Kitchen cabinets are usually the first target of a kitchen remodeling project, and for good reason: In many cases the cabinet styles were so faddish (remember—a fad is not a trend) that they are stylistically out of date. And in other cases the kitchen cabinets were so cheaply built they’re simply falling apart.
But recently a remodeling project in West Seattle reminded us how good high quality cabinets can actually save money in the long run.
Joe found a home that he really liked, and he thought the kitchen style would work for him and the layout was functional. While Joe wasn’t too fond of the outdated countertops and appliances, he felt like the cabinets still looked good and seemed pretty solid. The countertop installers confirmed Joe’s suspicions about the quality of the kitchen cabinets. “They commented that—even after 20 years—the cabinets were perfectly level and didn’t require any modifications to install the new countertops,” Joe says.
Neil Kelly Seattle Design Center General Manager Debbie Thorpe says Joe opted to replace the old countertops with Silestone for the main working countertops and a marble slab of Rain Forest for the upper eating bar. “He installed new sinks, faucets, range, range hood, and dishwasher,” she says. “He also saved a lot of money by installing new stainless steel panels on the existing refrigerator instead of replacing the entire unit.”
The Neil Kelly Cabinet Company provided a couple of tune-up items, like the “bumper” protecting the back of the pull-out tray. And, in areas where water got the cabinets—like around the sink—they freshen up the cabinets with a non-toxic, plant-based, spray to re-seal the wood. But for Neil Kelly Cabinet boss Mark “Smitty” Smith, it’s no surprise the cabinets are still fit as fiddles. “It’s just not a surprise to me at all that these cabinets are still in such great shape,” says Smitty. “We build products we expect to last, and want these kitchen cabinets to last well into a second generation.”