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Budget Friendly Galley Kitchen Remodel – Before and Afters

Posted on October 25, 2014 by KylieMawdsley


Budget Friendly Galley Kitchen Makeover

Partner post to Dining Room Makeover – My Parents House

You know, there are certain perks associated with being related to me. Not only am I cute and funny, I am also eager to share all of the great ideas that assault my brain at all hours of the day. And there is NO one who is the recipient of those ‘great’ ideas more than my parents.

Over the years, my Mom and Stepdad (Brian) have transformed their home from an outdated 1970’s relic (okay, it wasn’t that bad, but it also wasn’t that good) into a warm, comfortable and inviting home.

But wait a second here, you just know they didn’t do this on their own – and let me say there is nothing more fun than spending Brian’s money so that my Mom can redecorate!

btw – this blog post will be updated soon with new photos!

This relic from the 1970’s was killing their groove…

kitchen before renovation 2

Before:  The peninsula didn’t have an overhang, so it was a pain to sit at…literally. 

kitchen boxcar red by benjamin moore with white cabinets and black countertop labrador granite formica

After: With a 14″ overhang, the peninsula is fully functional as a sitting area.  We also added china style cabinets on the ends to accommodate things like extra wine glasses, crystal and all that extra dining crap that mom’s seem to keep around for 40 years.

Laminate Countertop:  Labrador Granite by Formica

Paint Colour:  Benjamin Moore Boxcar Red kitchen before renovation 3

Before:  The space was like a bowling alley, starting at the back door and shooting out the patio door.

kitchen with white cabinets and red walls boxcar red by benjamin moore. Countertop labardor granite formica. Oak flooring

After:  By adding a wee 18″ outie (technically called a peninsula I suppose) to the base cabinets, we increased function (pan cupboard, lazy susan, countertop space) and added curves to a space that was otherwise a galley style kitchen.

accessories in white kitchen with pantry door painted red and wicker pendant lights over peninsula

On the opposite side where the peninsula is, we increased function and storage with an overhanging countertop and 2 shallow glass fronted cabinets.

It’s all in the details…

  • By taking the cabinets to the ceiling, the space looks larger, has more storage and improved ‘visual’ flow.
  • Notice that by having glass doors on a few of the upper cabinets, we gather reflected light coming in the patio door and improve the energy in the left side of the kitchen which is generally a low-light area.
  • Since this photo was taken, they have added a tile backsplash (travertine)


And my favourite area…

The Kitchen Nook

This little nook had the bones to be great, it was just waiting for a little bit of KLC.

kitchen built in eating nook before renovation

I love this space.  It’s so funny when you see before photos when you haven’t seen them for a while – you actually start to forget how butt freakin’ ugly it used to look – right Mom?

kitchen nook with built in bench seating painted boxcar red by benjamin moore

kitchen nook painted boxcar red by benjamin moore with white cabinets and bench seating area and oak floors

 It’s all in the details…

  • Note that the colours really reflect the beauty of the arbutus trees and forest in the background
  • The light fixture hanging over the table matches the mini-pendants hanging over the peninsula adding flow and a gentle warmth to the space
  • While the wall colour is a commitment, it’s only a short-term one.  All of the permanent choices like cupboards/countertops/flooring are neutral so that the wall colour can be changed on a whim – my whim of course

And regardless of the fact that I’m a bossy lil’ thing, this space really reflects their tastes and style as Mom and Brian are always pretty clear on what they do and don’t want in their home – which is why they have changed the locks!

All kidding aside, other than my own home, this is my favourite place to be in the World – and it ain’t because of the décor…

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  1. Absolutely love the transformation! Your mom and Brian (aka “Mr.Money) and the rest of the family are sure to enjoy many happy years in the new space

  2. Wow – I did forget the ‘before’!! It’s like you help me find ‘me’ in my house. I have an idea of what I want or like but I can’t put it together without that vision you see so clearly in your head that I just can’t see till it’s done. Thanks chickadee – and if you happen to see a nice area rug…..

    1. Hi Deanna, those stools were from Next Home Furnishings which is on Wellington Rd in Nanaimo. We bought those quite some time ago, but they still have tons of options there. You can also look in the catalogues and see other styles that they are able to order in as well! (check out Ashley Furniture online as that is one of the companies they can order styles from….) Hope that helps!!!

  3. Great job, Kylie! I wish you were in Victoria; I could sure use your talents. If your Mom decides to give you up for adoption, let me know.

  4. Just came across your website – love it! I also love the red color on the walls – albeit a few years later, any chance you remember the color name & brand? At first I thought it was Benj. Moore’s rusty nail….. thanks very much!

    1. Hi Sonya, thanks for visiting me! So, that’s actually Boxcar Red by Benjamin Moore. It’s one of my fave reds as it’s subtle and grounded and not too ‘punchy’. You should also check out what we did in their dining room to complement the reddish kitchen walls (chartreuse and purple tones – so pretty!!)https://www.kylieminteriors.ca/decorating-the-dining-room-my-parents-house/
      Chat soon!

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