The Instant Cottage

This Spring was drier and warmer than most and I soon found myself armpit deep in meadow grass and chin deep in yard chores. I did find time however, for a quick project that brought a charming cottage feeling to my little home.

Just a little bit of charm

Just a little bit of charm

By adding this little architectural interest in the door ways of my laundry room I was able to take a bland, boring opening to a charming archway. Which is a good thing since there’s no hiding those laundry machines.

the view from the kitchen/dinning room

the view from the kitchen/dinning room

This was an easy project that took two nights to finish but only because I had to let paint dry. I found my brackets at the ReStore but most hardware stores will have something similar. They came primed so I just slapped on a coat of trim paint. I needed to modify the brackets for the first doorway as it is narrower than standard.  A classic symptom of old houses.

working the details

working the details

Installation was a dream. With pre-drilled holes I just tapped in some finishing nails and presto! Charming, cottage architectural interest.

cottage accent closeup SM

the view into the mud room

(Don’t mind the knotty pine mud room in the distance. It’s a project waiting to happen.) I love to see the archway from across the room. It’s just so dang cute!

How’s your summer going? Any big projects getting done?


Miss Ellie


Small Kitchen Tour

It’s a small kitchen.

Seven and a half feet by ten and a half feet. It faces south, has one entrance and one window.

We use it for everything, including blog reading, answering emails, and pinning on Pinterest.

Are relationship started when it was in a bad way. Over loved and under maintained.

It had been remodeled in the eighties with builder grade everything and had no appliances (that’s a loaner stove to get through the inspections). My daughter and I camped out for 9 months while I changed out flooring, painted walls and ceilings and replaced light fixtures.

The kitchen is now comfortable.

Yup! I painted the wall green, but only one. It’s enough color.

The flooring, baseboard and toe kicks, cabinet knobs and the appliance all came from Habitat for Humanity’s Restore.

This is how we live in it. For real. It’s clean half the time (the pros of an Empty Nester).

I’m still painting the cabinets and adding moldings to them that I got from Restore. I’m in live with Milk Paint and hope to give it a try on these cabinets.

And I have curtains for the window that need mending. And there is an old ladder in the future of this kitchen.

It’s stage one. Progressing to stage two in the next year.

Ever been to Restore? I’ll have to take you some time.


                         Miss Ellie

I’ve linked this post to French Country Cottage’s Feathered Nest Friday.

I have also linked to Inspired by Charm’s Just Because party.