Google+ House Revivals: Cottage Kitchen Transformation

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Cottage Kitchen Transformation

Are you ready for the bad MLS kitchen's third act?   We went from hopelessly wonky and off balance to serene and functional on a crazy tight budget in the last post.  Now we've stepped it up a notch to create a sweet cottage kitchen.   Here's a peak!

Last week we addressed the layout of the space, trying to make it more functional and more balanced.  Remember what we started with?  The space had that wonky sink, window, cabinet setup, and there was not adequate storage, and that giant fridge crowded  anyone using the sink, and overlapped a window!

The other half of the room had no cabinets at all -- just open shelving that added to the cluttered appearance of the space.

We tried to keep the imaginary budget around $1000, and ended up with a space that looked like this.

The new space is very balanced, and the layout and storage issues have been addressed.  This kitchen is attractive and functional.  For an explanation of what we moved, where we moved it, what we added, and why we did it, go here.   For about $1000 the difference is remarkable!

This week, we've taken the same kitchen and stepped it up a couple of notches.  Do you remember that this house is a cozy little bungalow in a historic neighborhood?

Well, we've taken our cue from the age and style of the home to create the second option.  The second option involves some additional sheet goods, hardware, and paint.  Oh, and more labor!  Not a problem for a veteran DIYer, right?

It's the same layout as before, except we've bumped out the new base cabinet from the wall a few inches and added a butcher block top, some bun feet, and a curtain.  It makes it feel like a built in hutch! Simple corbel brackets were added underneath the wall cabinets, and open cabinets were added above. 

We've also added an end panel to the window seat to create a little entry area off the back porch, with a place to hang a jacket or a dog leash.  This makes the window seat a cozier spot to curl up in, too!  We added beaded board paneling to the entry area and the cabinet sides for a touch of hominess.

The second option even provides a built-in solution to the microwave!

So, what do you think? Can you see yourself in this kitchen?

Do you want to see the before and afters again?

And the other view of the space...

I think I might be tempted to read the afternoon away in this old-fashioned version!

The cottage kitchen version of the make-over should run a DIYer around $1500, while the other version would run around $1000, with careful shopping.  Not too shabby, when typical kitchen renovations cost in the tens of thousands!

Let me know what you think about this type of "make-over".  Do you want to see more?  Would you be interested in seeing a series of "bad MLS kitchen make-overs"?  I love your input.  Also, be sure to check out our new facebook page!  The link is in the sidebar.

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  1. I think it's so funny that you do this. I've been to open houses and wanted to do the same thing for people. I think the second option fits the house very well. Great job!

  2. I love the second option, especially the addition of the corbels. This look is great for an historic home!!! Great job!!!

  3. um - I want to send you pictures of my kitchen!

  4. Oh gosh, it's a tough choice. I mean I really like the dark accent wall color with the wood color cabinets but I am a sucker for the vintage/antique white cabinets. And I like the idea of the open bowl cabinets (and the green bowls!). But turning the window area into a sitting area is fabulous!

  5. This is my kind of makeover and I'd love to see more. This is certainly more of a 'real world' (or should I say my world) sort of makeover. Very interesting! I'd be spending a fair amount of time at the window seat.

  6. i like the cubby thingy you've added next to the fridge.

    i like the cabinets better wood-grain rather than white, though.

  7. Oh, wow, I love the makeover and I think the white would be fabulous!!!

  8. oh i do love the second version... gorgeous, cozy & homey, just as any cottage should be ...

  9. This ROCKS!!! Great post - love the second version, too! Happy Thursday - Tanya

  10. I like the white with the storage box idea above!! it brightens the room and makes it look much larger. My husband use to do this. We had a lot of fun. We bought old homes that we falling apart. Went through torn them down to the studs and then had fun!

    Enjoy your new kitchen which ever one you choose

  11. I always enjoy home makeovers. This is a great idea. I would love to see more examples.

  12. these look awesome. I love the bench seat in the second kitchen!! and the photo effects are fun....

  13. I LOVE this! Its FAB!!! Come on 'ova and share this at my Linky Par-Tay!



  14. Very cool..I would love seeing more examples...

  15. That was fun to look at. Very nice.

  16. I like the look of the cabinets painted white. I agree I really like makeovers. Such fun!

  17. I can't believe that's the cost. Wow. And whoever thought to move the fridge to that other wall . . . genius!

  18. I love white cabinets. And these are great changes for so little cost.


    PS. I'm pretty late for Alphabe-Thursday this week, so here's my link:

  19. I think they both look great! The second one is my favorite :) Thanks SO much for linking up to Thrilling Thursday @ Paisley Passions. I hope you stop by again soon :)

    ~Lori @ Paisley Passions

  20. The cottage kitchen reno leaves more shelf room up above to display stuff and the chopping block is handy . Either way it's a vast improvement .
    This is like that TV show where they have pictures to show the finished reno , I watch hgtv all the time . Nice work you've done here.

  21. What a super cute kitchen makeover! Well done!

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  23. I'm a sucker for cottage kitchens. I love it!


  24. What a great makeover! I love how you have highlighted the vintage touches in the new kitchen! Happy VTT!

  25. I love the look of the second option. It seems to fit in better with your historic home. Looks fabulous to me. It's so nice to be able to play around with the designs. I also think you can learn so much from "what not to do." Thanks for sharing these:)

  26. Wow Amanda. You are incredibly talented. Someday I'm going to hire you (OK, first I have to win the lottery...sigh) to tell me how to fix my kitchen and living room.

    I love seeing the before and afters. You make it looks so easy and logical. What a gift.

    I am always drawn to cottage kitchens...but the first makeover was brilliant, too.

    Thanks for a vivid example of what is possible in a makeover.

    And thanks for linking up.


  27. There you go again--love these latest versions. Just goes to show, it is a good idea to hire a professional when brainstorming when reconfiguring a room. I would NEVER have thought of these possibilities myself.

    Yes, I would like to see more.

  28. Love it! You had me at 'window seat'. ;)
    Great kitchen for people to cook and hang out at the same time. Thanks for sharing this at Transformations and Treasures!

  29. Amanda, I love all the classic touches in the Cottage Kitchen makeover, especially the butcher block top and the bun feet!

    Thank you so much for linking up to "A Little Birdie Told Me..." Tuesday at Rook No. 17. I hope you'll swing by to share more of your talent with us again this week!


  30. These kinds of transformations make me happy and inspire me.


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