cottage kitchen demo day!

I shared a while back that we are having some pretty major renovations done to our farmhouse and guest cottage.

We’ve lived here for 2 1/2 years now and during that time have figured out the things about the house that work for our family and the many, many things that don’t

It would probably be easier, smarter and cheaper to just move. But this is home.

I’ve lived in 18 different homes in my lifetime.

Apartments, rental homes, tiny homes, big homes.

But no home has ever felt more like home than this one.


It’s just a feeling that I can’t explain.

Therefore…we are bringing in the big guns to make this place function better for our family.

I’m quickly learning that renovating an old house is like opening up the world’s largest can of worms.

Hyperactive worms.

On crack…;)

Today, they demo’d the guest cottage kitchen.


In case you are a new follower, here’s a little trip down memory lane.


This is what it looked like when we moved in.

Um…gross, right?

Well, I did a little DIY bandaid-ing which you can read about here, here and here

but the bottom line was the job was WAY too big for me.

I could make it look pretty but needed the pros to turn it into a functional space.


The kitchen was very closed off from the main living space (which I use as my sewing studio) in the cottage.

As you can see in the photo below…

there were two large doors and a weird small opening there.


I wrestled with whether or not to remove the cool doors…

I would have loved to keep them but it just chopped the space too much.


So here’s where we are today…


Doors gone…blank slate…



I love how much removing the doors opened the space up.

You want to see where we are headed?


This is just a drawing and the countertops and hardware will be totally different.

Also, the giant strawberry picture and other accessories won’t be there. But this gives you a pretty good idea of the vision for the space.

I asked for tons of storage space with cabinets going all the way up to the ceiling.

We lost the cool sink with drainboards but made room for an apartment sized fridge. It’s all about trade offs.


The job will take around 2 weeks and I’m looking forward to sharing the progress with you!

Stay tuned!!!

Now I’m headed to HotLanta with my boys to watch the Auburn Tigers play in the SEC championship game. War EAGLE!

Happy Weekend, friends! :)




9 Responses to cottage kitchen demo day!

  1. Linda@Coastal Charm December 6, 2013 at 7:14 pm #

    Hello Susan,
    Looks like you have a great plan on this space…looking forward to seeing the outcome. Have a wonderful time in Atlanta cheering on our Auburn Tigers!!! We decided to pass this weekend…going to watch this one from home (the pass two games at Jordan-Hare has just about done me in…still in a football coma here). WAR EAGLE!!!


  2. Gina December 6, 2013 at 7:27 pm #

    Can’t wait to see the finished kitchen. :) Have fun at the game! What a treat to go to such an awesome game. Can’t wait to watch from home.

  3. Susan Nowell @ My Place to Yours December 7, 2013 at 4:24 am #

    Yay! I love Demo Day because then I know the project is really going to happen! So glad yours is getting started. Old houses are definitely full of challenges, but when you find one that “fits” so well, it’s worth every bit of the investment. Try to enjoy the process. With your eye for design, the end result will be fantastic!

  4. Melinda Burke December 7, 2013 at 5:03 pm #


    I am so excited to hear from you again. I can’t wait to see what you do with the kitchen. You always do a great job!

  5. Carol Cook December 7, 2013 at 6:11 pm #

    I am sure I would complain during the process, but how fun it must be to bring an ugly duckling into “swandom”!

  6. Thistle December 8, 2013 at 10:21 pm #


    You go girl!!!! I can’t wait to see the finished space! I know whatever you create will be amazing!

    Have an awesome day rock star!

  7. Stacey@Cottage Industry December 17, 2013 at 5:59 am #

    Exciting! Looking forward to seeing the finished kitchen, please share on the blog when it’s done!!

  8. Laurel Stephens December 18, 2013 at 2:33 am #

    How exciting! I’m looking forward to following your renovation journey!

  9. david December 31, 2013 at 5:30 am #

    I’m woefully behind on this. Can’t wait to see what you come up with. There is nothing like watching someone else go through a remodel project!

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