Monday, May 17, 2010

Cottage Country

I headed to the cottage on Thursday for a 2 day reno blitz. I needed to get the kitchen sorted for it's makeover. Right now it has maple cupboards a la Home Depot and a newish, but hideous hunter green laminate work surface. In the process I moved around this cabinet and found a new, better spot for it.
Because, the kitchen is such an Ugly Duckling, I can't show it yet, but this is the view from the island looking to the newly positioned cabinet.  I have an existing electrical panel on the left there, with the same cabinet doors.  These will be painted out in a couple of weeks.
To balance out the cabinet, I hung a little oil painting that I found on the way up to the cottage.  It looks like it was painted around the cottage as the landscape is identical.  Lorraine offered to go with me to the cottage to help paint and source along the way.  It took us almost 6 hours to get there, we stopped at every haunt along the way.  The perils and joys of our work are many, and this weekend we were in a place so awful, we were literally gagging.  There was also a dog that found my leg extremely attractive.!!!  We came out, got in the car, and when we were out of view from the place dug out the Purel and lathered ourselves.
Sorry...back to the cottage. We painted the island Rhubarb, and I am having an old pine "Slip Cover" made for the work top. I love how the chenille on the bar stools stand out now.  I found a lovely old scrubby ladder that I leaned on the wall next to the cabinet.  This balances out that nasty electrical cabinet too.
I found 2 of these clay pots embellished with seashells.  I think they are quite old and I absolutely love them.
They look pretty with the blue glass jars.
So, I think I finalized the kitchen plans (maybe blue cabinets) and have the painter lined up.  Island surface being built as I type in my neighbors garage. ( he is building it in his garage, I am not typing in his garage) I have ordered a ton of Pine Cone Hill linens for the shop and plan to use some in the master bedroom at the cottage, which is also being painted and will be a blog post soon.(it is the Smallest Masterbedroom you have ever seen)  Oh.....and it is going to be pink.......(sorry B----)  .


  1. I'm so jealous of you cottage country folks out east! Oh how I would love to have a little cottage! I love all your touches so far and am looking forward to see that kitchen.

  2. Hi Chania
    Oh I cannot wait to see what it looks like! The little changes you have made already look wonderful. What an adventure finding things for your shop must be! Talk soon

  3. I don't think I could ever have enough of those lovely blue jars .... your country cottage is perfect!

  4. I adore your cottage! What a quaint and wonderful place to go. I can't wait to see your new pink room.


  5. oh, another lovely finds! love the color and the aged patina. have a great sunday and thank you for leaving a sweet comment in my blog. verbena cottage

  6. Lovely...those shell pots are to die for! Hope you are well,Chrissy

  7. I've so much fun reading about the adventures you and Lorraine have on your treasure hunts. I am laughing picturing the two of you on your latest foray. That painting goes great with those chairs. Can't wait to see the rest of the reno job.

    p.s. on a side note, I finally caught a glimpse of the Sarah Richardson show on HGTV while staying up too late one night. I was so thrilled!

  8. Hi Chania - love those blue glass pieces and the painting...just lovely. You do have a good eye... L x

  9. I love the look of that little cabinet Chania! I did some fooling around with an old cabinet of mine this weekend just gone. I love them so much, can't imagine not having interesting old bits and pieces like this around!

  10. NOT possible Chania....We have the SMALLEST master bedroom EVER.... :o) !!

    LOVE your jars & can't wait to see some 'after' pics of your handiwork....!!

    Have a GREAT week....!

    Tamarah :o)

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  12. You have another lovely find. Beautiful blue jars, a creative mind knows just what to do , you have a wonderful eye for placement. Everything looks so lovely. Have a great week!

  13. Chania, I love your bar stools and those beautiful old mason jars, I just got some from my grandparents cellar recently! And I've been in shops like that, where you wonder what on earth died in there! I can't wait to see your bedding, I love Pine Cone Hill linens!

    Kat :)

  14. Oh, those jars! I passed on a bunch of them not long ago. Wish I had bought them.

  15. Love the fruit jars!

    I used to collect them---had hundreds.

    Now I have pared it down to just my most favorites.

    You have some really nice ones!


I love to read each and every comment and are thrilled that you take the time to send one. Thank you so much. Chania