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  • Writer's pictureJulie Marie

The Cozy Cottage

Updating this small, older, vinyl sided home quickly turned from a simple renovation project to a COMPLETE GUT JOB! After the walls came down and the floors came up it was alot easier to see the potential this home had and now I had the ability for a MUCH better floor plan and all new finishes! I will spare you the Under Construction Photos and skip right to the Drastic Before and After. I really think the home captured the true "Cozy Cottage" Vibes I was trying to achieve. What do you think?

Exterior - I have been OBSESSED lately with Monochromatic Color Schemes and knew the minute I saw this house the colors for the Exterior! I used Sherwin Williams- Urbane Bronze for the exterior and added a MUCH needed new metal roof in the same color of Bronze. I added new wooden doors and stained those along with the whole deck with- The Minwax- Early American- My Favorite Wood Stain.... and of course the windows had to go black to "Pop" with the black farmhouse light fixtures. All the horizontal vinyl came off and was replaced with board and batten . See Interior Transformation Below also.

The Cozy Cottage Transformation

Before Transformation

Interior Transformation

Before Transformation

This House had a quirky layout with 2 small bedrooms on the main level (one with the laundry hookups) and a full bathroom off the kitchen- The SUPER steep stairs lead to the upper level which was just open area with a half bath. This house was and a little "Rough around the Edges" but I loved bringing life back to it and making the space a little more Inviting!

The biggest problems we faced inside was the steep unusable stairs, the closed off kitchen, only one full bathroom and, the unwelcoming layout. I took out walls and opened the living area to kitchen making it alot more open. We converted the two small bedrooms into one large master bedroom/bathroom and converted the previous full bathroom to a half bath/laundry. The Spiral Stairs were a project all in themselves but ended up looking wonderful! Upstairs, I added a full bathroom and created a bathroom and second living area as well. Using warm cottage colors mixed with Blacks which are always my favorites, it started looking like a whole new house!

New Laminate Flooring thru the whole house, added mixture of wall textures with wall planks, shiplap, drywall, tounge and groove, added all tounge and groove ceilings, and updated all light fixtures. The living room and kitchen were the first to get a facelift! With new wood plank walls and trim, it was already a night-and-day difference! I added black wood planks on either side of fireplace from Amazon with some wall lamps.

Of course we Lime-washed the Fireplace with Valspar Limewash Glaze. (Visit my "Updating Fireplaces" Blog for full tutorial). Swapped out door to Wood Doors- Early American Stain- and used rough cut wood trim stained Black.

The Kitchen Cabinets were Antinque White; I added new Granite and my go-to White Subway Tile Backsplash. I also Bought my Favorite Kitchen Island I have bought for several homes- Pueblo Kitchen Island from FurnitureCart!

Upstairs was basically finished attic space so we had to get creative with the space. Bedrooms were painted with Magnolia Homes- Shiplap, and ceilings stained Early American. The finished upper level was probably my favorite transformation with the cute little built in bookshelfs to the black and white cottage style bathroom.

What is your favorite transformation?

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