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Our second kitchenCRATE on Lodi’s Gateway Circle is complete and the transformation was everything the customer hoped for!

This 1978 galley-style kitchen features new shaker-style doors with an inset beadboard panel along with matching drawer faces.  When the new doors and drawer faces were painted to match the existing cabinet boxes the customer achieved their goal of a “new” set of cabinets at a fraction of the cost.

The like-new cabinets were then topped with an amazing Q from MSI quartz countertop and an impressive 2×8 glass tile backsplash.  All of these amenities are beautifully lit by new dimmable LED can lighting.  And to top it all off, new engineered wood flooring with painted wood base was installed to add a rich, deep foundation for the kitchen, dinette, hall and laundry room.

Scroll down for the customer testimonial and an assortment of before and after images!

The Homeowner’s Experience

“Thank you kitchenCRATE for our fabulous kitchen!  Also, thank you for the way this new concept was carried out so quickly, with as little disruption to our home, and the attention to dust control.” John & Shirley PS: We would do it again in a heartbeat.”

Before and After Pictures

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Gateway II Collage v2

Day by Day Progress

(Note: We added several 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 – 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.  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.  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 2 – The electrical team began the wiring for the new can lighting and installed the pattern-specific can lighting.  6″ can lights were placed strategically around the kitchen to optimize the lighting over workspaces. Lastly, the cabinets were modified by adding beadboard to the two end panels that would match the eventual inset cabinet door panels.

Day 3 – We used metal-stud framing to sheetrock the old lightbox and then hung and taped the sheetrock. Also, a new gas line was brought into the kitchen in order to convert the electric cooktop to gas.

Day 4 – 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 5 – The painters then applied two coats of  Kelly-Moore Bud’s Sail in semi-gloss finish using a top-of-the line Kelly-Moore Dura-Poxy paint to the thoroughly sanded and primed cabinets.  This same priming and painting process was used on the new doors and drawers, which are painted off-site in a climate-controlled paint booth for the highest possible quality.

Day 6 – The countertop installation team arrived to install the beautiful single-bowl Kohler Bakersfield under-mount sink in Almond and the  MSI Chakra Beige quartz countertops with a mitered edge.

Day 7 – The tile backsplash artisans began installing the Bedrosians Manhattan Cashmere 2 x 8 glass tiles on the backsplash. This was grouted using Laticrete Almond grout.

Day 8 –  The transformation then hit the home stretch with the installation of the new freshly-painted shaker doors and drawer faces, all outlets and switches were replaced, and the Kohler Simplice faucet and Soap Dispenser were installed. 

Days 9 – 13 – The flooring in the kitchen, dinette, laundry and hall was replaced with Gemwoods Pacific Treasures Newport Beach engineered wood flooring.  Finally, the kitchenCRATE team installed new baseboard and the entire project was cleaned, top-to-bottom.

Technical Details

  • Countertop:  MSI Chakra Beige
  • Quartz Backsplash:  Bedrosians Manhattan Cashmere 2 x 8 glass tiles
  • Grout:  Laticrete Almond
  • Cabinet Finish:  Kelly-Moore Bud’s Sail in semi-gloss finish using a top-of-the line Kelly-Moore Dura-Poxy paint and primer.
  • Cabinet Faces: Shaker doors and drawer faces with a 2″ bead-board inset panel.
  • Cabinet Hardware:   Liberty Sophia 1-1/4″ knobs on all cabinet doors and Liberty 3″ Cup pulls on all drawers with matching cabinet hinges.
  • Sink:  Kohler Bakersfield under-mount sink in Almond.
  • Faucet: Kohler Simplice with Vibrant Stainless finish.
  • Soap Dispenser: Kohler Traditional Design with Vibrant Stainless finish.
  • Wall Paint: Kelly-Moore Bud’s Sail in semi-gloss finish using a top-of-the line Kelly-Moore Dura-Poxy paint to match the cabinet paint.
  • Flooring:  Gemwoods Pacific Treasures Newport Beach engineered wood flooring.

Are You Next?

Perhaps the Gateway Circle 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 online 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 Facebook, Google+ or Linked-In.

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