Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Our Cottage Retreat (Part 1)

Well...I think it has been months since I promised photographs of our happy cottage retreat.  Today is the lucky day for those of you who like a home tour.  So welcome!!

This is the before photo of the place as we saw it on the MLS listing 8+ years ago.  It was built in 1960 and saw minimal change or update as the years sped by.

Here is is now (well this summer, when I last snapped a photo).

For all of the following photo series, I've included "before" pictures.  These are all photos of photos that were printed out on copy paper and hung in cupboards to remind us of how far we brought the place, so please excuse the poor quality.

The main space in the house is a combination living room and dinning room.  As you can see, it was dark and dark!

Today it is a bight and comfortable, happy and welcoming space brought about primarily with lots of creamy white paint.

The kitchen was a mishmash of bathroom wall tiles, cracked and stained counter tops, non functioning appliances, pealing flooring and hideous wallpaper.

We recessed a new refrigerator into a pantry closet and installed a full size gas range in place of the original fridge.  The old apartment sized stove left and we were able to add more counter and storage space in its place.

New flooring, bright paint, new counter tops and vintage style wallpaper helped transform it into a joyous place to prepare our meals.

The bathroom was truly nasty.  The first time I showered in there, I was left with the feeling of needing another shower (somewhere else) to recover from the first one in the nasty bathroom.  We gave it an intense overhaul over a few days time one cold February vacation.

We totally gutted the room down to studs and put in everything new.  We did it on a very tight budget and walked away with a new bathroom for about $800.  Sweet!

Well, I've probably shared enough with you for today.  Pop over tomorrow and I'll share the rest with you, which includes the two bedrooms and a transformed three season porch, now year round room.

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you enjoyed your tour.

1 comment:

kpaul said...

Love it! Can't wait to visit