Our Country Cottage: February 2016

We’ve been spending a lot of time at the country cottage this past few weeks. We’ve given ourselves an Easter deadline in the hope that we can be in time for some holiday lettings, so every chance we get we hot-foot it up to Norfolk with our tools and paintbrushes (well actually, the BF takes tools, and I take paintbrushes). And it is coming along. It’s starting to feel welcoming when we walk through the door and it’s getting harder and harder to drag ourselves away when we have to return to work.

Country cottage early Feb 2016 - the almost finished kitchen with white cupboards, wooden worktop and stainless steel appliances

The kitchen is almost finished. The tiles are going to be fitted this week and the last fix electrics are going to be done in our absence. So next weekend we can pop in the hob, plumb in the white enamel sink and we will have a kitchen. Hoorah! No more eating picnic food, washing up in the bath, and running up and down stairs to fill the kettle.

Country cottage early Feb 2016 - a definite work in progress

Floor tiles from Trade Price Tiles

Country cottage early Feb 2016 - the kitchen planned finishing touches

Wall tiles from The Tile Mountain

That massive boiler is a bit of a sore point but we had to have one, and it’s much better positioned than the old one. As it was before, we couldn’t have had a worktop or units on the right hand side of the kitchen. Now we have an under-counter fridge there, and a set of drawers, not to mention so much more work-space. We’ve decided not to box it in (apart from the pipes) as that will make it even larger and probably draw even more attention to it. But I have a cunning plan to detract the eye away from it by hanging a wooden plate rack on the wall to its right. It was such a bargain! Sourced (by my friend Sharon) at a local charity shop for £10.

Country cottage early Feb 2016 - the old pine furniture gets an update with an electric sander and a few coats of eggshell paint

While the OH has been fitting the kitchen and doing a million and one other things, I’ve been busy upcycling all of the old pine furniture that was left behind by the previous owner. It’s amazing what you can do with an electric sander and a few coats of paint. So far I’ve done bedside tables, headboards, chest of drawers, and a bookcase and there’s still the dining table, coffee table, sideboard and side table to do. Phew. I just have to finish the tops with beeswax and they should look even better.

Country cottage early Feb 2016 - next task is to repaint this great find from the local antiques market

I’m also really pleased with a washstand that we found in the local antiques market. It fits the sink alcove in the bathroom perfectly and is something I’ve been searching for, for some time. It’s already been painted (more’s the pity) but I’m going to re-do it in white as the alcove is going to have wood panelling that will be painted dark grey and it should make a lovely feature.

And who can complain about decorating when the ‘back yard’ looks like this?

Country cottage early Feb 2016 - our 'back yard'

You can catch up on the story so far below:

Our New Country Cottage

Our New Country Cottage – Renovations Update

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14 Comments

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    Emma

    February 10, 2016

    Your cottage looks like the perfect peaceful retreat and I love how you have upcycled the furniture.

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      deardesigner

      February 12, 2016

      Thanks Emma 🙂

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    Antonia Ludden

    February 10, 2016

    Ooh, what a beautiful retreat it will be when it is all finished, after a hard week’s work. Lovely work, Carole! Looking forward to the next update 🙂

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      deardesigner

      February 12, 2016

      Thanks Antonia x

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    Hannah

    February 9, 2016

    It all looks so idyllic and peaceful, what a great view. Those metro tiles are a great choice, really nice!

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      deardesigner

      February 9, 2016

      Thanks Hannah. You can’t beat a metro tile 🙂

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    Molly

    February 8, 2016

    Oh it looks lovely, and all the furniture just perfect for a country cottage. Love the floor tiles and the washstand. Hope you meet your Easter deadline, you’re nearly there!

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      deardesigner

      February 9, 2016

      Thanks Molly. Glad you like it 🙂

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    Cate

    February 8, 2016

    it must be so exciting seeing it all come together, I bet it will look brilliant and looking forward to seeing the final result! X

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      deardesigner

      February 9, 2016

      Thanks Cate. It’s taken a while to get to this point but now we can see the end in sight. x

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    Karen - Making Spaces

    February 8, 2016

    Oooh, it looks lovely Carole. Great to see some charity shop finds being incorporated into the rooms. That wash stand is just perfect!

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      deardesigner

      February 9, 2016

      Thanks Karen. We’re trying not to over-spend and be practical about what we put in the cottage, so charity shops are great. x

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    karen jones

    February 8, 2016

    ohhh what a view ! Love the painted furniture, it starts to become a bit of an obsession doesn’t it when you realise how easy it is and how paint transforms old furniture.

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      deardesigner

      February 9, 2016

      Thanks Karen. I’ve always painted furniture and you’re right it does become an obsession. BF jokes that if it doesn’t move I paint it 🙂

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