the new vintage old dresser in the beach cottage kitchen mini makeover

Mon 3rd, Feb, 2014

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G’day Beach Cottage friends, so this is the unit I have been talking about – it was an old unit that was scraped and chipped and needed a face-lift.  

When I started looking at kitchens (hello Pinterest I have been stalking them, what did we do before Pinterest?? you can find my pick of pinned kitchens on my Beach Cottage kitchen board here) I realised that everything I was drawn to was different to what we were planning – in that I was planning ripping out the kitchen and putting in a Hamptons/Shaker feel streamlined kitchen with lots of storage and very ahem clean and…white.

The more I looked the more I realised I wanted something a bit more unique and unusual….and I kept pinning very open kitchens not streamlined fitted ones…also this decision went with the fact that since the wall got knocked down we haven’t been sure what we wanted because of the way the room changed, they way we used it and our movements in it…


…right now the kitchen is ok as it is, I don’t love love love it but hey it works and right now it’s very much paid for (I like that and it’s fitting with my 2014 spend less, less carbon footprint and get mortgage free motto – no this motto does not include bed linen or curtains, sorry mr bc I just can’t do it)… it’s done us really well this kitchen especially as we about through it in when we moved in, though I have been disappointed with how the IKEA unit that the stove is housed in has held up, ditto the one with the sink – the outer of the drawers has peeled away which while of course doesn’t affect it in any way in terms of use it looks unsightly (we are going to take the ends off and try to fix or replace)…

…also to be quite and totally honest, a new kitchen going in, after the last few months the upheaval is now not on the cards, thank goodness I did not start the ball rolling and had not committed to anything – the brain power, tradies in and out, budget and all the rest that goes with a new kitchen just is not going to happen yet at least at the beginning part of this year…I don’t need any more stress in my life right now I can tell you that…maybe by the end of the year I’ll be ready for it, who knows?


Sooooo I had ordered a new fridge to go in the corner (will show you that soon, in the end didn’t go for an industrial or a vintage style – I have to be realistic that this is a working household for a family of 5 not a kitchen on Pinterest styled for a magazine, with a single couple and a cat deep in the depths of Catalonia) – the new fridge in the corner meant that there was a space for another unit and I was going to get another of the stand alones to go here….Mr BC thought though that this unit could work and once we moved it in it was a surprise that it was exactly the same height as the stand alones…so a no brainer to slot it in here and see how it goes for a while…there was one problem in that while the right height, the depth was out so Mr BC fitted a piece of wood to the back and side of this, once painted it doesn’t show at all…


Above this unit there will be more wall units (more storage yay! for me to fill with vintage china haha) and I am going on the hunt soon for hardware and will match up what goes on the unit with what is on the wall, hopefully it will blend in nicely…I’m also needing to get new lighting for in here, right now I am thinking vintage style…and we need an electrician to come in to remove the socket you see up there on the wall, not sure why that is there like that but from the previous owners…plus we need more batons on the wall to hold the cupboards on (walls are not that strong or so I’m told, I don’t get involved in wall strength or the ins and outs of brackets or wall plugs, I consider that a blue job and thankfully have enough willing and able males in this house who like to spend an hour or two debating walls, batons and the capacity of wall plugs to hold the weight of vintage china).


So this is a stop-gap for the moment, before we decide what to do and to give me some breathing space before any kind of life changing decisions in terms of ripping out and putting in a new kitchen…next up lights and units….

I hope you like it



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35 Responses to “the new vintage old dresser in the beach cottage kitchen mini makeover”

  1. Honeyaar says:

    Very bery noice Missus!
    Loike ya plans.
    Ps…..Wow the idea of being mortgage-free sounds soooo wonderful …
    But impossible(….we just exchanged on a house last week and have become indentured slaves, oops..ahem workers to the bank.!!!!)

    • sarah says:

      I’ve been that slave for a long time now….kinda boring!!! xx good luck with your new house then! x

  2. Rukmini Roy says:

    In India, we’d say: “Wah! Khoobsurat”
    It means, wow! Beautiful. Im loving her in your kitchen. And most importantly, I’m happy to see you happy.

  3. Nancy says:

    I love it! It fits in beautifully and has a lovely, warm feeling about it. Why a socket would be put in that particular place is beyond me … but then, I spend a lot of time here in my money pit shaking my head at some of the things the builders did. Oh, well … that’s what makes life interesting, isn’t it? Can’t wait to see what sort of lighting you choose. :)

    • sarah says:

      i know it’s the weirdest place for a socket but who knows! well how funny I have a money pit too Nancy x

  4. Anonymous says:

    It fits in well and i love the legs!

  5. Mrs Woog says:

    I want to be mortgage free, but I fear real estate agents…

  6. oh that is lovely, I love home improvements. Its amazing how clean and bright you home is too. Almost looks like no one lives there? I reckon you don’t have kids messing the place up like I do hehe :D

  7. jody says:

    Hi Sarah,
    Loving your kitchen, so clean, white, with lovely colors, and pink flowers . Loving more you being you, good, strong, and purely sensible! Continued blessings, health and joy to you and yours! xxxooo jody/fl

  8. Julie Johnson says:

    I’m happy to see you’re into the paint again which means all is going well in your corner of the world. Love the cute little dresser and it looks like it was custom made for this part of your kitchen. Very cute.

  9. Deb from Maine says:

    Sarah: LOVE the new/old bureau in the kitchen! It makes me want to rip out the modern peninsula in our kitchen and fill in the space with an old bureau we have in the basement – painted white, of course! Glad to see you thinking “decorating” instead of “trauma”, again. Let’s hear it for the BC Family – Hip Hip Hooray! love, deb, from Maine

    • sarah says:

      thanks Deb so kind, we are getting much better, I’m up and down, this has been a good project to get my mind off it x

  10. Anonymous says:

    Your kitchen reno story is so comforting. Our ensuite reno just drags on punctuated by major life events. The ensuite is gutted and ready to go. I now call it “the cave”. One day…

    • sarah says:

      ahhhh I feel for you, a major trauma for us and* a kitchen reno = ain’t happening…i woudn’t mind a cave right now though ;-)

  11. merilyn says:

    hi sarah, it looks great as it suits your style.
    the pink gerberas are just gorgeous … that colour is so soft and gentle!
    shame about the ikea kitchen units … they should be able to withstand the constant wiping and dare I say dettolling! [maybe speak to them, after all, they are meant for the kitchen, they aren't just bookshelf cubes] … sending you warm fuzzies … m:)X

    • sarah says:

      thanks, I should talk to them yes but haven’t mustered up the courage, you know what IKEA is like!!!!

  12. lisa says:

    Hi Sarah :) sooooo love your kitchen !!!!! would love to see more of it hopefully soon xx
    P.S & the breakfast room !!!!!

    • sarah says:

      yep I will do a full post once it’s finished I’m currently trying to get my head around the wall units! x

  13. Sharon says:

    I do like it. It seems to fit perfectly and it’s pretty and unique. Just the right touch, I’d say.

    I always think it’s a good idea to live in a space for awhile before doing a major remodel.

  14. Well that was pretty much meant to be I would say! Love it when things come together like that…looking fwd to seeing your lights!! Xx

  15. Sharon Forward says:

    Hi Sarah, long long time no comment but back into looking at your wonderful pics. The kitchen looks fab and right with you We really really should get a new kitchen but too much stress for the minute so will make do for now. Your styling is still wonderfulx

  16. Beauty Follower says:

    Wonderful pastel details!

  17. Mumofsix says:

    It’s funny, isn’t it? I swing between streamlined fitted and open unfitted kitchens. Sadly we can afford neither! One day. Love your dresser. Blimmin ikea. We have a chest of drawers in our bedroom. Every morning as husband opens a drawer to grab his drawers it screeches and I think ‘that chest certainly never underwent the 30,000 open and shut test ikea claims it performs on its furniture because it would have failed. Big time!’
    So glad things are returning to some sort of normal xxxxx Sarah

    • sarah says:

      yes I hear you on IKEA furniture, I mean I love the place, love a trip there but so let down on the quality of some of the stuff!

      hubby went there the other day on the way home from a meeting to pick up a few things for the kitchen and guess what when he got there as is usual with IKEA – OUT OF STOCK, again! grrrrr

  18. Selby says:

    Looks great! Obviously meant to be since it was just the right height:)

  19. Hi Sarah, just adore the photos and the colours and the lovely cabinet! Not sure why, but even tho’ I’m subscribed, I’m not getting your blog updates?

  20. It’s adorable, and I love the pink and turquoise and white color palette. Pretty! ~Angela~