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Cabin Kitchen and Dining Space Renovation DIY

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This is what the kitchen looked like when we saw it for the first time on the real estate agent's website.
We just weren't too big of a fan of the knotty pine ( I thought it was hickory until some smart home talkers told me differently).
We began this project by removing the cabinet over the microwave in the corner and by replacing the bad cook top. We then started painting the cabinets in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and finishing them off with wax.
You can see close up details on a previous post I did here.
http://www.hometalk.com/8415586/chalk-painted...
Now I know there are wood enthusiast out there and I respect your vision! BUT I am not a yellow wood kind of person and this kind of change works great for us. The kitchen, finished being painted looks like this :
We also wanted to create more storage space in the cabin (it is only 600 sq ft) so we decided to add some more cabinets. I figured I could get some unfinished cabinets like this one and I could stain it black.
We decided to top these cabinets with lumber and to put shelves of lumber as well. We like how it adds to the overall rustic look of the cabin and adds so much more storage for us.
The finished product looks like this
We hope you like the way we updated the kitchen area of our cabin. We sure love it. Also the elongated shelves was all the husbands idea!
It is important to note this is not our full time residence so we do not need a dining room as we simply eat on tv tables but we are foodies and have a food website so we do need ample space to work inside the kitchen.
If you want to see more details on the renovation, please go take a look at my website!

Materials I used for this project:

  • Annie Sloan Chalk Paint   (Local Annie Sloan distributer, Shades of Amber)
  • Cabinets   (Lowes)
  • Stain   (Lowes)
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To see more: http://thoughtsbyher.com/a-happy-cabin-update/

  • Zeebo
    Zeebo Hugo, MN
    on Oct 10, 2016

    Because it's a cabin I would have left the knotty pine, which is timeless. You have now dated your cabin.

  • Kaye Matthes
    Kaye Matthes Rocky Hill, CT
    on Oct 11, 2016

    This looks wonderful! I like how you used the beadboard to add texture to the doors of the cabinets. While I don't usually like open shelves in a kitchen. But for a second home I think it works.

    • RCooper @ thoughtsbyher.com
      RCooper @ thoughtsbyher.com Colorado Springs, CO
      on Oct 11, 2016

      Thank you so much! I really appreciate your kind words. I always love the look of open shelves, but am unsure how it would work for me on a daily basis. But we plan on keeping things that it if it gets dusty. Sealed candles, sealed food, slow cooker, etc.

  • Edie Goodspeed
    Edie Goodspeed Youngstown, OH
    on Oct 11, 2016

    Well I think you did a fine job! If you look at your new and improved kitchen and it makes you smile....well that is all that matters! Enjoy :)

    • RCooper @ thoughtsbyher.com
      RCooper @ thoughtsbyher.com Colorado Springs, CO
      on Oct 11, 2016

      Thank you so much! It really makes me smile whenever I look at it. I feel like I accomplished something. It is the first large project I have ever done like this.

  • Barb beall
    Barb beall Escondido, CA
    on Oct 11, 2016

    I tell my clients.. Any time you can't match make it look intentionally different ... Good job :)

    • RCooper @ thoughtsbyher.com
      RCooper @ thoughtsbyher.com Colorado Springs, CO
      on Oct 11, 2016

      Thank you so much! Your kind comments really means a lot to me. I was worried about how it would look without it matching but I was very pleased with how it turned out. I struggle with being that person who feels you have to get everything to match. I always got the table with the chairs that came with it, or only used what came in the comforter set. I have improved, but it is a tendency that I fight.

  • Maria Timpano
    Maria Timpano Australia
    on Oct 11, 2016

    I love this, it looks great. The one thing that I truly believe is that when in the kitchen you need to inspired and if your kitchen is in harmony with you, then the meals taste even better. Sometimes all it takes is a little paint or an extra cupboard. Even though you painted it , it still has that country cosy feel. It`s beautiful. Enjoy the many memories and meals with good conversation and love. Thank you for sharing!

    • RCooper @ thoughtsbyher.com
      RCooper @ thoughtsbyher.com Colorado Springs, CO
      on Oct 11, 2016

      Thank you so much! I agree, when I'm in a kitchen that I find beautiful I'm inspired to spend more time in there working on creating food for the people I Iove!

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