eclipse Allure glass mosaic tiles.

Grout:  Laticrete Almond

Cabinet Finish:  Kelly-Moore Snip of Tannin finish using a top-of-the line Kelly-Moore Dura-Poxy paint and primer.

Cabinet Hardware:  Liberty 3″ stainless steel pulls with matching cabinet hinges.

Sink:  Kohler Clarity under-mount sink in Sandbar.

Faucet: Kohler Simplice with Vibrant Stainless finish.

Are you next?

Perhaps the Walnut Woods Court 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 (email) is Founder and CEO of Trinity Renovation, Inc., the parent company of kitchenCRATE.  Learn more about Scott at Google+ or on Facebook.