Yet another 1980’s gem-of-a-kitchen is complete, and this 34-year-old Ripon home looks amazing with its new quartz countertops, recessed and undercounter LED lighting, tile backsplash and custom door and drawer faces!
This is our second consecutive kitchenCRATE in which the owner elected to replace the doors and drawer faces, and the decision was wise. The new shaker-style doors make the kitchen look exquisite at a fraction of the cost of new cabinets.
But don’t just take our word for it. Scroll down to hear what the homeowner thought of the process and see an assortment of before and after images showing this complete transformation that occurred in just a few days.
The Homeowner’s Experience
What was your favorite part of the kitchenCRATE process?
The favorite part of the process were many, one was seeing the progress each day. The project list was adhered to, so we knew what was going to happen each day and it was fun to see the transformation process of the kitchen, and eventually the finish.
What was your favorite part about the kitchenCRATE team?
The team is many things. They are prompt. When they say they will be here at 7:30 am, they are here at 7:30 am. They are neat. They clean up after themselves. They are polite and courteous to those living in the home, as well as neighbors. They have good communication skills. They are professional, not to mention they do a nice job.
Was there anything about the process or project that surprised you? If so, what was it?
I was surprised and delighted they finished the project a day early. I was without a kitchen only one weekend. They worked hard to have everything completed by Friday evening. An add – on piece did not come in on time, but our kitchen was looking beautiful and functional in 8 business days. I feel like I’m living in a new house, I love spending time in the kitchen, and wouldn’t change a thing.
Before and After Pictures
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Day by Day Progress
(Note: We added 1 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 began the wiring for the new can lighting and roughed-in the wiring and switches for the LED undercabinet lighting, while a niche was framed at the television.
Day 3 – We used metal-stud framing to sheetrock the old lightbox and then hung and taped the sheetrock.
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 Dusty Trail Rider 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 tile backsplash artisans began installing the Emser Ancient Tumbled Beige 3 x 6 travertine tiles with an accent strip of Bedrosians Eclipse Espresso glass mosaic tiles to the backsplash. This was grouted using Laticrete Almond grout.
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, the Kohler Simplice faucet and Soap Dispenser were installed and the entire project was cleaned, top-to-bottom.
Countertop: MSI Coronado quartz
Backsplash: Emser Ancient Tumbled Beige 3 x 6 travertine tiles with an accent strip of Bedrosians Eclipse Espresso glass mosaic tiles to the backsplash.
Grout: Laticrete Almond
Cabinet Hardware: Liberty 3″ Collins satin nickel pulls with matching cabinet hinges.
Sink: Kohler Clarity under-mount sink in Biscuit.
Faucet: Kohler Simplice with Vibrant Stainless finish.
Soap Dispenser: Kohler Traditional Design with Vibrant Stainless finish.
Wall Paint: Kelly-Moore The Blarney Stone in semi-gloss finish.
Are you next?
Perhaps the Rose Court 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.
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