We love how this 1980’s kitchenCRATE renovation turned out! The beautiful marble tiles on the backsplash, and the Arctic White quartz countertops are a perfect pair.

The hanging cabinets over the stove top and the old, overhead light box were removed, opening up the kitchen and making the space feel bigger, perfect for entertaining! The open shelving and pendant lighting are just a few of our favorite features.

But don’t just take our word on how well this job turned out. Look below for the the customer testimonial, project specifications and extensive before and after pictures!

The Homeowner’s KitchenCRATE Experience

What was your favorite part of the kitchenCRATE process?

Our favorite part was probably working with Willy and the designer. I was thankful to have them listen and work through all my ideas and inspiration I had collected. I have worked with a kitchen designer before and they only wanted to use their ideas. I appreciate them listening to my vision and tweaking it to make it happen. We also loved the time frame and the fact that progress was being made each day, eliminating downtime and a long process.

What was your favorite part about the kitchenCRATE team?

The team was so nice and friendly and willing and ready to answer any and all questions I had. I really liked the countertop guy. He talked through the options on what to do with the area around my window and came up with a great solution. The countertop installers were also awesome. Jose, who installed the tile, was so very patient with me…as I picked out every last marble tile to go into my backsplash.

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

I was pleasantly surprised with how timely everyone was in the morning and how clean they left things at the end of the day. I was also pleasantly surprised that the punch list was done so quickly and with such attention to detail!

Before and After Pictures

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Day by Day Progress

(Note: We added a few extra 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 and then went to town removing the appliances, countertop, backsplash, plumbing fixtures, out dated light box, cabinet doors and drawers. We also reinforced the plywood sub-tops with steel straps to support the new quartz counters. Toward the end of the day we created the template for the new countertops, which take a few days to fabricate off-site.

Day 2 – The electrical team began the wiring for the new LED recessed lighting.  Six six-inch LED can lights were placed strategically around the kitchen to optimize the lighting over work spaces. These lights are installed to maximize light levels for the most common countertop uses. Next, we used metal-stud framing to sheetrock the old light box and then hung and taped the sheetrock.

Day 3 – The upper cabinets above the cooktop were removed, the new custom built cabinets were installed at the desk and the refrigerator and the cabinets at the oven were modified to accept the new double wall ovens. The sheetrock was also repaired and prepped for the new tile backsplash.

Day 4 – Since all the walls and the ceilings had been protected, our painters began preparing and priming the cabinets in the kitchen.  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 began refinishing the kitchen cabinets in this San Ramon home. Two coats of Kelly-Moore Dura-poxy paint in Swiss Coffee were applied 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 6 – A new gas line was brought in to accommodate the new gas cooktop and the walls and ceiling were painted.

Day 7 – The countertop installation team arrived to install the beautiful Blanco Precis Cascade super single bowl sink in metallic gray in the kitchen along with the MSI Arctic White quartz countertops with a mitered edge.

Day 8 – The tile backsplash artisans were on site to install the MSI Arabescato Cararra 3″ x 6″ marble tiles with an accent of Carrara Bianco Arabesque marble tiles on the backsplash in the kitchen. This was grouted using Laticrete Bright White grout.

Day 9 –  Lastly, the kitchenCRATE team installed the homeowner’s new stainless steel appliances.  The transformation then hit the home stretch with the installation of the freshly-painted new shaker style cabinet doors and drawers. The final day of the project included an array of “touch-up” items: all outlets and switches were replaced, the Pfister Clarify Xtract faucet and the Kohler Transitional Design soap dispenser, each with a vibrant stainless finish, were installed and the entire project was cleaned, top-to-bottom.

Technical Details

Are you next?

Perhaps the Canyon Green Way 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 Facebook or Linked-In.

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