Thursday, August 2, 2012

Cottage Update: The Kitchen

Last night I edited photos while we watched a terrible movie. Technically, I sat on the couch with it on the screen in front of me and Mr. Mechanic “watched” the movie. I won’t even name the movie because you might judge me for allowing it to be on my PVR.

There are really only 5 rooms to the cottage – Kitchen, Living Room, Bathroom and two bedrooms.  Today I’m sharing photos of the Kitchen and how far it has come in one year with paint, a lot of manpower and multiple deep cleanings.

Here is how it looked in August 2011:

Cottage Kitchen Before 1 WM

The cupboards were a peachy colour and the countertop was orange. The walls were a similar shade to the pink floor. There was also a border around the top that was promptly removed.

After our first trip up in June it started out looking like this . . .

Kitchen Collage Before Painting WM

*** I once again have to say that I take no credit for any of the painting progress in the cottage. I did some of the taping, helped to remove hardware and painted the primer in a few places, but the majority of his huge overhaul was done by Mr. Mechanic’s sisters and his parents. They are amazing!!!

But, see that shelf through the doorway? There are four of those – two at each end of the entryway and I painted every little bit of them. I was even painting them while the power was out for half a day after a storm!

The Makeover Breakdown

Everything except the floor and countertops was painted with two coats of Zinsser Cover Stain (which made Mr. M’s sisters very light-headed!). This was the biggest paint expense but it was worth every penny for its incredible coverage on multiple surfaces including wood paneling and ceiling tiles.

The walls were painted with CIL/Glidden’s Fossil Grey.

Fossil Grey Colour Swatch

The trim and cupboard doors were painted with a white off-the-shelf Trim and Doors paint by CIL.

The only addition to the Kitchen was the light fixture that we originally bought two of from Costco for our own basement. It uses GU24 light bulbs and they are a royal pain to track down!

So, after all that, the kitchen looked like this:

Kitchen Painted June 2012 WM

Once everything had cured, the hardware was reattached, a wooden table was brought upstairs and the kitchen became the hub of the cottage.

The next set of photos was taken on my camera with limited lighting . . . sorry.

Kitchen Left of Window WM

A coffee maker was the first priority since the closest Tim Horton’s is at least 30 minutes away!

Kitchen Window WM

On our most recent trip the faucet had to be replaced. Fortunately it was a quick and inexpensive repair.

Kitchen Right Side WM

Anyone else have a frog beside their sink? We have a green one at home!

Kitchen Right of Window WM


Kitchen From Entryway WM


Kitchen Table WM

That microwave cart has been used by my family for as long as I can remember. My Mom was amazed to hear that it will have yet another life in the cottage.

Why two microwaves? The oven is fairly small and had we had a second one given to us. Who knows if we will ever use two at the same time . . . or if the cottage wiring will support it!

So, once again, we went from this:

Cottage Kitchen Before 1 WM

to this!

Kitchen Right of Window WM

Just seeing the difference that white paint made on the cupboards makes us want to paint our cupboards here at home, too.

So, that’s the cottage kitchen! Next time I’ll share the bathroom transformation. It’s a good one!

’Til next time . . .
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P.S. Check out this post to see some of the fun projects I did to update a poorly used space in my own kitchen!

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  1. Such an improvement! What a lovely cottage to have as well. Where is yours located?

  2. That looks great and all, but I really want to know what the bad movie was. :)

  3. Yea! That is a nice color of grey, and the cabinets look incredible!

    Claire, do me a favor and see if this works. I think I was able to change the no reply blogger thing. :)


  4. Wow, what a difference! It looks very inviting! Amazing what some paint and elbow grease will do!


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