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A Sleek Kitchen Renovation in San Francisco

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In a San Francisco kitchen, a sleek series of custom cabinets camouflages an armada of professional features.
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  Painters accomplished the high-gloss finish on the cabinets of a kitchen in San Francisco by applying a coat of paint, polishing it with very high-grit sandpaper, repeating the process for each layer, then topping it with three coats of clear varnish. “It’s like an auto body,” says builder Jeff King. “It’s incredibly beautiful.”
  Photo by Joseph Dominguez .

    Painters accomplished the high-gloss finish on the cabinets of a kitchen in San Francisco by applying a coat of paint, polishing it with very high-grit sandpaper, repeating the process for each layer, then topping it with three coats of clear varnish. “It’s like an auto body,” says builder Jeff King. “It’s incredibly beautiful.”

    Photo by Joseph Dominguez .
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  King installed dimmable fluorescent strips by Bartco in the alcoves above the cabinets for ambient lighting.
  Photo by Joseph Dominguez .

    King installed dimmable fluorescent strips by Bartco in the alcoves above the cabinets for ambient lighting.

    Photo by Joseph Dominguez .
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  The residents store perishable items that don’t need refrigeration—like fruits, vegetables, onions, and garlic—in maple-lined pantry drawers.
  Photo by Joseph Dominguez .

    The residents store perishable items that don’t need refrigeration—like fruits, vegetables, onions, and garlic—in maple-lined pantry drawers.

    Photo by Joseph Dominguez .
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  The coffee station features a professional-grade Rocket Espresso machine. Jang and King designed a stainless-steel pullout shelf for a cream and sugar station.
  Photo by Joseph Dominguez .

    The coffee station features a professional-grade Rocket Espresso machine. Jang and King designed a stainless-steel pullout shelf for a cream and sugar station.

    Photo by Joseph Dominguez .
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  The residents incorporated speed racks into the cabinets. Typically found in restaurants, the racks offer chefs intermediate storage. In this case, the couple places food behind the cabinet until it’s ready to serve. After the meal is over, they can stow dirty dishes out of sight instead of interrupting the party with cleanup. To ensure trays slide in and out without catching the cabinet, King used hinges that allow the door to rotate 270 degrees.
  Photo by Joseph Dominguez .

    The residents incorporated speed racks into the cabinets. Typically found in restaurants, the racks offer chefs intermediate storage. In this case, the couple places food behind the cabinet until it’s ready to serve. After the meal is over, they can stow dirty dishes out of sight instead of interrupting the party with cleanup. To ensure trays slide in and out without catching the cabinet, King used hinges that allow the door to rotate 270 degrees.

    Photo by Joseph Dominguez .

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