Mood board for tiny cottage kitchen

Designing a tiny cottage kitchen


So, I shared our big news here on the blog last week. We bought another cottage to renovate. Woot!!

I am very excited and a bit overwhelmed as it is in the worst shape of any property we’ve ever bought (and we tend only to purchase distressed properties).

But on the bright side…it’s a tiny cottage.

Designing a tiny cottage kitchen

Before I share all the deets on the kitchen renovation, you are in for a treat. A few of my blogging friends and I are sharing kitchen upgrades today, so if you are here from Tammy’s blog, White Lilac Farmhouse. A big warm hello!

Now, on to those details. 🙂

Mood Board for tiny kitchen cottage

Layout for a tiny kitchen

The total square footage of the cottage is 600 feet, and we are running with that. Here is the space we will be working with. We will replace the current cabinets with cabinets that reach the ceiling. I plan on moving out the table and adding additional bottom cabinets along the back wall; open shelving will go above those cabinets.

Before shot of cottage kitchen

When I say tiny…I mean it, and we will need mini appliances to make it a workable kitchen space.

I will keep the new stove and dishwasher white instead of going with stainless to bounce a bit of light around.

I already have in mind the exact version of the retro Smeg fridge that we put in our last renovation. We love how it looks and works (although very pricey). Maybe we will go with white or cream or even one of the pretty pastels?

Smeg fridge in Cream
Smeg Fridge


Because the cottage kitchen is so tiny, we want to make the finishes feel a bit more lux. A waterfall edge on the countertop? Marble backsplash? White sink? I am still working on those ideas. My love of mixing metals is still strong, so I plan on that. I will start with this beautiful faucet by Speakman.

Spearman kitchen faucet for a cottage kitchen remodel.

Doesn’t it seem perfect for a cottage kitchen?

Adding pops of color

This tiny cottage kitchen will be anything but boring. I plan on pops of green, blue, and soft peachy pink for a cozy, beachy feeling. I ordered this print from Artfully Walls, and it’s giving me all the color feels.

Statement lighting of some sort will help pull the design together. I am hoping to find a fabulous flush mount with great texture.

We plan on starting as soon as we wrap up the project we are currently working on, hopefully by mid-October.

Wish us luck!!

Would you like to shop the inspiration?

Ready for some more kitchen inspo? Head to my friend Ann’s at Dabbling and Decorating to see her tale of two kitchens!

And the final reveal.

Until next time,


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  1. […] Designing a Tiny Cottage Kitchen // A Life Unfolding […]

  2. Ann says:

    I can’t wait to see it all once it’s done Libbie. It’s going to be just adorable and I love the fridge!

  3. Robyn Huff says:

    What an incredible transformation! Your kitchen is beautiful and I love all the finishes!

  4. Tammy says:

    Love the design plans on your mood board. I cannot wait to see the kitchen finished. I love that faucet.

  5. […] Designing a Tiny Cottage Kitchen // A Life Unfolding […]

  6. Kylie says:

    I love your mood board and all your choices. Cannot wait to see it finished….it’s going to be amazing!

  7. Anne from Simply2Moms says:

    I’m really appreciating your thought process behind this project, Libbie! I’m working on planning a small kitchen in a fixer upper we recently purchased and you’ve given me some great food for thought! Pinned!

  8. Renae Frey says:

    It is going to look gorgeous! I can’t wait to see it. Blessings to you.

  9. Julietta H Smith says:

    Where are the final project, this is mid December??

    • Libbie Burling says:

      Thanks for stopping by. I did post the final reveal at the bottom, But in case you just wanted a peek at how it turned out, I added a pic! 🙂

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