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Cottage Kitchen Redux

Hello and Happy Thursday!

As I told you in my last post...
I just started another project here at the Reno Ranch and thought I would share it with you.
It's the kitchen in our Cottage!

my mood board!

Late this Spring I shared with you that my Studio/Cottage was going to be my mom's new home.
But before she can move in...some changes needed to be made.
Mostly Paint and carpeting instead of the tile in the living room/dining.
My mom resides in Texas and is not fan of cold floors during our deep freeze winters!

She is also not a huge fan of my aqua!

I have too much of an investment in this
How do I bring red into an almost all Aqua, White and Cream environment?
I did some research!
And the answer was really simple and French!
Of course!

In the 1800's the Fabulous French married Red and Aqua together to create a simple and elegant farmhouse look!
So here we go...

I found this pretty quilted's called "Corsage"
And it reminds me of those fabulous french boisson quilts!

Then I found this cool wallpaper that is cream on cream crackle!

I matched the wallpaper to a gorgeous shade of cream called "Vintage".
This  color will be used on  the upper cabinets.

I then matched the color of the fabric background for the base cabinets.

It's called granite dust and it is a chameleon color! It is actually a grayed aqua but at certain times of the day even looks like a putty color.

I then found two more wallpapers that I loved.
This coral and cream gingham and vine print will line the interior of the cabinets!

Next on my list was a countertop paint and tile for the backsplash!
Found them both while they were mixing my paint!

The countertop paint is ivory and the ceramic tile color is bisque!
The vine design in the tile ties in my cabinet papers !

So one last look at my old cottage kitchen!

Make way for the new!

I have a very busy weekend ahead of me !
Wish me luck!


  1. Love the new color scheme! Can't wait to see it when it's done!

  2. Your blog is soooo fun for me to read! I love your taste and I hate red too!! But this all looks so charming. Is the gingham a fabric? And what in the world is countertop PAINT?? Are you painting the blue counters? Please share with what so i can paint some of my ugly ones too.

  3. I'll be waiting for a detailed, step by step transformation post. Love all your colors.

  4. I LOVE the fabrics and colors you picked... and ohhh the gingham, i love gingham. I can't wait to see what you do...
    goodbye pretty toile and blue and black...


  5. What a teaser post this is! I look forward to seeing your new kitchen. Have fun.


  6. ohmygosh, this is going to be fabulous! remember, step by step! LOVE it!! xoxo

  7. Now you stop that Donna!! Right this minute! hee hee I get exhausted just reading your posts about all your work! Goodness do you ever sleep?? Just kidding dear friend. I know it will be gorgeous when you are done. You most certainly have more energy than I do!!

  8. Donna, WOW you have you work cut out But I'm sure it's going to be lovely when you get it done.... can't wait to see the finished kitchen.. Have a great weekend.


  9. What WILL you do when all the renos are done? :)
    I'm so excited to see this change...I was just thinking about adding some red to my kitchen but was worried about the blue/gray already there. I love all your color and fabric choices...lucky mom! And I'm so going to copy you and paper the insides of my that idea.
    don't keep us waiting too long ~
    Have a fun weekend!

  10. Loads of luck and stay hydrated lovey..
    It will be gorgeous. Everything you do is.

  11. Luck to you! Can't wait to see the after!
    Exciting and creative times!!!
    Thanks for sharing!

  12. WOW it is going to look awesome,we had black cabinets too and oh was I glad to see them go!!!can't wait to see the after pics. x0

  13. Your choices are brilliant and in your capable hands will be beautiful. On with the new...

  14. Your kitchen is going to look so pretty!

  15. That is all going to look so good together.Can't wait to see the reveal.

  16. I like the old kitchen too. Your new color scheme is wonderful, can't wait to see it all finished.

  17. Bless your heart! More work, but not on the main house! I can't wait to see the results!

  18. What a truly stunning transformation this will be and I can't wait to see the finished project. Have fun.


  19. I can't wait to see this finished. Your color palette is wonderful.

    - The Tablescaper

  20. Hello,

    I'm sure everything will look fabulous! Can't wait to see the result.

    Have a fun weekend

  21. Donna, Love the new colors. Can't wait to see it finished. But please not over do. It's too hot to work hard. Smiles, Susie

  22. Am excited to see the transition Donna! Hope it goes smoothly.

  23. I love a good kitchen make over can't wait to see the finished project!
    Happy Day.

  24. Hi Donna~ Your choices are wonderful! I cannot wait to see the finished product. I would just love to have a small cottage on our property to redo.
    Enjoy the process and can't wait to see!

  25. So well planned out. I have no doubt I will love the results. I love the planning stage playing with paint swatches and fabric...its the doing that's not so fun after the first day.

    Stay cool.


  26. You are one ambitious lady, Donna! I was really inspired by the interior of your cupboard in the b/w. The new color scheme papers will be gorgeous. Stay cool while you're doing all this work. It's hotter than blazes here and I just want to stay inside!
    :-) Sue

  27. I absolutely love your new colors. All of your choices are so well thought out, and everything coordinates beautifully. I can see that the kitchen will soon OOH-LA-LA.

  28. At first I thought- Oh no your changing that beautiful room. Now that I see your plans I can't wait to view the final project. It's going to have a totally different feel and still be lovely! I'm in awe of all your hard work. Stay cool.


  29. The color combinations are adorable. I can't wait to see the finished product.


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