Kitchen Makeover

Ming Green and Thassos White Sunflower Tile | The Lettered Cottage Kitchen

Remember that Rosemary Gallery paint I mixed up in my last post about the kitchen? Wellllllll, some exciting things have happened since I published that post, and in a nutshell, it looks like we’ll be able to start swapping some things out in the kitchen this Spring! We hadn’t really planned to do any more big […]

Rosemary Gallery (Kitchen Island Color)

Rosemary Gallery Paint | The Lettered Cottage

I think I may have it figured out…the kitchen island color, I mean. Remember when I blogged about all those samples colors I was checking out? Well, after I published that post, I pulled a Reese’s and mixed my chocolate with my peanut butter Rosemary with my Gallery Green.   I poured equals parts of each into […]

Kitchen Island Paint Colors

Urban Grace Kitchen | Rosemary

I blame Erika’s Instagram feed. Especially these two pictures: (ErikaMPowell on Instagram) That’s Martha Stewart’s “Gabardine” on the trim and cabinetry in her bathroom, and Sherwin-William’s “Rosemary” on the cabinets in her kitchen. (And those are her adorable (and clearly very talented) kiddos!) Seeing those insta-pics triggered a spontaneous run to Home Depot for paint […]

One Room, Three Ways: Kitchen – Way #3


Hi, and welcome to my third and final “One Room, Three Ways” (ORTW) post! Again, here’s a shot of what our kitchen looks like right now: This next idea is also one of the kajillion looks I’ve been having fun dreaming about lately: Again, white-painted cabinets on the stove side of the room, (Torquay) quartz countertops, […]

One Room, Three Ways: Kitchen – Way #2


Hi, and welcome to my second “One Room, Three Ways” (ORTW) post! Again, here’s a shot of what our kitchen looks like right now: The cabinets are currently painted mustard yellow, and they have a chocolate brown glaze on them that you can see when you’re standing up close to them. The backsplash is some […]

Countertop Series, Part 4 – Quartz

frosty carrina caesarstone

Hi, and welcome to part 4 of my favorite countertops series! If you’re just jumping into the series today, basically, I’ve been featuring my 6 favorite countertop materials this week, strictly based on the way they look. (No cost break downs or installation instructions here. They make my brain hurt and seem to vary from […]

Countertop Series, Part 3 – Eco By Cosentino


…and because I love the look of concrete countertops, I also love Eco by Cosentino in the color Crystal Ash: Their website says, “ECO by Cosentino is an original product manufactured from 75% recycled materials such as mirror, glass, porcelain, earthenware and vitrified ash. Even 94% of the water used in its manufacturing process is […]

Countertop Series, Part 2 – Concrete


Welcome to part 2 of my favorite countertops series! (Here’s a quick link to part one if you missed it and are interested.) Today’s pick is gray concrete. I love it. I love it. I love it. I know it costs quite a bit if you hire someone to install it, but I just love […]

Countertop Series, Part 1 – Laminate


…and speaking of kitchens: I got a comment from a reader named Claire the other day that inspired a series of posts about my favorite countertops. Her comment read: “After reading this post last night, I thought about your counter top decision and your style all day. What kind of countertops do you like? I […]

Kitchen Cabinets


So, remember those cute (Minnesotan) second-cousins I mentioned in my last post? Well, this is their Grandpa Kevin: He’s my uncle, and he owns a cabinet business called Mainstream Cabinets. It’s located in Mapleton, Minnesota and it was so fun seeing him and his showroom in person last month! I’m a sucker for cabinets, counters, […]

Gray Lake and Gray Owl Paint

Benjamin Moore Gray Owl and Gray Lake Paint_Lettered Cottage

Did I say we were leaving for Minnesota yesterday? I meant today! Slight change in plans, but we’re all set to leave this morning now. Yippeeeeee! PS- That’s the view of our Gray Lake paint (in the sunroom, on the left) and our Gray Owl paint (lightened by 50% in the kitchen, on the right) […]

Cottage Style Stuff

Lettered Cottage Style Kitchen Sugarboo Art

It’s been a shuffle-y couple of months around here, but now that the wall paint is dry, we’ve started putting things back into place. There’s still a fireplace to paint (Simply White), and tile to (temporarily) cover up… …but things are definitely starting to feel more like us around here. I’ve had the shelf above […]

Painting The Pantry


I noticed something serendipitous while the paint was going up on the walls in the pantry yesterday. Do you see it there, too? That’s our (50% lightened) Gray Owl paint on the wall space between each shelf, but it almost has a “paint strip” effect because of the different light and shadows in there, doesn’t […]

Country Kitchen Island


My friend, Lucy, helped us find these old wood corbels earlier this year, and we’re so excited to use them on our soon-to-be country kitchen island: Right now, the island doesn’t reflect our personalities at all, so we’re going to have fun giving it a farmhouse/cottage-style makeover over the next couple of months. The new […]