Back at the beginning of the year, we started working on a kitchen remodel in a small 1940’s cottage. The kitchen was small, but didn’t maximize the space.
A wall between the dining room and kitchen divided the already cramped rooms, making both feel even smaller.
A soffit held the cabinets down one foot, which is valuable real estate in a little kitchen. The original cabinets had seen better days. Dated finishes on every surface, with a hodge podge of decades of updates.
Removing the load bearing wall was the first order of business. In order to support the load above, a beam with a header at door height divides the two spaces.
Though the layout didn’t change drastically, boasts more storage and a balanced layout. The open door frame at the back leads to a back entrance as well as the stairs to the basement.
Now, the range sits centered between cabinets, rather than awkwardly tucked against the wall. A microwave doubles as a vent hood, saving valuable counter space.
Before, this was the view from the hall:
Now, it’s open, bright, and cheery.
To bring a little cottage charm into the otherwise neutral kitchen, we went with a colorful back splash tile.
From that back landing, this was the dreary view:
Now, the white cabinets look fresh and clean, simple black hardware add a touch of contrast.
The tile is still missing grout, but it was such a fun addition I had to share.
A few cabinet doors were damaged in shipping, so we’re waiting on the replacements, then a few little touch ups to wrap up this kitchen, so stay tuned for more. Until then, what’s your favorite way to brighten up a kitchen?
6 thoughts on “Cottage Kitchen Progress”
WOW !! What a difference removing the soffit makes. That tile is stunning!! Well done !
Looks terrific! What is the backsplash tile? It is absolutely beautiful!!!!
It’s a glazed porcelain tile and adds so much charm to the space!!
Are you not posting on your blog anymore?
Sorry for the concern, just swamped with work, kids and life. Hoping to get back into it, but maybe not on the same schedule or frequency.
Hope you’re doing okay!