Partial Kitchen Remodel to Coastal Cottage Kitchen!

2 Materials
4 Weeks

Not a complete remodel, but great coastal update for small kitchen! we had a small L shaped kitchen that had been flipped before we purchased 6 years ago. It had new cabinets and stainless appliances, but the laminate counters and brown tile backsplash weren’t my style. Plus I didn’t have enough drawer or counter space. We added a coffee bar with trash pullout and added real Shiplap backsplash and used daich spreadstone mineral select on the counters.
kitchen updo to coastal cottage kitchen, Demo wall for new cabinets
Demo wall for new cabinets
Took down part of the wall between garage and kitchen to make room for new Cabinets.
kitchen updo to coastal cottage kitchen
Framed the new recessed wall.
kitchen updo to coastal cottage kitchen
Took off the Laminate wall strip from back of counter.
kitchen updo to coastal cottage kitchen
Put up real primed shiplap right over existing glass tile backsplash and the new coffee bar wall. you will have to trim more to cover the edges. But to not have to demo the tile was great.
kitchen updo to coastal cottage kitchen, Base coat
Base coat.
I couldn’t afford new floors or the quartz counters I wanted right now, so I ordered 1 kit of the Daich spreadstone mineral select in volcanic black From HD For $125. I purchased extra silver mica flake from an eBay shop to mix in to have more shimmer. (called Daich first to confirm I could). We followed the directions which were pretty straight forward, plus utube has videos. I initially was going to do butcher block and purchased a B.B. counter for the coffee bar, but changed my mind after installing it. I used the spreadstone on top of the butcher block also, but it would have been cheaper to just buy smooth plywood Instead of the butcher block. Also the lines of the butcher block show through under the coating in certain light. Oh well.
kitchen updo to coastal cottage kitchen, 1st coat
1st coat
Followed the directions on applying the coating.
kitchen updo to coastal cottage kitchen, 2nd coat
2nd coat.
We trimmed out the shiplap.
kitchen updo to coastal cottage kitchen, Completed coffee bar
Completed coffee bar!
Painted the shiplap with a semi gloss white and added drawer pulls and a trash pullout in the cabinet under the coffee maker.
kitchen updo to coastal cottage kitchen
We still need to caulk around sink And on the wall between the counter and the shiplap. Then we will be done!
kitchen updo to coastal cottage kitchen
Here are the things I wish we would have done differently.
1. Left the laminate backsplash strip on the wall and painted with the coating. I wouldn’t have to caulk the back of the counter then. You don’t want water getting under the shiplap.
2. used something other than the butcher block for the new cabinets for the reasons I mentioned above.
3. Adding an alcove and fitting the cabinets in was way more difficult and messy than I thought it would be. We’ve done a lot of building walls but this was our first demo. We also didn’t measure correctly for installing the countertop. The cabinets were 54” wide total but since they stick out from the alcove about 6” (because we weren’t redoing the floor) we didn’t add extra for the overhang on the side in the front. We ended up adding wood blocks cut to fit and glued to the front corners of the countertop before we painted the counters with the coating.
4. It would have been easier to hang 1 big cabinet than 3 little ones. I went to HD with one of my existing cabinet doors to try to match because I didn’t have the cabinet info. They aren’t a perfect match but close. One of the cabinets though was slightly different (not supposed to be) and it took forever to get the drawer and cabinet faces to line up. It’s slightly off...aaarrrgggg, but it probably only bothers my OCD. Not sure anyone else would notice unless they are looking for it.
5. This whole project took longer than I thought. Having the kitchen sort of out of order was not fun.

Edit on 1-17-18 to add this: i Just remembered that the spreadstone countertop kit came with everything you need BUT, it didn’t have enough sandpaper included. We happended to have plenty on hand but we would have had to run out to buy more if we didn’t.

kitchen updo to coastal cottage kitchen, Wiring the new wall
Wiring the new wall
kitchen updo to coastal cottage kitchen, Side view of coffee bar alcove
Side view of coffee bar alcove
kitchen updo to coastal cottage kitchen
Trim over edges of shiplap
kitchen updo to coastal cottage kitchen
Decorated beach style!
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  • Sdt12190555
    on Jan 17, 2018

    what did you use to fill the cracks? I saw how simple it was on the video, but it didn't say what to use. We are restoring an original 1950's kitchen, and the counter top seems to be some kind of black rubber, or vinyl. Could we use this on that?

  • Kehoch3
    on Jan 17, 2018

    How long did it take to do the counters?

    • AColleen
      on Jan 17, 2018

      If I remember correctly it was 3 days but you can do it in 2 days. you can resume light use after the clear coats dries but you need to wait 7 days for the coating to cure to resume hard use.

  • Shawn Frank
    on Jan 27, 2018

    I ugly yellow counter tops would I need to send it first to do the paint? This would save so much from replacing the whole thing!

    • AColleen
      on Jan 27, 2018

      I think it covers pretty much any countertop surface. You have to patch any broken or uneven areas first, then you just scuff it up so the base coat will adhere. The website has really good links to application videos.

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  • Diana Deiley
    on Aug 14, 2018

    As Tommy says :The money is in the detail." Great job. Wonderful detail. I'm impressed. Thank you for sharing your project, your suggestions, tips, and pictures. Makes a big difference. Keep up the great makeovers.

  • Lovesunique
    on Sep 13, 2018

    I love it! No one is going to notice the mismatched cabinet. The countertops look great!

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