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KitchenCRATE is excited to present our second Lodi, California kitchen renovation!

As with so many kitchenCRATE projects, this job was initiated by the dreaded 6×6 white tile countertops.  While prevalent in the 70’s and 80’s, this material simply hasn’t withstood the test of time.  After seeing kichenCRATE in San Joaquin Magazine and making a quick phone call, the homeowner was on her way to gorgeous granite tops, a travertine tile backsplash and new LED can lighting.

Curious how the homeowner felt about the experience?  Read on…

The Homeowner’s Experience

What was your favorite part of the kitchenCRATE process?

My favorite part of the process was choosing the granite, backsplash, mosaic glass and paint color.  With the help of Scott and his design team, the process was fun and easy with many choices that did not overwhelm me.

What was your favorite part about the kitchenCRATE team?

My favorite part about the kitchenCRATE team was their professional attention to all of the details. They were also great allowing me to peak in every so often to watch their fast progress of the job.

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

What surprised me most about the project was the speed at which they completed the job.  What Scott relayed to me in our first meeting was exactly what took place.  This company is professional and comprised of “team players” who’s first concern is to do a great job in a short amount of time.

Day by Day Progress

Note: Add-ons increased the project duration from our standard 7-day process

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. We also removed the inset fluorescent fixtures and light box to make room for LED can-lighting.  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 LED can lighting, described in more detail below.  We also continued with cabinet modification and off-hauling of debris.  Lastly, we brought in a new gas line  from the fireplace.  This allowed the homeowner to convert their cooktop from electric to gas!

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 cabinet exteriors and interiors 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 Dura-poxy paint in Whirligig Geyser 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 LED can lighting.  5″ LED can lights were placed strategically around the kitchen. These lights are installed to maximize light levels for the most common countertop uses. The old fluorescent lighting box was patched with sheet-rock, textured and painted.

Day 6 – The capable team at Artistic Edge Granite and Tile arrived to install the beautiful Kohler Executive Chef undermounted sink in white and the MSI Giallo Ornamental granite countertops with a mitered edge.

Day 7 – Artistic Edge was back on-site, this time to install the  Emser’s Ivory Classic 3″ x 6″ travertine tiles with an accent strip of  Bedrosian’s Manhattan Glass Mosaic Tile in Midtown for the backsplash.

Day 8 – Artistic Edge returned one more time to add Laticrete almond grout to the backsplash.

Day 9 –  Lastly, the kitchenCRATE team installed the homeowner’s new 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

Countertop:  MSI Giallo Ornamental granite

Cabinet Finish:  Kelly-Moore Whirligig Geyser finish using a top-of-the-line Kelly-Moore Dura-poxy paint and primer.

Backsplash:  Emser’s Ivory Classic 3″ x 6″ travertine tiles with an accent of  Bedrosian’s Manhattan Glass Mosaic Tile in Midtown.

Grout:  Laticrete Almond

Sink:  Kohler Executive Chef under-mount sink in White.

Faucet: Kohler Simplice with a Vibrant Stainless finish.

Soap Dispenser: Kohler Traditional Desgin with a Vibrant Stainless finish.

Wall Paint: Kelly-Moore Whirligig Geyser

Are you next?

Perhaps the West Tokay 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.