You understand that, right? Adding cottage? The outward style of our home is undeniably cottage, but the inside is slowly working to catch up to that description. We’re trying to be worthy!
In my mind (and I’ve clicked through hundreds of ‘how-to-add-cottage-style-to-your-home’ slide shows – so I have back up on this one), nothing says cottage like bead board.
Backing up a bit… I got the urge to paint our counter stools (they were black). How about this green??? It’s Valspar’s Tropical Foliage.
I love how fresh and bright it is. But when I sat them in front of the counter - against the taupe walls – yuk. I’ve been wanting to add bead board for a while, and since re-painting was obviously in my future, this seemed like the perfect time. (I couldn’t even stand how awesome those stools were going to look sitting in front of white bead board!)
If you’ve been following me for a while, you may have heard me mention the bathroom that is ripped apart to the studs. Kevin claims that I keep side-tracking any progress on the bathroom when I add other projects to his list. So I asked him to please just do the one wall under the counter for now, I’d be able to take a nice picture, and he could go back to the bathroom.
I’m not sure what happened (and I’m not about to question it!), but he didn’t stop at that one wall. yay! And to make things even better, he replaced old outlets along the way. Are you kidding me? I have tried to ignore the old outlets since we moved in - they were so ugly. I’m not sure what color they started out as, but I’ve actually (and I probably shouldn’t admit this!) painted over them every time I’ve painted the walls. Is that even legal??
We were able to re-use the existing chair rail, but we moved it up almost 2 feet. I always felt like it was too low. Is there a rule of thumb about chair rail height? I think the previous owners broke the rule.
I painted too, of course. Always such deliberations involved in paint color choice. I had at least a dozen swatches of gray on the wall, and almost had myself convinced that gray is just not for me. Then I decided to just copy Layla from The Lettered Cottage and use Ben Moore’s Gray Owl. Seriously – I would copy her entire house if I could.
Layla actually used Gray Owl lightened by 50%, but this didn’t work in our dining room. It was too light, and it also read a little blue – which I don’t need any more of – especially right beside my blue kitchen cabinets. Of course I didn’t make this decision until after I finished 2 coats all around the room. ugh.
The difference in the 50% and the full strength Gray Owl is really subtle. But there’s no more blue coming through and full strength gives a little more contrast between the wall and the trim (which I love!). Happy now. (Except for that corner along the crown molding which needs to be caulked. geez.)
So here are my newly painted stools in front of the newly bead board-ed walls.
Wouldn’t a new butcher block counter top look great sitting above the beadboard? I predict another bathroom project distraction coming this way…