Beach Cottage DIY Kitchen Makeover

Wed 14th, Aug, 2013

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Hellooooo from Beach cottage Land, oh it’s fun and games here friends…sick kiddos, pulled down walls, nights out, kitchen planning, dust, so very much dust…phew…and the sun is very much shining, so that’s good…and in the middle of it all today I’m making chicken stock and cooking up a few soups as part of my Muffin Top Removal Plan…on the menu for soups – super quick tomato and basil which I’ve been making for years, it’s so easy and fast (Australian toms were on offer this morning from Queensland) and chicken and mushroom (ditto mushrooms, who knew).

So here’s a little update on the kitchen so far via my lovely iPhone 5….


Ummm totally can’t believe what a difference losing a wall makes…every single thing we have done in this old cottage has always been met with things like

‘why didn’t we do this sooner’ or

‘we should’ve done this when we moved in’

This is sooooo one of those occasions…the whole house feels different…and now my thoughts on kitchens have totally swung around, in fact so much so that I am thinking of leaving this for a few months, to live with it and see how we go..maybe just putting  up a couple more cupboards and using the old desk that was in here as a place for the Mac as a table and just living with it for a bit to see how the light goes, to see how moving around it goes and to see how the flow is …you know?

Unfortunately some of the IKEA units that are in here have not fared so well and have some of the outside coating on the drawers peeling off at the bottom, if you don’t live here you probably wouldn’t even see it but I know it’s there…ad I have to say I am majorly disappointed with this…gotta love the Swedish Boutique but sadly anything over a few years and they just don’t seem to be able to pull it off in terms of wear, although saying that my dining table is still going very very strong…peeling drawers though puts me off buying another one from IKEA…another decision on that I think…


Sadly there were no floorboards under the wall, and the wood in this old cottage is nearly 80 years old so matching it up was going to be tricky with new wood, luckily we managed to salvage some old ones from a local place and now it’s patched up…

I’ll be seeing you soon with a tidier, wall-less kitchen…I will have eaten soup, the muffin-top may have shrunk

Goodbye wall, it’s been good baby but I’m so pleased you’re gone

Sarah x

p.s. watch out for ABeachCottage Pop-Up Shop this evening on Facebook!

woot woot for lovely coastal vintage things are here!  click here to have a look…it won’t be up for long xo




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25 Responses to “Beach Cottage DIY Kitchen Makeover”

  1. MDN says:

    G’bye, Wall…(another fan of Shirley Valentine!)

    It really does open up things. Think you’re wise to live w/ it a while to get used to the surroundings/play of light…and maybe, yet another vision will come to you…or, you may become more determined that your orig vision is what you want! Great that you were able to find matching flooring!

  2. lg says:

    Looking good! I’ve just sent you an email – look out for it. xxx

  3. Jenny McAteer says:

    Hi Sarah,

    Yes I to think it would be very wise to wait a bit and live with the new open space for a while. Very disappointing to here about the ikea units not lasting the distance, I would be bringing this up with Ikea because I would expect more than a few years wear before the finish starts to peal off. Maybe vintage storage options would be the way to go, can’t beat the quality from yester year.

  4. Lisa Mckenzie says:

    Looks lovely Sarah we have no walls in the kitchen and I love it!

  5. merilyn says:

    all will be great sarah! it looks large … open spaces rule for me!
    it will probably become the hub of your home!
    loved Shirley valentine … saw it as a stage play then a movie! lol m:)

    • sarah says:

      yeah that’ what I thought would happen, it’s already changed how we are living – in 1 day!

  6. Sarah says:

    Hi Sarah,

    Was the wall asbestos?

    Our lovely cottage here on the northern beaches is full of it : (

  7. Honeyaar(Sonal) says:

    Bonjour Mme Beach Cottage!!!
    Zee leetle cottage is looking very very bright and white. Voila!! ..ah eet looks not soo leetle anymore! Oui goodbye wall! Bonne chance..hehe
    I will be there oui with zee limoncello zee beer and zee fromage and zee pain.
    ;-)) xx
    Ps hope this day ees better…fingers Xd for you.
    Pps…I want zee pie safe please please x

  8. Joanne says:

    Hi Sarah,
    Eagerly awaiting your pop up shop from a very hot and sunny Cyprus in the Med! ( I’m another Uk ex pat that has migrated to the beaches and loves it!)
    Although I’m still working on getting my little cottage by the beach!
    Your blog is an inspiration as I’m a mad floofer, cottage decor enthusiast too,
    I have been know on many occasion to visit skips under the cover of darkness to rescue various unloved treasures and indeed road sides at any time of day!

  9. Kate says:

    Ooooh how exciting – absolutely love projects like this, they make you have a tingly tummy ( or is that just me ! ) Kx

  10. Karen says:

    Wow, what a difference already! It will be worth all the dust in the end! There will be so much more light everywhere. We have regular Ikea kitchen units (the fitted ones) and they are v robust.
    Have fun making soup in your new room!

  11. Alice says:

    ouhhh Soooo exciting!!!!!! The only thing that is keeping me going is imagining the 2 walls that close in my kitchen at the moment gone! This just makes me so excited and very impatient to get started on ours! It just makes such a difference (did it to our living room before we moved in).

    Very exciting stuff Sarah… I hope the kiddos are feeling better.

    • Anonymous says:

      I have a fitted ikea kitchen, not sure how old it is as it was here when we moved in a year ago. A lot of the doors and drawers are peeling around the edges and some of the doors are very swollen, must have come into contact with water at some stage. I don’t think they are really built to last. I spend too much time dreaming
      about a beautiful new kitchen with a practical layout :-) good luck with yours!

  12. Jennifer Farrugia says:

    OH I CAN`T WAIT to see the finished product :)
    Im so excited I almost feel like I am there with you !!

  13. Sharon says:

    Wow, it looks huge! And so bright and sunny. It makes sense to live with the kitchen for a little while so you can be sure to get just what you need.

    By the way, I just love your floor, which I realize is not really the point of this post but I’ve always admired it. You were very lucky to be able to patch boards that look the same :)

  14. DeAna says:

    It’s looking good! *sqeal* It’s so exciting! Looking forward to the reveal. :)

  15. Kim H says:

    So excited for you, Sarah. I love that feeling when something’ you’ve agonized over for awhile suddenly happens. Can’t wait to see how it all ends up:) x

  16. alison says:

    I love watching a reno…as long as it isn’t mine. LOL.

    I had the plasterer in today doing a job that is one step in our ensuite reno. I find it all so overwhelming. I stress so pathetically about every choice I have to make.

    Thanks for the entertainment of your reno. I love it.

  17. Wow, decorated kitchen its look huge! And so bright and sunny. It makes sense to live with the kitchen for a little while so you can be sure to get just what you need.
    By the way, I just love your floor.