~~~a few sources have been added to the bottom of this post~~~

It’s almost ridiculous how long it’s taken me to get this kitchen post done. But in my defense, my light fixtures were just installed this week. They apparently sat in the Atlantic Ocean for 2 months waiting to get through customs. And sadly, now I think I should have ordered 3 instead of 2. But barring minor things like a few pieces of trim and an outlet cover and some caulk, I think it’s done.
Despite washing dishes in my bathroom sink and eating out more than usual, this has been such an exciting project. Steve’s only real ‘rule’ for this redo has been that we leave the existing major structures (wall, windows, etc) alone and find a way to work with the two full length windows that are right in the heart of the kitchen.    It was a challenge but I’m happy with the way it turned out.

I start here, with this picture, because this is the sweet spot.   This is where I stand for many hours of my day.   I love it here.  I’m at home here.   Washin’ and choppin’ and bakin’ and dreamin’.   This is where it happens for me.

But I guess we should move on.

One more thing.   Some of you are attached to my turquoise kitchen (Ahem….Elizabeth).  I know.    I still love her too.  But give the new girl a try.  You might like her.  She’s not quite as flamboyant as turquoise girl,  her qualities may be a little understated.   But she’s a work horse (hence the patriotic horse) and she’s quirky (hence the orange owl) and she’s practical (hence the IKEA sink) and well, I kinda think she’s kinda wonderful.

And she’s definitely a she.

So without further adieu, here she is.   It’s like photographing a newborn baby—I took a bajillion pics from every possible angle.

You’ll be sick of her by the time this post is over.

We chose to go with Mid-Continental cabinets rather than Kraftmaid. They just started a customization program where you can pick from a very large selection of colors. I didn’t like the stock colors that came with Kraftmaid and although there was a small sacrifice in quality, I knew I’d be happier if I loved the color. And this option was MUCH cheaper than custom cabinets. MUCH MUCH cheaper. I chose maple cabinets in the concord style (paneled doors) in Florida Sand.  I love these cabinets.   And even though they may look standard ‘off-white’, there’s a huge difference in the whites that are offered.   I ordered four cabinet doors before I picked this one.  It’s the perfect hue of off white—a little modern, a little vintage—just perfect.

And then there was the huge dilemna of how to make the windows feel like they were part of the room.   I knew from very early on that I wanted to try open shelving that would span the windows.   But what kind of shelving?  Where would I find it?   Would it look right?   Would it  be possible to ever open the windows again?

Well, I’m happy to say that despite everyone’s (including mine) bit of skepticism that it would actually work,  I love how they turned out.  I had a local cabinet company come and tackle the project.   They made them double thickness and then sprayed them with a melamine finish to match my other cabinets.    They did a fantastic job and although installing them was a bit of a bear, they turned out great.   We had to brace them to the existing cabinets on one side and then use brackets on the other—because ya know, it’s kinda hard to hang shelves OVER WINDOWS.   (I know that’s what the cabinet guys were thinking.   And dear kitchen people, I know you still think I’m crazy with my quirky ideas.   But I think we pulled it off. )

It still amazes me how hard it is to find the simplest things.  I looked for brackets everywhere and for…..ev…….er before I found these simple little brackets.

One thing I’ve discovered after living with open shelving for a while is this:   it can easily look cluttered.   Cabinet doors were invented for a reason.   I’m working on finding some large glass items to place on the top shelves to give it a more uniform look.  For now, until I find the right pieces,  I realize it looks a little busy.  I’ll still store my necessary items on the bottom shelves but I think I need to streamline the tops.

This is probably my favorite view of the kitchen.   Probably because it’s where I have the best view of my crack pot/espresso machine.

I took this picture whilst sitting on the floor.  It’s such a lovely view from here that I wished I had brought my latte along for the journey.  I sat here for way too long.

And can I say that hoods just rock?  They look so industrial and chef-y—and this guy inspires me to new heights of fried food.   Because that hood will suck every ounce of fried food smell out of this house.   I almost lost a small child the first time I turned it on.   That hood is all business, baby.
I also had originally painted the small walls beside the hood white.   But after living with that for a bit, I tried a light grayish color.   I think I like it better but the walls are so small that it may be four different colors before I find exactly the right combo.

In the original kitchen, there was a separate breakfast area in the corner.   We made the island fill the entire space and gave up the breakfast nook.   It’s hard to tell from the pics, but the new island is ten feet long and nearly fills the entire space.   It’s not only great for prepping and cooking but I love it for crafting, cutting fabric, etc.   I think I’ve taken a nap on it before.   But maybe that was just in my dreams.

And see what I mean about needing a third pendant?   I ordered the largest size they had (14 inches in diameter I think) but they get lost over the large island.   I think I’m gonna have to order one more.   And then wait for three months ’til it can cross the Atlantic.

I also have decided to order cabinet doors in ‘lazy susan corner’.    Right there beside the microwave and to the left.   Because I have four long open shelves, I really think adding doors to that corner will help in the streamlining.

And see how my beautiful queen chair sticks out right there.   Yeah, Steve has hit his knees on it forty seven times and I fear I will have to move it.    But it just seems so at home right there, don’t ya think?

The countertops are quartz (silestone) and from Dupont.   I chose the color snow white and they are truly snow white.  They are non-porous and won’t stain but they are rough on glasses.   Between the cast iron IKEA sink and those counter tops, I’ve already had to replace very many glasses.   I can be a klutz.    And these surfaces are not very forgiving.

So there you have it.    I’m so thankful for this space.  It’s modern and vintage and cottage-y and industrial all at once.

And then there’s this little spot in the kitchen where I blog and check my email and get inspired by all the wonderful people in blogland.

{Visit  my friend Kate at Centsational Girl to see where all the blogging magic happens for lots of your favorite bloggers.  And complain to me later how you couldn’t get off her site because of all the DIY wonderful-ness!}

And now for my acknowledgements:

I’d like to thank Erica, for endless inspiration and ideas.   I wish I could afford to hire her.

I’d also like to acknowledge this kitchen from Southern living which I studied and dreamed about and tried to emulate in some ways.

I’d like to thank Stevie, who has endured innumerable inconveniences during this process.  He was so kind to let me renovate this space right away.  I think he’s hoping the payoff (in yummy meals) will be worth it.
The owl cookie jar, vintage tea towels and latte bowls are brought to you courtesy of Anthropologie.

The pot of Late Summer Vegetable Soup on stove, courtesy of me.

Voluminous handprints on all stainless steel surfaces, courtesy of two little girls who shall remain nameless.

The paint color is Collanade Gray from Benjamin Moore.

The rug is from Pier One.

I ordered these brass knobs.

Pendants from Kichler Lighting {freznel lens in polished nickel}.

Patriotic Horse painting from T.J. Maxx.

I’m still digging around trying to find where I found the knobs and brackets.

If you have any further questions, I’ll try to answer them and I profusely apologize for taking so long to show you the results.

Now, have a great weekend!

120 comments on “Lake Cottage Kitchen :: Before and Afters”

  1. Love it! It’s just beautiful. I’d sit in it all the time, too.

    Four of the pictures aren’t showing up. Is it just me? I can’t even right click them to make them show up. I’ll try again later.

  2. Edie – it turned out so fabulous! I love it all, especially the stove and the apron front sink – I am jeal.ous. Are you considering an accent color for the wall behind the stove? It would POP with all that beautiful white cabinetry and dishware.

    Well done, girl.

  3. Edie,

    That really is a beautiful work of art. It simply INVITES you to stop what you’re doing and sit a spell for a visit. Great job!

  4. Edie… My goodness I am DROOLING! It is absolutely BEAUTIFUL and I love everything in it! I want to see a better pic of your pendants… do you have two? They look fabulous… heck, the whole kitchen is AWESOME!I love everything about it!! You did an awesome JOB!!!!

  5. COmmenting again (hope 3 do not show up and feel free to delete if they do!)

    GORGEOUS Edie!!!! Well worth the wait! I love EVERYTHING you did in this space!! The pendants are beautiful and the shelving is fantastic! If you think you need a 3rd pendant, then go for it, you won’t regret it! Light is a “good thing” Martha says so! 😉

    I want to barrage you with questions, but I’ll try to be good! I think you have the EXACT fridge I inquired about a few days ago! Is it the kitchen aid counter depth? Please tell me about it! I love it! And your DW too, I have a kitchen aid (that I love) but have been looking at the oh so quiet ones they have available now! My current dilemma is panels or no panels on the fridge and DW. I have two 9 yr olds and a 2 yr old, fingerprints are going to be around for a LONG LONG time, LOL!

    I can’t see some of the pictures (like a few other commenters) so I can’t wait to see them ALL! And I had that Pepsi crate in my hands a few days ago at Pottery Barn! While sitting on their dreamy down sofa’s! I NEED the red crate! 🙂
    please fix the pix! Can’t wait to see them!

  6. This is fantastically amazing!!! I am a huge fan of your turquoise kitchen also. Are they the same kitchen??? Surely not.

  7. Edie, I’ve read your blog for a long time and I love your new kitchen. Could we please get a closer shot of the glasses in the open cabinetry above the espresso machine? I’d love to see them!

  8. Your kitchen is gorgesou! I love looking at kitchens – I scrolled thru at least four times.
    I couldn’t see four of the pictures either.

  9. Well, having loved the Woodlawn Charm, and being skeptical about liking your all white kitchen as well as the other….I do love it!

    My comments and questions :

    I think I detect a little memoir of the Woodlawn Charm around the chalkboard, n’est ce pas?

    The chair is great.

    I like the gray paint. A little bit of contrast to the white, but you still have a white kitchen, with bits of color around for personality.

    Open shelving showcases beautiful clutter. A kitchen that gets used like yours does should not be streamlined. This looks like the sweetest, most beautiful diner. Love it.

  10. edie! it’s. so. beautiful!! what a diff before and after and a great use of space!! you packed a lot in there baby! have you thought of doing a built in where the adorable yellow chair is? it seems sad to move her out though…she’s a beut (sp?). xoxo

  11. I loved the tour and what you’ve done w/ the kitchen. It’s beautiful.

    I just have one teensy weensy request… Could you please take a picture standing by your cool coffee maker looking the other direction. I would love to see the view of the other end of the room.


  12. Oh how I wish I could drag you to Oklahoma so you could revamp my kitchen 🙂 I didn’t think I could love anything more than your Woodlawn charm cabinets and white open shelving….I bought a sample of the Woodlawn charm and painted a antique chair of my grandma’s just so I could have a little taste of it!

    I absolutely love what you’ve done…inspiring and beautiful! Enjoy it 😉

  13. Edie, your kitchen is truly lovely! And even though it sounds weird for me to say this, seeing as how I don’t really know you, the space just seems so you. I love how you retained quirky, vintage elements but also achieved a fresh, modern look. Way to go!

  14. Thank you for showing us a peak into your world again! Love it all. Can you share where you picked up the two dish towels and the rag rug. Those are must haves for me. I would love to have them if possible!! Thanks again.

  15. Here’s what I did to solve the breaking glasses problem at our house – Mason jars! These babies have been dropped onto granite and resist breaking. They’re cheap – $7/dozen. I have mine on open shelving in the kitchen. Something about them just says, “Come to the porch and sip some tea with me.” Now, if only I was a tea drinker…

    Love the gray wall paint!

  16. Edie, your new kitchen is all things rolled into one. Classic, hard working, whimsical, modern, conservative, vintage, functional, dreamy, all with a splash of flash and I LOVE IT! Thank you so much for sharing all the pics with us. Tell Steve I’m sorry about the knees but I think the queen anne chair has to stay. It’s like a throne in your mommy kingdom!
    God’s blessings sis,
    Sarah 😀

  17. Edie, it’s gorgeous! It’s all of the things you said, modern-vintage-cottagey-industrial and just plain wonderful! I would love to know the color name/brand of the grey paint that you used above the open shelving. I think it looks lovely in that color.

    Oh, and do not apologize for taking so long. Life does not always work on “blogger” time. It was well worth the wait. 😉


  18. Yeah! Looks so beautiful … simple, fun and amazing!! Is that your famous blue I see around your chalkboard? 🙂 Love it! Love the shelfs extending in front of the windows … love the lighting … just beautiful. All of it! You really made a huge difference in a little space and have that fun southern “stuff everywhere” look without it being too much. Beautiful, beautiful. A perfect updated Edie look. Yeah, again!! Enjoy!

  19. I love everything about your kitchen! The orange owl is perfection. Seriously, you did an amazing job. It’s like it was ripped from the pages of a magazine. You can come over and help me decorate ANY time. 😉

  20. Love her! Elegant but sturdy with a sly wink sense of humor to boot! I think that’s the perfect convergence of great traits for any gal!
    Have you named her? Has she NAMED HERSELF?

    She seems very Matildaesque to me!


  21. one question, when’s dinner? i lied two, may we have mocha brownies?

    i like her, i do not love her howbeit, but i very much like her! way to go miss E, classy, classy.

    ps. i am more than willing to help you de-clutter your shelves, i’ll take the tea pots and white pedestal bowls.

    p.p.s. how about in loving memory, we paint the bathroom turquoise? i kid, i kid.

    ok, not really.

    the happiest of baking and cooking to you, chef wadworth!

  22. Edie, I am telling my husband all about your kitchen while I study your pictures and he drifts in and out of consciousness! I’m telling him Edie this and Edie that and he says, “Who’s Edie?” Men–what can I say??? JK! I am so in love with your Dacor range! Will I ever be able to afford one? Probably not–but I can still wish! I love that you can use so many different colors with your neutral decor, too! A kitchen after my own heart! So happy for you!

  23. you did a FABULOUS job… much better than your inspiration piece… really! love the light fixtures and love the gray.. my favorite color. looks great w the stainless and makes the white pop!

    and speaking of color… i love how this new lakesidedreamywhite you makes all those little perfect accents pop, too.

  24. the perfect kitchen. i think the southern living kitchen that you dreamed about doesn’t have one single thing on your kitchen.

    i think i might be a little bit in love with your kitchen.

    how does it make you feel to know that i’m saving pics of YOUR kitchen in my dream files?

    happy weekend edie!

  25. I didn’t say the word KITCHEN enough in my last comment, so I thought I’d say it one.more.time.

    Is it obvious that I threw a rockin’ birthday party for my 8 year old today and spent way too much with 12 boys?

  26. You are so gutsy Edie…NEVER in a MILLION years would the perfectionist within have allowed me to consider putting shelves across windows!!! You rock!

    Everything is stunning!

    Do you have the name of the wall paint you went with? And did you extend that same gray into your living room area that connects?

    Curious…I have rooms that do this and it’s always a dilemma for me.

    PS. Warning: I have my eye on that owl cookie jar…and you are only 4 hours from me. 😉

  27. Love your new kitchen. It turned out great! When you figure out how to not let those open shelves look cluttered let me know. On the days mine were just tidied, I love ’em! The rest of the time…oh well.
    I do love the yellow chair, just painted some of my wicker yellow, but wondered about the tripping hazard even before you mentioned poor Steve’s encounters. How about a different chair also yellow? A chair is so right sitting there.
    I should not look at any more kitchen pictures. I am getting the “Itch” to do some painting in mine!

  28. Thank you my dear for these photos seeing as I’ve been living vicariously through your kitchen reno – I knew it would be fab! The VERY first thing I noticed was the yellow chair so I hope poor Steve is able to enjoy it being there instead of cursing it as I’m sure he does when he knocks into it daily. Love the punch of color that it provides in addition to the owl, etc. So fun to see the outcome and let me just say that I love it as much as the turquoise beauty! Thanks for sharing!!!

  29. did i already comment?
    i was here earlier…..and i dont’ know if i commented.
    this kitchen is so fabulous.
    i love everything about it.
    the white white white and the pops of color.
    it is PERFECTION.

  30. Your kitchen rocks my socks! Love it all and that chair HAS to stay! I love the personality of your kitchen and how it feels so warm and cozy and bright and vintage and swoony! I love the grey paint color on the walls and hope you will share what color it is.

  31. I am going to have to schedule a TN visit to this kitchen.
    And to see you of course!

    My own kitchen is white and I love love love it. It’s so breezy and airy and makes me wonder if I would ever consider going back to wood colored cabinets.

    I can’t decide if I want to steal your range or your fridge more. I am dying to get a french door fridge so yours only adds fuel to my fire on this topic.

    The shelves over the windows totally work. I think the plantation shutters help pull in the horizontal lines.

    Have you layed down on that 10 foot long island yet? Because, I would kick off my shoes and hop right up on that bad boy to stretch out just because it’s so dang long! You do need just one more pendant light I think and 3 will give you better feng shui.

    Don’t you dare move that fabulous yellow chair! It’s entirely too perfect for that spot and for taking a break in while sipping your warm beverage of choice and sighing happily about how wonderful your kitchen turned out.

    And I can see all the pictures perfectly.

  32. love it! I’m still in love with your turquoise kitchen too, but this new one is gorgeous and warm, which could be hard to pull off with mostly white surfaces – but you did it in your signature way – it’s beautiful!

  33. LOVE. Oh my. LOVE. And I won’t even hold it against you that the island decor has Pepsi all over it. I mean really, Coca-Cola is in a class of its own, but that’s not really the point, now is it?

  34. I have been waiting for your kitchen to get posted, Edie & WOW, it does NOT disappoint. As much as I love your turquoise beauty, this one is equally impressive. What fun putting all of that together, it is just fantastic. Enjoy your new place!

  35. Oh Edie, so lovely !!!! I love all your little touches, the upgraded lighting, all your white dishes ! So so lovely, and the lighting through your windows is enchanting. Yes, I miss your turquoise cabinets, but this is equally as wonderful!


  36. the kitchen is wonderfully fabulous! YOu are right…it’s so many diff. styles all wrapped into one GREAT space, i would love her too if she was my kitchen. (i do love my kitchen as well) I really like your shiny pendant that hangs, like a beautiful pair of earrings. Love the darling colorful bowls on the counter 🙂
    looks GREAT Edie

  37. Wow Edie, Your kitchen is incredible! I love every single thing about it, but I adore your open shelves. Your kitchen is so warm and inviting…and as you said it is modern,vintage-y, cottage-y, and industrial. Love it. You did an awesome job and you have great taste!

  38. I LOVE your kitchen. It is soooo gorgeous. I wish I could half that kitchen in mine…unfortnately it would never happen. Hubby is too conservative. So, I LOVE looking at your pictures 🙂

  39. Your kitchen is beautiful! Love all the white. Question: how do you get into the kitchen? It looks like with the extended island you are blocking the entry into your kitchen (railing area). I’m sure you can get in there! 🙂

  40. Absolutely gorgeous! It’s amazing how two different styles, both the turquoise kitchen and this one, can say the same thing about someone. Without knowing you, I can just totally get your personality out of both of your kitchens. Great job!

  41. All of my worries disappear while looking at these pics! Thank you! I’m going on 10 days with no sleep and your kitchen just makes me want to curl up and never wake up!

  42. As a fan of the turquoise kitchen, I was holding my breath for this reveal. So worth it! I love everything (that open shelving is fantastic!), and I especially love that you were willing to go a completely different direction in this kitchen while still maintaining a look that’s very “you.” And I just might have to get an owl cookie jar now. Too cute and quirky!

  43. Edie it’s STUNNING…….as much as I LOVED your old kitchen….I think I love this one even more, and I don’t know how that’s possible! lol……

  44. I LOVE it. This is my new dream kitchen!!! Well done, Edie! If I ever find a kitchen like this on my condo hunt the realtor won’t be able to get me to leave the showing!!!

  45. The joy of your kitchen is that it is ‘lived in’. Not like one of these show kitchens in the magazines where there are barely any plates on the shelves let alone any signs of cooking taking place. I am in love with your kitchen. My mouth was wide open as I saw the before and after photos. I love it.

  46. Great kitchen makeover! Love that you have the space to incorporate a desk – me? I have to blog in a closet! Also saved your recipe for the late summer vegetable soup, makes my mouth water just thinking about it! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  47. Your new kitchen is amazing and I’m smitten! I don’t think I would ever leave the space if it were mine. I might just sleep on the island. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  48. I too have a very open floor plan for my kitchen/dining and family. I see your kitchen is collonade gray, what color is your family room? Your kitchen is awesome!

  49. I love your kitchen! I loved turquoise kitchen, but I think I like the new girl even better. Am I allowed to say that? I can’t wait to find out where you got your brackets. I’ve been looking for some just like that. I’ve thought about having some made, but that’s not gonna happen! I really enjoy your blog. Love your homeschooling posts and all the yummy photos of your home. Thanks for sharing!

  50. Well, shut my mouth, this kitchen is fabulous! As far as new besties go, you are A-OK! Please tell me you live near Atlanta. Upon seeing your lovely turquoise kitchen, I realize that I have been here at your creative blog before. Now I won’t be a stranger!

    (I’ve enjoyed your homeschool posts, as well. We are loosely doing classical based on Bauer’s book, too.)

  51. Where is that chalkboard from??? I saw this post yesterday and the chalkboard has inspired me to do my own chalkboard decorating in my new apartment (I am a college sophomore).


  52. Where is that chalkboard from??? I saw this post yesterday and the chalkboard has inspired me to do my own chalkboard decorating in my new apartment (I am a college sophomore).


  53. Hi Edie-LOVE your kitchen! You did such an amazing job. I think this may be my favorite….more than the turquoise (dont tell Elizabeth). I have a question, did you get your white kitchen sink from Ikea??? I went on their website and could not find it. Also, have you ever added potatoes to your summer vegetable soup? I love potatoes in soup and thought I would ask. Thanks and you are so talented!!!

  54. Just beautiful, Edie! I was hoping you’d have a picture of you reaching up to get something like you had in your old kitchen, but I *love* it. My fave pic is the one with the cookbooks and the owl with the open shelving. Be still my heart! Did you say where you got the brackets from?? Love them…Brava, girl!

  55. Love the Kitchen… and your Anthropolagie love bird hand towels… have been swooning over those for a little bit…. LOVE!!!

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  56. I am inspired a lot from your before and after kitchens. Because i also want to renovate my kitchen. But i am little bit confuse from where to start it and how to make it more impressive than soon.

  57. Your kitchen is absolutely gorgeous!  I am in the process of deciding on cabinets and was going to go with White Concord maple shaker cabinets from Mid Continent, however, upon seeing yours in the sand color, I’m wondering if I should rethink my choice.

    Also, where did you find the “feet” for the cabinets? Thanks!

  58. PLEASE! i NEED to know where you got your brackets. I am doing shelving in front of a fixed kitchen window too. I need that exact style of bracket. Can you help?
    Thanks so much and just beautiful kitchen.

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