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Guest Cottage Kitchen Remodel Part III

I’m FINALLY getting around to showing you the finished images of the small cottage kitchen remodel I completed at the beginning of this year. To review here is Part I and Part II of the remodel in case you missed them.

Lets get to it,

stove wall before
cottage kitchen

during demolition

cottage kitchen demo



sink wall before

yellow cottage kitchen before

sink wall during demolition

cottage kitchen demo



hallway before

Cottage corridor demo

during construction

Cottage corridor2 demo

standing in hallway looking in to kitchen

cottage kitchen corridor demo



Some other views,

we kept the existing stove because it was in such great shape and its apartment size was perfect for the space


we had some available space next to the left of the stove, perfect for open shelving


standing in hall looking in to kitchen


budget countertops are custom basic black laminate


And there you have it, a small kitchen, small budget renovation.


A reader asked a great question about what kind of exterior work we had to do once we shortened the window over the sink. Before deciding to change or eliminate a window or door, make sure you check the view from the exterior to make sure things will look right on the outside and the inside. With an experienced carpenter or remodeler, patching the exterior can be just a few hours work. The exterior of the cottage is yellow vinyl siding that was installed maybe 10 years ago, odds are I wasn’t going to find an exact color match. I decided to pull some siding from the back side of the cottage that isn’t readily visible and patch the hole with the old siding and then get as close of a match as possible to replace what I had taken from the back. The hole has to be framed for the new window and then covered and insulated and then finally covered with whatever siding you have and then trimmed. When looking at the outside you cannot tell that the window was ever any different.

Do you love the sconce hanging over the kitchen sink?

Sarah went back to check her sources, and unfortunately that exact sconce is no longer in production. BUT, we did round a few alternate options below.


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27 Responses
  • K
    September 13, 2011

    Hard to believe its the same kitchen! :) Ya did good!

  • Ashley
    September 13, 2011

    Wowee, it looks great! You’ve really maximized the storage space with the stacked shelves. This kitchen is light, bright, and airy–all that a kitchen should be!

  • Danielle
    September 13, 2011

    Simplicity at its best! Well done.

  • Granite Plymouth MN
    September 13, 2011

    How much did those countertops cost?

    • Sarah
      September 13, 2011

      less than granite

      • Michelle Kelly
        November 13, 2016

        I would like to know the names of the paint pallet you chose? Thanks in advance

        • Betsy
          November 24, 2016

          Thanks Michelle.
          We used Benjamin Moore’s White Dove on the walls, and Benjamin Moore Super White on the trim and cabinets.

  • Alicia
    September 14, 2011

    Well done. Proving that simple can really be beautiful. Now come and do my kitchen!

  • Betsy
    September 14, 2011

    You are amazing….

  • Alicia
    September 15, 2011

    What’s the wall color? It’s gorge.

    • Sarah
      September 15, 2011

      It’s Benjamin Moore’s White Dove, love it and have used it many times!

      • Alicia
        September 15, 2011

        Aw, man. I love White Dove. It’s my go-to molding color. So if that’s your wall color, what do you use on the trim?

        • Sarah
          November 6, 2012

          BM Super White

  • Amber Interiors
    September 15, 2011

    BEAUTIFUL!!! good work

    • Sarah
      September 15, 2011

      Thanks Amber, your kitchen is pretty alright too.

  • Betsy Moyer
    September 18, 2011

    Haha!!! Yay Amber. I’m a recent fan. Sarah was singing your praise when I was last in NC. Happy to see you here!

  • Sarah G
    September 24, 2011

    Amazing job!

    We have a similar issue with our kitchen and I’ve been thinking about shortening our current window and moving the sink beneath it as well.

    My hubby is concerned about the extra work on the exterior of the house from shortening the window. Do you have any picture or can you explain what you did??? Thanks so much!

    • Sarah
      September 24, 2011

      Great question…I’m gonna update the post and explain this a little further.

  • Katie ~ Two Berti's
    January 1, 2012

    Absolutely love this, what a beautiful transformation. Such a cute light above the sink!!

    • Emilie
      August 3, 2016

      Where did you get the sconce above the sink?

      • Sarah
        August 13, 2016


        The sconce is really affordable but I can’t find the exact one because it’s been a few years now since we completed that project.

        There are some similar options at Wayfair like this one,

        I would search affordable wall sconces that are bronze or black. Hope this helps!

  • Taylor Roberts
    November 5, 2012

    I love the before, during and after pics. I am not sure about the microwave you selected. I think I would have splurged a little to find one that matched up with the stove a little better. It looks too mismatched in my opinion.

    • Sarah
      November 6, 2012

      Thanks for your comment. It might not appear to be a “perfect” match b/c I re-used the apartment size stove that was already there. It was too damn cute to discard and it was in great condition. Hey they are both white don’t I get points for that?!

  • jackie
    March 16, 2015

    Where did you get the light fixture for over the sink? I love it!

  • That sink work perfects with the cabinet hardware. Good job!

    July 11, 2017

    To kick off our kitchen remodel, the first thing we did was remove the boring fluorescent light above our kitchen sink.

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