Galley Kitchen Rehab

Jennifer —  August 20, 2012 — 3 Comments

If you have been a reader of this blog for  a little while you know that every once in a while a friend of mine asks me to decorate their wedding.  This time last year, I was spending my free time getting ready for my friend Debbie”s wedding.  She got married in October of last year. She and her husband have since bought their first home.  It is old and it is oozing with lots of character.  This past week they committed to do all the necessary renovations/ painting that needed to be done before they moved in their stuff.  Her husband starts school next week so their time was limited.  This summer she showed me a picture of their new kitchen and enlisted my help.  You all know I love a good kitchen renovation so its hard for me to turn down that invitation.  Plus, she is a good friend….and she is pregnant!  I know when the baby comes there will not be much time or motivation to rehab a kitchen so we set the date to get it done last week.  I arrived at their home (two hours away from mine) on Thursday and I was there until the job was finished 2 days later.  Here is what her kitchen looked like before I got there.

It is a simple galley style layout with old countertops, old cabinets, old hardware, and a few random quirks such as this old, but yet working well, under-the-sink dishwasher.

Another quirk was this laminate backsplash behind the stove.  It was leftover from the shower remodel so the old owner just added it to the kitchen.


In the next few posts I will share all the little details of making this kitchen….

break down into this….

and then finally turn into this…..



Here are some posts to look forward to:

  • A way to paint kitchen cabinets without sanding
  • Updating an old appliance with paint
  • Tiling a subway patterned backsplash using pre-mixed

    grout and no mortar

  • Making random quirks cohesive

Stay tuned and thanks for reading,



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3 responses to Galley Kitchen Rehab

  1. What a great job you’ve done on the kitchen so far! Is it terrible of me to admit I actually think the wood paneling on the dishwasher is great? I know I totally would have taken it down too but it looks cute and kitschy.

    • I think the wood paneling is unique too. Debs was going for bright and cohesive so we decided to paint it but I agree it’s fun to have a little retro too. My other idea was to cover the wood paneling with some fun wall paper or contact paper but we decided on painting it to go for bright and cohesive.

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