cottage kitchen {before and after}

Today, we're excited to reveal the details of a kitchen renovation that just wrapped in the Houston Heights. This kitchen is in a small bungalow in Norhill, a historic neighborhood of Houston. The home was built in 1927. Looking at the demolition pictures, it's clear the house has many layers of various updates over the years. 


The counters were very dated (hey, 80s!) and most of the cabinets were cheaply made and not optimizing the space for the most storage possible. On each side of the sink, we kept the existing cabinets, as they are original to the home and have hardware/glass from the 1920s. 

Our designer, Cathy, used materials left over from her latest major renovation project, a home in the Memorial area. Her crew brought cabinets from that kitchen over to this home and arranged them here. The island, also repurposed from the other kitchen, was painted with two layers of chalk paint and it's drawers add lots of storage to this small kitchen. 

Of course we used Pinterest as an inspiration source, as well as several magazines, primarily "This Old House." We chose Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue for the cabinets (hardware has yet to be added for these photos! use your imagination...) The counters are from Ikea, as is the dreamy double-sided farm sink and faucet. The backsplash is marble from a local Houston supplier, and it instantly dresses up the space. 


These photos were snapped with an iphone as we were anxious to share this project with you. The plates pictured below belong to the owner's great-grandmother, who was given the plates as an engagement gift by her husband. They raised four children in the Heights on Oxford street. They were made in England and we just love their history! 

Above, we popped out the glass of the center cabinet and put chicken wire in it's place. We plan to back the wire with burlap for additional storage hidden from guests. Below you can see how our designer worked with her craftsman to optimize space and refresh the feel of the kitchen. 

Start to Finish

It had to go! Cabinets, appliances, counters, all were removed... 

A blank canvas! Well, sort of... check out that turquoise linoleum. This house has quite a past!


Above, we played with the cabinets in different places until we found the best spot. 

Viola! Finished! Thanks for touring with us!