Thursday, January 17, 2013

Cottage Kitchen Renovation on Dog House Lane

Part of the dream my husband and I had when we purchased our property in the country, was building a guest cottage for extended stays for our family and friends.  The Cottage sits on 'Dog House Lane'  and got it's name just in case hubby gets out of hand, I wanted him to have a comfortable place to sleep! honey if you are reading this, just kidding!
While our house was being built we actually spent 10 glorious months in the cottage and when we moved into the house the cottage was used by parents, family and friends. Some visits ended up being a tad bit longer then the intended 'long weekend', so we needed to make adjustments to the weekend concept and turn it into a functional everyday kitchen.

This is the renovated space. The space that I lived in for 10 months was red, had a small counter surface, a dorm sized refrigerator and playhouse sized stove. Which if you recall, I am not much of a cook so it completely met my needs, but those "long weekenders" began to complain, so the renovations began.
The first thing we did after painting the entire cottage and painting the floor here, was to gut the original kitchen space and redesign the space into an L- Shaped formation. 

Since this is an open concept cottage with knee walls, this allowed me to maximize my counter space and to fit a full size oven. For a pantry, we use an over sized armoire that we picked up several years ago at Garden Ridge Pottery. To blend with the colors in the kitchen, I color washed to lighten it up.
The unpainted cabinets were stocked cabinets from Home Depot. They got primed and painted in a semi gloss color called Wasabi by Behr.
 We used bead board for a backsplash over the sink and for the  wall where the oven is. It was painted in a semi gloss color called White Wheat by Duron, which is the same color as the rest of the trim in the cottage. 
The wall color is called Dried Plantain by Behr.
 Because we were limited on wall space, the full size refrigerator sits next to the "pantry", which makes putting the grocery's away real easy. Refrig or Pantry?
It took a couple of months for us to complete the renovation, excluding the time it took to refinish the floors. We just love the new space and so do the "long weekenders".
I am also happy to report, that hubby has not had to sleep on Dog House Lane since I named it!
To see more of our Guest Cottage click here.

Grateful for~
Family and friends that come to visit and being able to provide them a kitchen that THEY can cook in.

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49 comments:

  1. Amazing makeover! No wonder your guests never want to leave... I wouldn't either!

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  2. I so envy your your guest cottage. We have dreams of converting our pool house into just a space (if we ever are convinced we are staying in this house long term!)

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  3. That is seriously amazing, Laura. WOW! I can see why you probably have guests all the time. :)

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  4. Hubby won't mind being kicked out to there!

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  5. I'm making my reservations today :)
    Amazing makeover! What an awesome space to have.

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  6. Laura, this is fabulous!! What a wonderful guest cottage kitchen. Beautiful space.

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  7. Laura your reno is fabulous! What a wonderful space for loved ones to use while visiting :)

    xoxo, Tanya

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  8. What a great space. So much nicer than my kitchen. I'll be moving in soon ...

    :) Linda

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  9. Cute as can be, Laura. I'd love to have a guest house. I am thankful we did have a practice house before building our "real" house :) ~betty

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  10. Oh Laura--this looks WONDERFUL!! I absolutely love the colors (and not just because I use similar colors in my living room). Well done, you!

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  11. How cool to have that extra space? Love the renovation! xo Heidi

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  12. I an imagine people would extend their stay!!
    It's beyond darling. I love how you finished off the end and wrapped the stove. That looks fantastic!! So, so cute. I could totally get comfy in that kitchen. You guys nailed it. It's wonderful!!

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  13. I love it! I would be extending my stay too! Nice job!

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  14. Ah ha ha ha ha.... dog house lane..... ah ha ha ha ha.

    Bliss

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  15. Wow what a makeover, can't believe it's the same space! The dog house lane totally cracked me up - hmmm maybe I need a guest cottage :)

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  16. I must be so nice to have a fantastic place for friends and relatives to stay in and have the luxury of their own space!...I love the "directional street sign"....You two did an awesome job in renovating the cottage!!!

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  17. Oh I so wish I had a guest cottage on my property. How convenient. You did an awesome job renovating the kitchen. Now the weekenders will never leave. I love the name "Doghouse Lane". Too funny.

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  18. I love your guest cottage! Can I come stay with you?! Very impressive that you guys have done everything yourselves.

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  19. Incredible makeover, Kelly! Your guests are truly spoiled ... hmmmmm ... are you accepting reservations during Haven? LOL (Love the name, too!)

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  20. So nice! What a blessing to have such a wonderful place for guests to stay.
    Hope you have a GREAT weekend!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  21. Wow...so fabulous but I wouldn't expect anything else from you my friend...you really do amaze me ...now if you loved squirrels...I think you would be perfect : ) lol!!!! Sending hugs and wishes for a wonderful weekend...talk to you soon!!!

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  22. It looks so refreshed and way more functional!

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  23. Wow! What an amazing transformation. It is just perfect. Thanx for joining THT!

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  24. Well, it's no surprise why you have "extended-stay" guests, this is absolutely wonderful! What are the rates and what is the next available reserve date? LOL!

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  25. What a beautiful remodel of your cottage kitchen! I can imagine the guests are truly enjoying the extra counter space! Love the color choices ~ So pretty!

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  26. Fabulous job, a kitchen any one would enjoy cooking in!

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  27. I love the cottage :) Ok, I'm coming up for visit! How on earth do you get people to leave? I'm going to Haven and I hope I get to see you!
    Debbie

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  28. How absolutely fun to have a guest cottage! It looks great and gives your visitors the opportunity to take care of themselves and free you up a bit more. Nice reno job, Laura. ~ Sue

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  29. Amazing transformation! I would love the space for a guest house...lucky!

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  30. The use of the soft yellows really helps brighten the space while making it "feel" larger. The bold reds (especially on the ceiling) made the room feel closed in, which you don't need especially in an attic.

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  31. Great makeover. I love the cottage feel with the bright and light colors and the beadboard.

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  32. That looks wonderful! I also love having a guest house, but ours only has a teeeny tiiiiiny kitchen'ette!

    thanks for sharing,
    gena

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  33. This is beautiful, Laura. I really like the bright yellow color. It looks very comfy! Lucky guests!...Christine

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  34. Having a kitchen for guests is such a smart idea, convenient and luxurious for them and a perk for you keeping them happy and out of your way in the morning! Your guest house looks adorable, I know we are all envious! Very bright and cheery!
    Jenna

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  35. wonderful job! everything looks so nice, bright, and clean

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  36. Perfect! When can I move in?

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  37. That's unreal...total amazing transformation!!!

    XO, Aimee

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  38. Here from Better After.... LOVE it!! Love the colored cabinets.. wall color. So cheerful!!

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  39. can't find dog house lane on google maps. please send directions. it's so cute!

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  40. I think nobody will complain living in dog house lane, if this is where they're staying. Red painted walls doesn't fit a house in the country. What paint color did you chose now? Letting your guest have their own kitchen is really cool. They can cook anytime they want in their cottage! They don't need to bother you if they want something to eat. Haha!

    Kip Whitehead

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  43. Now I know why your family and friends find it hard to leave the cottage. It’s so beautiful! Totally love the makeover you did here. I like how you made use of the space smartly. It’s quite hard to design a kitchen cottage with knee walls because of the limited upper space, but you were able to give that a solution. #Camille Edington

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