The Lettered Cottage Dining Room, Kitchen and Pantry – “Before” Photos


I thought I’d share some “before” shots of our kitchen and dining room today. If you have a weak stomach, you may wanna log off right now.

Here’s the kitchen we started with…

…and here’s a shot looking from the kitchen, across the dining room, and back towards the living room…

This one is of the little “mudroom” off the dining room. We’re going to use it as a “paint/tools/litter box room”…

The kitchen was added on to the house in 2003…

The curtains the previous owner left us were added on to the house in bad taste….

And, yes, I ripped them down within seconds of ownership.


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  1. says

    i love before and afters! it’s amazing what you have done to the spaces! i would love to hear what it does for your home’s value in the future!

    i can’t believe someone put those colors – together – let alone in the same house! lord. beauty is in the eye of the beholder but, COME ON :)

    at least you saw the potential.

  2. says

    The name of the game is potential! If the house was as beautiful as it is now you would have nothing to blog about!
    There really is no accounting for taste. We have our own horror stories. Wait til you see the wall paper I have yet to strip!

    Your Friend,

  3. deborah says

    My dad voluntarily painted our living room and kitchen those colors in the 1960’s. The kitchen was the orangey color and the l-room the greenish color. I never did figure out why he chose those colors. whew…

  4. says

    I LOVE what you have transformed that house into. I love your blog so much – you are such an inspiration.

    The kitchen I have currently looks similiar to your “before” shots…and I wish I could change it so much. However, we don’t own the house…so I have to be content.

    Have a fantastic day!

  5. says

    ☼♪♥♫☼♪♥♫So glad you rescued your house! I sleep soundly at night just knowing that! ☺ ☼♪♥♫☼♪♥♫

  6. Leigh says

    Thank you so much Layla and Kevin for the inspiration, the honesty and openness and the joy that your blog is every day. I wake up brighter each day because I get to see what you’ve blogged today. And you don’t disappoint!

    From Australia with love.