Two Story Cottage

An Official Cottage Kitchen {Wallpaper on the Ceiling}

Dear Friends,
     Since the moment the first strip of wallpaper went up in the kitchen, I have wanted to share it with you.  I did a sneaky peeky on instagram because I was so stinkin’ excited.  I walk in the kitchen now and I ooze happy.  Because it feels joyful.  And that was what was lacking before.  I loved the new paint, lighting, and china cabinet but I still wasn’t perma-smiling.

I am now.  The ear-to-ear kind.  But not like a creepy clown.

I just couldn’t get that cottage look that I wanted.  It was elegant.  It was pretty.  It was still a kitchen with dark cabinets and one white china cabinet.  Now, it has that New England flair that I was hoping for.

A little bit of real life; Lacey’s green booster chair.  Oops.

Watermark at a random spot.  Strategically covering the baby lock.  Another oops.

My favorite pic!  And those roses were from the clearance cart. $4!

I had to wait a week for that sunshine!  Patience was tough.

And the crayon bucket is not supposed to be on the cart.  Another blooper.

This wallpaper was super cheap.  Like the cheapest wallpaper in the history of the universe.  But because it didn’t cost much it didn’t go up particularly well.  It was a beast.  And I am extremely thankful that the professionals did it because they more than had their hands full.

So, the wallpaper saga was worth it for this room alone.  Do you like it?   Because I love it.  Wait, I think I said that.   A little rude, since this is my own house and all.

But I do.  I really, really love it.

I’m linking up with Wendy at Shabby Nest, Donna at Funky Junk Interiors, and Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick.

TDC Before and After


  1. Very nice wallpaper ceiling , good choice . Would you consider adding a crown moulding to the white cabinets and perhaps some brackets underneath , I think it would really finish it off ?

    • Thanks, Chris!!! I totally have the wood for the crown in the garage. Just need to do it!! I SHOULD though! I love brackets under cabinets but there is a ledge from the beadboard that makes those tough. I will look into it though. I love your brackets on yours! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

  2. I seriously love this! I wouldn’t ever think that I would but I do. The yellow stripes go perfect with the room and gives it such a cozy feeling. I love Just Beachy’s idea for the cabinets.

  3. Kelly W says:

    I just love the yellow striped wall (ceiling) paper! You once again make me gasp!

  4. So so cottage-y! And, I totally have shoes that match.

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  6. Anonymous says:

    I love this! Where did you get the wallpaper if you don’t mind me asking! There are so many options…thanks!

  7. Gorgeous! Love it.

  8. This is fantastic! my mother always says that yellow is a color every kitchen should have. So nice to wake up too. Don’t you just want to lie on the floor and stare at the ceiling?

  9. Not a look or colour I would normally look at myself, but in your kitchen it looks amazing!

  10. I love it! very cute. it would make me smile every morning! and thank you for the “real” life booster. sometimes i look at these blogs and think “who lives like this”. i like to see beautiful spaces that people actually live in. then i don’t get so depressed.

  11. Perfectly cottage. The wallpaper ceiling is so pretty and unique. Love your space.

  12. The whole kitchen looks wonderful! Where did you get the great counter stools?

    • The high-back stools are from Ballard Designs. They aren’t cheap which is why I could only get two! They offer coupons a lot so I would never buy without 15% off.

      The low stools are from Overstock. I actually LOVE those too! 🙂

  13. Your kitchen is gorgeous!!! I can see why you’re smiling from ear to ear! Hopped over from The Shabby Nest! Blessings ~ Judy

  14. Your kitchen is lovely!

  15. Anonymous says:

    love it and i love that sign don’t forget dessert did you buy it or make it? ang

  16. I was so glad I found you. My kitchen as dark cabinets and have been wanting to do a cottage look. I swear I could not find 1 cottage kitchen that didn’t have white kitchens. You mean back in the day all cabinets were painted white. So you are my inspiration that I can have a cottage kitchen WITH dark cabinets. I thank you, my spirit thanks you. Your kitchen would definitely make me smile. Since you inspired me, I wonder if you would inspire a few other, would you consider posting this with Sunday’s Best party Sunday night. I sure hope so, cause I can’t believe you and me are the only 2 women who want cottage kitchens with dark cabinets. I so thank you!

  17. Oh, It looks so charming, Erin! I think hanging wallpaper from the ceiling would be quite tricky–thank goodness for the professionals. Your kitchen now looks so playful and light. Wonderful choice! (And I’m loving your drapes, too.)

  18. Hey! Just browsing around all of your cool projects and I am in love with your striped ceiling. I came across your blog from a mutual friend, Anna Juby!

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  20. Beautiful! I am struggling with the decision whether or not to paint my oak cabinets white. Your kitchen looks amazing. Do you mind if I ask where you got your glass pendant lights?

    • Thanks, Lenore. No problem – the pendants were already here but we changed out the shades. Got the glass shades at Schoolhouse Electric. They have several styles that are similar!

      Painting cabinets is such a big decision!! 🙂

  21. Beautiful! It’s nice to see a cottage kitchen without white cabinets 🙂 If you don’t mind me asking, what is the wall color and drapery fabric?

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    I know this is an older post, but I was wondering what your counter top is. Do you know the name? Your kitchen is beautiful!


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  24. I , love, love, love your kitchen…it’s lovely, charming and sweet…the wallpaper on the ceiling is GENIUS, really pulls it all together. But do you know what I love MORE — all the real life “bloopers”! You have a child, there are crayons, booster seats and a plethora of other items — this makes your home look REAL, lived in, loved in and most of all BEAUTIFUL. Don’t hide that, don’t try to live up to or promote unreal expectations. That’s not what creating a home should be 😀

    You obviously have an artist’s eye, and your creativity shines in this gorgeous room. Congrats!!!!

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  27. I love the color combinations. My kitchen has dark cabinets, also. What is the beautiful wall paint color?

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