Even though we tend to think of the countertop as the star of the show, we must not forget the important role the backsplash plays in your kitchen design. Take a look at this recent kitchen project on Cobblestone Manor in Modesto. I just love that this owner chose a marble backsplash and paired it with contrasting cabinets that pull in the different colors from the marble. The backsplash makes for a beautiful transition between the lower and upper cabinets. Another thing to point out is the cabinet extension on the upper cabinets to close the gap in between the top of the cabinet and the ceiling. The cabinet extension gives the illusion that the ceiling is taller, making the room fill bigger.

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

 Project Complete 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, protected the path from the entry door to the kitchen with building paper, and then went to town removing the appliances, countertops, backsplash, plumbing fixtures, out dated track lighting, and 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.

Days 2 & 3  – The electrical team began the wiring for the new can lighting. Six 6-inch LED recessed light fixtures were placed strategically around the kitchen to optimize the lighting over work spaces. Next, we built an add-on to the cabinets above the microwave enhancing the aesthetics of the space between the cabinets and the ceiling.

Day 4 – Next, we patched the sheetrock at the old track light location and worked on various customer specific modifications.

Days 5 & 6 – 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. The sheetrock at the countertop was also repaired and made ready for the new tile backsplash. The painters then began refinishing the kitchen cabinets in this Modesto home. Two coats of Kelly-Moore Dura-poxy semi-gloss Pearly White paint were applied to the thoroughly sanded and primed upper cabinets, and a complimenting Kelly-Moore Cave Painting was applied to the lower 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 walls and ceiling in the kitchen also received a fresh coat of Kelly-Moore paint. Gray Spell paint with an Satin finish was applied to the walls and the ceiling received a fresh coat of Swiss Coffee in a low sheen.

Days 8 & 9 – The countertop installation team arrived to install the beautiful Blanco Precis single bowl sink in Metallic Gray and the MSI Stellar White quartz countertops with a small radius edge detail. The tile artisans were on site to install the MSI Arabescato Carrara 3″ x 6″ marble tile on the backsplash. The tile was grouted using Laticrete Bright White grout.

Days 10 & 11– Lastly, the kitchenCRATE team installed the homeowner’s appliances.  The transformation then hit the home stretch with the installation of the new 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 and the entire project was cleaned of all construction debris.

Technical Details

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Perhaps the Cobblestone Manor 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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Scott Monday is the founder and CEO of kitchenCRATE and bathCRATE. Follow him on Facebook or Linked-In.

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