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Quite simply, our most recent project completion on Shelly Court in Salida, CA embodies everything kitchenCRATE is meant to be:

Replacement of white tile and brown grout with sleek new quartz countertops? Check.

Dramatic transformation of dated, natural-wood cabinets? Check.

Satisfied customer? Check.

Amazing upgrades including an apron-front sink, oil-rubbed bronze hardware, and LED lighting? Check, check and check!

Take a few minutes and scroll through the testimonial and images below to see the proof for yourself!

The Homeowner’s Experience

What was your favorite part of the kitchenCRATE process?

Our favorite part of the kitchenCRATE process was seeing our dreams of a modern kitchen come to fruition in such a short period of time.

What was your favorite part about the kitchenCRATE team?

Our favorite part of the kitchenCRATE team was their punctuality and attention to detail. We also enjoyed the daily updates and responses to construction concerns.

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

The biggest surprise was being able to continue on with our daily schedules with minimal hindrance.

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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.  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 roughed-in the wiring and switches for the LED undercabinet lighting, 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.  At the same time, the kitchenCRATE team modified the lower cabinets to accept the new apron-front sink.

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, while a new gas line was brought in 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 & 6 – The painters then applied two coats of  Kelly-Moore Wagon Wheel 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 beautiful single-bowl Kohler Whitehaven under-mount, short apron front sink in Biscuit 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 tumbled travertine tiles with an accent strip of Bedrosians Eclipse Espresso Linear glass and stone blend mosaic tiles on the backsplash. This was all 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 Vinetta faucet with an oil-rubbed bronze finish was installed and the entire project was cleaned, top-to-bottom.

Technical Details

Is Your Custom Kitchen Remodel Next?

Perhaps the Shelly Court kitchen reminds you of your kitchen. Maybe you like the layout of your kitchen but you are ready for a completely new look and feel. contact us today, we 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 Facebook, Google+ or Linked-In.

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