How We Renovated an Airbnb Cottage – Part 4

sitting area in kitchen white paneling walls white open shelves with coffee mugs small gray table with 2 can chairs plant in urn on table

I hope you’ve been enjoying the cottage makeover series. And thanks so much for following along and all the kind words! I truly appreciate it and it makes my heart happy. Today, is the final part of the tour. Come along and let me show you “How We Renovated an Airbnb Cottage – Part 4”.

If you missed Part 1, which was the exterior and living room area of the cottage, you can see that here.

white slipcovered sofa with vintage tobacco basket on wall white curtain panels light wood coffee table large square woven basket on coffee table with magazines and a white urn with dried flowers light tan area rug

You can see Part 2 of the tour, which is the master bedroom, queen bedroom and the bathroom here.

king bed with linen bedspread and 5 linen pillows bench at foot of bed with white pumpkin gray shutters behind white nightstands on either side of bed and white lamps with burlap shades

And Part 3 of the cottage, which is the smallest bedroom, bathroom and the hallways, you can see here.

edge of full size bed with cream color bedding small white nightstand with basket on bottom shelf and lamp and vase of flowers on table

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Today, I want to take you on a tour of the kitchen and dining area. The dining area just might be my favorite room!!

kitchen – before

The kitchen in the cottage is fairly large, but very dated. It had dark vinyl floors, and the walls were paneling which was the dingy tan paint like the rest of the house.

The cabinets were already freshly painted white and it had this butcher block center island piece.

kitchen – after

We left the paneling and painted it white. I liked that it added another texture instead of just sheetrock walls. And we replaced the flooring with light wood laminate floors like the rest of the house.

cottage kitchen after remodel light wood floors turkish rug under butcher block center island wicker trash can white refrigerator and basket on top of fridge white cabinets with dark pulls chandelier over sink with window


The cabinets were in good shape, as well as the appliances, so we left those.

window over kitchen sink with valance on window and small vintage chandelier hanging over sink



I replaced the fixture over the sink with a small vintage chandelier that I bought for $90.
I added a valance to the window. These are the same as the valances I used in the master bedroom that I had left from my shop.



I ordered a turkish rug for this room to put under the island piece and the trash can is a wicker hamper.

cottage kitchen after remodel with light wood floors butcher block center island piece with turkish rug under white cabinets with dark pulls small gray table and 2 small chairs in front of window beside coffee bar area

The other side of the kitchen has a small table and chairs where guests can sit and enjoy morning coffee.

sitting area in kitchen white paneling walls white open shelves with coffee mugs small gray table with 2 can chairs plant in urn on table

The table was a thrifted find that I painted gray and the 2 chairs were a yard sale purchase for $15 each.

This shutter was part of a pair that I bought at Canton Trade Days. I split up the pair and used the other one in the hallway bathroom (Part Two of the tour).

white vintage tablecloth used as a window treatment hanging from a wire strung across the window

As I have already mentioned, I don’t care for mini blinds. But, the ones in this house were in great shape, so we didn’t really need to replace them.

So, I tried to camoflauge them in most rooms with some type of decorative window treatment.

This particular window treatment is a vintage tablecloth I had at home.

links from a chain sewn to the edge of a white tablecloth to hand it as a window treatment


I folded the tablecloth over, to get the length I wanted. Then, I sewed chain links to the edge of the cloth. I saved the links when we shortened the chandelier chain to hang over the sink.

Then I used eye screws on each side of the window and strung a piece of wire. The links were threaded onto the wire for the window treatment to hang on.

white inset open shelves in kitchen filled with baskets plantes and empty glass jars

There are open shelves on the opposite side of the kitchen that really were too small to serve any purpose, so I filled them with plants and baskets to create some texture and color.

coffee bar

coffee bar area of cottage kitchen white cabinets keurig coffee maker wine holder with 2 bottle of wine and wall shelf with white coffee mugs and saucers


I created a coffee bar at this end of the kitchen and used the open shelving as a place to store coffee mugs and saucers.

Different sweeteners, creamers and coffee pods are left for guests to enjoy, as well as wine.

white open shelf with 3 shelves and white mugs and saucers


dining room – before

The dining room is one of the two rooms that had original hardwood floors.

The walls in this room were the tan color, just like the rest of the house. This room also had a ceiling fan.

dining room – after

cottage dining room white walls vintage chandelier white plates gallery wall vintage column in corner with tumbleweed on top white slipcovered chairs at either end of white french provincial dining table and 4 woven charis around table basket tray on table with swan planter and dried hydrangeas inside and vintage books beside it.

We painted the walls white, and in case you missed the color, I used Sherwin Williams Snowdrift, but had it mixed at Home Depot in Behr paint.

We left the original hardwood floors in here and I added a jute rug I purchased at IKEA.

I used slipcovered chairs on either end of the table. One of them I already had, and the other one I found on Facebook Marketplace for $50.

I bought a set of 4 woven chairs for either side of the table, also from FB Marketplace for $100 for the set.

The french style table, also FB Marketplace, got a coat of paint and a little distressing. I bought the table for $75, and it has 3 leaves. I only used 1 of them, because it is huge, with all three.

We replaced the ceiling fan with this amazing vintage chandelier that I found for $250. This was one of my biggest decor purchases in this house.

vintage chandelier with wall of vintage white plates hanging on wall in background

I gathered vintage white plates at thrift stores, garage sales and flea markets to create this plate gallery wall.

side view of white plate gallery wall white vintage column in corner with tumbleweed on top


A friend of mine was moving and getting rid of lots of things, so she sold several things to me for a great price.

One of them was this amazing chippy column.

I had this huge tumbleweed that a friend brought to me from West Texas several years ago. I didn’t have a place in my own home to use it, so it had been stored in my garage for a long time.

When I was working on the decor for the cottage, I took it with me one day hoping to find a home for it. I put it on top of the column, just to get it out of the way while I was decorating one day, and when I turned around and looked at it later, I loved it right there.

white pie safe with vintage basket on top and white shutters on either side of the pie safe with a small white wall basket with dried flowers hanging on each shutter vintage chandelier in foreground



The pie safe I purchased from a neighbor at our neighborhood garage sale and the shutters on either side were gifted by another sweet friend.

The shutters have a star cut out of them and it was a bit too rustic so I looked and looked for something the right size, that would cover them.

I was about to give up and I found these wall baskets and I was able to hide the star cutouts by hanging the baskets and adding dried roadside flowers.

white pie safe with vintage basket on top and white shutters on either side of the pie safe with a small white wall basket with dried flowers hanging on each shutter

The vintage basket on top was another thrifted find.

table centerpiece

rectangle woven basket tray with swan filled with dried hydrangeas and a stack of vintage books beside

And lastly, for the centerpiece in this room, I used a linen table runner and a woven basket tray to anchor my centerpiece.

I brought the swan I had done a makeover on in the Spring, from my own house, and added dried hydrangeas. I cut the hydrangeas from my garden and let them dry and they were the perfect addition to the swan.

The finishing touch was some stacked vintage books.

white pie safe with vintage basket on top and white shutters on either side of the pie safe with a small white wall basket with dried flowers hanging on each shutter vintage chandelier in foreground



I hope you have enjoyed the tour of the 807 Cottage! If you have questions please leave a comment at the end of the post. I love hearing from you!!

Thanks so much to my friends at Farmhouse Living for taking some of the photos of our cottage!!


blessings,
michele

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10 thoughts on “How We Renovated an Airbnb Cottage – Part 4

  1. I think the dining room is my favorite…..perhaps it’s the tumbleweed 😊. As always you’ve out done yourself.

    1. thanks Mary! I love the tumbleweed there!!

  2. This is a fantastic renovation and I love how you re-used and thrifted so many items. Where is this located and how can one make reservations? I just lost my husband this summer and need to ‘escape’ for a few days.

  3. Laney Thompson says:

    You’re magic!!!

    1. Thank you Laney!! So kind of you to say!

  4. Where is information on renting the cottage?

  5. if i lived in texas…… i would try to buy your cottage for our own personal getaway!!!!! it is fabulous…. i have already written a comment about your renovation…. thanks for the 4 part series…. it inspires me to dream about my own home here in michigan!!!!!!

    1. Oh, I am SO glad you liked it and enjoyed the tour! I truly appreciate your kind words!

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