Nona’s Cottage Kitchen Remodel


Everyone who know me knows I LOVE me a kitchen remodel. Its the most gratifying thing to knock crusty old cabinets down, and modernize the space with new layout, new tile, appliances, colors etc.  Since we are renting at the moment while we search for the perfect next house, I have made it a habit to remodel everyone else’s kitchens so I could get my fix!

You may remember when I worked with Lowes on my Moms (or G’s Nona) backyard a couple months ago. Well, because Lowe’s is amazing and we got along swimingly, when I showed them a picture of the inside of the house, they decided it was only fair that I re-do  my Mom’s dated kitchen and whip it in to shape.  Both my Mom and I could not be more grateful and excited to knock out the old dingy yuck box that was this cottage kitchen, and build a new shiny and bright cottage inspired kitchen.

Here is what I am working with and the grand master plan!!


Kitchen Remodel Before and After

Kitchen Remodel Before and After

Kitchen Remodel Before and After

So as you can see. D. I. N. G. Y

The house itself has a cute little cottage style about it. So when I sat down with my Mom to ask her what she wanted her new kitchen to look like, she was into the modern country vibe. Think shaker style cabinets, white subway tile, oil rubbed bronze hardware, and some butcher block. We made a Pinterest board to help coral all of our thoughts and ideas.
Here is some highlights of what we pinned…
Kitchen remodel with white subway tile backsplash
Kitchen remodel with white subway tile backsplash
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Kitchen remodel with butcher block
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When coming up with the design scheme it was easy to find a LOT of the items in stock at Lowe’s which made the process like 2 million times easier. Plus Lowe’s had tons of samples of tile, and countertops etc. in store that we could easily shop from.
Kitchen themes
So here is the layout we were working with. I wanted to give the appearance that the fridge was built in and move the stove to where my mom had some counter space to spread out and cook.  We also needed to add an area to sit and grub, so I extended the cabinetry to the floor so that we could create a little built-in banquette nook.  The corner where I put the banquette was a little dark so we are adding a window to let in more natural light and help balance out that long wall with the front of the house.
Kitchen layout
Kitchen elevation
There is a lot to do , and besides the countertops and floors, my Mom and Grandpa are tackling all the labor. Which is so admirable and I love the fact that there is literally blood sweat and tears in this project.
I will be giving you some progress shots next and then the obvious big fat “after” reveal.
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