OK, so I may have lied in my last post when I said that our dining room was the worst-off space on the first floor. This kitchen was in ROUGH. SHAPE. There were water-stained drop ceilings, three different kinds of linoleum flooring, horribly old and outdated appliances, nauseating paint colors,…the list goes on and on! This is a galley-style kitchen, as you find in a lot of older homes, which honestly I was totally fine with because I like to entertain in the dining room and other rooms of my house. The kitchen is for cooking, and so my challenge was to figure out how to create a functional and aesthetically pleasing space without changing the layout.
Galley-Style Kitchen Renovation: Before & After
Galley-Style Kitchen Renovation Reveal
We ripped out the drop ceilings and opened up that narrow doorway, and immediately, the space opened up! I knew I wanted to go all the way to the ceiling with the cabinets because I think this helps lend to the feeling of a larger space/higher ceilings, so we went with 4-foot upper cabinets. Initially, I thought I would go with all navy blue cabinets, but I realized that with the slate-colored tile we were using, I needed to add some warmth to this space. So I ultimately decided to go with a two-tone look: warm wood lowers and dark blue uppers…and I absolutely love the outcome!
These Golden Lighting French White Steel Pendant Lights work so perfectly in this space. They are such beautiful quality and were an unbelievable price!
One of the things I really had my heart set on was a large farmhouse sink. These can be pretty pricey, but I spent months looking into them, reading reviews, browsing several different retailers, etc.,… and finally decided on a budget-friendly-yet-great-quality Fireclay Farmhouse Sink from Home Depot! It is not only beautiful but extremely functional, durable and easy to clean!
The other thing I was really dead set on was the new Sunset Bronze Appliances by Whirlpool. I love my warm metals, and I really felt like this was another great way for me to add some warmth to the space! I could not be happier with this family of appliances (they are so stunning and fingerprint resistant) especially my Whirlpool Smart Slide-In Gas Range! The features are so incredible, and especially useful if you have a family or a husband who can’t toast bread without burning it like me 🙂
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