Small Galley Kitchen Reveal

mgmumJune 12, 2014

I moved into this house about 3 years ago. The kitchen was ugly and not terribly functional. I saved up and planned and finally my kitchen is finished.

I did not really find GardenWeb until I had almost everything purchased and planned, but I still enjoy reading what everyone has to say and seeing everyones ideas.

My kitchen is a galley, approximately 7'2" at it's widest and 12'4" at the longest. At the window end, there are three stairs leading down to the back door/sunroom. On that stairway there was a pantry which has now become our coat closet, as that is the entrance we use most. The sunroom is really more of an uninsulated mud/storage room which contains our recycling, bikes in the summer, sports equipment, snow shovels in the winter etc.

I shopped around and bought things piecemeal as I could afford them. I knew I didn't want dark cabinets as I thought it might feel too claustrophobic. I knew I was going to buy Ikea cabinets during a sale, as I was on a small budget. The whole renovation was approximately $9000, including appliances and installation. My friend helped me install the backsplash, I installed the ceiling fixture, but I hired a small company recommended by a friend to do the rest. I kept the footprint the same to reduce costs. I did add extra plumbing for the dishwasher (Yay!!) and water dispensing/ice cube making fridge (also Yay!!)

It's finally finished except for the caulking once the tiles have cured. I thought I'd post the pics, since it is virtually finished. I still have to make the other roman shade for the end window.

Cabinets: Ikea Adel White
Counters: WilsonArt Black Alicante HD Laminate
Floor: Allure TrafficMaster vinyl tile Delft Stone
Backsplash: MS Greecian Marble 3x6 tile Home Depot USA with pre-mixed Bright White grout.
Faucet: Kohler Simplice Polished Chrome Lowe's Canada
Refrigerator: KitchenAid Counter Depth (scratch and dent section at a local appliance store. I replaced my old fridge which broke about 6 months prior to starting the reno.
OTR Micro: GE I went this route to save counter space. It vents directly outside. I sold my other microwave and stand to a friend.
Dishwasher: Bosch Ascenta Lowe's Canada (50% off!)
Cabinet Hardware: 3" Venice Arch (Style Selections, Lowe's Canada store brand in a cheap bulk pack of 25 pulls)
Ceiling Fixture: Ikea Tidig
Sink: Domsjo single sink, Ikea (chosen by my 12 y.o. son)
Paint: BM Hawthorne Yellow (chosen by my 8 y.o. son)
Under Cabinet lighting: Illume LED Home Depot Canada


There is a 24" pantry, an 18" pullout which contains the mixer/blender etc. The middle bank of drawers has the "lunch centre" along with plastic cups/dishes, and the bottom one contains mixing bowls, colanders and other assorted stuff.

I did not replace the old stove, as it still works. The top drawer has cooking utensils, middle has pots and pans and the bottom has casserole dishes, and a dutch oven.

The top half of this photo is the counter and the bottom half is the flooring.


Thanks for looking!

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    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 4:50PM
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Really nice! The pantry side of the kitchen looks like you get a lot more utility, especially.

I envy your budget. Wonderful results!

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 4:55PM
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Wow...big change for not a big budget...I love it!!! I'm especially impressed with your DIY backsplash. It turned out great!

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 5:11PM
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My eye was drawn to the yellow and then to the sink. Then I read about those being your kids' selections. Tell them great job!

I also really like the countertop. But the best is all the storage you gained. Thanks so much for sharing your work!

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 5:24PM
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Beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing your pictures.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 5:30PM
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Your kitchen looks great! I'm impressed with how you chose quality, budget-friendly options. The kitchen looks lighter and more open, but the dark counters add style and interest. Removing the valance, paneling, and wallpaper trim really creates a more spacious feeling. Building in the fridge makes a big difference too.

edited to add - the wall colour is one of my favourite elements!

This post was edited by feisty68 on Thu, Jun 12, 14 at 17:32

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 5:31PM
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It looks fabulous! Great job! I think you can ditch the energy guide tag on the range now though, lol. I found that funny since you hadnt replaced the range, is there a reason you kept it?

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 5:35PM
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You did a great job! Enjoy your work and creativity.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 6:24PM
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Wonderful job! Congratulations on your patience and good planning. How nice that you included your boys' choices. It all looks fresh and functional. Thanks for sharing.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 6:50PM
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Very nice, liking the black countertop / marble backsplash combo. Did you take the Bazz UC lighting? I used their direct wire kit, worked nicely.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 6:58PM
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Very, very nice!

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 7:07PM
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Mick Mick

Congrats! Very nice kitchen. I love all of your choices.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 7:08PM
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I thought your counters were soapstone until I went back and read your list. They look beautiful! Great job on your pretty kitchen!

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 8:06PM
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Nicely done! The new version looks so crisp and efficient! I really like your design and finishes choices and how they work in the space.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 9:24PM
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Thanks all! I am loving it! The only real problem is when one of us is in the fridge or pantry and someone else wants in the other one. Then it's Hey, wait a minute, I'm in here! LOL

Alex 9179, that was kind of big budget for me! LOL I think I got almost everything on sale except the flooring and UC lighting and backsplash tile. But the tile was cheap, $5.69 sq ft.

dcward89, I am so proud of that backsplash! I'm very thankful my friend spent almost two full days helping me out with it. I'd never used a tile saw or installed tile of any kind before.

OOTM_Mom I didn't replace the stove because that one still works fine and I'm trying to only buy things that are necessary. I'm on a tight budget and couldn't see spending the money right now. If you mean why didn't I take the EnerGuide sticker off, believe me, I've tried but it's stuck on there pretty good and I don't have the patience to sit there with a tub of goo gone and a toothbrush! LOL

Feisty, the old owners had a love affair with 4 inch nails and glue! What a pain trying to rip down those cabinets. They were open backed, so the wall was the back of the cupboard and they had this weird metal veneer on them, and they were nailed to the wall. The paneling was all glued on and the old backsplash was the same formica as the countertop and that was glued on too. Let me tell you, I ripped my hands/gloves to pieces when I was trying to get that off the wall.

The boys knew that I had veto power over everything, but the Domsjo was the cheapest sink Ikea had and it's really pretty and I can't for the life of me figure out why a 12 y.o. boy would be interested in a sink, but he thought it was the coolest thing ever, so done deal!

I had a couple of paint swatches up and the 8 y.o. liked the yellow the best. I'm naturally drawn to green and was really loving the Kittery Point Green, but it's very close to our living/dining room colour, Palladian Blue, so yellow it was.

The boys were great during the demo, and renovations and even though we weren't disrupted for terribly long, we were out of sorts for a couple of months as I had used my income tax return to put new laminate flooring throughout the upstairs in mid-late March and then we started the kitchen reno two months later. Next up, flooring for the sunroom and the bathroom.

Amck, I'm not normally known for my patience, but when I see something on a good deal that I like, and I have some money to spare, I'll buy it and hang onto it. When I bought my laminate flooring for upstairs, it was quite a good deal for good quality stuff, so I bought extra for when I have the time and money to fix up the basement, I already have the flooring. I'm doing the same next week when Costco has their click vinyl tiles on $8 off per box. It will be perfect for the sunroom and it goes well with my laminate, so I can also put it in the furnace room and laundry room which are adjacent to where the flooring will be in the basement. Just planning ahead. LOL

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 9:24PM
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Wow, this is wonderful. We're in the final days of renovating a kitchen that's about the same size, so I know just how difficult it would be to effect such a huge transformation on such a small budget. It's really a stunning transformation that doesn't look like a low-budget project at all. I love the combination of white cabinets/dark counters/marble backsplash. You must be so thrilled with the final result! Congratulations, hope you and your kids with such great taste are really enjoying the new space!

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 9:33PM
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Very smart collecting the needed items as they went on sale and clearance. What a difference enclosing the fridge made! Really like your backsplash and sink, too. Well done!

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 9:39PM
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This is great. Thanks for posting.

I have been thinking about using the very same cabinets and sink, as well as keeping white appliances. I keep trying to figure out how strange white appliances will look with the cabinets or not, so it's really helpful to see pics. I'm not really decided on counter or floor materials yet, but I have been gravitating toward something in pretty much just the colors you chose.

Nice job, it looks really cool.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 9:58PM
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Beautiful job!! I am just completing a kitchen remodel also, and couldn't help noticing your backsplash tile. I have selected the same and am wondering if you would share more information about that tile. Was that the Venato marble from Lowe's? Did you experience any yellowing, darker greying when first set? If so, did that eventually fade back to the original white background? I just started setting mine and I'm considering ripping it out because it changed color so drastically from the dry tile I selected.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 10:47PM
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Great job!!

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 11:05PM
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Really well done and very budget smart. You really can have a beautiful space without spending the money some do.

Oddly, I really don't like black granite counters but I quite like the matte look of those laminate ones. The don't steal the show from the nice cabs and backsplash.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 11:57PM
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Looks great! Love your backsplash

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 12:51AM
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Looks great! Thank you for sharing your budget, shows just how much can be done with a modest budget. I am impressed. That your sons participated in the decision making - how cool! Beautiful cabs, countertop, & BS.

OMG - we do have the same exact kitchen, including placement of windows, except mine is 7'11'' x 11'9'. Your layout (stove, sink, fridge,) is exactly how mine used to be.

Where are the pet food bowls in the "after" pic? Mine were under the back window, in front of stove. :-)

Again, GREAT job. Thank you for sharing.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 1:57AM
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Barb4288, I just finished grouting the second wall yesterday. The tiles were almost pure white before setting them on the wall. Everyone was telling me get white mortar, but really, I'm no expert. I asked the guy at the store and he was very young and he suggested this one kind. An older guy happened along and said that was the best choice, given my tiles, which I had brought along to show them. The mortar was gray cement colour. I won't say they've discoloured, but now they look more like you expect marble to look, rather than almost pure white. I saw that tile at Lowes USA (herringbone pattern on mesh?) and it looks more like marble from the beginning. Does that make sense?

Mdln, currently the bowls are in the bathroom! LOL I may put them in front of that window. I'll have to test it out to see if it drives me crazy or if the boys (or me) trip over them every day.

Thanks everyone for your kind words! I appreciate it!

Here is a link that might be useful: Link to tile for Barb4288

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 7:32AM
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MGMum we sound similar!

I started buying for my bathroom a year ago. I also wait for sales and/or closeouts. I found Amazon warehouse to be a great source if you're willing to wait for the item's price to lower. I also use Ebates, when the store participates, or a cc with a good rewards program.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 9:49AM
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LOVE this! I'm also doing a small galley and not changing the footprint- it's great to see it done so well. That laminate is really beautiful- I actually never would have guessed it was laminate! I'm very impressed by your kitchen for its beauty and function, but even more so when I see your budget! Well done!

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 9:50AM
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Great job, so pretty!!! I am LOVING your counters!

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 10:33AM
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Mg, you did an amazing job! I love the backsplash. You must love the additional storage space.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2014 at 9:14PM
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Fori is not pleased

I really like how this turned out! And I like the sticker on the range--that makes it new, too! ;)

Is that really IKEA's cheapest sink? It's one of my all-time favorite sinks, from anywhere! Your boys have good taste. Love the yellow, too. Nice choices all around.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2014 at 11:16PM
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GREAT job on the backsplash!

Maybe a hairdryer on the sticker would help soften the adhesive?

    Bookmark   June 16, 2014 at 11:39PM
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Lovely & unbelievable that you did all that with $9000. Great choices & how wonderful that you had your kids participate in the decision making.
Enjoy your new kitchen!

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 12:00AM
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Really pretty and functional kitchen for only $9,000! I am amazed. I love the choices you made. The counters look high end and do not look like Laminate. I like the white shade on the Adel White Kitchen Cabinets with your other choices. I love your backsplash! I know you will enjoy your new kitchen.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 3:06PM
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Gosh, I really really like the countertop. I would never had thought it was laminate! Great job with the whole thing.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 4:01PM
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    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 6:16PM
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Lovely job!

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 7:24PM
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Thanks all! I am still in love with it! :)

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 9:11PM
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