19 Aug Cottage Kitchen Quick Make-Over – in a Scandinavian Style
At my summer cottage, in the Finnish countryside, the kitchen was in its original 1970’s décor. It was dark and uninviting, with classic colours of the time (blue walls and orange cupboard doors). The appliances and the furniture were essentially a collection of items that were going cheap or free over the years. And you know what happens when you don’t love a room: it shows. You don’t pay attention, you let clutter take over, you accept impractical design. And you love the room even less. That’s what happened to me with this kitchen – for years.
I plan to have a complete kitchen renovation at some point, but at the moment I have too many other projects lined up. However, I was fed up seeing the kitchen so neglected and tired of all the clutter and impracticalities. So it was time to do something about it. I didn’t want to spend a lot of time or money on it, so rather than a renovation, I would call this a quick make-over.
I took away the big table (in front of the window) that was always meant to be a temporary work surface. I then got rid of the old hob (that had become a fire hazard), the impractical freezer that opened from the top and the two old fridges that were placed on top of each other.
Then I started painting. I painted the walls white (took 3 coats to get rid of that 70’s blue colour!) and I can tell you that the painting alone transformed the kitchen! The space felt immediately bigger, lighter, cleaner and more contemporary. That’s the magic of white paint!
Next I painted the cupboard doors with a soft shade of grey. I could have painted them white, but I was after a softer look. After all, it’s a cottage kitchen and I wanted to keep the feel in it.
Unfortunately the only place we could put the new hob was in front of the window (without going into a full renovation!), but that couldn’t be helped. The new fridge freezer was placed in the corner. Between the appliances I wanted to have a wooden work surface in keeping of the cottage kitchen look and feel. And my number one DIY go-to person in Finland made them exactly the way I wanted.
The work surface was built in a way that I was able put the existing drawer unit under it. The unit has seen better days so, in order to hide it and to add some colour into the room, I sewed a curtain to hide it, made from Marimekko fabric called Puutarhurin parhaat (“the gardner’s best”).
This is how the kitchen looked before:
And this is after:
I must say that I’m pleased with the end result. The kitchen feels contemporary, yet has a soft countryside cottage feel to it. There are more work surfaces and more floor space, which makes the kitchen more practical to work in. Painting the room was a big job (luckily the summer nights in Finland are very light!), but other than the appliances the costs were kept to the minimum. The only other costs were the paints, paint brushes, the wood for the work surfaces and the fabric. This kitchen is a good example how just by re-organising and painting you can achieve big results. You don’t always have to go for a costly, full renovation.
Do you have a room in your house that you are not in love with? Maybe all it needs is a change in the layout and some fresh paint. Press here to book a meeting, I would love to help!