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From Galley to Glamorous: A Kitchen Before and After
Ashley Patterson and her husband were tired of their cramped galley-style kitchen. Ready for something bigger and more open-feeling, the couple set out on turning their current space into the kitchen of their dreams. Click through to see the amazing before-and-after!
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A Cramped Kitchen Conundrum
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Too Close for Comfort
Here's another look at the cramped work and cooking space the couple shared. Ashley and her husband cook together frequently, but found mealtime difficult due to lack of space.
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The Heart of the Home
Ashley found that when family or friends visit the couple, they often spend most of their time in the kitchen. In order to create more room for entertaining guests (and allow space for extra storage), they decided to tear down two walls. While they were at it, they also ended up replacing parts of their flooring as well.
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Here's just a peek of the kitchen starting to come together.
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And here's the finished kitchen! It's much brighter and more open than before. The couple chose Martha Stewart Living "Ox Hill" style cabinetry in "Picket Fence" and a slightly darker shade ("Sharkey Grey") for the kitchen island. Martha Stewart Living kitchens are found exclusively at The Home Depot.
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All About Workflow
The couple created a better workflow for their kitchen by keeping commonly used appliances near each other. For instance, they keep their toaster out near their bread drawer, and the microwave, stove, and refrigerator are all at arm's length from each other, with plenty of surrounding countertop for workspace.
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A Better Bar
One of the features Ashley is most excited about is the bar cabinet they built. Now they can easily store their china, wine glasses, decorative items and much more! The top cabinet is 12 inches deep, and the bottom 18 inches deep so the counter area can double as either a bar area or buffet for a family dinner.
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An Island of Their Own
Another great feature of their kitchen remodel is the addition of a island, complete with pegged drawer storage for larger pots and pans. The counter of the island extends slightly beyond its base to provide a small breakfast area. The island itself provides ample workspace, increasing the efficiency of the kitchen.
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