Before & After: Tricia Gives Her Kitchen Some Cottage Style

Tricia's Cottage kitchen beforeWhen Tricia sent me this photo of her kitchen for my contest, it took me a minute to realize it was the before shot and not the after. It looked pretty good to begin with! Everything was nice and new, but it just wasn’t her style. She wanted more of a cottage kitchen. Here’s how it looks now:

Tricia's cottage kitchen after

She writes that it took them only 7 days to transform the room into something more cottage-y: “We tore out the existing upper cabinets and added open shelving. We built and installed two new, deeper cabinets to flank the stove.”

Tricia's cottage kitchen after 2

Tricia's cottage kitchen after 4

Here’s a photo of her current table and chairs that she just sent me:

new French kitchen table and chairs

Tricia's cottage kitchen after 3

Even the adjoining laundry room has a little cottage charm:

Tricia's cottage kitchen-laundry

“We love our kitchen because it really reflects our style and how we function in that space. We didn’t let the oh no, it’s brand new stop us!” Visit Tricia’s blog to see more of her beautiful home: The Little Cottage on the Pond.

Tricia's cottage kitchen makeover

Thanks to Tricia and all the other readers who submitted their kitchens for my contest. To see the other entries I’ve featured so far, visit my Kitchen page.

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  1. says

    We, too, are creating a cottage kitchen! Beadboard + lots of it! I love the open shelves** in Tricia’s kitchen + leaving the doors off that big cab above the refrigerator. **You-know-who” is obsessed with upper cabs + nixes my shelf dreams. :-X Men!
    K A Y

    • Christina from Dallas says

      Tricia, did you also redo the laundry room?
      I love the beadboard you have installed in there. Did you do that yourselves? Kitchen looks beautiful!

      • says

        We did- it was our first redo in the house. I designed the space and hubby built it out :)

  2. Teresa says

    Wow…. Looks like a whole different kitchen.The open shelving and lighter cabinets makes the kitchen looks so much bigger and airy and really gives it that cottage feel. Nice job Tricia!

    • says

      It is the same- just looks different with the painted cabinets :) Gotta love the power of paint!

  3. says

    Ok, I have to digress a little and ask about the cabinet in the laundry room, to the right of the W/D… how cute is that? I love the big, barn-y hinges and plank doors! But the whole kitchen/laundry is just fantastic!

  4. Laura says

    Very nice transformation! I like the open shelving, the cabinet color, the new stove, and the vintage objects. I’m not usually a granite fan, but it really fits in nicely now.

  5. Michele says

    Oooo, I’m obsessed with the cottage look – beautiful kitchen! However, open shelving wouldn’t work for me – all I can think of is DUST… 😉

  6. says

    Oh, that’s just about perfect!! And the laundry room :) As someone who values making things tidy over cooking (rather pitiful) – I actually get rather excited about laundry rooms, and that one is nice enough to have guests over! And usually, open shelving makes me a bit apprehensive (that orderly thing….) but Tricia’s are fabulous. Beautiful, beautiful re-do!

  7. says

    Thank you so much for posting! We just bought the same appliances, GE Cafe and loved seeing them in her kitchen. Love the open shelving… great inspiration!

  8. Kim says

    What a nice kitchen! I love the white cabinets and the beadboard island.

  9. Jennah says

    I love this!! What a transformation! I love beadboard!!! I think Hubs needs to see this one. I’ve been trying to get him on board with a style very similar. Lovely!

  10. Maddie May says

    Love the open shelving & the homespun details. This kitchen is so well thought out & the laundry room is delightful. Lovely rooms.

  11. Laurie says

    You did a beautiful job!! WHere did you find that table??!! Luv it!

  12. Sylvia Biafore says

    Hi Love your kitchen makeover. Was wondering where you bought your hardware and what color did you painted the cupboards? Did you paint the cupboards?By yourself? I want to paint mine but I know its a big job. Thanks So Much Sylvia

    • says

      The hardware is Martha Stewart from Home Depot. The upper cabinets are painted in ASCP Pure White, and the lower cabinets are in ASCP Country Grey. I painted them- chalk paint is very easy to work with! You can do it- take your time and there are TONS of how to videos on You Tube :)

  13. says

    These are some impressive before and after pictures of the kitchen, never imagines that cottages would look that great!

  14. lilkunta says

    i like the before! I dont like open cabinets. dust gets in.
    are there before pics of the laundry roooom.

    • says

      I think I did take a before pic of the laundry room, but it really was just an empty box! Open shelving is not for everyone, yes, dust is something to think about but surprisingly, it is in closed cabinets too! It just works for us :)