Quality Cabinets: Maria’s New White Kitchen

We have decided to renovate the kitchen now before we move in and not wait until next summer (and it may not be totally finished by the end of May but that’s okay).

I called upon one of the best kitchen designers in Vancouver, Jan Romanuk. She doesn’t have a website because she pretty much just goes from referral to referral (here are her Pinterest boards).

I have helped many of you with colour and finish decisions for your kitchen; but if the footprint needs to be changed, that’s when you need Jan. And that is why I called her to help me.

Photos by Maria Killam

Jan arrived this week to look at my kitchen with Mike (below) from Quality Cabinet. Mike’s company manufactures and installs all of the kitchens and millwork for all of the homes Jan designs in West Vancouver.

I was lucky enough to work with her for a few years when we were business partners. One of the best pieces of design advice that I give my clients every day, I learned from her and that’s the conversation around the right way to mix finishes from yesterday with today.

Here’s Mike measuring up my kitchen. We are creating a bigger doorway, the fridge is coming out and will move to the pantry wall on the right. The added corner pieces on the doorways will be removed as well.

Jan whipped up a preliminary drawing of the new footprint of my kitchen in about 10 minutes (above). The u-shaped kitchen is dated so we are moving the dishwasher which is currently in the peninsula (that you can’t see) to right beside the sink and the peninsula is coming out. Jan says water is the most expensive to move, so if you don’t have to move the sink, that’s a good thing.

MIke sent me these elevations yesterday, keep in mind this does not represent the door style, etc. Just the layout. This is the door style I want:


Here is the new layout for what will become the pantry wall and where the fridge, wall oven and microwave will go.

Jan designed the two sets of cabinets on the left and right to be 14″ instead of counter depth which is 24″ because I still have one more pantry in a closet that you haven’t seen and she says that’s plenty of space. This way it will seem a little more open when walking into the dining room which is on the right side of these cabinets.

We also talked about the possibility of opening up the wall leading to the dining room but the problem with that idea is that the island would then not be inside the footprint of the kitchen so I will have to be content with the bigger opening beside the current fridge.

And what do you think will go all the way up the walls around the hood fan and open shelving? Subway tile of course.


See the furniture feet/kick on the island, and around the kitchen sink? This is what I want mine to look like.

Drawings by Quality Cabinets

And here on either side of the sink will go my upper shelves. I have so many vases and white dishes I can’t wait to display them here. I know I showed you this the other day but here is what mine will look like – again:


So that’s the big news! A new white kitchen, I am so excited!!! Let me know what you think. xoxo Maria

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  1. Hi Maria,
    You’ve probably already thought of this, but if it’s not too late, when the electrician installs the receptacles in your subway tile backsplash, have them run horizontal and low instead of vertical and right in the middle of your beautiful tile. That way, they run ‘with’ the tile and look much less conspicuous. And you don’t have those unsightly dangling cords!
    Enjoy your beautiful new home!

  2. Love the change!!! What are the dimensions of your kitchen? We have almost the exact same kitchen and have considered an island, but are not sure if we have enough space. We also want to paint our oak cabinets white. Any suggestions for white paint color for cabinets and wall color combinations?

  3. Looks great!

    Just curious for opinions…we plan to sell in two years or maybe three and our realtor said not to do a white kitchen b/c it is a trend that will pass and b/c high-end purchasers don’t look for trendy. We have custom cherry cabinets and a high end granite that scream expensive (we didn’t put them in) and he strongly advises leaving as is given that we will def have to move. Also, our area is very international, so an Americana look won’t necessarily play well. THoughts? Want to update to my own taste while keeping in mind that we will sell…