This gorgeous cottage-style kitchen was refurbished by Christina from Phoenix Restoration with Vanilla Frosting and Elegance!
Hello! I’m happy to be guest blogging today for the Country Chic Paint blog. As those who follow my blog know, our family moved to a new home last December – just a few days before Christmas. Our family is comprised of my husband, our two boys and me + my parents that have lived with us since 2010. In our old home, we had a daylight basement apartment that was for my parents and we lived upstairs. It was a small house and it was crowded. In our new space, we wanted something that was better set up for multi-family living and we couldn’t have hoped for a situation better than what we found.
Our new-to-us home was originally built in 1938. The original home that we refer to as “The Cottage” is the house that my parents live in. Adjacent to The Cottage is “The Addition” that was added on 2005. Two connected, yet entirely separate homes – built about 70 years apart.
Both homes were a disaster when we moved in. I won’t go in to detail on that story here, but will eventually share the saga on my own blog. One of the things that I felt I could tackle as a DIY project was updating my mom’s kitchen (we refer to my mom as “Bestemor” which is Norwegian for Grandmother). Bestemor’s kitchen was not original to the 1938 house. The Cottage had some remodeling done in 1971, and while I’m not sure what all was part of that remodel, it was clear that the kitchen received your typical 70s era makeover.
All of the appliances were replaced immediately when we bought because nothing worked (like I said – a disaster). That alone helped modernized the space but the cabinets made me cringe every time I passed the farmhouse window on the way to my own front door (my door is out that window with the “M” next to it).
Bestemor and I talked about ideas for a couple of months but didn’t get the ball rolling until one day when I decided that chalk paint would be the perfect product for her space. I was inspired by a couple of images I found online and when I showed them to Bestemor, she was in agreement that the colors would work! I had used Country Chic Paint for a couple of projects in the past and was excited because one of our inspiration colors was a perfect match for Country Chic Paint’s “Elegance” which is my absolute favorite color from their paint line.
I used it on this writing desk:
And on my son’s crib:
And with paint leftover from the kitchen, I updated this pair of Drexel nightstands:
Country Chic Paint generously supplied the paint products for this makeover!
These are the steps I recommend for painting a kitchen. I treated this kitchen makeover using the same method I would use on any furniture project. I do realize that with chalk paint some of these steps may have been avoidable, but I was going for a full coverage smooth look, so I went the distance.
*Remove doors, hardware, etc – and keep track of what goes where, especially if the hardware is unique – or like my project – where there are two different colors going on. I used a sharpie to make a mark where the hinge covers and covered that with tape for the duration of painting.
*Wash the surfaces that will be painted with TSP + water. A sponge with a scouring surface helps remove old grime from cabinets.
*When the surface is dry, sand the boxes, doors and drawers. I did this by hand on the boxes and used my pneumatic sander on drawers and doors
*Dust off sanding debris, then prime. I used a shellac-based primer that I spray with my Critter gun. It is the best way to prime, and clean up just takes a minute or two. (I rolled primer on the boxes since the kitchen was being used).
*After priming, it will become apparent where you need to fill. Fill with a product of your choice (I like Bondo) and let it dry. A thin coat of Bondo will be ready to sand back in 15 minutes if conditions are right.
*Sand back the filled areas and spot prime. I tend to sand back all primed/filled surfaces and prime a second time. You may need to repeat this 2-3 times if there are heavy gouges to fill.
*Sand the final coat of primer smooth with 320 grit – sanding by hand may be best at this stage so as to not burn through the primer.
Paint + Topcoat!
If you’re familiar with my work and my method, you know I spray paint my furniture makeovers. Because the kitchen was being used and lived in, I opted to brush the paint on the cabinet boxes to avoid creating too much disruption. I detached the doors and removed drawers and brought them to my workshop for spraying.
*I brush painted the primed cabinet boxes and non-removable drawer fronts with two coats of CCP. I gently sanded was applied with a foam brush.
*For the doors and drawers, I used a combination of my critter sprayer and my HVLP sprayer to achieve a smooth finish. I thinned the paint about 5-10% on average. The paint sprays beautifully and I highly recommend this method if you haven’t tried spraying paint yet.
*Topcoat was also applied with a sprayer (HVLP).
You probably noticed that awful, sagging built in behind the sink?
I tore that out and used tongue and groove pine planks to create a new built in.
I stained the wood using a mixture of apple cider vinegar and steel wool to make the wood look rustic – an idea shared with me by my friend, Aurora, at URBANCottage! I sealed with a 50/50 blend of tung oil and mineral spirits. To add function, we hung stainless steel floating shelves from IKEA.
I was totally dreading hanging the cabinet doors back on their hinges, but was able to do it all by myself and pretty quickly… I’d be surprised if I spent an hour on that aspect of the project (I thought it was going to take me several hours). I reused the old hinges that were absolutely disgusting and covered in 40-year-old lacquer that kept them from polishing up. I stripped the lacquer using CitriStrip then I was able to polish with Barkeeper’s Friend. They cleaned up beautifully!
D. Lawless Hardware was kind enough to supply the copper pulls and knobs that are a perfect match for the old hinges If you need a hardware source at a good price, check out their website. I feel like the hardware did so much for this space!
Finally, to give the kitchen a perfect cottage feel, we opted to have buffalo check style curtains custom made. Not gingham. Not checkered. Buffalo check – an important distinction that I had to help Bestemor understand in order to convince her to splurge! 🙂 We ordered curtains from Ann at LaFortune Linens on Etsy.
So without further ado, I give you the reveal!