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Ripon, CA is home to yet another completed kitchenCRATE!  We’re so very excited to present an amazing transformation of this 1979 L-shaped kitchen.

It’s fairly common for customers to call us when they’re not quite sure their cabinets can be salvaged.  And even though we offer replacement of doors and drawer faces as a kitchenCRATE add-on, more often than not the original cabinets look amazing after going through our 6-step refinishing process.

Please scroll down to hear what the homeowner thought of the process and to see some extensive before and after images!

The Homeowner’s Experience

What was your favorite part of the kitchenCRATE process?

Our experience with kitchenCRATE was great. After conversation with neighbors, we were confident that kitchenCRATE was right for us.

What was your favorite part about the kitchenCRATE team?

We appreciated all the different workers that assisted in the whole project. Each individual took great pride in their work.

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

The process was always on schedule and we are very pleased with the finished result. 

Before and After Pictures

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Day by Day Progress

(Note: We added 2 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.   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. Six 6″ can lights were placed strategically around the kitchen to optimize the lighting over work spaces. Lastly, we replaced the drawer glides on four of the most used drawers.

Day 3 – 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.

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 & 6 – The painters then applied two coats of Kelly-Moore Clam 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 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 double-bowl Kohler Undertone under-mount sink in Stainless Steel and the MSI Toasted Almond quartz countertops with a mitered edge.

Day 8 – The tile backsplash artisans began installing the Bedrosians Torreon  3 x 6 travertine tiles with an accent strip of Bedrosians Eclipse Espresso linear mosaic glass and stone blend tiles on the backsplash. This was grouted using Laticrete Mushroom grout.

Day 9 –  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, the Kohler Simplice faucet and Soap Dispenser were installed and the entire project was cleaned, top-to-bottom.

Technical Details

Countertop:  MSI Toasted Almond Quartz

Backsplash:  Bedrosians Torreon  3 x 6 Travertine Tiles

Backsplash Accent: Bedrosians Eclipse Espresso Linear Mosaic Glass and Stone Tiles

Grout:  Laticrete Mushroom

Cabinet Finish:  Kelly-Moore Clam in semi-gloss finish using a top-of-the line Kelly-Moore Dura-Poxy paint and primer.

Cabinet Hardware:  Liberty 3″ Half Round Satin Nickel pulls with matching cabinet hinges.

Sink:  Kohler Undertone under-mount sink in Stainless Steel.

Faucet: Kohler Simplice with Vibrant Stainless finish.

Soap Dispenser: Kohler Traditional Design with Vibrant Stainless finish.

Are you next?

Perhaps the Virginia Avenue 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.