Maria’s Festive White Kitchen: Before & After


Okay, okay, everyone is asking when I’m posting more pictures of my kitchen. Well I was waiting for my custom made bench and roman shades but the window coverings are delayed so you can thank the holidays for this glimpse.

The other day I found this image on Pinterest (above) so on the weekend I went out and picked up some garland for my kitchen window.

Here’s what our kitchen looked like when we took possession. The owners took out the uppers because at the time I wasn’t planning a full renovation but the upper cabinets definitely had to go. Check out the angled corners on the right hand doorway. Those I couldn’t live with for even two seconds.

Here is the empty room, you can see what the first colour was before the kitchen was painted yellow.

And here’s the same angle with my 3″ shaker style cabinets by Quality Cabinets in North Vancouver and my counter to ceiling off-white subway tile from Olympia Tile.  The Caesarstone countertop was fabricated by Spectrum Stone.

I love the little trees, it feels so festive in here now!

 My espresso maker didn’t make the cut in this image because I need a new one. I have my sugar, cream and the pot that I use to boil water on a tray. Anything on a tray always looks more organized and less like clutter. Love my upper shelving.

Photos by Maria Killam

Can you tell that the cherries are fake? Can’t get cherries this time of year!

I finished decorating my house this weekend so this week I’ll take more pictures to show you!

Have a wonderful week my lovelies! xo Maria

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Quality Cabinets: Maria’s New White Kitchen

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  1. When we built our home almost a year ago, one of the things I debated about was if I should do a divided double sink or do a single deep one. I went with the 1 big one and have not been sorry! Especially this Christmas when I was able to soak the Turkey pan flat in there! It is great to soak casserole dishes etc.without having to prop them up against the side of the sink and scratching it. If I have some dishes on the counter and someone last minute comes over, you can hide them in that deep sink and nobody sees them! I believe you put one in Maria. Would you recommend it to people?

  2. Maria-can you please post the length and width of your kitchen? It looks very similar to ours and it would help to ‘see’ what will fit our space (14’x16′).
    Looking forward to the final kitchen reveal!

  3. It looks so great. I can’t wait to see more of the kitchen but I know you’re waiting until it’s all prettied up. I’ve seen you mention 3-inch Shaker cabinets a few times now. Can you tell me what the 3 inches refers to? Is it that the width of the outer rim (I don’t know what to call it … I don’t know my cabinet parts, but the Shaker part) is 3 inches?

  4. Love your white kitchen, Maria. Am in the process of redoing my kitchen, and wonder if your cabinets are about the same shade as your subway tile? It appears to be in the photo. I have white subway tile, and still need to choose paint color for cabinets and walls. Thanks!