Monday, August 27, 2012

Vintage Inspired Guest Cottage Kitchen

We have been busy working on a few things over here recently.


There have been several pretty big projects that have been taking
up quite a bit of time.
but they are finally getting close to being wrapped up
and so I'm sharing one of those projects today...


Our 'little cottage' kitchen
The guest cottage was built probably back in the 1940's sometime.
An old building on our property~ it has knotty pine walls and ceiling
and concrete floors.
When we bought our house we were so excited to have a separate house on the property to fix up as well.
This part of the cottage was converted from a garage to living space sometime
since the 1940's and we have been working on giving it a new finished look.
It is an amazing space with tall peaked ceilings and original old exposed beams




We finished the ceiling with planks of wood from Lowes
added beadboard and painted the floors for a start.

(photo taken part way through the makeover)

*Just a note*
Since several of you have asked~
This kitchen is a DIFFERENT kitchen than I have shared before
this kitchen is in the little guest cottage on our property
My French cottage kitchen with the black island
is looking like it always does (well, for now!) we didn't change it
 :)


 I wanted the kitchen in the guest cottage to be charming. 
beautiful & vintage inspired.
 Something that fit in perfectly with the age of this cottage
Even though it is comprised of mostly new materials.

So with this months Lowes Creative Ideas challenge being all about kitchens and with a budget of $750
we decided to give this kitchen a pretty new look
We formulated the design, made a list of supplies, went shopping at Lowes
and then got to work.

We picked up a ready to finish cupboard sink base- the RTF cupboards are perfect for
painting or staining in whatever color you would like.
  Fresh white kitchen and bath enamel from Valspar did the job perfectly.
We also put in a new sink and faucet as well.


We extended the counters further on one end to allow for a stool/garbage area
 and the other side of the base provided the start of the rest of the cupboard area.
Since this is a vintage cottage and we were working with a fairly tight space-
 with just a small island on the opposite side
I designed the counters to be a little less deep than standard
which meant that  the sink base cupboard stuck out just a bit further
which was okay by me...because I had a plan
:)



I wanted to put turned 'legs' on each of the cupboard base and we found the perfect 'legs' at Lowes...
though they aren't really legs... more on that in my next post.

I also decided to put in a vintage inspired cupboard area instead of all cupboards or drawers
Something with old farmhouse legs,
 open shelves and a little curtain
with lots of charm with the function


 We built the open frame cupboard with 2x4's and planks of 1x's for the shelves and 
I added a couple of drop cloth drape panels on one end to conceal pots and pans, etc. 
I found several antique wood fruit crates and a basket for the other area at the Re-Store.

On the back wall~ we used 2 smaller ready to finish cupboards from Lowes to flank the vintage stove 
and then built a couple of small shelves above it to hold spices, glassware and little treats.


Above the open shelf area is a special piece~ a vintage cupboard.
 Old and crusty and absolutely perfect- this cupboard was actually in the basement 
of our house when we bought it.

Mixed with the new cupboards it is a perfect marriage of old and new charm.


Here's what we spent on the kitchen portion of this remodel:
3 base cupboards-  $280
new sink & faucet $175
Paint $100
drawer pulls $10
3 legs for building the counter $54
wood (2x's, 1x's. plywood for counter,etc)  aprox. $100
misc.

By using elements from Lowes 
 some of what we had on hand and incorporating a few vintage pieces 
we were able to put this little kitchen in on a budget
and
 I am loving how it turned out.


I will share more photos and details and how we did everything in another post
as well as a look at some of the other rooms in the guest cottage that we have been working on.
But for now...
 I am just enjoying taking a little break from the work.





There are a ton of ideas for projects at the Lowes Creative Ideas website
 and they also offer a free magazine you can sign up for as well.


I was provided with a gift card to do this project as a member of the
 Lowes Creative Ideas Network of Creators and Influencers but the designs 
and opinions are my own.



87 comments:

  1. How beautiful. The cottage looks great and so does that bucket of flowers! A good way to start out a Monday.

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  2. Te ha quedao un maravilloso fregadero.
    besos y feliz semana.....

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  3. Wow! It is stunning!! What a fun little guest house to have on your property. Just as beautiful as your home. Looking forward to seeing more.

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  4. Oh my goodness..it looks so so so pretty!!! I just love it!! I adore the sweet vintage look!

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  5. I just ADORE it Courtney....fabulous make over on the cheap! If only my builder husband would be more cooperative with me I'd love a big white sink like that...sigh
    xo
    Janet

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  6. So beautiful! Truly beautiful...

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  7. All that hard work certainly paid off Courtney because this kitchen looks BEAUTIFUL!! I love how you added the legs around the sink cabinet!

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  8. Ok, I will move in. I am packing my bags now. :) It is just adorable. I love that you spent very little money but it looks so expensive and looks original, too. That is the best part. I can't wait to see the rest. Love that hardware btw.

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  9. Courtney, looks so pretty love the sink...


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  10. I LOVE it, Courtney! Love the legs you added, the shelf area and the curtained area, too. So charming and cottagey looking.

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  11. Packing my bag...hopping on the plane...ready to move in!! See ya soon ;)

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  12. What a darling kitchen! Nice job! I love to see the owner's personality shining through in a room and you have certainly done it. Very charming and cozy! Thanks for sharing and have a splendid day.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  13. Ok girl you moved the stove and lost the hood you made right?? I'm loving all the changes your making here..Really looking great my young friend..what kind of stove did you get?? Hope you have a great week I'm off to Disneyland in 3 hours..Hugs and smiles Gloria

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  14. Courtney, this is so pretty! What a lovely space to spend some time!

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  15. It looks wonderful!! I love all the fabulous "Courtney" touches. It looks just like a petite version of yours :) When will you be taking reservations? I'm sure you'll be getting inquiries any day ;)

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  16. Love, love, love, love love. What is it about light, bunches of flowers and fresh fruits that always make us smile? Whatever it is, you've captured the essence. xx's
    Marsha

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  17. Oh it is all just lovely! I would be over-the-moon delighted to be a guest in such a lovely spot!!

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  18. So, when can we book our stay in your guest cottage?! That is seriously gorgeous Courtney! So many wonderful details and you managed to modernize it while still maintaining all of the charm and character. Well done! :-)
    Vanessa

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  19. Oh so beautiful. When can I move into the guest cottage!!!! You did a beautiful job. So pretty.
    Kris

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  20. I'm pinning those legs! It's my new must have. The whole kitchen turned out beautiful on such a tiny budget! ~ Maureen

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  21. wow - the results are just stunning! I'm completely smitten & want to move in now! xo

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  22. WOW!!
    ** jaw drop** So beautiful on THAT budget??!! I am so inspired... luving the 'legs' , the curtain... the... the... Luv it all. Countney it is stunning.
    Ahem.. taking bookings yet? I nee a weekend in.. :-)
    Cheers, Gee

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  23. Wow so beautiful you did nice job!
    So Pretty.......
    Blessing
    XO
    Isora

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  24. I'd be happy with this as my main kitchen. I love what you did with the cabinets. Love the open shelving. I'm anxious to hear what the countertops are.

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  25. Oh my gosh, how gorgeous!!! You must have so many people chomping at the bit to come and stay with you!

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  26. Your guest cottage kitchen is so pretty! Love the farmhouse legs and all the pretty details. Your are so lucky to have two pretty kitchen spaces.

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  27. Courtney,

    You are amazing! I don't even have the right words to write down how amazing you are. I want my kitchen to be friends with your kitchen!

    Have a blessed and wonderful day!
    karianne

    PS I Google + you! I am all about the Google + thanks to blog talk :)

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  28. Wow! What a stunner! Gorgeous kitchen, Courtney!

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  29. Courtney, this is just gorgeous! It reminds me of the little apartment that we built for my mom that is in our backyard. We didn't put in a full kitchen, just a sink and a few base cabinets from Lowes. We put up beadboard, but I couldn't talk her into a fabric skirt for one of the open cabinets! Love those curtains, too.

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  30. How how I would love a guest cottage...your guest cottage kitchen is so beautifully done...and it is just amazing that you did it all on a $750 budget...what an accomplishment!...Great, great job! I love it!

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  31. I always wanted a guest cottage for the ranch. We've got plenty of room, and we'll get it one of these days. Yours is absolutely adorable!!

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  32. Your guest cottage kitchen is so charming. Love that big bucket of flowers. Can't wait to see more.

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  33. Courtney - just beautiful! As is everything you do! Can I come live in that little guest cottage and follow you around for a week???? LOL

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  34. Courtney - just beautiful, as is all that you do! Can I come live in your guest cottage for a week and follow you around? Oh the things I would learn!

    Enjoy all the fruits of your labor,
    Susan

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  35. Courtney, you should be very happy at how this kitchen redo turned out. Your guest kitchen is adorable! I love the old and the new....I love the beams, too!

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  36. Oh, my, what a gorgeous transformation! So inspiring!

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  37. OH MY! The kitchen is a dream and those roses are just gorgeous!! Hope you are well my friend.
    XO
    Kristin

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  38. It's adorable Courtney. Well done to both of you. I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of the cottage make-over too.

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  39. Holy Moly, What the heck! Are you the most talented, visionary person ever, or what!!?? I'm in awe of how charming you made this space with that budget. Will you marry me? Ok, just kidding, a little bit anyway... smile...

    Cindy

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  40. Hi Courtney!!

    Hope you had a great summer!! It sure went by fast. Love the cottage kitchen!! It looks like it was soooo much more $$$$. You did a great job on a budget!! Absolutely love the white bucket with all the beautiful flowers!!

    Have a great week!!

    Luvya Sweets!!

    Pam

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  41. Very nice kitchen. The "faux" legs under the sink are such a clever idea!

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  42. Beautiful! So admire your ingenuity & style.Rest up!

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  43. Acompanho seu trabalho a muito tempo. Acho tudo muito lindo. Fico ansiosa por novas postagens. Aqui no Brasil não tem nada tão lindo quanto suas criações. Meu inglês é péssimo. Espero que compreenda o que escrevo. Um abraço, Vivi

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  44. Oh Courtney so dreamy and beautiful!

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  45. Absolutely beautiful, Courtney !! I love every piece that you chose ... wonderfully charming and inviting! I'm sure this will end up in a magazine, as well!

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  46. Looks beautiful Courtney! You have just inspired me to redo the window treatment at the kitchen sink. We have beautiful mini blinds now (rental) but a tension rod and some fabric will soon have a new home! Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  47. Hi Courtney,
    Wow, you can get a lot done with not much money. I absolutely love what you have done.
    The legs on the counter look great. And of course I love the chandelier, a must for any kitchen.

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  48. Oh wow, your kitchen is gorgeous! I also follow you on facebook and LOVE the photos you post. (Actually I "like" them all the time!) I have a new blog and if you have time, I'm hoping you'll stop by! I hand paint jewelry and I like to share some of my additional little painted pictures on my blog that I create along the way!

    ~Michelle
    paintedcottagestudio.com

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  49. Gorgeous! You are so talented. What I love about it most is that it looks both functional,comfortable and beautiful without being sterile. Really nice job.

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  50. WOW! You really are going to spoil your guests! They may never leave...
    Kris

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  51. Wow, this came out beautiful! And you did so much on a tight budget. Thanks for sharing.

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  52. LOVE it Courtney!!! Keeping a note on those cabinets.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  53. Your kitchen is gorgeous! What a big job! It looks fabulous - I bet you are thrilled!
    Jennelise

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  54. ...simply love, Love, LOVE!
    girl, you are in the zone!!
    xo

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  55. You're guests will never want to leave! Love all the little details - a bit of modern thrown in with the original vintage character! Kelly

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  56. Amazing!!!
    I adore it... every last detail is perfection!

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  57. Courtney,
    What a beautiful kitchen!!!! You did an amazing job!
    xx
    Anne

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  58. Definiteely looking to see more ...beautiful job!

    Jan @ BellaCasa

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  59. Your flowers caught my eye immediately and pulled me in. Then, I have been very impressed with all your tasteful WORK! You do deserve a break!

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  60. I love the footed sink and open lower shelves--this is such a gorgeous little kitchen. I am really curious about what you used on your countertops--it looks very pretty.

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  61. wow its beautiful, so amazing. i would love it if you have the chance if you could come and link it up at http://www.twiggstudios.com/2012/09/sunday-show-off-linky-party-week-32.html

    have a great weekend xxx

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  62. Sooo pretty and stunning! I think that every kitchen deserves a chandelier! (Just mine is missing *g*) And with those flowers, everything will look marvellous!

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  63. What a beautiful kitchen. Love the old cupboard!

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  64. Courtney - it's beautiful! I love every detail! Your photos look soooo professional, so inspiring! Love this little kitchen full of charm!

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  65. I love it, love it, love it! May I please come and stay awhile? It's lovely!!!!!

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  66. That is amazing! Found you on the DIY Show Off, now following you! So beautiful...love the roses too - they add the perfect French touch!

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  67. Everything is perfect! Absolutely gorgeous!

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  68. gorgeous styling! I love how it turned out. Came over from DIY show off and I can't wait to see more of your projects. Where did you get that wonderful chandelier?

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  69. This gorgeous kitchen make-over is being featured today at Shabbilicious Friday.
    Thanks for linking up Courtney.

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  70. gasp! gorgeous! the kitchen is stunning and so are those bouquets of flowers!

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  71. So beautiful!!! Found you through the Happy Hour Linky PArty!

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  72. Hey Courtney...what can I say that hasn't already been said? you are one of the most inspiring people I have ever 'met'...I appreciate it so much that you took the time to link up to our first HAPPY HOUR LINKY party...you are truly helping us inspire others...so thank you...xo

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  73. Love this, romantic and rustic, a great look!

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  74. ok, i love those romantic spindle legs you added to your cabinets. Great idea. I will keep that in mind. Nancy Jo from Montana

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