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KitchenCRATE’s second Ripon, CA project was recently completed, and we’re sure you’ll agree the change is dramatic!

The homeowner’s willingness to choose unique, bold colors, combined with a few kitchenCRATE add-ons, made this kitchenCRATE project one-of-a-kind.  Scroll down to learn more about the project details, view links to all the parts and pieces, and then enjoy some of our most dramatic before and after pictures to date!

The Homeowner’s Experience

The kitchenCRATE team asked the homeowner a few questions regarding her experience.  Here’s what she said:

What was your favorite part of the kitchenCRATE process?

I must admit my favorite part of the process was how quickly it all went. You don’t realize how inconvenient it is not to have a functional kitchen until it happens.

What was your favorite part about the kitchenCRATE team?

I really appreciated all of the members of the kitchenCRATE team. Even the subcontractors were all very polite and professional whenever I encountered them.

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

As this was my first remodel experience I didn’t really know what to expect, so I couldn’t say what surprised me because I really didn’t have any prior knowledge for comparison. However, I really appreciated how all members of the team kept me in the loop on every part of the process and were able to answer any of my questions quickly and efficiently. It also helps that I love my new kitchen!

Day by Day Progress

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.  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.  To support the mammoth cantilever countertop, we reinforced the plywood sub-tops with steel straps.  Toward the end of the day we created the template for the new granite countertops, which take a few days to fabricate off-site.

Day 2 – The electrical team began the wiring for the new can lighting, while the lower cabinets were modified to accept a new wine refrigerator.  Lastly, we roughed-in the wiring and switches for the LED undercabinet lighting.

Day 3 – 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 4 – The painters then applied two coats of Kelly-Moore Durapoxy paint in Hidecote Manor 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 5 – Next, the electricians got to work installing the pattern-specific can lighting.  6″ can lights were placed strategically around the kitchen to optimize the lighting over work spaces.

Day 6 – The capable team at AAI Granite & Tile arrived to install the beautiful Kohler Clarity undermounted sink in Sandbar and the MSI Delirium countertops with a mitered edge.

Day 7 – AAI Granite & Tile was back on-site, this time to install the  Bedrosian’s Manhattan Glass Mosaic Tile in Fifth Avenue on the backsplash.

Day 8 – AAI Granite & Tile returned one more time to add Laticrete Marble Beige grout to the backsplash.

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.

Before and After Photos

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Technical Details

Countertops: MSI Delirium

Cabinet Finish: Kelly Moore Hidcote Manor finish using top-of-the-line Kelly-Moore Dura-Poxy paint and primer.

Backsplash:  Bedrosian’s Manhattan Glass Mosaic Tile in Fifth Avenue

Grout:  Laticrete Marble Beige

Sink:  Kohler Clarity undermounted sink in Sandbar

Faucet:  Kohler Simplice faucet in Vibrant Stainless

Soap Dispenser:  Kohler Traditional Design in Vibrant Stainless

Are you next?

Perhaps the Mt. Airy 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.

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 (email) is Founder and CEO of Trinity Renovation, Inc., the parent company of kitchenCRATE.  Learn more about Scott at Google+ or on Facebook.