A mini kitchen makeover

April 19, 2019



We’ve been in our cottage three years. From rafters to floor boards, this 1928 cottage has been torn apart and put back together. One system at a time, one room at a time. 


The kitchen has been the most challenging room of all. It’s compact, which means every inch of space is important. We’ve tested layouts, rearranged and made changes of mere inches. Drawers here? No, Maybe a cabinet instead. How big should the island be? Adding to the challenge is that we wanted to use our vintage pieces and find vintage pieces that fit. That takes time. 




Knowing it may still be a year before I get my antique hemlock countertops installed and our final custom built island, I begged for a mini makeover to satisfy me. 


It started with a faux marble technique on our temporary, pieced together Formica countertops. Using the IOD Carrera Marble Stamp, I went to work. It took a few days to finish, and a few weeks to completely cure. We used our most beloved Fusion Mineral Paint and gave it three coats of a clear polycrylic sealer. 




To say that we are completely satisfied with the results is an understatement! After  a few weeks, the counters are holding up well and we love the look! We're putting together a full video tutorial so you can create your own faux marble using  IOD Carrera Marble Stamp and Fusion Mineral Paint! 


JR also updated the island top with a bigger slab of old rafter wood. Now we can pull our vintage stools up for breakfast! 




With the addition of a new to us antique cabinet and a grouping of old boxes, I gained some extra storage next to the stove. Eventually, we will have matching cabinets on each side of the stove and open shelving next to the sink. I think.




With a change of the vintage ticking to a charcoal linen, our little cottage kitchen is updated for the time being.





As we collect those other parts and pieces we need to create our cabinet space and await the trim being completed, this little kitchen will function just fine.



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