Small Kitchen Renovation :: Galley Kitchen by Ikea (and us!)

The end is SO CLOSE!  We have finished all that we can of our kitchen remodel, except the final door that is coming in…one day!

Here are some before and after photos.  I even found the very first photos of our kitchen before we updated it a few years ago!

Here is the house before we even moved in!!!

Look at that fridge and range!  Ewww….

 Here it is after we “updated” a few things! :)

And, finally….here is where we are today!

David added a frame around the kitchen window.  It really finished very well, and made the tile job more clean looking.

I am So excited about the tile!  I wanted to keep things pretty simple.  But going the extra mile for the full back-splash as opposed to just a trim of back-splash around the bottom really made a huge difference in the end result.

 We LOVE our hidden dishwasher!!!

We gained a huge section of storage and prep space by adding cabinets to the left of the dishwasher.  It also looks better when viewing the kitchen from the living room.

 A few more from tonight…I couldn’t help it!

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  • Claudia B October 5, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Beautiful! Love all the space you gained. The backsplash looks great, too!

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  • nicole neesby October 10, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    WOW! You have outdone yourself girl! Such a great transformation. And I’m completely in lOVE with your sink. Amazing.

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  • Joanne January 27, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Wow Alana!!! This is amazing!!! You nailed it with the butcherblock ,cabinet door dishwasher & farmhouse sink. Butch block was ALL
    SOLD OUT for 6 months when my mom went to order hers last summer. I cannot wait to visit! You & David have true teamwork to make that dream work!

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  • Abby January 3, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    I am soooo glad I found this!! We are thinking of renting a house with a galley kitchen with knotty pint and formica counters from the 70′s. She is going to let me update it and I have been looking for wood countertop examples from IKEA. Your layout is almost exactly the same as what ours will be. Quick question. When you cut the wood to make room for the sink, could you use the extra for by the stove?

    Was it hard to take out the old countertop and replace it with the new?

    I’m so excited about this. I will looks and see if you posted about the installation of the countertop.


    I am adding you to my google reader

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    • Alana January 4, 2013 at 10:03 am

      Hey Abby,
      We love our kitchen, I know you will be very happy with your remodel! :) The countertops can be cut. We actually bought our countertops before we decided to redo the whole kitchen and were able to reuse them again. We did use one large piece for both sides the first go round (sink side and stove side), then when we redesigned the kitchen we added a little more space, so we had to buy another piece. The sink that we used sits on the countertops, so we did not need to cut a bowl. The sink actually sits on it’s own cabinet. If you have any other questions feel free to email me:, and good luck! -Alana

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