Cottage Kitchen Tweak

When Sug and I looked at the upper cabinets in the Cottage kitchen they didn’t look finished.

Cottage kitchen cabinets.

Part of the issue is that the cabinets had about a 3-inch margin from the edge of the wall.

The frost glass tile backsplash runs from wall to wall.

The tile backsplash goes all the way to the end of the wall so we tried to think of a way to balance the bare space.

The space above the cabinets looks a little bare.

I suggested adding baskets above the cabinets both for storage and a decorative element.

Custom cabinet fronts were built above stock cabinets.

Sug’s carpenter had a better vision.

The new cabinets go all the way to the ceiling.

He framed up two openings and covered them with doors that open upward.

The small side shelves filled the unfinished margin of wall above the backsplash.

And to finish off the margin on the side of the cabinets the carpenter added 3 narrow curved shelves for a nod to the 1940’s vintage of the Cottage.

Do you prefer closed or open storage?


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

13 thoughts on “Cottage Kitchen Tweak”

  1. I love the backsplash! The finishing touches to the cabinets look great too, as well as giving a little extra storage space. Well done!

    1. Sug has a contractor/handy man who has done all the improvements to the Cottage except for the ones she worked on herself. He’s a good guy to have on call. Jo

  2. I’d probably have used baskets (cheap), but the doors keep stuff out of sight and cleaner. Love the curved shelves! And the backsplash! The cottage gets better all the time.

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