Renovating a cottage-again!

Okay, here we go again!

Even though we said we were done for awhile….surprise! We went and bought the little green cottage next door.

This little green cottage is going to be soooo happy!

Renovating a cottage.

At least this time she is a tiny little thing. Renovating all 542 square feet of her can’t be that bad right?!?! I’d like to think she has good bones but honestly we are going to have to put some money into her foundation before I can make that claim.

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Kitchen plans:

Kitchen Before

New cabinets, appliances and maybe even squishing in a dishwasher would be on my wish list for the kitchen. And I think she needs a Smeg fridge like we put in our last cottage renovation for sure!

Fireplace in the living area.

A loveseat and chair will face the fireplace (that actually works) and I really hope to be able to keep the pretty bookcases. Renovating a cottage that is in this kind of shape is not for the faint of heart that’s for sure!

Cottage bathroom

Cottage Bathroom Renovation
Bookcase next to bathroom door.

My husband thinks I’ve lost my mind but I think the bathroom is in better shape than I would have thought! It’s a porcelain tub so I hope to keep it and I have a striped tile idea for the walls. I still LOVE the striped tile I used in the Ellery and Third kitchen renovation and this will feel “cottagey” but be a bit bolder.

Cottage Bedroom

Bedroom at Little Green Cottage
oh my.
A renovators dream!

Yeah, well now that I am looking at these pics…I’m feeling a little less confident.

LOL. kidding! Renovating a cottage is not for the faint of heart but I totally see how pretty she is going to be (once I figure out some walls and a door here).


For 542 square feet she actually has some nice storage space.

Bonus space

We think this space was an add on at some point

Bedroom number two maybe??

Who knows. It would also be a nice tiny office space. When you are renovating to the studs we can see what works when we get in there.

You may be asking why would they buy this falling down shack?!?!?

Well for one thing she has a lovely view.

View from the back of the cottage

And she has terrific next door neighbors! You can tour the Ellery and Third house here.

Ellery and Third street deck.
Can you see the cottage from the Ellery and Third deck??

Early mood board for the cottage renovation:

Mood Board for Cottage Renovations.
Renovating a cottage mood board

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We are still in the infancy of planning but I am excited to see where this little cottage renovation takes us!

Until next time,


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  1. Mary from Life at Bella Terra says:

    Libbie, I cannot wait to see how you work your magic on this sweet little green cottage. Such great potential!

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