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I've noticed that "galley kitchen" is often pejorative on Houzz. I love galley kitchens - so easy to work in! I find it amusing that kitchens #3 and #6 were improved by making them into what are basically galley kitchens without the label. Like these, my kitchen is partially open.

I join all the haters of stools. We have a counter for which we have never bothered to buy stools. We started using it as a buffet when we moved in, thinking we would buy some stools. We never found stools we wanted to sit on, and our counter works well as a buffet - functional and attractive. My one small redesign regret is that we didn't recognize this at the outset and design it as a buffet in the first place. I'd have put in under counter shelves or drawers.

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I've only one problem with my small, early 1950's house's galley kitchen. It seems that when the house was designed, the idea was to put the "garage to house" door at one end of the kitchen and the "rest of house to kitchen" door on the other end. Result, all the traffic between the house and garage (which,typically, also contains the laundry) has to go right through the middle of the kitchen. And, as always scheduled by Mr. Murphy, back and forth traffic always seems to happen during meal prep times.

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Anne Verhulst

I like #2 the best. They used the existing cabinets, and even kept a lot of the stained wood instead of painting it all. My kitchen was redone fairly recently by the previous home owners. It has stained cherry cabinets. I plan to do a facelift by redoing the counters (looking into quartzite) and backsplash (still undecided about tile or using same counter material). I already repainted it (was dark Tuscan green with an awful wallpaper border, now it's a light Caribbean blue and borderless), updated the lighting to LED can lights and 2 can/retrofit pendants over the island and replaced all the cabinet hardware. Our appliances also need to be replaced. We're in the middle of a bathroom remodel, so all will need to wait for now.


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