Wow, what a wild 6 weeks! And by wild I mean bone-tiring non-stop work to makeover the kitchen in my guest house. Why did I do this again? Oh right, because nothing is more motivating to get the work done than the 6-week One Room Challenge hosted by Calling It Home!
In case you missed week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4, or week 5, I have all the juicy before and after photos here in my big reveal for you!
But first, I just want to give a huge shout out to my amazing sponsors Moen, and Better Homes and Gardens brand at Walmart! It is the sponsors who help make these projects possible (and the spaces beautiful!).
The entire guest house was kind of a disaster before, and the kitchen was not a place you want to cook or even eat take-out. It was grimy with stains that did not wash off, and not really as functional as it could be.
My sister, her husband, and their one-year-old would be staying in our guest house for a few months, and there was no way I could have them stay in such a gross space. I mean, c’mon, I love my sister. Even my brother-in-law had his doubts that the space could be livable before he had to move in…he was pretty much hinting that they should stay with us in the main house. Hahahahaha! Poor guy, but I totally ignored those hints…but I had full confidence that the guest house would be move-in ready, and that tiny kitchen could be amazing!
Granted, they had to live through part of the reno without a kitchen faucet while the counter tops and faucets where being put in. That was no fun…they had to come up to the main house to fill up gallon jugs of drinking water, and to wash their dishes.
I made sure the new cabinets and stove got in before they had to move in, so they chose to still do their cooking up at the guest house and just wash their dishes over at the main house.
Speaking of the stove, isn’t this little 20″ oven/stove just adorable?!! It is after all a small kitchen, so I didn’t want to use up all the counter space on appliances, and since it is my guest house, I’ll likely host guests up at the main house for lunch and dinner.
Although the kitchenette part of this space is small, in truth it is a fairly good size room. I think it is the low ceilings that make it feel smaller than it is. It is big enough to house a little eat-in breakfast area, which is what I wish the main house had.
Actually, there are quite a few things I wish I had in the main house but don’t (like the marble back splash I installed) then again, it was tons of fun designing a space with things I don’t think fit in the main house but sort of wanted to ‘try on’ for size (like that marvelous mint ceiling fan and hits of copper!).
I’m loving almost everything about the space now…those low ceilings are still the bane of my guest house, but other than that, it’s almost ready to host guests! I may even put it on Airbnb as a country getaway experience when the whole cottage house is decorated (and once I’ve finished the mile and half mile paths in the woods that lead down to the stream in my backyard).
What do you think? Not too shabby right?
1. Glass Polished Nickle Pendant Light
2. Moen Faucet & Soap Dispenser | Moen Sip Faucet + Filtration System
4. Caspian Toasted Antique Cabinets
5. Over Cabinet Dish Bar Holder
6. Oyster Travertine Vinyl Tile
2.Floating Shelves (Lowes) | Gravy Boat | Modern Rim Dishes | Plastic Cups
3. Copper Measuring Spoons & Cups | Over-Cabinet Dish Towel Holder |
1.Hunter Cranbrook Mint Ceiling Fan (or at The Home Depot or Lowes)
2. Picture frames (JoAnn Fabric & spray painted gold)
1. Natural Framed Cat Art | Dot Art (Target)
2. Three Tiered Server | Copper Salt & Pepper Shaker (Home Goods)
3. Wood and Iron Shelf (Hobby Lobby)
6. 5″ Ceramic bamboo pot | 7.5″ Ceramic bamboo pot |
This is so gorgeous. You did such a great job.
Thank you! You’re so sweet to say so!
Great makeover! What colour paint did you choose for the table?
What a great transformation. Can you tell me what color you painted and the size of the round dining room table. I love the entire look, great job!!
Beautiful transformation, Ursula. Where did the dining table come from?
Thank you! I actually got the table from a garage sale and repainted it.
This is gorgeous! Do you happen to know the size of the table?
Amazing transformation. You have an eye for details and vision to recreate a otherwise unlivable space to a lovable abode. Well done!
Thank you! I truly appreciate the warm words!
This is so incredibly gorgeous!!! I’m moving in!!!
Ursula! ?This looks sooooo good! Your bro-in-law should be feeling mighty lucky to stay in this stylish guest house!
Lol! Thanks so much chica!
Well Ms. Lady I have to say you’ve done it again! Love the transformation it looks wonderful and totally different. Love seeing your design eye execute projects such as this. Did you do the tufting on the couch? Looks like your handy work…
Thank you! I thought about tufting my own corner bench, then I realized how crazy that would be since I had a remodel to execute! Lol! I bought that bench from Joss & Main. And still, I barely made it through the 6 week challenge to finish in time!
So bright and refreshing, a perfect spot to start the day!
One thing I’m curious about – why didn’t you paint the window over the sink to match all the other windows and the rest of the new kitchen?
That window is one of the original ones in the house, and it actually needs to be replaced, as does the casing. So I figured that would happen soon enough. 😉
Aha! Makes sense now, thank you. Everything else is so lovely I just wondered about that 🙂
This looks amazing! One question: what happened to the refrigerator? I don’t see that space in the after pictures.
Thank you! Oh haha, it’s still there…it is in the same recessed nook it was in before. It just didn’t make the photo since I couldn’t capture the whole thing…time for a wide angle lens! 😀
Great job – such a perfect space!! Where are the hanging wall planters from over by the table?
Oh! I forgot to source them…thanks! They are from Hobby Lobby.
Oh man! What a cute little cozy space you have created!! Love it, my friend!♥
Thank you so much cutie!
Wow! When they move out, can I move in!?! This is the best transformation I’ve seen yet! Beautiful job, friend!
Thank you Iris! I had fun doing it. 😉
wow, ursula, what a difference you made! it’s light, bright, and pretty, and i love those minty accents!
Thanks cutie! I’m a big fan of mint. Lol!
To say this is a homerun would be an understatement! This is a triple, double-decker, grand-slam home run! I love every single little thing! Super congrats on a terrific makeover! Susie from The Chelsea Project
Thank you Susie! It was a beast of a project, and I’m so happy it is finally done! Lol!