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Galley Kitchen Update: Before and Now

BY Camille Lai

We started off 2022 with our kitchen update as project number one! We wanted to make our small galley kitchen look and feel bigger by removing the soffit and upper cabinets and installing a counter-to-ceiling tile backsplash with floating shelves.



We used handmade Glazed Thin Brick in glossy white from Fire Clay Tile on both sides of the kitchen walls. Installing the backsplash from counter to ceiling gives the illusion of height and really opens the space up. I wanted something impactful but not too bold (I know, who even am I?) or busy because we already had bold and busy floor tiles.

The white brick added the perfect touch of texture. Again, removing our bulky uppers and replacing them with open shelves helped to give us some more “breathing room” in our tiny kitchen (at least it definitely feels like it did to us). We used custom floating shelves from Ultra Shelf in White Oak with a natural (clear coat) finish. Ours are 32 ” L x 12″ D x 1.75 thick.

The Range Hood, Sconces, and Other Finishing Touches

  • Say hello to our new Zline range hood! We got rid of the over-the-range microwave for a more modern-looking ventilation solution.
  • We did four sconces in total. Two on each side of the galley, flanking the range hood, and above each set of floating shelves – the Lupe wall sconce are from Mitzi.
  • The new cabinet handles and drawer pulls in aged brass are from Rejuvenation. I’m extremely happy with how well they match the brass on the sconces!

All other kitchen sources can be found here.

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Camille Lai

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