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Tailored and Modern New Jersey Kitchen

DaytonWhiteJulie PChester, New Jersey

A Fixer Upper

When Julie moved to New Jersey for her new job, she knew two things. First, housing in New Jersey was expensive. Second, that because of that her family would be purchasing a fixer upper. The home they purchased was exactly was that, a property in need of a remodel. The kitchen was old. The sink was falling out of the counter. The linoleum flooring was peeling up. They would need to renovate the kitchen as soon as possible.

At first glance she thought they could make the best of the situation by painting the existing cabinets. After a closer inspection, they discovered the drawers were rough shape, beyond what paint could fix. The best choice was to start over, with top-quality kitchen cabinets.  (What is a quality kitchen cabinet?)

“The drawers were wonky,” says Julie.

And then she saw an ad for CliqStudios online.

Choosing CliqStudios

After checking around, Julie discovered they knew others who had worked with CliqStudios. “My daughter’s school friends’ parents did a kitchen with CliqStudios and had good things to say. I reached out and started working with a designer,” says Julie.

In the end the family chose to work with CliqStudios. “We didn’t get a quote from anywhere else. My contractor said we could get the cabinets for less than with CliqStudios by going with someone else, but the quality was only okay. I liked the CliqStudios cabinets because of the quality, the soft-close doors, and all the options.” Having a designer provided by CliqStudios was another key factor in Julie’s decision.

A Light, Bright Kitchen

At first, Julie was set on having a black kitchen. Quickly she realized the downside to that plan. The room didn’t have much natural light and she worried about the room appearing too dark. Julie was happy with the eventual decision they reached to go with white. “I love how bright and clean it looks,” says Julie. In the end, she decided on a white kitchen but found a fun way to include the black using pantry cabinet built into the wall.

An Odd Space Made Practical

“We had a weird empty space where we put a Carbon pantry and double oven. Our designer, Erin said to put a counterspace there too so we did,” says Julie.

The Carbon pantry also provided a great opportunity for storage, fitting neatly into a once awkward alcove.  “I love the built-in pantry with drawers that slide out. Before we had a pantry with no organization.”

Changing the kitchen organization also made for more ease in locating items. Julie says, “Having big drawers for pots and pans is such an improvement over shelves where things get hidden and you can’t find anything.”  For the base cabinets, they designed pull-outs and many drawers for easy access to various kitchen items.

Compared to the previous look and feel of the kitchen Julie was beyond pleased with the results. “The kitchen is dramatically different. It’s much more efficient and easier to use than the old kitchen.”

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Showing 9 comments

  1. Sara Reply

    Hi, which white is this? Cloud white, linen?

    • CliqStudios Social Media Reply

      This kitchen is in White.

  2. Michael Reply

    Love this kitchen. Can you tell us the color for the darker cabinets? Also, I didn’t see the gold handles on the website. Can you provide a link to these? Overall, great transformation.

    • CliqStudios Social Media Reply

      The dark cabinets are in the CliqStudios color Carbon. The handles were sourced locally by the homeowner so we don’t have details about the product.

  3. Inesa Petgrave Reply

    Hi !
    Is cliqstudios does the installation as well ?

    • CliqStudios Social Media Reply

      Since our cabinets arrive fully assembled and ready to go, many experienced DIYers find them easy enough to install themselves. If you’re not feeling handy, we recommend using a referral service such as Home Advisor or Houzz to find a cabinet installer. Our website has several resources to help you learn what to look for, and how to work with, a contractor:

  4. Tammy Davis Reply

    I love this. And the carpet accent is perfect.

  5. Laraine Castellano Reply

    I love your cabinets I’m looking for white and I want to know if I can come pick them up

    • CliqStudios Marketing Reply

      Hi Laraine. All of our cabinet orders are custom built-to-fit in our Connersville, Indiana facility. The first step to placing your cabinet order is to gather your room dimensions and speak with one of our kitchen designers. The kitchen designer will help you put the order together. We can occasionally accomodate pick up for individuals who live near our factory, but shipping is free to most locations.

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