Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Cottage- Part 1

The Cottage- Part One
The Before
Wayne and I purchased this
sweet little house last month.

My in-laws will be moving in by the end of this month,
but until then we have been busy working
on some interior cosmetic updates!

I wanted to start off by giving you the
tour of before shots!
This is the view walking in the front door.
This is the living room!
Notice the beautiful coiffured ceilings.
To the immediate left (out of view on this photo) is
The kitchen.
This was the light fixture that was hanging
in the kitchen. 
Yes, that is a bathroom light fixture,
minus the globes hanging off the center beam!
From the front door the next room you
see is the laundry/ storage room.
This was the original bedroom to the house,
before the current bedroom addition!
Off the laundry room is the bathroom!
Just the perfect size for this
cracker box home!
This is the view looking from the
laundry room back into the family room!
The bedroom sits off to the back of the house.
Instead of the knotty pine paneling,
this room is covered with "den" paneling.
Notice, too, the "checkerboard ceiling".
The former owner had just installed
new carpeting in the bedroom!
The closet has barn style doors
which open allowing full access!

This shot is looking from the bedroom
back into the living room!
Can you see the "pepto pink" on the front door?

Now, we bought the house because
despite the fact it is 105 years old,
it is in very good condition.
During closing we were fortunate
to get some history of our new place.
It started off as a summer kitchen for the big
farmhouse next door.
Later, it was converted into a garage.
Some time after the "Big War" housing
was needed for returning soldiers and our place
was turned into a finished house.

So what changes are we making....
let just say it has involved 11+ gallons of Kilz
and our new "toy"!

Join me next week for
The Cottage- Part Two!
The Whitening
( sneak peek below!)

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A big thank you to Susan our wonderful hostess!


Anonymous said...

We have a lake cottage that has knotty pine walls. I have kept them for 4 years and every year I hate them more and more. I think this is my year to paint! Can't wait to see and read part 2!

Carol said...

I can't wait to see your magic touch!

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

I can't wait to read the end of the story! I'll be back!

gena said...

Oh that's going to be adorable !

thanks for sharing !

Katie said...

That is an Adorable 105 yr old Cottage!! I love that you were able to get some history on it too! I can't wait to see how you lighten it up!

Gillian Layne said...

Oh my gosh. I am bookmarking this right now. It's going to be so darling!

corners of my life said...

Cottage white seems just so perfect. I can't wait to read about the transformation as you go along. said...

Now that is a lot of dark wood. The places looks so cute and I love the ceilings. About your new toy...don't start telling Wayne that you really love it because on your birthday you never know what you will get. I speak from experience.....electric buffer for our boat. I have not used it have been warned. Looking forward to seeing pictures.

Peg said...

As I scrolled down through the before photos, I kept thinking, "paint it white, white paint" and sure enough, you are!!! I will look forward to seeing the result soon.

Christine said...

This is exciting for you & your family and for all of us.
I love Before & After pictures. This is going to be fun (at least for your followers, we aren't doing the work).

Love it so far!

Gloria said...

Greetings! I am over from BNOTP. What a treat to see! LOVE that little house! I, too, live in a tiny house. Is this just going to be for your in-laws? I can't wait to see your next post!
Best regards,
P.S. I am your newest Follower! :)

Wendy said...

Oh I am so very excited! It is adorable and cozy and sweet and perfect!! Can't wait to see more!! Wish I could come and help you paint :)

Lakeshore Cottage Living said...

It is going to be fabulous! I can't wait to see more!!! Thank you for following and I will be following along on your reno journey as well!

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Wow! That is a lot of wood. I can already tell your makeover is going to be fabulous. My first husband and I purchased a tiny 950 square foot house as our first and totally made it over, with hardwood floors. I loved that little house and honestly, a sweet little house is all any of us need. Look forward to the redo on this one. Best wishes to you and thanks for stopping by. Tammy

Jane said...

That was a great tour! I noticed the ceiling in the living room right away.
I am really going to enjoy seeing all of your updates!

Kathleen said...

I can see the potential in this oh so sweet little house. I love to watch the progress on projects like this. I'll be checking back for updates. Good luck with it.

Sue said...

I really think this would be a fun project...even with all the work involved. This is going to end up so cute!

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

You guys did such a fabulous job on this cottage!