Galley Kitchen Dilemma


Galley kitchen. Stove is next to fridge. Limited counter top space. Opening on both sides. It leads to dining area. To make it look bigger I was thinking of removing paneling and making it white with gold accents and putting apartment sized fridge next to stove. Microwave on top of stove. It leads to dining area. There are two closets in dining area for storage. Appreciate any feedback.

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  • Flipturn Flipturn on Apr 15, 2021

    Yes, I can see that your kitchen does indeed lack counter space. I am wondering since the bank of cabinets with the sink seems to be in the middle of two parallel passageways, to what extent do you feel you really need two entrances into the work triangle area of the kitchen (triangle between the sink, stove, and fridge) ?

    I would suggest that you consider adding an additional bank of shallow cabinets along the wall with the doorway. Although doing this would block off the access to the kitchen from the hallway, it would give you more of an L-shaped configuration of countertop workspace.

    As far as your question whether removing the panelling would make the area seem larger, I would say that it would make the kitchen lighter. However, be aware that the removal process is likely going to damage the drywall underneath. This damaged portion would need to be removed also, then replaced, before painting the entire wall.

    • Flipturn Flipturn on Apr 17, 2021

      You're most welcome.

      After reading through others comments, it would seem they had understood that you were wanting to do a full remodel of the kitchen, including changing the layout completely, removing walls, etc. I did not get this impression from your original question.

      While all this may be 'possible', the more you do to change the kitchen, the more it will cost, the longer the project will take to complete, and the time that your kitchen is not useable will also increase.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Apr 15, 2021

    Hi Cynthia,

    Do not put Fridge next to Stove! Microwave is ok over Stove. White with gold accents - great to make it look bigger. Best wishes

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Apr 15, 2021

    If you are considering purchasing an apartment sized fridge to allow for more light into the work area of the kitchen, I would suggest that you also check into counter-depth fridges. These are a couple of inches shallower than a conventional sized fridge. By removing the baseboard behind the fridge, a couple more inches of depth can often be gained.

    Also keep in mind that some smaller fridges are fridge-only, without a freezer section. If you already have a separate freezer for frozen foods, then a smaller fridge-only appliance may be an option for you. It would fit the scale of your kitchen better, and be more attractive than a large fridge/freezer style.

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    • Flipturn Flipturn on Apr 17, 2021

      Yes, definitely consider small sized appliances, such as those you mentioned. These space-saving kitchen appliances have been seen for years in Europe and in the UK. IMO, in North America, especially fridges have gone overboard with computerized features and gadgets that exceed the need for what a fridge is intended to be used for, and dominate the room due to their enormous size.

      I checked into the Magic Chef 10.1 and I did not see anywhere in the information that the freezer portion is frost-free. At that low price I doubt that it would be. I would dissuade you from choosing a small fridge based on price only if it was not frost free. Having to always manually defrost it and chip away at the ice is a couple of steps backward to the 'not so good old days', lacks efficiency, and wastes time. I would urge you to pay a little more and get a frost-free fridge.

      As for the stove, in my most recent kitchen renovation, I chose a 24 inch stove to gain more counter space, and to be more complementary in scale with a smaller kitchen. With 4 burners, it has the same surface cooking capacity as a larger stove, only lacking in the centre portion of open area between the burners.

      Unless you are always baking for a threshing crew, I'm sure you will find that the oven capacity, even though it is a little smaller than a 30", is adequate to meet your needs. Once again, I would dissuade anyone from purchasing a stove without a self-cleaning oven. I made this mistake once and regretted it every time something spilt in the oven and I had to crawl in and scape off the burnt food manually.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Apr 15, 2021

    Hello. We remodel our kitchen almost 6 years ago. To make it bigger and brighter we put in white kitchen cabinets and enlarged the room entry opening. Would it be possible to open up your doorway a little more. Looks like the HVAC is above which is a good thing.

  • LisaG LisaG on Apr 15, 2021

    Please post your updates. My kitchen is small and set up the same as yours. I too, am looking for suggestions.

  • Robyn Garner Robyn Garner on Apr 15, 2021

    I would not remove the paneling as it will be costly, messy, and time consuming. Just scuff sand, prime and paint it! Where are you standing to take the pic? Are you in a breakfast nook? Consider taking that space over for more counters and lower cabinets. Can you move the entire center section to the paneled wall? THAT would make an open kitchen with room for everything along with more counters.

  • Maura White Maura White on Apr 15, 2021

    I would also remove the paneling or paint it a brighter color. Are you planning on painting the cabinets a lighter color or updating the counter tops at all? That would make a huge difference! If you want to know how you can painting the cupboards without having to sand - check out this post.

    • LisaG LisaG on Apr 17, 2021

      Very helpful painting ideas on this link you provided; I have the same type of cabinets to update.

  • Dee Dee on Apr 15, 2021

    For the back splash you can use peel and stick tiles or paint it lighter to make it more open. Can you take out the wall where the fridge goes? What is the area before your kitchen, can you expand into that area? Please take some more pictures for better input.

    • Cynthia Cynthia on Apr 16, 2021

      I was outbid. Didn't take that many pictures. But the other side was the living room.

  • Simple Nature Decor Simple Nature Decor on Apr 15, 2021

    Would it be possible to remove the opposing wall

  • William William on Apr 16, 2021

    Removing or painting the paneling would brighten the space. Removing would cause some damage that can be patched. Painting the cabinets a light color would make it look larger. Microwave over the stove is fine. This would be a quick fix and something to temporary live with.

    Now, do you need that far end doorway. Can it be closed up. What is that bump out next to where the stove would go. I assume it's a closet in the other room. Can that be removed. Closing off the doorway and removing the bump out would give you extra cabinet space and countertop space in a "U" shape.

    Personally I would move the soffit, upper cabinets, and sink cabinets 2' into the paneled room. Lot of work but bigger kitchen. Things to possibly consider in the future.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Apr 16, 2021

    Hi! I would paint, not remove the paneling unless you don't mind repairing the wall underneath! The bump out next to the range hood has me curious - is it the back of a closet? If so, you could gain space for your fridge there, keeping it separated from the stove heat, and gain counter space next to the stove. Good luck!

  • Lindsay Aratari Lindsay Aratari on Apr 29, 2021

    Painting could really help! Here is how I painted my cabinets: