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Shop Talk: TEOT Mini Kitchen Reveal

Hi friends,

Thanks for stopping in.

I wanted to give you guys a look at the final design of the mini-kitchen in our new brick and mortar shop.

For a quick refresher, SHOP TEOT is laid out very much like an apartment. We took that idea and ran with it.

Before we came along, the space was a salon. The back room that we turned into our kitchen had some really ugly exposed PVC piping and bit of a mess of some cabinetry. With the help of our crew, we pulled it all out, capped it off and started afresh with a miniature kitchen build.

This is where we were when we signed the lease.


Having a mini kitchen built into the retail space serves a number of functions.

It’s wonderful for presentation and merchandising of our newly expanded kitchen and housewares collection. A sink is always a good idea, from washing dirty DIY hands to late nights with a bit of sour beer to get you through the tagging and pricing process. Of course, the whole setup plays host nicely for catered parties as well.


Sarah knew pretty immediately that she wanted to put in some pesto green kitchen cabinets and an apron front sink. She zeroed in on a paint color called Artichoke, by Sherwin Williams.

You might have guessed it, but a quick look at the history of our kitchen trends will find that our blog pretty much nails the final product. We have our sconces, our open shelving, our favorite cabinet hue, brass pulls, mixed metals, and white subway tile!


It all comes together for a modern take on classic design! Here’s the final look. We hope you love the result as much as we do!


Many thanks to Rachel Garrison for the photography!


Black Sconces  |  Shaker Style Cabinetry  |  Pesto Paint Color  |  Reclaimed Shelves  |  Apron Front Sink  | White Subway Tile



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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.