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Easy Peasy Cottage Updates That Won’t Break The Bank…Or Your Back!

By: Bidmyreno Admin | Jul 13, 2016



Over time cottages need a fix up here and there …or everywhere, but a complete overhaul at the cottage is not always an option. Here are a few upgrades that are quick and cheap and can make a huge impact on your space.

Clean up the floors

Paint can solve most décor issues and clean up a space for the least amount of money.

Pull up any old carpeting and paint the plywood or floor boards underneath. I find using high gloss paint is the most durable and attractive. A couple coats of fresh paint will help minimize any musty smells due to moisture and will be easier to keep clean. You can throw down area carpets in seating areas for warmth.

For even further impact and playfulness, paint stripes to make a space look larger. 

Revitalize old cabinetry

Cabinets really take a beating at the cottage. Instead of replacing old cabinet doors, or even painting them, consider taking them off and go with open shelving. Again, throw a coat of paint on the cabinet boxes – even paint the back wall of them a different colour –and you have a whole new look. 

Another alternative for cottage kitchens is removing upper cabinets all together and putting up shelves. This is such a classic cottage look and can add a lot of fun to the room.

Nothing says “cottage” like paneling

Many cottages already have paneling on walls and ceilings however, its most commonly stained knotty pine or dark faux wood paneling that can really make a space look dated and dark.  To unify and brighten up your cottage, paint any existing paneling, or clad boring drywall with painted horizontal or vertical panel boards. The look is transformative – on both walls and ceilings.


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