Small Galley Kitchen Remodel

by Mary
(UK)

BEFORE: our old kitchen counter

BEFORE: our old kitchen counter

BEFORE: our old kitchen counter
AFTER: space galore!
BEFORE: the cabinets ...
AFTER: the new grey/white look

We were preparing our house for selling, and our old kitchen was not just outdated, it was literally falling apart. So, in order to impress potential buyers and bring up the value of the property, we decided to go for a complete kitchen makeover.


There wasn't really much we could do about the original floor plan. It's a narrow kitchen with a door to the back garden, and there would not have been enough floor space for any other kitchen design without losing the garden access that we liked so much.

Here are a few more 'BEFORE' Photos (complete with our children's craft materials, toys and miscellaneous clutter):


small galley kitchen before remodel



small galley kitchen before remodel



small galley kitchen before remodel



small galley kitchen before remodel



small galley kitchen before remodel



small galley kitchen before remodel




We wanted the new kitchen to look traditional but with a contemporary edge, in neutral and warm colours.

Although we would have liked a granite worktop, we opted for a pretend one but of good quality.

For the cupboards, we chose spray finish matt wood.

For the handles, switches and sockets, hob and extractor hood we opted for brushed finish aluminium.


When the cabinets arrived we had a bit of a surprise - we got a double delivery. There wasn't one new kitchen but two!

Basically, we could have said nothing to our seller and sold the whole thing on if we knew someone was interested ... or kept it in storage and sold it later, but no! We were honest. I think on placing the order the sales assistant must have clicked twice on everything but still charged us only once!!

I think the new kitchen looks amazing! There were absolutely no disappointments or nasty surprises. We loved the way it turned out. Perhaps we were just lucky (or it was our careful planning ;-)



If we were to do it again, instead of keeping a separate table with 4 chairs I would prefer a table in the same material and finish of our worktop, extending from our display cabinet - attached to it, basically - narrower but longer than the existing table, with some bar stools.

We would achieve a more uniform look and create more space, given that it is a rather small kitchen.

PS) thank you very much for turning my photos into video!

Renate's Reply: My pleasure - they were great pics! Thank you loads for sharing your extreme kitchen makeover with us, Mary! The new space looks amazing! I hope you sold the house for loads of £££s ;-)

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Wow & double wow
by: jaimini

Honestly wouldn't believe it was the same kitchen!
Your kitchen is actually a little smaller than mine BUT my God it looks massive in comparison to mine now!!
Honestly what a transformation! Thank you so much for sharing as I will be referring to your post several times over, for ideas & inspiration lol!
& like the previous comments - Good luck with your new home!

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LOVELY!
by: Maureen

What a beautiful little kitchen!

When you have a small space to work with, keep the colour neutral and with just a bit of an accent colour. Love the "granite look" counter tops - fooled me!

Yes, the extended counter would have given you more room, but the room still looks lovely as is!

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i wouldn't want to sell it!
by: cyndy

i hope your new home has a great kitchen; otherwise, this one would be hard to leave! i've never seen a countertop with the raised detail on either side of the cooktop. so cool.

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Wow! Unrecognisable!
by: Cindy

What an incredible change!! It's amazing as it doesn't even look the same place.
I love every detail, the new tiles for a splashback really work well. I agree though that the table should go! ;-)
I am full of envy!! Great job, Mary!

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What a transformation!
by: Susan

The new kitchen looks truly amazing, much more spacious and tranquil than the old one. Great job!

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