No, I don't think the kitchen will ever be done. There are still a few shelves missing and details to get corrected. But, it looks done. And so, I have taken AFTER photos.
To review, this is the old kitchen:
The refrigerator stuck out in an ugly and annoying way, and, with the counter sticking out also, it caused a traffic jam any time two people wanted to be in the space.
The oven was
tiny and temperamental, the cabinets were worn out, the tile countertop
We already had a deep garden window which we liked, and
hardwood floors which we liked. The refrigerator, dishwasher and
microwave were all reasonably new.
So, now the great reveal:
The design is very simple now. There are five feet between sides, so I'm not sure if "galley kitchen" applies or not. Regardless, it has streamlined everything.
The counters are manufactured quartz and the back walls have subway tiles. The last cupboard before the doorway to the den/piano room has no glass. We've put
cookbooks here and filled the drawers with office supplies.
We liked having dishes visible, but instead of leaving doors off, we put
glass doors on most of the upper cabinets. Bug and I chose a wavy glass
to obscure fingerprints.
Since the cupboards come closer to the breakfast nook now, we couldn't fit our rectangular table. We looked around an antique row near us and came home with a new round table. I hope I don't regret getting the glass tabletop. We have a lot of glass to keep clean suddenly. We thought we'd replace the chairs too, but now I'm not sure we need to. They'd need a fresh coat of paint if we keep them however.
So, done-ish. Our contractor has one payment still to receive, so I'm optimistic that things will tie up eventually. I suspect this is typical of renovations. But meanwhile it is functional and beautiful!