This character filled cottage was love at first sight for me and my husband. It was the first house we had ever looked at for ourselves and we knew as soon as we walked in the door that it was meant to be our first home together as newlyweds. It was built in 1945, oozing with charm, and I knew exactly how I wanted to renovate it once it was ours. Our goals for this renovation were to neutralize and update the space in a way that complimented and enhanced the character of this older home.
The kitchen was the most outdated room in the house and had very little original charm compared to the other rooms. For this reason, we decided to just start over by "gutting it" down to the studs/subfloor and puting the character back in. We started by redesigning the layout and storage in order to achieve a more efficient use of the small space we had to work with. Overall, our renovations included: new hardwood floors, new custom shaker cabinets, new plumbing, new electrical, new countertops, new farmhouse sink, new hardware, new fixtures, new lighting, all new stainless appliances, subway tile backsplash, custom natural fiber window treatments, and painting all walls and trim.
Dining Room + Butler's Pantry
Our dining room wasn't outdated really. It was just a little plain and lacking in storage, with nowhere to serve food while entertaining. To remedy this, we designed a butler's pantry that would serve as an extension of the kitchen and as a buffet for the dining room when entertaining. We used the same shaker cabinets for the butler's pantry as we did in the kitchen but for the countertops we used a butcher block which we stained to match the hardwood floors. The addition of this cabinetry more than doubled the amount of storage that our small kitchen alone gave us. It is perfect for pieces not used everyday such as serving dishes for entertaining, flower vases, fine china, and party supplies. It is still a smaller dining room but is now much more functional and aesthetically pleasing.
For the living room, it was an easy fix. We just updated the room with a more neutral color palette using "Agreeable Gray" by Sherwin Williams. This gave the room a more updated look with a light and airy feel. We also used more neutral furniture and decor to complete the look.
The den was one of our favorite transformations in this house. With just a little paint and the addition of a built in bookshelf that we designed, the room took on a totally different feel. The original wainscoting was beautiful but made the room feel heavy and outdated. By painting it white (which was a controversial choice), we achieved a more "on-trend" look with the same light and airy feel that we were going for in the rest of the house. The sectional we chose allowed maximum seating in this small room as well as a comfortable place to lounge as a family. The new bookshelf functioned as en entertainment center, a place to stage my favorite accessories, and a storage solution for games/movies below. Overall, we are very pleased with how it all turned out!
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