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This 1981 kitchenCRATE kitchen remodel on Sebastian Drive in Turlock is complete and ready to host an amazing Christmas celebration!

Like many kitchenCRATE customers, this young family decided to add quite a bit to their project.  Along with the kitchen our crews transformed the wet bar off of the living room, the laundry room next to the kitchen and the half-bathroom next to the laundry room.  It made sense, after all, to get these rooms renovated while our crews were already on site.

Our favorite part of this transformation? The removal of three sections of upper cabinets.  This really opened up the sight-lines between the kitchen and the dinning/living areas.  It’s amazing how much impact such a small, simple change can have on the flow of a home.

Scroll down to hear what the homeowner thought of the project and to see the extensive before and after images.

The Homeowner’s Kitchen Remodel Experience

What was your favorite part of the kitchenCRATE process?

Apart from the fabulous results, the best part of the process was that an interior designer was provided to assist me with decisions, although Scott was also a big help. Sometimes it’s easy to get overloaded with choices and options, and having support in the decision-making process was a key to our happiness.

What was your favorite part about the kitchenCRATE team?

The experience level of the team was extensive and everyone was responsive to my family’s needs. This is just one of the reasons why I would highly recommend and encourage people to use kitchenCRATE. From start to end, the team provided exceptional customer service.

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

A detailed timeline was provided, and the team communicated its plans and intentions to me regularly. So, I guess the most surprising thing about using kitchenCRATE was that I was never surprised.

Day by Day Progress

(Note: We added 4 days to our normal 7-day process to accommodate the owner-request add-ons, like these…)

Here’s how we did it:

Days 1 & 2 – 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, drawers, and an upper section of cabinets.  To support the mammoth cantilever countertop, we reinforced the plywood sub-tops with steel straps.  Toward the end of day 2 we created the template for the new quartz countertops, which take a few days to fabricate off-site.

Day 3 – Cabinet modifications, including removal of three sections of upper cabinets.

Days 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, half bathroom, and laundry room 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 Dura-poxy paint in Not My Fault to the thoroughly sanded and primed cabinets in the kitchen and half bathroom and also Picket Fence in the laundry room.  This same priming and painting process was used on the doors and drawers, which were painted off-site in a climate-controlled paint booth for the highest possible quality.

Day 7 – The capable team at AAI Granite and Tile arrived to install the beautiful Kohler Bakersfield under-mount sink in White and the MSI Fairy White quartz countertops with a mitered edge in the kitchen and at the wet-bar.  A new ProFlo Undermount stainless steel bar sink was installed at the wet-bar.

Day 8 – AAI Granite and Tile was back on-site, this time to install the Daltile Arctic White 3 x 6 tiles on the backsplash. This was grouted using Laticrete Bright White grout.

Day 9 – AAI Granite and Tile was back on-site one last time to install the Kohler Caxton under-mount sink in white and MSI Fairy White quartz countertops in the bathroom.  A new Kohler Park Falls under-mount utility sink in white and  MSI Concerto quartz countertops were installed in the laundry room.

Day 10 – All the plumbing fixtures were installed.  The kitchen sink received a new Kohler Simplice faucet with a vibrant stainless finish while a Kohler Forte faucet with a vibrant stainless finish was installed at the bar.  In the half bathroom a Pfister Avalon wide-spread faucet with a brushed nickel finish was installed and the new PFister Selia centerset faucet in brushed nickel paired perfectly with the laundry sink. The transformation then hit the home stretch with the installation of the freshly-painted cabinet doors and drawers.

Day 11 –  On the final day, the kitchenCRATE team installed the homeowner’s previous appliances while an an array of “touch-up” items were completed: all outlets and switches were replaced and the entire project was cleaned, top-to-bottom.

Before and After Pictures

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Technical Details

Kitchen Countertop:  MSI Fairy White quartz

Kitchen Backsplash:  Daltile Arctic White 3 x 6 tiles

Grout:  Laticrete Bright White

Kitchen Cabinet Finish:  Kelly-Moore Not My Fault in semi-gloss finish using a top-of-the line Kelly-Moore Dura-Poxy paint and primer.

Cabinet Hardware:  Liberty 1 1/4″ Sophia knobs and Liberty 2-1/2″ cup pulls with matching cabinet hinges.

Kitchen Sink:  Kohler Bakersfield under-mount in White.

Kitchen Faucet: Kohler Simplice with Vibrant Stainless finish.

Wet-bar Countertop: MSI Fairy White quartz

Wet-bar Sink:  ProFlo Undermount stainless steel

Wet-bar Faucet:  Kohler Forte with a vibrant stainless finish

Laundry Room Countertop: MSI Concerto quartz

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

Laundry Room Sink: Kohler Park Falls under-mount in white

Laundry Room Faucet: Pfister Selia with a brushed nickel finish

Half Bathroom Countertop: MSI Fairy White quartz

Half Bathroom Cabinet Finish: Kelly-Moore Not My Fault in semi-gloss finish using a top-of-the line Kelly-Moore Dura-Poxy paint and primer.

Half Bathroom Sink: Kohler Caxton under-mount in white

Half Bathroom Faucet: Pfister Avalon widespread with a brushed nickel finish

Are You next?

Perhaps the Sebastian Drive 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.