Buckle up, everyone, I think this is the post you've all been waiting for.
Before: a depressing galley kitchen. It was long and narrow, with a wall on the left and a low arch for the entry. The entire thing was unusable. There was no stove, no fridge, and the cabinets were falling apart and not built to match in the first place. And the linoleum was completely destroyed. So disgusting! We thought this would be a dealbreaker for sure.
Then, someone said we could take down the wall, and a whole world of options opened up!
A few months later, and this is our new kitchen! Isn't it an incredible change? The kitchen went to being the apartment's biggest drawback to something efficient, comfortable, and contemporary. J and I agonized over the design a lot, but much of the credit for the final appearance (and reasonable price) goes to Gary Craddock at KitchenSync in San Francisco's Noe Valley. Gary was a great vendor to deal with, and I don't hesitate at all recommending his work.
Pardon the untidiness. This kitchen really deserves to be blogged about when it's spotless (and after a backsplash is up), but I just could not wait. Cooking in it has been a lot of fun so far. It's bigger than our last apartment's kitchen, so J and I are already cooking together more. It's nice to have someone to talk to and not feel like I'm trapped in a galley!
More to come, I promise! And tell me; what color should I paint that front door?