• The kitchenCRATE on Nancy Drive in Ripon is a perfect example of exactly what kitchenCRATE was designed to accomplish: take a 20+-year-old kitchen and in just a few days turn it into something unrecognizable to the homeowner.

    This home, built in the mid-1980s, features a standard U-shaped kitchen with all the 1980’s accouterments: tile countertops, a fluorescent light box, tile backspalsh, dated oak cabinets, and original cabinet hardware.  In 8-days (we added one day for the add-ons) this kitchen received a facelift like no other, and we’d love to tell you the details of the project in the following words and images. (Keep scrolling for the impressive before-and-afters!)

    The Homeowner’s Experience

    The kitchenCRATE team asked Mr. & Mrs. De Jong (the homeowners) a few questions regarding their experience. Here’s what they said:

    What was your favorite part of the kitchenCRATE process?

    The kitchenCRATE process was enjoyable from start to finish.  Meeting with Scott and his team members showed us that everyone was engaged to work together to complete the project on time.  The process was easy, questions were answered well, concerns were addressed, and we are a satisfied pleased customer.

     What was your favorite part about the kitchenCRATE team?

    We appreciated all the team people, the interior design person, the project supervisor and the marketing person all showed professionalism in the meetings.

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

    There were really no surprises in the process, except maybe the lovely bouquet of flowers that were left to highlight the amazing look of our renovated kitchen!

    Day by Day Progress

    Here’s how we did it:

    Day 1 – We set up plastic walls to protect the home from dust, protected the entire floor with building paper, and then went to town removing the appliances, countertop, backsplash, cabinet doors, and drawers.  Toward the end of the day, we created the template for the new granite countertops, which take a few days to fabricate off-site.  Lastly, we removed the old linoleum flooring, in order to make room for the Travertine tiles.

    Day 2 – 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 cabinet exteriors and interiors were caulked, sanded and primed.  This is the first step of creating a durable paint finish.

    Day 3 – The painters then applied two coats of Kelly-Moore Durapoxy paint in Brittany Beige to the thoroughly sanded, primed cabinets.

    Day 4 – Now that the surface-mounted light box had been removed, craftsman were able to go to work installing the pattern-specific LED can lighting.  Seven 5″ LED can lights were placed strategically around the kitchen to allow for optimal light placement. As another add on feature, the kitchenCRATE team installed 2″ x .25″ LED “string” lighting hidden behind the upper cabinet apron.

    Day 5 – The capable team at AAI Granite & Tile arrived to install the beautiful Kohler Clarity undermounted sink in Sandbar and the MSI Giallo Ornamental countertop.

    Day 6 – Time to install the 3 x 6 Daltile Urban Putty Subway tile with gloss finish and accented with a 3″ MSI Ibiza Blend tile.

    Day 7 – AAI Granite & Tile returned one last time to add Laticrete mushroom grout to the backsplash.

    Day 8 –  Lastly, the kitchenCRATE 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 in almond color, the Kohler Simplice faucet was installed and the entire project was cleaned, top-to-bottom.

    Before and After Photos

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    before and after kitchen remodel.

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    Technical Kitchen Renovation Details

    Countertop: MSI: Giallo Ornamental

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

    Backsplash: 3 x 6 Daltile Urban Putty Subway tile with a gloss finish and accented with a 3″ MSI Ibiza Blend tile

    Grout: Laticrete Mushroom

    Sink: Kohler Clarity undermounted sink in Sandbar

    Is Your Kitchen Ready for a Kitchen Renovation?

    Perhaps the Nancy Drive kitchen reminds you of your kitchen. Do you like certain aspects of this kitchen renovation? Bring them up during a call with our CRATE team to get started on the kitchen of your dreams today!

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

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