Maison Blonde: Progress & Our Kitchen Finishes

So our kitchen still isn't done...hopefully by the end of June I'll be able to do a full reveal! But for now, since I am asked a lot about the finishes and colours in my home, I thought I'd share all the details of our kitchen finishes! 

We went back and forth on the colour for the cabinets. We have Benjamin Moore 'Dove White' in most of the rooms in our home, so I wanted to keep warm tones flowing into the kitchen. We started off painting the cabinets 'Silver Satin', but it wasn't creamy enough for me. We landed on Benjamin Moore's 'Natural Cream' and I couldn't be happier! Brad and I joke that our kitchen looks like a snack and it always makes we want Baileys and ice cream :) It is the perfect creamy white with beige tones and just all around lovely. 

Kitchen Island

The hardware is my one of my favourite parts of the kitchen. I wanted unlacquered brass so that the finish would stay timeless (natural brass ALWAYS looks good compared to polished or brushed brass which comes and goes with the trends). I have the 4" Mission Bin pulls from Rejuvenation on all my drawers and the Vernon knobs on all my cupboards.  

Rejuvenation Hardware

Then there is our backsplash. We used 'weathered white' Zellige tiles by Clé Tile. Now in Canada the shipping for these cost a fortune, but honestly the texture and tone makes the kitchen - I love it so much! We used Mapei 'Frost' for the grout. We settled on this lighter colour for the grout because of the window locations and the fact that the wall would be constantly backlit so we wanted to keep it bright. 

Cle Tile

For our floating shelves we used white oak lumber and left them completely natural - no stain at all. It matches really nicely with our Optiwood 'Ivory Lace' flooring from Home Depot. This flooring has a lot of variation, but overall looks like a white oak on the greyer side. 

Floating White Oak Shelves

Our faucet and pot filler is from Kingston Brass. They are really solid, well made, and I'm happy with the finish and look. We went with the polished brass for these because this brand didn't offer unlacqured brass - but it was the only one with this style in our price range. 

Pearl Sink

Our sink is the 'Vertu-M' in 'graphite' from Pearl Sinks. Hands down my favourite sink I've ever owned. It's a polymer granite blend and it came with a stainless steel grille in the bottom that is the BEST for drip drying and doing multiple things at once in the sink!

Oh and counters! We used 'Montauk' from Hanstone Quartz. It's important to do your research on the type of quartz you are buying. Some have a lot of filler, and while the price might seem attractive, you may have issues with scratching and the polish fading. (Side note, our installer from Urban Quarry told us to only use Dawn Soap with our quartz! Most other dish soaps have some sort of acidic chemical that can effect the polish.) I LOVE the Montauk counters - they have a marble effect without looking too fake. The background is foggy which I find really makes it look like real marble. 

Hanstone Quartz Montauk

So those are the main finishes we used :) Let me know what you think! I will share more on lighting and decor soon. 









HI! Love your backplash. Our cabinets are white dove and we are torn between going for zellige in weathered white vs sea salt. What do you think in since your walls are white dove? your kitchen looks beautiful!

britney August 16, 2021

lovely kitchen.. can you tell me where you got the cabinets?

Debbie June 13, 2021

This is a very informative blog, thanks for sharing about my kitchen finishes . I liked and it is wonderful to know about so many things that are useful for all of us! Thanks a lot for this amazing blog!!

kitchens christchurch March 16, 2021

Absolutely love your kitchen! I just had one question regarding the details… Where did you get the matching cabinet hinges? Thanks in advance!

Christina Morey January 08, 2021

I’m about to try making a few cabinets and love the look of exposed hinges with the bead detail. Can you tell me about your hinges and how much they affect size of your doors? The company I’ve been looking at for slides/hinges just has hidden hinges for inset doors. So, I’m assuming the calculations they give are only good for that type. Thank you for all you’ve shared here….it’s gorgeous and encouraging!

katie January 07, 2021

Thanks for sharing! I am curios what paint color you used on the kitchen walls?

Jihan Nicole Mitchell January 03, 2021

Your kitchen is beautiful!

How do you like the Optiwood floors?

Ashley N October 13, 2020

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