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Galley Kitchen Redo

By: Merritts

Created Aug 13, 2012 with 2,227 views and 5 ratings

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About This Remodel

It's the real thing . . . right? Well, after 7 years of my Coca-cola kitchen and dining room, I was ready to say goodbye to the red!
Our remodel started over a year ago with a color change. I chose a gray/taupe for the kitchen and a yellow for the dining room. My inspiration came from a fabric I fell in love with for curtains, so I just went from there.
Painting helped immensely, but it would just serve to pacify me until I could get to the real renovation.
14 months later, we began a bigger reno.
We started with getting rid of the huge flourescent light down the center of the galley kitchen and replacing it with recessed lighting. Immediately a huge difference in the updated look of the 90's kitchen.
Next step was a cabinet addition. Since we could not afford to change the cabinets, we decided to use a section of wasted space and add a set of cabinets. We relocated the microwave from over the range to built in to that new section of cabinets along with two open shelves above for cookbooks. The lower section would add two small drawers and two large/deep drawers for pots and pans. This also gave me added counterspace.
Once the cabinet was installed, we could measure for countertops and backsplash. This was the most stressful part of the reno for me. I always considered my kitchen small in comparison to most, but we were told because of it's galley style, we had TWICE the countertop space of most kitchens! That meant more cost for countertops than I had anticipated! In the end, we were able to get a very reasonable deal on quartz by Silestone in the color Night Mist. It is a very dark gray with some flecks of white and lighter gray. I must say that I think it is my favorite part of the reno! I love my countertops!
As for the backsplash, I chose a glass tile design in the sheets from Home Depot. It has several shades of gray and black glass tiles mixed with a natural stone. I chose gray grout. It gave me such a contemporary look.
Last but not least, we got new stainless steel appliances. We chose Samsung for the refrigerator and range. I settled for the smooth top electric after I found out that it would be too expensive to run a gas line for a gas range. We replaced the OTR microwave with a nice stainless vent a hood and installed a stainless microwave in the new cabinet.
My last dilemma is choosing the best electrical outlet cover for the backsplash. Funny how on all the HGTV shows and pictures it NEVER shows the outlets on all these gorgeous backsplashes! I am currently using the white that I took down, but it just seems to drastic and jumps out at me. I would love stainless, but then what color outlet do you use underneath the stainless cover?
Please take a look at my pictures and I would love your advice on the outlet covers!
In all, this renovation cost us about $10,000. I think that in the long run, should we decide to sell our house, it will definitely make it more appealing to buyers and it will be well worth it!

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