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Cottage8: Our Kitchen


Frequently Asked Kitchen Questions:
Q: Why do you refer to your house as "Cottage8"?
A: We bid on and lost 7 homes prior to this one. This was the 8th house we bid on and finally got.
Q: How long did it take you to complete your kitchen?
A: From the time we took a sledgehammer to it (literally), to the time we had running water, appliances and a made it into a fully functioning kitchen, it took approximately 6 months.
Q: What color did you paint your walls?
A: Ralph Lauren's "Canvas Natural"
Q: What color did you paint your beadboard, ceilings and fridgerator?
A: Behr's "Seaside Sand"
Q: Where did you purchase your kitchen island?
A: JC Penney
Q: Where did you purchase your cabinets, countertops and sink?
Q: How did you seal your countertops?
A: We simply applied a polyurethane on them, but they're already due for another coat. You're supposed to recoat them every 6 months.
Q: Did you hire somebody to demolish and rebuild your kitchen?
A: No. My husband Adam and I did all of the demolishing and rebuilding ourselves, with zero prior experience in kitchen demo. We did have some assistance from my brother-in-law hooking up the plumbing and electrical.
Q: Are you floors hardwood?
A: No, they are actually vinyl! The product is called Allure Flooring, and was purchased at Home Depot. It's waterproof.
Q: Were your floors difficult to install?
A: They were surprisingly easy. Each plank sticks to another, and the only tools requred are a tape measure, a straight edge, and a box cutter or razor.
Q: I love your BAKERY letters. How did you make them?
A: We actually found a company online, called Woodland Manufacturing that makes letters, any size and any font. We stained the letters using Varathane in Dark Walnut, found at Home Depot.
Q: How did you make your refridgerator look like that?
A: This was an old hand-me-down fridge from the 1970's. First I measured the front doors of my refrigerator, and then proceeded to cut bead board paneling to size. I used a hot glue gun to adhere the bead board and trim to the front doors, and then bought a spray can of enamel appliance paint for the sides of the fridge. I finished the look with outdoor barn hinges and pulls and hand screwed them into the doors. I did this project about 12 years ago, and it's held up all this time.
Q: I love your curtain. How did you make it?
A: It took all of 5 minutes to make! I just took a piece of burlap material (from JoAnn's Fabrics) and simply used a hot glue gun to create a rod pocket. I then used a spring rod to hang it in front of the window. Then I used dark brown grosgrain ribbon and tied it in bows to pull it up on the sides and middle.
Q: Where did you get that spoon picture next to your fridge?
A: I purchased it at a flea market, but you can find it at ZGallerie.
Q: How did you create your backsplash?
A: We applied plain white tile, in subway tile pattern. Adam cut the tiles with a wet saw, while I placed each tile by hand. With no previous tile installation experience, I taught myself how to do this project by watching how-to videos on YouTube.
Q: What is that metal rack holding your white plates?
A: That's actually an antique brush & comb display rack, once used in an old barber shop.
Q: Where did you find the numbered plates above your sink?
A: We purchased them from the online shop The Beautiful Life.
Q: Where did you purchase the pendant light above your sink?
A: Restoration Hardware
Q: Where did you purchase the pair of schoolhouse pendant lights above your island?
A: They were purchased on eBay