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Our first kitchenCRATE in Escalon, CA project is complete and this 1989 kitchen is hardly recognizable!

Staying in line with current design trends, this particular homeowner went with a cool color pallet, full of grays, off-whites and metallic finishes.  The most dramatic change was to the cabinets.  The old, 1980’s cabinets had yellowed and, when illuminated with the old fluorescent light box, gave the former kitchen an exceptionally dated look.

By refinishing the cabinets with Kelly-Moore Durapoxy paint and converting the lighting to new recessed cans, this homeowner realized the benefit of new cabinets at a fraction of the cost.

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

The Homeowner’s Experience

What was your favorite part of the kitchenCRATE process?

Our favorite part of the kitchenCRATE process was the professionalism the workers showed.

What was your favorite part about the kitchenCRATE team?

The kitchenCRATE team’s ability to communicate clearly with us was our favorite thing about the team.

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

There were not really any surprises. We expected the clean, professional job we received.

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. We also removed the inset fluorescent fixtures and light box to make room for the new can lighting. 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 – A new gas line was run in order to convert the electric cooktop to gas, while the electrical team began the wiring for the new can lighting and placed pattern-specific 6″ can lights strategically around the kitchen to optimize the lighting over work spaces.  Lastly, the kitchenCRATE team installed new crown molding.

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 & 6 – The painters then applied two coats of  Kelly-Moore Feather White 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 single-bowl Kohler Undertone under-mount sink in Stainless Steel and the MSI Cascade White quartz countertops with a bullnose edge.

Day 8 – The tile backsplash artisans began installing the Bedrosians Manhattan Platinum glass 2 x 8 tiles with an accent of Bedrosians Manhattan Tribeca random interlocking glass tiles on the backsplash. The backsplash was grouted using Bostik DeLorean Grey grout while Bostik White grout was applied to the accent tile.

Day 9 –  Lastly, the kitchenCRATE team installed new gas cooktop and 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 Forte faucet and Soap Dispenser were installed and the entire project was cleaned, top-to-bottom.

Before and After Pictures

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Technical Details

Countertop:   MSI Cascade White Quartz

Backsplash:   Bedrosians Manhattan Platinum glass 2 x 8 tiles with an accent of Bedrosians Manhattan Tribeca random interlocking glass tiles.

Grout:   Bostik DeLorean Grey and Bostik White.

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

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

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

Faucet: Kohler Forte with Vibrant Stainless finish.

Soap Dispenser: Kohler Traditional Design with Vibrant Stainless finish.

Are you next?

Perhaps the Valdapena 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 is co-founder and CEO of kitchenCRATE and bathCRATE.  Follow him on FacebookGoogle+ or Linked-In.