The newly painted kitchen.
The bones of this cottage were so good when we bought it, I couldn't believe that it had languished on the market for 2 summers with absolutely no offers. Everything had been upgraded a few years before, but perhaps not with the most up to date materials.
Kitchen before-a bit of an ugly duckling for sure....
After-same cupboards, coat of paint.
Before: Loads un knotty pine. Two Eyesores on one wall...the furnace and the electrical box
After-Painted winscotting.Farrow and Ball Strong White. Wall color Farrow and Ball Light Blue
After- Paint By Behr. Color Taylor's Chalk by Martha Stewart
Looking through to the dining room. Although only 900 sq ft, this room makes the place feel huge.
I found that old ladder at my favorite shop:The Lofty Lion. Vintage oil paintings $12.00 - $35.00.
The vintage cabinet holds my McCoy pottery
The bench is from Romania-something I purchased on impulse and now regret. Somewhat.
It just serves as a shelf for my magazines and books.
On the other side, I put this cabient here to house bowls, jam, and other bits that wouldn't fit in the cupboards. I use all the vintage bowls. I bought everything for the kitchen, except for a few mugs, glasses and pots and pans, second hand. All the cutlery, plates, bowls, mixing bowls etc are used or made by local potters.
The electrical cabinet now fades away, distracted by the cabinet and shelf.
I bought this white cabinet on my birthday 2 years ago. It has no glass, but I find it easier to get my stuff in and out. The yellow chair I have had for donkeys years. My father in law shook his head at that purchase and the crackled painted finish that he thought was absolute crap.
I collect old canning jars. Very handy as they look pretty and keep the odd roaming
cottage mouse away.
I found this very old and possibly Quebecois shelf at the Hospital garage sale last weekend. Along with some other dishware and Christmas decorations, I made a donation of $40.00 for the lot.
Looking back into the kitchen. I am told by the neighbor that the original wood floors lie underneath this peel and stick tile under a layer of plywood. When all of our renters are done in the fall, we are going to expose the wood floors.
The cabinet hardware was the most expensive thing in the whole kitchen costing $210.00 for 23 glass and brushed nickel knobs and 10 drawer pulls. I tried many online sources but these ones were the ones I loved and were in stock. I have no patience so I like stock items.
Removing the counters was not in the budget, so I painted them with Melamine paint.
So far holding up OK. Not delicate at all which is good when you rent it out. I don;t want renters to have to be fussy over my finishes.
And then, there's all those things I have collected for years. Globes, measuring cups, scales, jars. They all found a home out of the way of Blake who hates things not useful or practical!
The rug is a Dash and Albert Indoor/Outdoor rug (you can hose them down) from the Razmataz shop.
This is the last room to be finished. Now the projects are all done, I suggested that we look for another old dog and flip this one. So far, I have yet to convince Blake of that.....This one was so much fun because there are few design sources around this area, so making do with old, second hand and vintage finds from all the local sources was so much part of the enjoyment.
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