Small kitchen remodel

January 2nd, 2014 2:59 pm

Since we bought our house in 2006, we have been slowly upgrading elements of our galley-style kitchen. It’s a small space, but it’s the only kitchen we have, so we wanted to maximize on its look and functionality. Look at how relatively small upgrades can change a space drastically!


In general, here is what I have envisioned for our kitchen. I explain all the elements below.

Small Kitchen-collage


First things first. With a pretty blend color scheme, we needed to add some pattern and texture. So we chose this tumbled Italian 1″x3″ mosaic tile, which matches the old-world feeling of the kitchen but brings a little interest to the eye. We also  complemented the tile with 6″ bronze liners from Daltile…just for fun.


Next up was the counter top. I just couldn’t stand the laminate, unexciting counters. Their dull look and unexciting appearance dated the kitchen more than anything else. So we went with a yummy, dark chocolate quartz product (color: Hazelford) from Cambria. A 2mm surface looks a lot more modern than the 3mm slab. We went with a minimalistic, pencil edge, with no splash. New counter lead to a new undermount sink, which lead to a new disposal and on and on…We also had to get a new faucet since the old one was teeny tiny…Look down for specs on the faucet.


I think a Touch2O faucet should be a requirement for every kitchen. It is so handy! This coolness of a product is made by Delta, and runs on AA batteries. We know are so spoiled that you can find us touching faucets everywhere we go…our friends think we are crazy!


Now that we installed a new sink and a fabulous faucet, all other appliances had to be replaced. It took us a bit to purchase them all, as we replaced them one at a time. But we love them all: a quiet new dishwasher, large new refrigerator with a bottom-freezer and an electric glass-top range with an extra wide oven window and a convection feature. They look cool and work great!


Oh, what a difference a new coat of paint can do! We went with Sherwin Williams SW0049 Silver Gray in Eggshell, for ease of cleaning. I used to be obsessed with flat paint finish. Not any more. Ever since we got a slobbering horse of a dog (our weim named Viktor), maintenance and durability are our number one concerns. It just happens that we selected a paint that is called the same as our Weimaraner coat color: silver gray.


Onto the details.

Light fixtures are a critical part of a remodel. First of all, you must ensure your hard work is well lit. In a kitchen specifically, there is a need for different layers of light which coincide with the different functions performed. Second of all, the light fixtures are like jewelry – they can finish off the space very nicely, when selected correctly. We went with simple fixtures with a warehouse feel. This restoration mini pendant was an inexpensive purchase but ends up being a focal point in the kitchen. I  love it!


Out with the mini-blinds and the outdated valance and in with a simple woven bamboo shade. These are available practically everywhere, and frankly, I don’t event remember where we got ours. Nice, isn’t it!


And last but not least, is the area rug. We have learned that it sure is nice to have something cozy and warm underfoot when operating in the kitchen, BUT…our dog has no respect for such woven products, and the non-slip liners…We has chewed up the ladder several times, and the rug itself looks less than desirable 3 months into the use. So we decided to go a woven vinyl route. Chilewich makes wonderful vinyl products from place mats to area rugs. The first time I ever saw Chilewich carpet tile was at a CityFlats Hotel in Holland, MI. Looked gorgeous down and I never forgot it since. Now I have my own Chilewich floor. Hope this one lasts longer! If you live in the Milwaukee area, you can pick up a Chilewich rug at Filament Home in Tosa Village.

Ready for the big reveal? Here you go. The BEFORE and AFTERS of our semi-brand new kitchen.

unexciting BEFORE


Galley kitchen before remodel


super-duper AFTER

Galley kitchen remodel, cambria counter top in hazelford, silver gray paint

Galley kitchen remodel, cambria counter top in hazelford, silver gray paint

Galley kitchen remodel, cambria counter top in hazelford, silver gray paint

Galley kitchen remodel, cambria counter top in hazelford, silver gray paint

Galley kitchen remodel-chilewich rug1

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