The Italian Job — A Coon Rapids Galley Kitchen Remodel

A small galley kitchen in Coon Rapids has a complete makeover with a design nod to the homeowner's country of origin Italy.

Project Summary 

When Jason married Maria he knew the bachelor life was over and so too was the inconvenient, dark, dingy closet he called a kitchen. That had to change and Maria had some definite ideas about taking the best of the old-world charm of Italy she grew up with and applying it to the complete remodel of this galley kitchen in Coon Rapids.



In this short video, the homeowner describes what happened and how his entire kitchen and living room were transformed.

Murphy Bros. Fall 2023 Showcase kitchen with farm sink and Tempest Quartzite island countertop
BEFORE: The dead-ended galley kitchen with a tiny pass-thru consolation window at the end.  

Forget something, like say a fork?  You'll be walking around the dining and living room and back into the kitchen to get it.


From Left: Maria called it the "stupid little pass-thru" to the kitchen. Middle: horrible vinyl tile; Right: what a kitchen looks like after the demo, which she really wanted to participate in—"That's how much I hated this kitchen."


View from living room back towards addition. Yes, a dining room table will go underneath the three Marvin transom windows, if it ever comes!
AFTER:  Opening up the kitchen to the dining room was the biggest change in the design functionality of this remodel.  Perimeter countertops are Hanstone Italian Waves.
AFTER: The entry gate to Maria's home-town in Italy, taken at the beginning of the century. The town is Filetto, in the Massa Carrara province, Tuscany region.
AFTER: Maria really likes blue.  Their dog really likes the durable luxury vinyl plank for the natural look of wood and the endurance of iron.  Kohler Tone Single Hole Pull Down Faucet.
AFTER: Door style: Langdon in Lakeshore; Interiors of cabinet doors in Maple melamine; cove trim Shaker crown in Lakeshore, flooring: Mannington Adura Ridgid; Floating Shelves are Iconic Knotty Alder in Cappuccino; Sink: Ruvati 33" undermount dual basin with sound dampening.

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