Our Cottage {Kitchen}

The day we looked at Oak Cottage with the realtor

this is what the kitchen looked like….

We live in an Acadian Cottage……French Acadian designs get their influence from the quaint cottages found in France’s countryside. Using masonry, wood siding, and slanted roofs they portray simple living at its best.

I guess simple means ‘small kitchen’. I thought I like simple…maybe I’m more complicated than I realize. I know I’m high-maintenance…does that mean complicated? Ha! A post for another day!

In the Acadian design the kitchen, living room, and dining room are all considered separate rooms that conjoin through doorways….this is this particular design and style’s method of designating spaces.

When we first saw Oak Cottage we loved it…

but the kitchen was a bit of a surprise.

It was small, had lots of floor space {we added an island},

very little cabinet and counter space,

and pretty much a non-existent pantry.

Our kitchen went through many transformations….

all cosmetic….for years.

It became a funny joke at our annual Christmas Party.

People would come through the door and ask

“What’s the kitchen like this year?”…

because for about five  years it changed yearly! ha!

Here is what it looked like before our current transformation…

{and it stayed like this for a record 10+ years!}

It had lots of fun artwork, bright colors, and whimsy.

I had fun painting it with whimsical artwork.

We loved it…but a few years ago we were ready

for a change.  So, here’s Handsome beginning

the change with adding white subway tile on all the walls….

Here we are today…..almost finished!

We just need to put in the farmhouse sink,

and Handsome will be pouring concrete countertops. Yay!

{I didn’t style the photos for you guys…this is how it looks everyday.}

Love paper straws…just had to throw this one in here….

Love this view out the kitchen door

out to what we call The Nook with

the Repurposed Shutter Fence.

Hope your week is going well…I can’t believe it is already Wednesday!

If you haven’t….be sure to head on over to

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

to enter to win one of our French Cafe Tabletop Chalkboards!


Sharing with:  Skip to My LouTip JunkieToday’s Creative BlogNot JUST a Housewife,  Blue Cricket DesignThe Shabby Creek CottageWhipperberryThe Idea Room,  Between Naps on the PorchFrench Country CottageThe Lettered CottageThrifty Decor ChickFunky Junk InteriorsAt the Picket FenceMy Uncommon Slice of SuburbiaCommon Ground,  DIY ShowoffHome Stories A to Z a.k.a. DesignSomeday CraftsOrganize and Decorate Everything,  2805Making the World CuterThe Girl CreativeCraftomaniacCarolyns HomeworkFingerprints on the FridgeTatertots & JelloSerenity NowNo Minimalist HereSavvy Southern Style, Coastal CharmMy Romantic HomeRedoux504 Main733 BlogWe Are That FamilyCreating Really Awesome Free Things,  The Charm of HomeDelightsome LifeAnything GoesRooted in ThymePositively Splendid


32 thoughts on “Our Cottage {Kitchen}

  1. Love the photos and how the kitchen turned out. I recently did my kitchen as well. but I’ll admit its in the in between stage. Had to change something to keep living with it. You just got me itching to do more.

    • That in between spot can be a hard place…that’s where we’ve been with our kitchen for what seems like forever! {Waiting for the farmhouse sink in the right size, etc.}

  2. Looks lovely, we redid our kitchen when we first moved in and also went for white cabinets its lovely having a place to cook and socialise. well done for a great job xox

  3. Pingback: 30 DIY Before and After Projects

  4. Pingback: DIY Project Parade | | DIY Show OffDIY Show Off

  5. The shelf under your upper cabinets is pure genius! I would love to have something like that so I would have access to the items I use daily, yet I could keep my counters clear. I’m keeping this in mind for our next house. 🙂

  6. I love your kitchen – especially the island. Where did you find your coffee mug holder? I looked all over for something with that “industrial” look but haven’t been able to locate one. But I love yours. Would you share your source for it?

    • Thanks so much, Cathy! What we have our cups on is actually a vintage French bottle rack…or French drying rack. I stay on the lookout for them on ebay and etsy…and anytime I go to flea markets, etc. I love them, and you can use them for so many purposes.

Love to hear from you guys.......

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s