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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 PenneyQ: Where did you purchase your cabinets, countertops and sink?A: IKEAQ: 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 HardwareQ: Where did you purchase the pair of schoolhouse pendant lights above your island?A: They were purchased on eBay