Thanks for all of your encouraging comments on the 1905 cottage.
They really meant so much to me. This is a project that has really captured my heart.
This month we have been working on the front of the cottage. And it also worked out that Lowes asked us to work on a front yard mini makeover for April– perfect!! Here’s what we created with the front of the cottage:
When the cottage was built in 1905, there was no laundry room. So in the 50’s the owners turned part of the front porch into a laundry room. The big drawback was that the only access to this room was through the front porch. So every time anyone wanted to do laundy, you had to go out onto the porch and into a separate room. Plus, there was no heat in that room.
So when we remodeled the cottage, we punched a doorway through the brick into the kitchen and closed off the doorway on the porch and replace the door with a window. And as a result, we had to replace the siding on the front porch. We bought some fiberboard from Lowes and nailed it onto the front of the porch. And then we painted it. And I think it is SO hilarious that the color I choose is called “Man Cave” by Allen + Roth at Lowes.
We also upgraded all of the electricty in the house. And for the front porch we took a ceiling fixture out and added a light fixture right next to the front door. I love it!
Another thing we did was we refaced the crumbling cement with a layer of outdoor tile on the front porch and on the front stairs. This REALLY improved the curb appeal.
We also replaced the dated front door with a dutch door I love the glass panels – they let in so much light to the front entry. Also, I LOVE leaving the top of the dutch door open in the summer to let the breeze come through. SO fun!!
My friend found this vintage metal bistro set for me at a local antique fair this weekend. I spray painted it yellow to match the yellow door. I love the retro feel the set lends to the porch.
And we also replaced the front threshold. We stained it dark to match the floor in the entryway.
And the last thing we did was we planted some flowers in the planter box in front of the house. I still need to plaster the cement flower box — but I really think the cottage is coming along. I can’t wait to paint the rest of the house Man Cave grey. I also plan to make some new shutters and paint the trim a bright white.
This project has been such a dream come true. And here is the original 1905 Cottage Post if you want to check out the story of how I fell in love with this project.
Have a CREATIVE Day!
PS — here is my 1905 Pinterest Page — with tons of cottage ideas for new OR old homes.
Thanks Lowes for gift cards that covered part of this project.