Cottage Kitchen Renovation – Cottage kitchen featuring gray cabinets, soapstone like quartz, white tile backsplash and brass accents.
Today I’m finally spilling aaaaaaall the beans on the Guest Cottage Kitchen Renovation. I gave you a sneak peek earlier with my Kitchen Accessories post, but today let’s pull back and look at the whole picture.
As usual, let’s check out what we started with…
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Where should you start with a Cottage Kitchen Renovation?
When we started this kitchen renovation the first thing we did was demo the space.
We wanted to get a feel for the space minus the falling apart cabinets and gross countertops. This allowed us to measure the space more accurately to begin our plans. The next step was figuring out the new layout and cabinet situation.
I also knew I wanted to lose the upper cabinets, and install a larger window in to maximize the gorgeous view! The new windows and door made a huge difference.
I added an inexpensive shelf from Target in lieu of a cabinet. I lucked out and it fit perfectly in this spot. I decided to hang it first and then tile around it to give it extra stability.
Where to find kitchen cabinets?
We originally looked into Ikea cabinets for this cottage kitchen renovation, but turns out those are really difficult to get at the moment. We didn’t want to break the bank, so we started researching places that had in-stock cabinets.
After a very romantic date night spent at Lowe’s and Home Depot, we decided on the Wintucket Line at Lowe’s. I knew I wanted to paint all the paneling white in the house, so I thought a bit of contrast with the gray cabinets would be nice. Plus they had a cottage vibe.
We ordered the cabinets and they were delivered the next week! So far I’m really happy with them. The quality is definitely not like the custom cabinetry we have in our home, but it’s perfect for this guest space.
What countertop material did we use?
We saved a ton of money going with in-stock cabinets for this cottage kitchen renovation. I knew I wanted to splurge on countertops. I wanted something durable and classic that would stand up to guests, kids, or even renters down the road. I fell in love with the idea of soapstone but not the upkeep.
I found these really pretty quartz counters that look just like soapstone. The brand is Silestone, the color is Charcoal Soapstone in a Suede finish. It’s not a glossy finish, but not entirely matte either. I really love them.
Once the counters were installed it was time for me to tile! I actually really enjoy tiling so I was excited to tackle this project. Give me a wet saw and tiling project over installing wallpaper or painting any day. Again I wanted something classic with a cottage kitchen feeling. I used the Cloe white tile from Bedrosian in a 4 inch square.
I decided to place them in an offset pattern, similar to what we have in our basement bar area. I really love the way it turned out. I still need to add a trim piece to the top to finish it off. It’s on my mile long punch list for the renovation.
Add Brass Accents for a Vintage Feel
To keep inline with my classic cottage vintage vibe, I chose brass accents with a few touches of black thrown in. We installed this antique brass hardware from Signature Hardware, and it really elevated the look of these cabinets.
Brass sconces above the window are the perfect task lighting.
What about appliances?
Since this is largely a guest space/my office we really didn’t need a full on kitchen appliance package. From the beginning I envisioned this cute vintage looking fridge in here.
It is the perfect size for a smaller kitchen space. I mentioned in my last post we chose a toaster oven/air fryer instead of a full size oven as well.
There is still the option to remove the black cabinet, and add a range if we feel we need one. We also skipped a dishwasher here as well. I have plans to build out this kitchen closet to store the toaster oven, and add a microwave. Again that’s on the dreaded punch list. Why finish persnickety trim details when you could hang wall art and decorate instead? :)
Island vs. Eat-in Kitchen
We went around and around in the planning stage to decide if we should attempt to put a small island in this space. Ultimately we decided having an eat-in kitchen area with a table was best.
It provides flexible seating and allows us to seat 3 people instead of just two.
While 80% of the cabinets are still empty I thought it would be nice to have an extra storage option. I picked up this black cabinet from Target. I love how it balances out the dark countertops. It also carries through all the black accents I have throughout the cottage.
There you have it, our complete Cottage Kitchen Renovation! Well, 95% complete anyway.
DESIGN BOARD –
I have to say this is one of the most satisfying projects I’ve ever worked on. I doubted myself a bit that we would pull this off, but it really is the sweetest kitchen space now. From dark and gross to light and bright, it’s been such a fun project!
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Paint color – Simply white by Benjamin Moore
Trim color – color matched to cabinets