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Pacific Kitchens Earns the Esteemed 2016 Angie’s List Super Service Award for the 6th year in a row!

The Angie’s List Super Service Award highlights a company’s consistently high level of customer service reflecting an exemplary year of  service to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2016

Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality. Only 5% of all kitchen remodeling companies have performed consistently well enough to earn the Angie’s List Super Service Award.

Angie’s List Super Service Award winners must meet strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade. The SSA winners must also be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List as new, verified consumer reviews are received.

Pacific Kitchens specializes in Kitchen Cabinet Refacing with over 30 years’ experience serving most of San Diego County.

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Pacific Kitchen’s Free In-Home Estimate

Very often when home owners call our showroom to inquire about refacing they also ask for a ‘ball park’ estimate for what the project will cost.  We patiently explain that it is very difficult to quote a range of pricing because each kitchen is unique and the price will differ depending on the size of the kitchen and the materials you choose for your kitchen.

A free in-home estimate with one of our design consultants usually takes approximately 90 minutes.  During that time the consultant will discuss what you want to achieve with your refacing project.  Then, he will show you a wide variety of sample door styles, colors and materials from which you can select what you like for your kitchen.  The consultant also has many samples of solid surface materials for counter tops including granite and quartz – also known as manufactured stone.

During the in-home consultation, our design consultant will ask you if you plan to replace appliances or add/subtract features from the kitchen such as replacing stationary shelves with pull out drawers, adding a possible trash drawer, Lazy Susan, etc.  If you have room, we can also build new cabinets, add an island and modify cabinetry to fit  new appliances. You may also need us to rebuild the entire drawer boxes or in case of water damage, we may need to rebuild the base cabinets.

So, as you see, many things come up during the home appointment that will help you decide what is best for your unique kitchen.  That is why you can trust that when Pacific Kitchens comes into your home, our design consultant will write an estimate that is customized for your project to ensure that you can achieve the kitchen of your dreams.

There is no obligation to buy from Pacific Kitchens once we have completed the in-home estimate.  But of course, we hope you will check our references, our business’ reputation in the industry and make the wise choice!  Choose Pacific Kitchens – San Diego’s award winning kitchen refacing company.

Call us for a free in-home estimate!

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Why is White So Popular for Kitchen Remodeling?

A lot of our customers who reface and remodel their kitchens want a white kitchen. There are good reasons for selecting white:

• White goes with every color.

• White stands the test of time with any style – transitional, traditional and contemporary.

• Dirt is obvious on a white cabinet and easily seen is easily cleaned.

• When it comes time to sell your house, a white kitchen is a safe bet.

• White reflects light so it is a great choice for small kitchens – it makes them feel bigger.

Pacific Kitchens offers a variety of white options including Thermofoil, painted maple and a variety of contemporary high pressure laminates.

RTF (Rigid Thermofoil)

Rigid Thermofoil is a synthetic material that is heat-sealed at a very high temperature over an MDF core door. Thermofoil cabinet doors can be a solid color or imitation wood grain. RTF comes in a variety of white hues from bight white to almond. It also offers a range of textures and sheen levels, the most popular choice being solid white with a matte sheen. It is easily cleaned with a damp cloth or sponge which makes it quite practical.

High pressure laminate is another option for contemporary, streamlined kitchens. There are a variety of white colors and patterns in the laminate line when doing a kitchen remodel.


Maple is the underlying wood for painted white cabinets. You can choose your favorite white paint and antique glaze for the four-step process of preparing painted maple cabinets.

Step 1: The new cabinets are painted the color of white chosen by the customer

Step 2: The doors and drawer fronts are given a light sanding so they will absorb the glaze (sometimes referred to as antiquing)

Step 3: The glaze is applied on top of the white paint (amber and gray are frequently chosen as glaze colors but you may choose the glaze that suits you)

Step 4: A final tough clear coat is applied to finish the doors and protect them from potential damage. Antiqued maple cabinets look great in a traditional or transitional style kitchen!

Bottom Line – You can’t go wrong if you choose a white kitchen!

Pacific Kitchens – San Diego’s award winning kitchen refacing company. Call us for a free in-home estimate!

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Refinishing versus Refacing. What’s the difference?

We often get calls from potential customers who use the word ‘refinishing’ interchangeably with ‘refacing’.  When I get that call, my first objective is to find out what the caller really wants to achieve in their kitchen.

Many times customers have cabinetry that is constructed of solid hard woods such as cherry, maple, mahogany, oak, etc. that was custom made for their kitchen.  Before they call us, the customers have assumed that Pacific Kitchens will come out, remove the doors and drawers and take them away to be stripped and re-stained or re-painted.  This process is referred to as ‘refinishing’.

Cabinet refinishing is much like the process of refinishing furniture.  It’s messy, smelly and time consuming.  The doors and drawer fronts can be taken offsite to a refinishing shop to be done, but the frames (or boxes) have to be done in your home.  This process takes your kitchen away for quite a while, sometimes weeks.  And you have to live around the mess and the smell of paint and lacquer odors.

Refacing on the other hand is kinder and gentler. When we reface your kitchen we remove all the doors and drawer fronts and make brand new doors and drawer fronts out the material you choose (solid wood, Rigid Thermofoil (RTF) or high pressure laminate).  The outside surfaces of the cabinet frames are covered with matching material.  All the components necessary to reface your kitchen are ready to be installed before we arrive on site.

We don’t want to imply that there is ‘no mess’ involved in refacing, but it is greatly diminished compared to refinishing.  When refacing, brand new doors and drawer fronts are custom built, allowing you to completely change the look of your kitchen.  However, when you refinish, you still have your old and dated doors and drawer fronts that have endured a lot of wear and tear over the years. If you choose to refinish, keep in mind that it’s very difficult to go to a lighter color of stain because the wood grain will retain some of the previous color.

At the end of the day, the decision to reface or refinish is up to you and what you want to achieve.  We are here to raise awareness for the art of refacing and to help our customers to be completely satisfied with their decision.

For a free in-home estimate from Pacific Kitchens, give us a call at 858-277-0701. Our friendly kitchen professionals will show you how to get a brand new look at a fraction of the cost, compared to a complete remodel. We look forward to making your kitchen remodeling dreams come true!

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Reface or Replace? – The Big Decision!

When it comes time to remodel your kitchen, your preliminary research may find you a bit confused about the direction to take.  There are companies that specialize in total kitchen remodels (i.e. tear out and build new cabinetry) and companies like Pacific Kitchens that specialize in refacing your cabinets.

If your kitchen starts to look dated, worn out or perhaps in need of more modern conveniences – new appliances, additional storage, etc. – but the frames are in good condition – refacing can achieve a remarkable transformation without the mess, downtime and most importantly, the expense of a complete remodel.

Whether you want to modernize your kitchen or prepare your home for sale, refacing is an excellent choice. According to industry experts, minor kitchen remodeling (like refacing) provides the highest return on value of any remodeling project – even more than tearing out the entire kitchen and starting over.

A majority of kitchen cabinet refacing projects can be done in as little as a week for about half the cost of a complete kitchen tear out.  Most tear outs take a minimum of six weeks to complete and some extend into months.

Real Estate experts have always agreed that a kitchen reface is one of the best improvements homeowners can make, especially now in these challenging economic times. According to Remodeling Magazine, a minor kitchen remodel including refacing is the #1 interior project for recouping costs at home resale. It beats a major kitchen remodel, bathroom remodel and window replacements.

For a free in-home estimate from Pacific Kitchens, give us a call at 858-277-0701. Our friendly kitchen professionals will show you how to get a brand new look at a fraction of the cost, compared to a complete remodel. We look forward to making your kitchen remodeling dreams come true!

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Easy to Make Snack Recipes for Kids

Healthy snacks are a must for little ones, but what about options they can make themselves? Here are a few ideas for fun and simple snacks that kids will love:

  • Ants on a Log: A kid’s classic for decades, this snack couldn’t be easier to make. Start by cutting celery into two-to-three inch pieces, and then help kids spread peanut butter (cream cheese also works!) along the ridge of each stalk. Dot the celery sticks with raisins, and voila – nutritious, delicious ants are now served.
  • Hot Dog Men: Cut a hot dog in half from the middle down, and then place small diagonal slits on the left and right sides on the opposite end. These cuts will form the legs and arms, respectively, once the hot dogs are boiled in water. After they’re cooked, arrange the dogs on buns and let kids have fun adding faces using ketchup or mustard.
  • Pizza Pita Chips: Top salted pita chips with a dab of pizza sauce, then let kids take turns sprinkling on parmesan and mozzarella cheese. Pop the chips under a broiler until the cheese starts to melt, and in less than five minutes you’ll have your very own healthy pizza party.

Make cooking fun for kids by whipping up snacks they can help with—and make cooking fun for adults by upgrading your kitchen with cabinet refacing from Pacific Kitchens! A cabinet remodel can give your kitchen a whole new look at fraction of the cost, compared to a complete remodel. For a free in-home estimate from Pacific Kitchens, call (858) 277-0701.

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Spring DIY Décor Ideas for the Kitchen

With spring in bloom, it’s time to liven up your home décor. This includes the kitchen, too – what better time to spruce up the most-used room of the home? Try these simple DIYs to organize and add cheer to your kitchen this season:

  • Painted Details: Get creative with food-safe paint on your favorite kitchen tools, like the handles of wooden spoons or salad servers. You can also use paint to add ombre details, or patterns like stripes and spots. Don’t just stop at utensils, however: this idea can also be used on other surfaces, like wooden cutting boards. Try adding a block of color along the height of the board, or use paint to color-coordinate cutting boards for different food prep like meat or vegetables.
  • Cabinet Refacing: Give your kitchen a makeover with cabinet remodeling. This affordable process is the quickest way to update your kitchen without removing any of the original storage space.
  • Functional Fridge Magnets: Affix magnetic strips to the back of vintage tins or pouches to make adorable fridge décor that can hold loose items like mail or to-do lists.
  • Optimal Storage Space: We all have a “junk drawer” stuffed full with utensils and odds and ends. Free up valuable storage space and keep items neat by using tie hooks on the inside of a cabinet door – perfect for holding spoons or scissors.

For more tips to help update your kitchen, including ideas for cabinet refacing, check this space each week. Pacific Kitchens can help give your kitchen a whole new look by using the storage that’s already there. For a free in-home estimate from Pacific Kitchens, call (858) 277-0701.

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Top Five Reasons to Remodel Your Kitchen

Kitchens get a lot of daily use, therefore requiring more maintenance than other rooms in the house. If it’s been a while since your last update, a kitchen remodel is a great way to replace any outdated appliances and make the most of your storage space. A well-done overhaul will turn your kitchen into an attractive workspace that meets the needs of the whole family.

Here are a few ways your kitchen can benefit from remodeling:

1.      Increases Your Home’s Overall Value: The kitchen is one of the first areas potential buyers assess when touring a house that’s for sale. Changes to your kitchen, like a modern look achieved with simple kitchen cabinetrefacing, can improve the marketability of your home.

2.      Updates Old Features: Remodeling is a great way to replace any items in your kitchen that are simply in need of repair. For example, cracked tiles, damaged cabinets, or peeling grout.

3.      Improves Energy Efficiency: These days, consumers are seeking ways to make their homes more energy-efficient, and this sentiment extends to the kitchen. Try adding a skylight in this space to reduce the overall need for artificial light in your home.

4.      Adapt to Lifestyle Changes: Simple changes in the structure of your family may require updates in the home. For example, if your growing family is now too large to fit the breakfast nook in your kitchen, it may be time for a remodel.

5.      Lets You Entertain More: If you love to cook for guests, but often feel limited by the design of your kitchen, custom cabinets can help you make the most of your space by allowing for separate storage, prep, and cooking areas.

Ready for a kitchen remodel, but don’t know where to start? Consider custom cabinet refacing from Pacific Kitchens! Cabinet refacing uses the storage space you already have, saving thousands of dollars while providing a whole new look. For a free in-home estimate from Pacific Kitchens, call (858) 277-0701.

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Top Interior Design Trends for 2015

Last year, minimalism made a major comeback in the world of home design. This year, the trend continues as interior designers embrace airy spaces devoid of clutter, with a focus on form over function. In 2015, simple design is best for every room of the house, from kitchens to living rooms. Seek color palettes in muted earth tones, and source retro-inspired pieces to follow this year’s top design trends.

Streamlined Kitchens

Gone are the days of cluttered kitchens stacked with oversized microwaves. In 2015, kitchens are becoming stark and sleek, with plenty of natural light. A simple way to get started with this trend is kitchen cabinet refacing, which is a great way to update your kitchen with a whole new look, at a fraction of the price.

Mid-Century-Inspired Living Spaces

Retro-inspired décor is making a comeback, but you don’t want your home to look like a movie set. The key is to mix modern pieces with vintage adornments, for a unique look that’s current but timeless:

  • Seek furniture that incorporates wood details, like easy chairs or loungers.
  • Source vintage art for an authentic feel of a past era.
  • Choose the right lighting to complete a retro-inspired space. Popular vintage reproduction lighting fixtures include geometric pendant lights or brass table lamps.

Well-Designed Accessories

Say goodbye to plastic coffee pots and tacky picture frames, and welcome aesthetically-pleasing accessories into your home, such as:

  • Handmade dinnerware
  • Tapestry or wall hangings
  • Artisanal coffee equipment like French presses or pour-over cones
  • Bar carts, for sleek storage of spirits, condiments, or even snacks

This year’s interior trends pay homage to minimalistic design, with retro-inspired details in every room. If your home could use an update in 2015, consider kitchen remodeling from Pacific Kitchens to start. Cabinet refacing will give your kitchen a whole new look with minimal changes to the existing structure, and at a fraction of the cost. Request a free consultation by calling (858) 277-0701.

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Key Features of Different Types of Wood for Kitchen Cabinets

Whether you are installing brand new custom cabinets or having your existing cabinets refaced, you have to make one important choice—choosing a wood for the cabinets. So, how do you make this choice when there are so many woods to choose from? Learning about each type of wood will help make the choice a little easier. Here are some key features of several popular types of wood.

  • Oak – Oak has more noticeable variations in color, especially when you use a lighter finish. The grain has noticeable straight lines, arches, and points. You can easily get a rustic finish with this type of wood. Oak is also one of the harder woods.
  • Maple – Maple is the hardest popular wood. The grain is very fine and smooth, and the color is quite uniform, so don’t expect noticeable variations. If you choose to stain maple cabinets, expect darkened mineral streaks.
  • Alder – Alder is a softer wood with colors ranging from light red to a brownish-red color. The grain is quite straight with an even texture. Since it is a softer wood, these kinds of cabinets can dent easily, compared to other woods.
  • Cherry – Cherry is another softer wood with a smooth and even grain. This is a rich-colored wood that will darken with age, so keep the future in mind when it comes to your kitchen cabinets.

The best way to choose cabinets is by learning about each wood. So, before you make a final decision, educate yourself on the types of wood you like the most. You can also contact us here at Pacific Kitchens to learn more about the various types of wood available.

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