Cottage Kitchen – Rough Draft Plan

I’ve been looking at lots (and lots) of Cottage/Farmhouse/Vintage kitchens on blogs and Pinterest posts and magazines and books, and I’m starting to sort out the must-haves vs the not-thats vs the wouldn’t-that-be-wonderfuls. And comparing those lists to the size of my budget, my minimal DIY experience and the size of the room. (Good news! – my tool-using sister is on board as far as the counters are concerned!)

So – the Plan – in no particular order in each category.


  • remove 5 fluorescent lighting fixtures and replace with 2 pendant lights
  • add tops to currently open cabinets (where drop ceiling used to sit)
  • paint cabinets white
  • paint walls white
  • install Ikea butcherblock counters
  • replace green sink
  • do something with green floor – paint if necessary
  • remove short hanging wall or finish kitchen side
  • curtain under sink


  • new cabinet hardware – pewter or nickel or glass or white knobs and bin pulls
  • black and white tile floor
  • remove low counter in entry
  • new faucet
  • bead board backsplash
  • under counter lighting


  • tile behind stove
  • paint stove and hood white
  • camouflage dishwasher
  • crown molding on cabinets