Before and After

Holiday Kitchens, Maple wood finished in Nordic White, full overlay Davenport door style with 3” stiles & rails,
Granite Volga Blue

  What a difference here! There are a lot more cabinets in both the cleaning or prep center and in the hutch area. I love the varied depths and heights of the cabinets.
   There are only 2 changes here, but to me they are a big deal. The cabinet depth over the refrigerator is as deep as the refrigerator. Now the cabinet is a usable cabinet instead of a behind the catch-all area of the top of the refrigerator. No more clearing of the top of the refrigerator, then getting the step stool and climbing up there to get what ever is there. Then putting everything back.

The second thing is the crown. Crown molding adds such a nice touch. It just looks finished instead of, well, you get the idea.

Holiday Kitchens, Maple wood, full overlay Carlisle door style with 3” stiles & rails, Perimeter cabinets finished in Antique White with Van Dyke Wash, Island cabinets finished in Stone Brown,
Cambria Bellingham

  The soffits have been removed. Makes a big difference in how much storage space is added when that happens. The color has been changed from a dark brown to a nice Antique White, and that really brightens it up. The island is in Stone Brown and that is dark compared to the original. Angled cabinets were used on the end of the run to soften that up.
  Before there was no island. We removed the table and added an island. They have 2 stools shown here, but there is room for 4 to sit, so nothing was lost by taking the table out. Plus, this added 2 more cabinets! That’s always a plus when you get more storage space.

Holiday Kitchens, Maple wood with Granite stain, full overlay Winslow door style with 3” stiles & rails,
Cambria Bellingham

  Taking out the cabinet over the peninsula and the soffit really opened up this kitchen. Not to mention (as I always do) the added storage space. We didn’t lose that much, as the microwave took up a good portion of the cabinets that are now missing. The range and microwave have been moved to the other side.

  What a difference here! The refrigerator has been moved to this wall, giving plenty of area for cold storage. A pantry cabinet was added for much more storage space. The hutch area matches the entire kitchen now.
  The range was moved to a different wall, taking the microwave with it. Opening this up a lot. This left room for a larger stack of drawers. The dishwasher was moved to this corner, making it easier to use in conjunction with the sink, a necessary element.

The dishwasher is now next to the sink making cleanup so much easier! Each zone of the kitchen triangle should have it’s own area. When it does, life in the kitchen is so much better!




Holiday Kitchens, Maple painted Nordic White, Seattle full overlay door style with 3″ stiles and rails, 5 piece drawer heads
Cambria Galloway

  What a remarkable difference! The shower was torn out, along with the wall you see here, opening up the bathroom.  A seperate vanity was placed here, giving more storage space and each person, their own personal area.
  See what I mean? This was a very small place to share. The new vanity is the back saver height, so of course there is more storage space. Having only 1 sink in the cabinet also provides for more storage area, as you don’t have to provide for double the plumbing.
  The hot tub was pulled out and a nice big, spacious shower was installed! Note the shower step and the top of the half walls are topped with the same material as the counter tops. There is also a seat in the shower made of the same material.


Grabill Cabinets, Maple painted Glacier White, Benchmark full overlay door style,
Cambria Laneshaw

   The tile counter-top definitely dates this bathroom, as does the drop in sink and the standard overlay on the cabinets. The layout of the cabinets has also been updated with a cabinet now in the open space. The drawers make everything easier to see and reach with out laying on the floor to access it.


Holiday Kitchens, Hickory wood with Hallmark stain, Petersburg full overlay door style with 3” stiles and rails, slab and 5 piece drawer fronts
Granite: Giallo Ornamental


  Look at the difference! There is a lot more cabinet storage space by removing the soffits. Changing the design from a peninsula to an island design greatly increases traffic flow. This also added 2 more places to sit and eat.
   This update to the hutch area allows for a storage place, yet still has a place for displaying pretty things. Perfect for a phone station. In our showroom we have outlets that have 2 usb ports. You can get them at any hardware or building supply store. This update is more stable and looks more permanent.
   You’ll notice that drawers are now used instead of cabinets with shelves. It makes it so easy to see everything. Kind of like a roll out shelf except that with a drawer you have the depth of the drawer to keep everything in.
  The corner sink is moved to the center of the island. They decided to go with drawers again where feasible. The waste bin has been put inside a cabinet (to the right of the dishwasher) instead of in the walkway. The desk has been done away with altogether. More and more families are finding this just isn’t a good use of space.


Holiday Kitchens, Maple wood with Ivory paint, Petersburg full overlay door style with 3” stiles & rails
Cambria Laneshaw


How open and inviting the new kitchen is!

   Here Brian Stevens is looking to see what is in the soffits. Sometimes you can’t remove them. A good builder will always look before giving you a bid. Then there aren’t any surprises down the road.
  The desk is now gone, but what a difference in the look and feel! This is a great focal point.



Holiday Kitchens, Cherry wood with Hallmark stain, Oxford full overlay door style with 3” stiles & rails
Cambria Galloway

  To make the kitchen more open and accessible, the peninsula was replaced with an island. Diane redirected the island to maintain that flow with out losing any storage.
We removed the soffits making the kitchen look bigger and added more storage space.

  With the peninsula moved we created a focal point to the wall cabinet by adding glass doors with a matching finished interior. The cabinets ends have been finished with door panels giving this area something beautiful to look at from every angle. Removing the soffit that was over the peninsula opens the area and makes it welcoming instead instead of dividing it.

  The new pantry cabinet was taken out, including the wall space above, it to add more storage space to the cabinet. The cabinet has a decorative door end panel that adds a nice touch.  The crown adds a finished look to the area. It no longer looks like there’s something missing.



Holiday Kitchens, Oak with Autumn stain, Seattle full overlay doorstyle with 3″ stile and rails, 5 piece drawer fronts
Cambria Langdon

   This kitchen is another kitchen with many changes. The changes here are also striking because the colors changed so dramatically. The microwave area has now become an area for a double oven, a delight for bakers! An ideal cabinet over the double ovens is a perfect place for putting in vertical dividers for cookie sheets, cutting boards and 9 X 13 baking pans. Resting on their side and divided by a partition makes them all handy to access!

  The eating area was tiny and off in the corner. Diane brought this area to a more functional use and brought the diners into the ‘fun center’ of the kitchen. It also allowed for a second pantry cabinet to be placed in the kitchen, and who doesn’t want 2 pantries in the kitchen? The new placement also allowed for a 24″ deep cabinet over the refrigerator.


   Gone are the cabinets that cause claustrophobia and tend to make a person feel isolated in the kitchen. As you can see in this shot from outside the kitchen, it really opens it up. Also going from a range (with 1 oven) to a cook top allowed for the cabinet with double 30″ ovens, which you see at the top right.  You can also see the second pantry in this picture.

  The knick-knack shelves to the left and right of the sink have been removed allowing for more cabinet space. The arched valance hides the light and the bar of the blinds. It also brings cohesiveness to the cabinets and gives an interesting focal point to this area.



Holiday Kitchens, Character Alder with Fireside stain, Seattle door style with 3” stiles & rails, full overlay slab drawers
Cambria Bradshaw

Everything about this kitchen changed. Everything. From removing soffits, taking out walls, the floor and backsplash tiles, cabinet color, door style, door overlay, countertop material, appliances, lighting, kitchen flow and work centers. Oh, and the kitchen sink! It’s a copper apron sink. WOW!! The cabinet color went from a medium brown oak to the reddish tinted Alder. The door style was a raised panel and is now a flat panel. Taking the soffits out we could make the cabinets taller and we had more room to add more cabinets. We removed the peninsula and used an island, giving better work flow.

Let’s start with the back entrance to the kitchen. The room was torn out and it’s now open to the kitchen. You can see it in the picture on the right. There is a place for the boots and shoes, coats and purses, hats and packages as you walk in. There is even a place to sit when you take your boots off. How handy is that?

   The first thing I mention about the kitchen, of course, is that the soffits are gone! More cabinet space!!  


Grabill Cabinets, Maple wood with Glacier White paint, Shaker door style inset construction,
Cambria Laneshaw

This kitchen was tucked away in several different areas. The cooking area was set apart with little countertop area to the right. The cabinets that hung down made you feel detached from the action, whether at the stove or in the very tiny eating area.  Standing  at the stove after the remodel is a whole new experience! You no longer have that feeling of disconnect  and claustrophobia. There is plenty of counter top space by the cook-top and 2 additional places to eat.


  There was an area that had painted cabinets and they didn’t match the others. The kitchen now looks put together and works like a dream. The before and after shots are awe -inspiring. The wine rack was inaccessible by most adults, but is now reachable. One big difference is the ease with which the drawers open and close. We added the framework for the new cutout to the dining area, which makes a beautiful frame for the new kitchen.


  The soffits take up valuable real estate in a kitchen. By removing them you, you give yourself more cabinet space and if you like, your pretty things are no longer relegated to a box in the basement, but put on display with glass doors and even lights. Under cabinet lighting is another welcome addition when doing a remodel.

Holiday Kitchens, Quarter Sawn Oak with Autumn Stain, Petersburg Square door with 3″ stiles and rails,
Cambria Bradshaw

 Here, Diane removed the desk area so the kitchen area is extended more into the eating area. She added glass doors to add some formality to that end. There is now an oven cabinet that includes the microwave. The pantry cabinet now has 5 roll-out shelves.  
  The microwave is moved to another cabinet and this opens up the cook top area.  The square lazy susan has been upgraded to a diagonal super susan.  A Super Susan from Holiday Kitchens has a shelf mounted on the bottom and one mounted on a standard shelf for added strength and stability.
 And did I mention… we took the soffits out!! More storage room right off the bat. This makes it possible to add a nice looking crown to the top of the cabinets. The cabinet over the refrigerator is now deeper. This makes so much sense. Why builders ever thought this was a good idea I will never know.

Grabill Cabinetry, Cherry stained Vermont, full overlay on a custom door style, 5 piece and slab drawer heads
Hurricane Gold granite

  The new design of this kitchen is one of those that you walk into and just stand for a minute taking it in and then mouth the word WOW. When Northwest Quarterly did an article on “Islands”, they featured this island in the story. There are several thing about this island that really gives it that WOW effect.

  Clipping corners and doors applied to the ends and backside, sculpted edging are just a few of the things that make this kitchen stand out.

Did you know that Diane will measure to exactly the height YOU want the oven and microwave to be in the oven cabinet?

  Built in oven cabinets and refrigerator end panels also add a custom built in look to the kitchen. Glass doors and an open shelf add a very personal touch to any room.  

Holiday Kitchens, Maple wood in Snowdrift painted finish, full overlay Seattle Square door style
St Cecelia granite

The kitchen is still painted white, but you can sure tell there has been an update. New hardware and a simpler door style went a long way, as does taking out the soffits. The double oven was removed and replaced with a slide in range. Moving the refrigerator to the other side, really opened up the cooking center and gave you counter top on both sides of the range.

It also put a counter top next to the refrigerator, where before the was none. The microwave was lifted up off the counter to also add to the usable counter top real estate. There is a blind corner base cabinet to the left of the sink, but instead of being a black hole sucking up items to never be seen again, it has swing out shelves.

There is a blind corner base cabinet to the left of the sink, but instead of being a black hole sucking up items to never be seen again, it has swing out shelves.  Here is a drawing of the cabinet.


Holiday Kitchens, Maple wood with Country Hearth stain, Lancaster Square door style w/3” stiles & rails, full overlay,
Cambria Bradshaw

HOT TIP!! for updating and getting more cabinet space at the same time : Remove the soffits. Can’t say it enough. There was a nice large pass-thru added that really opened up the kitchen. The oven cabinet at end, near the patio doors, was boxing in the kitchen, so we removed that and put in a wall cabinet with glass doors, adding more texture and making the kitchen feel larger. The microwave is in the tall cabinet next to the refrigerator with a lift up door, concealing it when not in use.  The island counter top has an angle in it for added interest and an overhang for added seating.

Holiday Kitchens, Maple wood with Ivory paint finish, Petersburg Square door style w/ 3” stiles & rails, full overlay, slab drawers
Cambria Laneshaw

Notice in the before picture, that there are 2 drawer fronts across the top of the cabinet. This fake drawer fronts make it possible to put the sink where ever you choose. Most people choose the center, of course, but there are other reasons you may have to reposition the sink due to plumbing issues. There is a better look that Diane always goes with (if possible) and that is the single drawer front all the way across the front of the cabinet. It keeps it from looking too busy. Diane also evened out the drawers, so that top and bottom drawers are the same height.
The mural is a beautiful piece of art and coordinates beautifully with the vessel bowl, giving whole room that Mediterranean feel! You can see it reflected in the mirror and here below.

Grabill Cabinetry, Hickory wood with Cusp stain, Shaker door style with 3 ¼” Stiles & Rails, full overlay, slab drawers
Netuno Bordeaux granite

The microwave was so big, it did not look like there was enough room to cook, and if you love to cook, this will not make you happy. The microwave was moved to the island, as was the built in oven.
 This also made more room for people to work in both the cleaning section and the baking area. We added a cabinet over the sink with glass doors for added texture and an arched valance for interest. We used a nice simple shaker door style, with nice wide stiles and rails (3.25”).
We replaced many of the standard base cabinets with drawers. They are so much easier to look thru and find things than a standard base, where you are getting down on the floor and looking on the bottom shelf. My knees!! The diagonal base cabinet has a nice Super Susan in it and of course over the refrigerator is a nice deep cabinet.


Grabill Cabinets, full overlay Olde Towne door style, slab drawers on top drawers, Alder wood with Meridian Glaze
Granite counter tops in Madura Gold

We replaced all the base cabinets and the cold storage area cabinets with rich warm chocolate brown cabinets, making the kitchen feel warmer. There is now a panel on the dishwasher, keeping the uniform look along the bases. The tall pantry cabinet has an opening for the microwave and there are 4 roll out shelves in the lower section of the cabinet.

Grabill Cabinets, full overlay Benchmark doorstyle with 3″ stiles and rails, 5 piece drawer fronts
Maple with a Chicory Glaze finish
Cambria counter tops in Berwyn

A new kitchen that looks wonderful! It has more seating space with out taking any thing away from storage. The dry bar has a lot more space for storage, as well as displaying the wine glasses. The drawers are full extension, undermount guide drawers.  The under-mount drawer guides look classier. Some people write that side mounts are sturdier than under-mounts, but it could just be in the construction of the drawer. Diane will upgrade the bottoms of drawers (and shelves) that are going to be given a heavier load, taking care of that problem.  The undermount guides take less room than a side mount glide, another good reason to go with undermount drawer guides.


Grabill Cabinets, full overlay CD 490 door style, slab drawers on top drawers, 5 piece for lower drawers,
Maple wood with Glacier White paint
Cambria counter tops in Collybrooke

What a difference! The cabinets were a dark brown and now with the painted cabinets the kitchen seems much brighter. The door style was a contemporary door style and it still is, but with a little more interest and the long sleek pulls on all doors and drawers make sure that the look stays as a contemporary look. The refrigerator was moved so it now has counter space on either side. The dishwasher was very inconvenient to use if you wanted to use your sink at the same time. A waste bin was put in the cabinet next to the sink. Because we used diagonal cabinets in the corner, we were able to add a Super Susan to the layout, as well.
The refrigerator was moved just a little, making the cold storage center well suited for its task. Plenty of counter space to do the job before and after preparing the meals. A nice pantry cabinet with 5 roll out shelves was also put in this area. We also used more drawers than cabinets with doors. It’s so much easier to look for something in a drawer. The microwave was also put in this area.

Holiday Kitchens, Maple with Stone Brown paint, Davenport door style, full overlay, slab drawers
Snow Storm Granite

The color is a definite change from the oak you see in so many kitchens to this beautiful stone brown.  Removing the soffits is a big part of updating your kitchen, but so worth it. You end up with taller cabinets and the crown is such a nice finishing touch. Also note the deeper cabinet over the refrigerator. And in this kitchen, Diane put a cabinet in the peninsula that opens in the eating area.
You will see the wall cabinet to the left of the sink was changed to 2 wall cabinets with glass in the outer cabinet, including on the side. Both of the corner cabinets on the right are now diagonal cabinets. The valance over the sink is arched and now 9″ high, which fits better with the whole look.
The wall was modified to accept the taller cabinet to tie in to the rest of the kitchen. There are now panels on the side of the cabinet and the crown is really set off here.

Holiday Kitchens, Maple wood in Fog finish with Graphite Wash, Winslow Square doorstyles, full overlay, slab drawers
Fantasy Brown Granite

This kitchen went from a darker stain on an arched door panel to a cool Maple Fog stain with a Graphite Wash on the Winslow door with 3″ stiles and rails. The cabinets now go to the ceiling giving more cabinet space and eliminating the dust catcher space above. There is a very sharp looking 2 piece crown molding that really sets of the door style. The hutch area is below. It was hard to get a good shot looking straight at the hutch, so I have a few close-ups included.

Holiday Kitchens, Maple wood with Candy stain w/Tudor Brush Glaze finish,
Lancaster Square door style, full overlay, slab top drawers, deeper drawers are 5 piece drawer heads
Cambria Bradshaw


We take out the soffits and replace them with taller wall cabinets, giving more storage space and definitely a more updated look. The arched raised paneled cabinet doors are replaced with a more updated look with a square raised panel door.


The cook-top is moved to the center of the kitchen allowing for a hood that makes a statement in this kitchen, as well as a better flow in the work space.

The eating area is brought into the kitchen for a more intimate atmosphere.
It brings with it more storage space and puts the dish drawer and the silverware close to the eating area.

Holiday Kitchens, Quarter Sawn Oak with Canyon stain, Seattle door style, full overlay, slab drawers,
Cambria Hollinsbrook

This kitchen was tucked away in several different areas and Diane opened up the area by removing walls and bringing everything together. The eating area was brought into the area and everyone can now join the fun. Everything is now an easy access to accomplish both good times and good food!

Grabill Cabinets, Maple with Chickory Glaze,
Distressed Accents: Standard Chain Distress, Worm Holes, Simulated Cracks
Avalon door style, full overlay,

The clients had a very nice kitchen, but it was time to update. A plan that works out great in one decade does not work in the next decade.  So a few changes were needed.  On the wall to the left of the range, the under-counter refrigerator was moved and a 3 drawer base cabinet was added at that position.  To the right of the range, over the refrigerator, the cabinet depth was increased to 24”.  The cabinet was also pulled out to match the depth of the refrigerator. The dishwasher was taken out of the island and placed next to the sink.
In the island, the dishwasher was replaced with a 4 drawer cabinet. The base cabinets (door and drawer combination) were replaced with all drawers.
  A tall pantry with roll out shelves replaced the wall and base cabinet, giving much more cabinet space.
The under-counter refrigerator is placed on this wall and the open shelf cabinet is replaced
with a cabinet that has frosted glass in it.