Well 6 weeks certainly flew by! So excited to share this little cottage kitchen project I have been working on for the 6 week #oneroomchallenge hosted by Calling It Home. I had so much fun working on my home gym, and my laundry room in past challenges, I thought I would give it a go with this cottage kitchen- a sweet little retreat that has become such a special place for my family. My 5 kids absolutely adore this space- so it was wonderful to give the kitchen a little bit of love.

Here is the before (check out that tin backplash! boob lights!) 

After lots of demo, some Certainteed insulation, and more hard work- it was transformed. And here is the after!

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The first major change we made was with these laminate counters by Belanger Laminates. As the homeowners wanted to keep this space budget friendly and durable for renters going laminate was a great option- in this neutral grey it provides a lovely modern element to this cottage kitchen. We used the same material in floating shelves to add a textural element to the wall.

Another modern element we added was in the cabinet doors and drawers. As I mentioned in this post, while I of course could have designed a brand new kitchen from scratch, these cabinets were in great shape and knowing the long term plans of the cottage owners, it was in their best interest to reuse them. So we gave them a little upgrade with Grass quiet close hinges and outfitted the drawers with new quiet close glides. The original cabinet pulls got a hit of Krylon Oxford Blue.   


We used a very simple white long subway tile for the backsplash from Creekside Tile and organized the counters with some stylish vessels from Bouclair

A gorgeous new range from Maytag with a super easy to clean cooktop is a great option for this rental property. 


This Trinsic faucet in chrome is honestly a go-to for me for so many reasons. It is just so elegantly designed- and with a pull down spray that is so elegantly integrated into the arc of the faucet- you get great form and function in one. 

A mix of woods and metals was important to me throughout the space like in these counter stools by Bouclair.

And finally, I wanted whimsy in the accessories, including this cute water station (shaped like a chair!) and breakfast spread- how gorgeous are those patterned Ted Baker mugs- and that marble and blue serving board! All sourced from HomeSense

This one was another race to the finish line- but very pleased with the results. For me, this was a great experience in that you can create massive change, with great function, without having to do a large sale renovation or sink in lots of money. I'm grateful to the homeowners who worked extremely hard- and now we all get to enjoy summertime in this new kitchen space. 


If you're new to my blog- thanks for stopping by! Great to have you here : ) 

Source list:

Insulation- Certainteed

Backsplash- Creekside Tile

Spray paint- Krylon

Cabinet paint in back of cabients (colour matched to Krylon Oxford Blue)

Cabinet hinge and drawer quiet close hardware- Grass Canada

Counters & floating shelves- Belanger Laminate

Chrome lights, island pendants, counter stools, storage vessels, metal round tray- Bouclair

Faucet- Delta Trinsic

Range- Maytag

Wooden cutting boards, marble / blue platter, cake stand, Ted Baker mugs, water station, blue / clear water glasses, aqua bowls, kitchen linens, blue patterned rug- HomeSense

Lisa's shirt- Ted Baker  

Photos- Dan Tardif

Now go look at the amazing transformations everyone else did! Search the hashtag #oneroomchallenge on instagram (I have been highlighting my favourites all day!) and visit the featured 20 designers here and guest participants here.



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