Remodeled Kitchen for All Affairs Contracting INC., Prescott AZ

Remodeled Kitchen for All Affairs Contracting INC., Prescott AZ

He had already purchased Hampton Bay Hampton Satin White Raised Panel Cabinets from Home Depot.

Nick, owner of All Affairs Contracting, contacted me at the end of June, 2021, through my Facebook Marketplace ad. When I arrived to install the cabinets, I noticed a design flaw and told Nick about it. His designer at Home Depot had ordered two 24 inch base cabinets for the seating side of the bar. These come with drawers, which are useless beneth a countertop overhang. We were able to exchange these for two 24 inch upper cabinets, with no time loss (I had to build a toekick for these). I also informed Nick that his cabinet package included several items that we didn’t need. Hope he got his money back (I’m sure he did)!

All-in-all, I think it looks very nice, very clean.

I have noticed that this type layout using 36 inch uppers, that leave a six inch space abouve the crown molding, is being featured more often these days.

Before I left the job, Nick mentioned that he has another project coming up for me to do. I hope I can continue working with All Affairs Contracting.

Bob’s Wall-to-Ceiling Crown Molding & Kitchen Remodel

Bob’s Wall-to-Ceiling Crown Molding & Kitchen Remodel

It’s not elaborate at all, we’re changing the stained wood into white shaker, but not touching the island. And we’re not done yet.

Bob’s project started on September ‎01, ‎2020.  He’s been through 2 painter companies for his doors, and taking them to a shop in Phoenix for the third go-around. Today, September ‎10, ‎2021, I drilled the doors for hinges.

And I really feel good because when I went to layout the doors and drawer fronts, I only got 1 wrong, and Bob can probably use it as a frame for an artwork crafted by our local merchants.

I had finished the wall-to-ceiling crown molding on Thursday, September ‎02, ‎2021.

This is something I hadn’t done for over 20 years. And as sure as God made little green apples, I had zero experience at pricing this project. But I wanted to do it and gain this knowlege.

He wanted 6 inch crown molding, and that monkey is not available in our small town, so I had to order it. I ended up getting 14: 3/4 x 6-1/8 x 84 Primed MDF Crown Moulding pieces. More pieces equals more joints. Great start for underpricing this job. Next, we need to paint it and since it’s already primed, I get to skip that step – WRONG!! The primer was obviously laid on with a machine – very, very wavy. So now the trim has a texture that needs sanded (see pics) AND an extra coat of paint because 50 percent of the primer got sanded off! More time for underpricing!! Then I start the project with a return-to-wall trim piece – WRONG!! I should have started where the paint color changes (see pics). So this misstep burned a few more hours.


Woodworking Mistakes

The job took about 30% more time than I had bid. Naturally, the joining of the crown took the most time. And about 75% of the way through this project, I realized that using a biscuit cutter would save time and even the joints out better.

I had introduced to Bob that we could use rubber molding for the curved bay window area, but it was a lot more expensive. I’m glad we didn’t use it, because you’ve only got one shot with this. Miss by over 1/16th of an inch, and I buy a new one. There was also no guarantee on how it would match up to the straight trim. I ended up making it with 6 pieces, about 17 inches long each to span the almost eight foot compass window.

I had unknowingly under bid myself on his wall-to-ceiling crown molding, but it’s no big deal,as I wanted to add it to my portfolio. I was solving someone’s problem, while I was prospering on my main goal.

Tony’s Kitchen Remodel with Nelson Cabinets

Tony’s Kitchen Remodel with Nelson Cabinets

Tony and his wife were intent on replacing their maple cabinets with white slab doors until I showed them the price difference, along with the quality, of Nelson Cabinets.

  • The first contact I had with Tony was on June 9, 2021
  • Nelson white shaker cabinets ordered: ‎June ‎14, ‎2021
  • Begin installation (demo): July 19, 2021
  • Glass ordered on July 26, 2021
  • Cabinets done except for glass doors: July 31, 2021
  • Project finished August 28, 2021

The project was finally finished on August 28, 2021 … we had to wait over one month for the glass.

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