Saturday, July 20, 2013

Kitchen Reveal

It's done!
The final step of the kitchen remodel was completed yesterday when Kirk hung the open shelves.
We started our remodel journey in January and it has been a long process -- but it was so worth it!
I am over the moon excited about how it all turned out.  Kirk kinda likes it too! ;)

Our cottage kitchen has never been remodeled in all it's 35 years.  The original owners built the house themselves, and that included the cabinets in the kitchen.
Here it is with it's original homemade cabinets in December 2012.

When we purchased TheCottage in 2004 the cabinets were the same knotty pine as the walls.  You can see a post about the first time I painted the cabinets here.

It was the cottage feel and knotty pine that drew my heart to this cottage in the first place.  I still love the knotty pine touches we kept ... and the sunroom still has the original knotty pine.  The room was just feeling a bit dark.

So we gathered up some courage and painted the knotty pine ... and ripped out the old linoleum, and berber carpet .... and cabinets ... and started from scratch creating our dream cottage kitchen.

The island top is Silestone that looks very much like Carerra marble (which is way more expensive).

We purchased the stainless Broan vent fan on Amazon, as well as the stainless backsplash behind the stove.  Saved some big bucks by ordering online.

We also kept the painted wood walls as the backsplash instead of going with tile or other options ... we are very glad we did ... it really kept the cottage feel.

One one end of the island we kept open shelves for my cookbooks (and dog treats).  The other end has doors and three shelves.  We decided to change up the cabinetry for the island to add interest and bring back some warm wood tones to tie in with the knotty pine beams in the room.

The open shelving is from IKEA with brackets from Home Depot that we reused from before the kitchen remodel.

The perimeter countertops are .... wait for it..... Formica!  We did a straight edge to match the island edge.  Nothing fancy ... just perfect.  When a kitchen designer came to see the finished kitchen, her first comment was "I thought the perimeter countertop was stone!"

The sink is an undermount in the Formica, so it is rimless.  Not necessary to choose solid surface counters to get an undermount sink!

Since I wanted a stainless vent fan over the stove, we designed to put the microwave in the island.  I'm so glad we did!  It is still very easy to use.  That drawer under the microwave ... so deep.... so awesome.
*Runner from HomeGoods.

To tie the room to the fireplace area, we designed built-in cabinets to flank the fireplace.  The wood countertops also tie to the island and beams.

The open shelves are still a work-in-progress .... still unpacking some items, still tweaking and moving things around.  Expect to see changes on those now and then.

I'm really loving the green depression glass in the new kitchen.  The two pieces on the top left shelf were my mother-in-love's.  I think of her everytime I see them.  My dad's mom had green depression dishes in their summer cottage that I spent many summers at as a kid.  I sure wish I had those dishes now!

It's so bright ... so easy to cook in, has great work spaces/surfaces.
We are "staycationing" this week with all our kids .... we think TheCottage is the perfect vacation spot!

What do you think?


  1. It's beautiful! I love it! So fun to see it in person today! Love the green dishes through the cabinet doors, so pretty!

    1. Thanks Brie! I really like the green dishes too :)

  2. Looks awesome! I even see a peek at the painted stairs in one pic! ;)
    Are you still getting used to where things are, by habit going to the old spot where something was?

    1. Jen ... you are so observant! Still working on the stairs .. taking a break while the kids are here :)
      Definitely still getting used to where things are, though some we were able to keep relatively the same. If I notice that I always go to the same place for something .. that something gets moved to that place :)

  3. Oh my goodness Cheri (and Kirk) it's beautiful, I think you guys did a great job! I do love the touch of green in the glass cabinets, the pretty rug runner, and the open look you now have on your main floor. I would love to see it in person, I might have to stop by soon. Hope you have a great staycation...enjoy your kids!!!

    1. Definitely stop in sometime! I'm really loving the green dishes ... and am now on the hunt for more :)

  4. it's simply stunning....will need to stop in sometime to see it all up close and in person!

    1. I'm hoping to have a kitchen open house near the end of August -- you are on the list! Would like to get the stairs are done and a few other details in great room area finished first.

  5. GORGEOUS Cheri!! I absolutely love it!!!

  6. Anonymous10:40 AM CDT

    I wouldn't change a thing! Ha ha! The kitchen and whole great room area looks wonderful. Great job to both of you! You must be so happy and love that the mess you've been living with can finally be over (at least until the next project)! Nothing compares to the kitchen remodel mess if my mind serves me correctly. Congrats and enjoy!

    1. Thanks Sandy! We are very happy the mess is over. There is currently a mess in the basement TV room ... it involves a ceiling and removing insulation/replacing old drop ceiling. That one can wait til winter .... we need a break!

  7. I'm waiting patiently (sorta) for a stay-cation update :) (This means I like your blog, no pressure!)


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