Two Story Cottage

Kitchen Update

Dear Friends,
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of a guest gig at The Handmade Home.   I’m excited to be a regular contributor over there.  Maybe I’ll put that as my occupation now when I fill out school papers.  “Contributor at The Handmade Home.”   Because I’m official like that.  🙂

I thought I’d update my newest followers on our kitchen.  During the recent move to WordPress, my kitchen wrap-up post got lost in the shuffle.    I’ve received boat-loads of questions about the kitchen so I thought this would be a good way to address them.  Also, Emily A. Clark is having a link party today  that involves “working with what you have.”  I have certainly done that in this case.

My dream kitchen would be white with a modern farmhouse feel.  That isn’t happening any time soon.  I refuse to complain about my existing kitchen because it is updated and well appointed.   Just not quite my style.



Just a few changes completely transformed the look without overhauling it.   It feels like a different space.


-The wallpapered ceiling creates the cottage feel that I want.

– The paint color is Hazy Skies by Benjamin Moore.

-I replaced the pendant shades with these from Schoolhouse Electric.  The light over the bar is from Ballard Designs.

-The high back barstools are from Ballard also (currently on sale).  The metal stools are from Overstock.  I plan to spray paint those darker at some point.

I did have more stuff above the cabinets but I’m in a major editing phase.   When in doubt, take away.  For more on the mirrors turned chalkboards, go here.

I believe I can make this kitchen into a version of my dream kitchen without painting the cabinets.   Not to say that I never will, but I am embracing the “work with what you have” philosophy.  I still have some changes up my sleeve but this is where it stands currently.  Now, to add something different on the top of those cabinets…

The window mirrors that were previously up there are going on the screened porch.   I can’t wait for porch season!  Bring on the spring.








For more inspiration on working with what you have, check out the party.





  1. Your kitchen is gorgeous. You updated it with great taste and style.

  2. This looks so good! And, you know I love a good kitchen transformation keeping the dark cabinets 🙂
    Thanks for linking up and congrats on your new gig!

    • Thanks, Emily! I’ve still got some ideas churning but it works for now. I love what you have done with yours!! Our layouts are similar. 🙂

  3. Not sure if my last comment posted but the kitchen changes look great!!

    Congrats on your new gig and thanks for linking up 🙂

  4. Stupendous!! Kitchen. The faucet, the dining space, the kitchen floor and the walls, all look fabulous together.

  5. Your kitchen really does look great! With the changes that you made, I love that you kept the stained cabinetry. And it’s crazy how good lighting can change the feel of a room!

  6. I loved seeing you over at the Handmade Home yesterday! How fun that you get to be a contributer over there! Congrats! I love the touches that you have done to make your space your own while working with what you have. We are almost done a kitchen reno at our house. I wish I could have just made do with what I had but…it was 1950 metal chipped cabinets (yuck!). I would love for you to check it out!

  7. Your cabinets are beautiful -no need to change them! The changes that you made worked out so well~ Give yourself a pat on the back 🙂

  8. Hi Erin. I saw your guest post at the Handmade Home and jumped to your site from there. I absolutely love your style. Is is so eclectic and welcoming. I also really like your use of wallpaper on the ceiling. I would never have thought of that. I will have to keep that in mind for future redecorating!

    • Thank you so much for stopping by Kristina!! I’m so excited to be contributing at The Handmade Home. It has been a long-time favorite of mine!

      Some days I’m still finding my style but thanks for the nice compliments! 🙂

  9. Wow! That kitchen is gorgeous… love the ceiling… love the pale walls with the ceiling color. I’m pinning this one! Little Bit from

  10. Oh my…I love the stripes on the ceiling. That couldn’t have been easy. WOW!

    • Thanks, Holly! We totally hired out for that one although we try to DIY where we can. 🙂 Took the guy 2 days so I realized I made the right call.

  11. I love the changes toy our kitchen. I lived with what we had as well for four years and now am changing it all up. We just finished installing our backsplash. From the pics it doe snot look like yours has any grout lines? We so should have gone that route.

    • So glad you stopped by! Thanks for the compliments. We do have grout lines on the backsplash. They are just the same color as the stone so they don’t really show, especially in the pictures. I’m looking forward to seeing what you do with yours.

  12. What a great before and after! LOVE the striped ceiling!

  13. It looks great! I’m actually a fan of dark wood cabinets, but I think you’ve done a wonderful job giving your kitchen balance.

    • Thank you, Tiffany! I like dark wood too – I wish mine were a wee bit darker and less cherry but I can’t be picky when they are perfectly nice and nothing to complain about !! Thanks for stopping by.

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