Kitchen Refresh at the Lake house

Call me CRAZY but it’s that time of the year again. Spring you say?!?! Well, yes. but it’s also time for the One Room Challenge. This is a semi annual challenge that brings together the love of design with the stress of DIY. It’s done within a supportive community (in six short weeks) with weekly updates from each of the participants. I am very excited to be participating as a guest for my third challenge. You can read more about the ORC here.

Kitchen Mood board

Kitchen Mood board

This time around I have decided to refresh the kitchen at our lake house. When I started planning this space a few weeks ago it seemed like it would be quick enough to cover in the six allowed weeks. But here we are at the beginning and I already feel behind!

This is where we are today.

This is where we are today.

Breakfast nook

Breakfast nook

The kitchen at the lake house is a galley kitchen. Small but works well for us as empty nesters.. We are looking for more of a refresh/update in what I like to think of as phase one. Phase two (replacing that beast of a refrigerator and fingers crossed a gas stove (the house is in a remote area and we have propane gas) will come next year. For now my plan is:

-REPLACE COUNTERTOPS- Going with butcher block







We are going to be doing all of this DIY and we only have weekends to work on it so wish us luck! Follow along each week to see how we are coming along. If you have any tips please leave it in the comments. We are going to need all the help/suggestions we can get. To be honest I’m a little nervous about our timeline.

ORC Logo

Make sure to head over to see the featured designers here and my fellow guest participants here. The inspiration is Pinterest worthy!

Until next time,


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  1. Christine says:

    You’ve already got some great bones in there, so it will be nice to see how you spruce it up!

  2. Christine says:

    The space already has some great bones so I can’t wait to see how you refresh it!

    • Libbie Burling says:


      We are hosting a Wedding for my daughter later this summer so I’m hoping all turns out!


  3. Joannie says:

    I agree with Christine, totally doable with great bones to start with! Looking forward to following along!

    • Libbie Burling says:

      Thanks Joannie,

      To say I’m nervous is an understatement! I am hoping this weekend is very productive. Getting us off to a nice start.

  4. I love that you are going with butcher block counter tops those are so pretty, can’t wait to see them .

    • Libbie Burling says:


      I love the warmth of wood and I think it’s exactly what the space needs. Bonus that they are affordable! Now to make the cuts! Wish us luck!


  5. Jewel says:

    Lake house? How lovely! This will be fun to watch

    • Libbie Burling says:


      Yes, it is a haven from a crazy busy life. I am looking forward to adding a bit of warmth without too much of a "cabin" feel. Wish me luck!


  6. Emy says:

    You’re starting with a great space! So much potential!

  7. Wow! This is a great space to start with. We’ll can encourage each other living through a kitchen reno. Can’t wait to see the amazing things you do!

    • Libbie Burling says:


      I think the support from everyone is my very favorite part of this crazy 6 weeks. I am looking forward to following your journey as well!

  8. Great space! LOVE the bookcase.You will have a blast bringing new life in here. How fun! Susie from Chelsea Project

    • Libbie Burling says:

      Thanks Susie!

      I’m nervous but also excited. Rolling up my sleeves and hoping this weekend is very productive!


  9. This refresh is going to be beautiful. I love your ideas. Oh gosh, only weekends? You’re brave but you got this! Good luck and looking forward to following along!

    • Libbie Burling says:


      I just told the office that I may need a day or two off at the end! :). Fingers crossed it all gets done in time.

  10. Mary says:

    I am in the same boat as you! I’m doing a kitchen refresh as well and both my hubby and I work. We are also using butcher block, so I am excited to see your kitchen. Lets do this thing!!!!

    • Libbie Burling says:

      Oh great! Are you installing the countertops yourself? I a little nervous! You can believe I will be following right along with you.

  11. Diane Rath says:

    You’ve got this Libbie! Your bookcases in the breakfast nook are already awesome!

  12. Kenyatta says:

    Moodboard looks awesome. I really like that backsplash tile.

    • Libbie Burling says:

      Thanks Kenyatta. I am wavering on the tile! Sigh. I still have one more week before I have to decide. :-

  13. Casey says:

    Fun! I love seeing kitchens for the One Room Challenge – this one looks like it’s going to be great 🙂

    • Libbie Burling says:

      Thanks Casey! I love the kitchens and bathrooms. Seems like you get so much bang for the buck! 😉

  14. Jackie says:

    Oh, Libby! This is such a cute space to start with, I can’t wait to see the updates! Replacing countertops in a weekend? You’re braver than I 😉

    • Libbie Burling says:

      I am sooooo nervous! But I can’t tell my husband because he is the one making the cuts. Fingers crossed. 🙂

  15. Oh my! Your kitchen is already so beautiful. The butcher block countertops are going to really elevate the space. The built-ins with the diamond is so unique!

    • Libbie Burling says:

      Thanks Corinna! We love the built-ins too. I’m thinking wallpaper in the back? Not 100% sure yet. 🙂

  16. Jodi House says:

    Can’t wait to see what you do! It looks pretty good already. What a beautiful home!

  17. I can’t wait to see how it turns out! I love what you have planned for your kitchen!

  18. You’re brave but you can do this! Can’t wait to see the results. 🙂

  19. Already such a beautiful space at your lake house, but I’m excited to see all the new elements come together – great use of texture and colour!

  20. Nicole says:

    What a great space can’t wait to see the reveal. Our kitchen is small hopefully and maybe I’ll do my kitchen next year.

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