Cottage Makeover on a Budget!

This 1920s Cottage, originally featured in Cottage Living and now appearing on, had me at the white-picket fence.

Also, the homeowner sort of looks like me, so if I squint my eyes just a tad, I can see myself with that adorable cottage and white picket fence and brick walkway! It looks good on me!

This kitchen is just incredible. All of the period details are intact like the banquette and abundance of leaded glass windows and natural light, as well as the original tile.

And here is the before picture of the same kitchen, which shows what a tremendous change can be had with a bunch of white paint, some glass cabinet inserts, new hardware and a lot of elbow grease.
I speak from personal experience. If you missed the original post, here is the kitchen make0ver from our first home, which was 99% DIY.
The warm neutral colors continue throughout the cottage.

For more information on the budget-friendly renovation of this lovely cottage, click HERE.


  1. I understand perfectly!!! I’d rather live in an old home any day! The charm, character and history make them irresistable. We don’t have a picket fence, but our 1937 Tudor Cottage, which I call the Robin’s Nest, is pretty darn cute! I posted about it last week when we got a few inches of snow…..

    You and your blog are beautiful!

    God’s best,

  2. I LOVE that house! Do you know what I love most? It’s not all decorator-ish. No European fabrics that cost $300/yd. or kitchen makeover that costs $30,000. Real life. Refreshing.

  3. What a beautiful home! And you’re right. The owner does look like you. I thought it was you there for a second.
    I went back and read your post on your old DIY project. You did an awesome job on your old place. So sad to hear that the new owners painted it all the same shade of brown. It looked so lovely the way it was. They shouldn’t have had to change a thing. I wouldn’t have.
    Hope you have a great evening! 🙂

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