Small galley kitchen reveal--lots of pictures

kitchen_mamanApril 30, 2013

I am to share my small galley kitchen! It is so much more functional than the original 1951 layout. This was part of a huge renovation we did on the house that is just finishing up, so you will see that we are still putting some places back together. Unfortunately, it was a cloudy day so it is darker than usual in the spaces, and I forgot to turn on some of the lights. I hope you enjoy!

Edited to say that these pics are from my cell phone and iPad. So some of the color is off. Ugh, when I edited the HTML corrupted so I had to reload the photos! Sorry!

Before:

And after:

Under cabinet LED light

I put my son's plates in the buffet so that he can put his things away out of the dishwasher, and set his own place at the table. He likes to help and this gives him easy access. I also did this for our oldest, and she still likes to help...start early habits!

New place for the dog to eat

Close up of the marble

Close up of the floors

Dining room--buffet

Close up of backsplash

Our Ikea sink

I love my pantry! Still have to fix the door and paint the shelves

Kitchen in progress making doughnuts. This is also my prep space and I just love it! I have so much more room.

This post was edited by kitchen_maman on Tue, Apr 30, 13 at 10:10

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annkh_nd

It's stunning! And I want a donut...

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 9:15AM
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trailrunnerbiker

WOW!!! I don't even know where to start..so in no special order...the floor, the marble. the backsplash ..the GORGEOUS view into the DR/sunroom ! The beautiful wall color...not sure what you call it but looks terra cotta on my screen...luscious. The fantastic stove...well it all looks fantastic.

So how long have you been in the reno process on this house. Is it DIY or partial? Details :) More pics of the rest of the house ....wow... c

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 9:19AM
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aktillery9

Wonderful!!!! I want a doughnut too!

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 9:23AM
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justmakeit

Wow, what a difference! Love the bright, spacious feeling the white cabinets give it, and ooh, that checkerboard floor! Beautiful kitchen!

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 9:23AM
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buildinva

Gorgeous!!! What an amazing difference! You must be in Heaven in that new space! I love the arabesque, the marble, the range! And what a great idea to give your boy a spot for his own stuff. How precious.

Congratulations on your new kitchen!

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 9:25AM
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1929Spanish

Great job! Love the backsplash with the dark grout. And you found the same benefit in the kitchenaid fridge that bumps out a bit- you gotta have a place for the magnets. ;)

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 9:32AM
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a2gemini

Kitchen - I can't see the pictures, so will have to look later - did you move the pictures to a new folder - it looks like the links are missing or else my computer is having a brain fart.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 9:36AM
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kitchen_maman

Okay, I edited the post and the pics disappeared...I hope others can still see them!

It was supposed to be a 16 week project. Instead it was about 26 weeks! We did not DIY. We had an architects design the addition and I mostly had in my mind exactly how I wanted my kitchen to function. We lived in the house for two years before the project and I am so glad. I learned a lot about appliances and design for these forums. I fell in love with Bee's original kitchen before I found garden web! I loved the old look of white tiles with black grout so I decided to mix the two!

The paint is SW Earthen jug. I love orange and wanted it to warm up all the white and black. I wanted as much white as possible because the only window in the kitchen is north facing. But we do get very nice light form the windows in the front of the house, east facing, and the dining room which is west facing.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 9:38AM
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eleena

No, no pix, they are gone.

Please get them back!

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 9:51AM
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heidihausfrau

I can't see the pictures either. Please repost them.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 9:51AM
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catbuilder

Where are the pictures?

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 9:52AM
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rosie

No, they're gone. I'll come back. :)

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 9:53AM
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shelayne

No pix :(

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 9:54AM
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AnnaA

Oh my, just beautiful! Everything from the marble to the color scheme, the oven... And that floor! What a wonderful "updated" version of a vintage look.

And those donuts....YUM! :-)

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 10:30AM
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Holly- Kay

Tell me about your lovely flooring. What is it? Your kitchen is stunning and most especially the floors!

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 10:34AM
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deedles

I see the pics. Beautiful! Love the wall color and you tile is so pretty! Really nice, I'll bet you are loving it!

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 10:38AM
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gsciencechick

I also love the flooring tiles. It is all fabulous. The arabesque tiles with the marble and Aga are so gorgeous together.

Love the SW Earthen Jug! Great color!

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 10:41AM
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mama goose_gw zn6OH

Every element is beautiful, and together they are wonderful! I love the black and white marbles together--it's so simple, yet very elegant. It's great to see that you are already enjoying your new kitchen!

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 10:47AM
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kitchen_maman

Holly, the floors are Nero and "arabesquato" polished marble tile. I have always loved the look and was determined to have them some day. I am so loving them!

AnnaA, that is exactly what we we going for a slightly updated "vintage" look.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 10:50AM
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rkb21

Wow! Really, just wow! I absolutely love the way the counters, floors and that gorgeous backsplash all flow together so beautifully. By the way, those doughnuts are making me hungry!

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 10:54AM
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herbflavor

so charming....unexpected how great the floor looks in dining room-it makes it all flow and look a little bigger-smart move!

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 11:19AM
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eleena

Fabulous!

Love your white tile with dark grout!

Aren't those pantries great?

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 12:13PM
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rosie

I can see why you're loving cooking in there. The flooring, counters, old stove, glass door on the pantry, and more--so much to like. Happy cooking, Kitchen Manan.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 1:16PM
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snookums2

wow, what a transformation! Beautiful! You must be thrilled to pieces.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 1:26PM
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legallin

Beautiful! What a neat stove! and it all goes so well with the hood and BS and gorgeous marble! What an improvement!

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 1:28PM
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kiko

Great job! Love your countertops, sink, backsplash,pantry and cabinets.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 1:31PM
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erhm

Gorgeous! Congratulations. And I love that you included some "in action" photos--I feel like there aren't enough of those here.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 1:32PM
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heidihausfrau

I can see the pictures now! Looked at them all twice :). Everything is so wonderful--the counters, the space, love the flooring and the pop of color on the walls! Fantastic job!
Have to say I also like where you put your son's dishes. My kids fight over the sweeper with the short handle. Got to start them early is right ;)

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 1:34PM
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neesie

What a pretty "real" kitchen! I'd love to come over and hang out sometime!

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 2:07PM
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GWlolo

What a transformation! The aga and the marble look gorgeous.

Love the arabesque bs with the dark grout! Can you post a close and share details of the tiles, the grout etc?

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 2:13PM
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Angie_DIY

Va-va-va-Voom! That is lovely!

Naturally, I LOVE the floors! :-)

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 4:43PM
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blfenton

What a difference. It's a beautiful space - so much brighter and more open. Like many others I love the floor and how it goes right through the dining area and the marble. What a great combination.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 5:39PM
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kitchen_maman

Let me remember everything! Lol

Countertops are honed marble, called Venato and I chose that over the Carrara because it was slightly whiter and had some brown veining. Just like the tiles I chose for the floor.

The cabinets (I almost hesitate to admit) are the much maligned Merillat. Our builder suggested them and had an account. I have some in the classic and some in the masterpiece line. They are maple with white paint. I truly hope the reason people have such problems is because they had the really cheep bottom line product. Their showroom was beautiful.

Hood is vent-a-hood, got a great deal because it was a display-half price.

Floors are Nero and arabesquato marble. Polished. With black grout.

The backsplash is Merola Tile from Home Depot. I went with matte so that the floors were the shiny bling bling. I used the same black grout as for the floors.

Aga legacy 36 inch dual Fuel. I just LOVE cooking with it! Discounted because he ordered it for display, but never displayed it!

Tall fisher and paykle DD. I have a nice sized drawer below that has my tupper ware! Again, discounted because it was unwanted after purchase.

Fridge is a Kitchenaid.

Sink is Ikea 24 inch

Faucet is Brizo Belo, prep sink size in chrome.

Under cabinet lights are LED E2 contemporary tape, hard wired.

Paint is SW Earthen jug in kitchen, Grey Cloud in dining room and On The Rocks in the living spaces.

When I first discovered Gardenweb a year ago, I was convinced not to go with marble countertops. Then I met a salesperson who convinced me to reconsider. She was Indian and said she didn't have any problems like I was describing (staining). So I went on a search! Then I discovered the whole "are you a linen wearing or admirer from afar kind of gal?" I jumped for joy! I wear white linen all summer long! Lol. Love it. So after talking to my husband, we committed to marble. And we are so happy!

Let me know if you have any questions!

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 5:41PM
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pinkpaula

Oh, kitchen maman, how lovely! I would enjoy that kitchen forever. Congratulations on achieving your vision. CLASSY.

Would you please post where you purchased the marble floor tile? Did you have to special order it?

Thanks.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 12:07AM
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Gooster

congratulations, I'm so happy for you. May you wear your linen (marble counters) happily for years to come! I love the counters and the floor, the bs, and of course, the doughnuts!

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 2:39AM
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kitchen_maman

Pink, I used mosaic tile company. I used the location in Rockville, MD. They were amazing and so were the prices. We also got the same white marble, brushed for our bathroom. We bought brushed "temple grey" for our daughters bathroom. The contractor's discount was even better. It was equal to or better than man made tile!

I don't think the black marble was in stock initially, but we did not have to special order any of it.

Here is a link that might be useful: Mosaic tile company

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 3:33PM
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mrspete

Lovely remodel, but I've gotta say the one thing that stood out for me was . . . THE FLOOR. Classic, yet bold. I love that it continued on into the dining room. A small space of checkerboard is "not enough", but you did it right.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 4:03PM
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kitchen_maman

Thank you everyone! Again!

I have to say that I had those moments of panic when I was seriously doubting that my vision would all pull together.

MrsPete--thank you! I had a hard time convincing everyone that it needed to flow into the dining room, but I thought it would make the space look bigger. And I agree, if you are going to do the checkerboard floors, you should go big. :)

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 5:30PM
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scootermom

I. Love. Your. Floor.

If I had that flooring in my kitchen I would dance all the time (hmmm...guess I'd have to install ServoDrive, too).

The whole thing is beautiful. I'm not really a marble person, but I love your choices. Your floor tiles make a gorgeous, bold statement, while your lovely countertops whisper softly yet beguilingly. Perfect!

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 6:18PM
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michoumonster

beautiful and so unique! love the bling from the chandelier, and of course the range is to die for! congrats!

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 6:56PM
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a2gemini

Wow - Glad I came back to visit. Go dance away from the kitchen to the dining room on your great floor. A bold move but you will love it!
You have some nice features in your kitchen - the big drawer and of course your pantry - and how could I forget your special spot for your son's dishes :-)
Enjoy!
PS - Save me a donut!

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 9:50PM
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mrspete

One question about the floor: I assume those are 12" squares?

ScooterMom, I'm not a marble person either, but I like this floor.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 9:53PM
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breezygirl

Lovely job! So many beautiful elements. I'm a marble lover and user also so I completely understand!

    Bookmark   May 2, 2013 at 12:42AM
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JessicaBee

Obsessed!!! Love the back splash and hood/stove area. Job well done!

    Bookmark   May 2, 2013 at 1:20AM
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kitchen_maman

MrsPete, they are 12x12. Even if you don't like marble, I am sure you could find a man-made equivalent. :)

I should follow up with some interior shots! I have some nifty interiors...pull out cutting board. I bought Ikea wooden flatware dividers, which are slightly too large to fit on the bottom of my drawer, so instead of sitting on the bottom. They sit on the lip of the drawer, and I have storage under them! Bonus!

    Bookmark   May 2, 2013 at 6:04PM
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susanlynn2012

I love the cabinets, the hardware that ties in with the beautiful floor and beautiful backsplash, the appliances, and the gorgeous marble counters! Thank you for sharing.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2013 at 6:39PM
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melle_sacto

Love it!

Your backspash reminds me of the old flooring in my parent's 1960s home (they never updated anything). It was light olive green with darker olive green borders, pretty much the same shape as your backsplash. Your backsplash is definitely more stylish than that old flooring ;-)

    Bookmark   May 2, 2013 at 8:37PM
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williamsem

Wow, glad I had time to take a look, that is a sweet kitchen! LOVE the floor, it looks so nice flowing into the dining area. And it works so well with the backsplash too.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2013 at 9:29PM
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shelayne

Oh my, I just **LOVE** this! Your floor makes me want to cry, it's so fabulous! The marble counters are amazing, the backsplash, the windows-- everything just works together so beautifully!

Congratulations on making your vision a reality. It is perfect!

    Bookmark   May 29, 2013 at 7:03PM
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brooklyngalley

From one galley kitchen owner/renovator to another - Bravo! I absolutely love your choices.

Here's to another amazing galley!

    Bookmark   May 29, 2013 at 7:14PM
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Holly- Kay

This is my second look and I just have to say again how much I love your kitchen!

    Bookmark   May 29, 2013 at 7:16PM
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bpathome

My second look, too, and besides the dreamy floors I'm noticing the placement of your pulls on the drawers. Unexpected and absolutely perfect and makes perfect sense. Also liking that the cabinet pulls are different from the drawer pulls. Can I ask, was it just cause you liked it, or was there a functional reason?

    Bookmark   May 29, 2013 at 7:41PM
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bowyer123

Very nice! I love your BS, especially how you to added to the height. Every picture you posted I kept thinking, 'I like THAT, and THAT and THAT!' I'm sure you will love spending time in there!

    Bookmark   May 29, 2013 at 10:07PM
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deedles

Say, what are the lights on the ceiling? The curly ones specifically. Now that you've had them for awhile, do you like them? Anything you can tell me about them?

I'm thinking about something similar for my kitchen ceiling for the overall lighting with task lighting otherwise.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2013 at 11:13PM
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susanlynn2012

I love your cabinets, your unique stove, your beautiful marble counters, the red toaster and the doggie place mat! I love your dining room chandelier! Thanks for sharing.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2013 at 11:16PM
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kitchen_maman

Thanks again everyone! I enjoy cooking every night and spend a lot of time in there in general!

Brooklyngalley--thank you! I just love the galley, and it flows so well!

Bpathome--the placement was functional. At first I was going to place them all the same. Then I realized that the under sink would be different and my husband thought he would always pull the wrong way. I like them high for the drawers too. Very convenient.

Deedles, the lights are Vaxcel Lighting SP53718 Spotlight Contemporary. I love them! They provide so much light. I loved that they were curved and had the square crystal glass. We do have task lighting too to avoid shadows. I love that we can direct the light. I have light directed into the pantry, the microwave, the bar area, and three directed at the stove/sink area. I am posting a link below. We bought the lights from Furgeson.

Here is a link that might be useful: Kitchen ceiling lights

    Bookmark   May 30, 2013 at 8:28PM
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