A Kitchen Makeover at Fox Hollow Cottage

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A Kitchen Makeover at Fox Hollow – Our Story
Once Upon A Time, We Bought A House.
It was a sweet little cottage that needed our help.
A 1929 cottage to be exact.
With a kitchen that was in terrible condition.
So we dug in, worked hard and made it the best kitchen we knew how.
We started with a room that looked like this…
(you could hardly call it a kitchen)
And after lots and lots of work, we have a kitchen that looks like this…

Click HERE for more Kitchen Makeover Photos & Back Story.

We made the most of our small budget by selecting basic, basic white porcelain tile for our counter tops.
To get the fresh, cottage style I craved, we added a bead board back splash.
We did splurge a tiny bit on a few listello tile pieces to marry the area where the standard tile and the bead board meet. It was well worth it.
I know lots of people cook with gas, but we aren’t fancy chefs and this ceramic glass cooktop works perfect for us!
 My husband and I both really like the warm luster of this deep, bronze faucet.
It really pulls together the look of the dark flooring and all of the window trims too.
I always say if I ever win the lottery I will have fresh flowers in every room!
For this price, you can feel like you did.
Chalkboards are all the rage!
(and for good reason)
They are so easy to personalize and you can change them up in jiff.

Lucky us!

Our ceiling is vaulted, so there is loads of decorating real estate above the cabinets.
I just freshened up the decor on the upper cabinets.

It was a work out.

Up the ladder… down the ladder.
Repeat about 60 times.
Maybe I should change it daily?
Our KraftMaid Cabinets in Linen finish.

We have an archway overlooking our stairwell and Jim and I just recently gave it a little makeover.
It’s a fun spot to decorate!
It looks much better now, with the dark wood shelf and chunky white trim.

Ready for another “Before” picture?

Don’t cringe…

This is the same space, “After”.
We added cabinets, providing extra storage and even carved out a small pantry area. (It’s behind the curtain) The upper cabinets originally had glass doors, but I just removed them to open it up a bit.
I added some pretty shelf paper on the back wall of the cabinet to bring in some much needed color.
The contents really show up now!
I love this chandy.
It’s been made over once, but it I feel a Summer update coming on!
I lucked out and found some Lilacs that the deer had not gotten too.

What A Treat.

The house smells so yummy!
I hope you enjoyed the tour of our kitchen makeover and the recent updates I’ve made.

We hop you come visit again sometime.

We like to change things up and there always seems to be a new project in the works… Like turning an old fence into a counter top!
PS: If you like a good, budget makeover… we had two ugly bathrooms too!
Before and After Projects at www.foxhollowcottage
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Shannon at Fox Hollow Cottage
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  1. says

    You guys did a beautiful job, Shannon! This proves that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to get the look you are after. I love the eat-in area also! Great chandy! I think the only updates we are going to make to our kitchen in the new place is a new countertop and sink/faucet. We are looking at flooring right now, so the kitchen will probably be second on the list!

  2. says

    Love all of the bright photo’s! It’s gorgeous as always Shannon, so crisp and fresh. It’s amazing to see the before and after. You all have done such fine work!

  3. says

    WOW…. I almost don’t even know what to say…it’s fabulous! Every inch of it so well done and I love all the little nooks filled with treasures.

    Beautiful Job!

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