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Modern Cottage Home Tour: 2-Year Update

Modern Cottage Home Tour: Our cottage style home has a renovated exterior and kitchen, updated dining room, living room, bedrooms, and more!

We are quickly approaching the 2-year anniversary of purchasing our cottage style home. It’s come a long way over the last 12 months, and today I’m taking you on a Modern Cottage Home Tour. Come on in!

Modern Cottage Home Tour by Craftivity Designs

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What is Modern Cottage Style?

Modern Cottage is the term I’ve chosen to describe my design vision for our home. It includes the following elements:

Traditional Cottage ArchitectureDark Wood Trim, Dormers, Brick Fireplace, Wood Ceiling Beams
Eclectic FurnitureFurniture from a variety of eras: Vintage, Antique, Modern
Modern Color PalettesWhite, Black, Fresh Natural Tones (Green, Blue)
Current Hardware FinishesAntiqued Brass, Satin Brass, Oil Rubbed Bronze

Modern Cottage Home Tour: Exterior Renovation

If you recall, we bought a fixer-upperThe exterior, in particular, was in poor shape. Rotten wood siding, windows with broken seals, warped door frames, and an aging roof… to name a few. 

Modern Cottage Remodel, Brick Exterior Before and After by Craftivity Designs

gray roof and gray vinyl cedar-shake siding transformed the exterior color palette. 

The exterior doors and windows were all replaced. For the front door, we chose a modern leaded glass door, painted black to match the shutters.

Brick Home with Black Front Door and Front Porch Christmas Decor

The back of the home was in need of new siding and deck repairs.

Modern Cottage Remodel, Siding Exterior Before and After by Craftivity Designs

We replaced the siding with dark board and batten vinyl. The black french doors are surrounded by gray cedar shake vinyl, as a focal feature.

Modern Cottage Remodel with Board and Batten and Cedar Shake Siding Exterior by Craftivity Designs

You can see more photos of the deck in our back porch tour or our cottage Christmas home tour. Refinishing the deck boards was on our to-do list for 2019, but it didn’t get completed. 

Black Door with Christmas Wreaths and Garland and Gray Cedar Shake Vinyl Siding

2020 Exterior Projects

  • Refinish Deck
  • Landscaping
  • Deck Solar Lighting

Modern Cottage Home Tour: Interior Renovation

Entry Way and Living Room

Heading inside, the entryway and living room was spacious but dark. The dark trim, paired with blue walls and brown brick, absorbs the natural light.

Living Room before Modern Cottage Remodel, Dark Wood and Brick Fireplace, by Craftivity Designs
Living Room After Modern Cottage Remodel, Dark Beams, White Walls, and German Schmear Brick Fireplace, by Craftivity Designs

Applying german Schmear to the brick fireplace and painting the walls white has brightened the entire room. Plus, I love how the white walls highlight the wood beams.

2020 Living Room Projects

  • Replace Ceiling Light
  • Add Wall Sconces
Entry Way After Modern Cottage Remodel, Dark Trim and White Walls, by Craftivity Designs

White paint also brightened up the entryway. It’s much more functional than it was a year ago, as we’ve added a mirror, storage-packed dresser, and modern coat hooks.

In contrast, the stairs in our entry haven’t been touched, and it’s on the list for 2020.

2020 Entry Way Projects

  • Paint Interior Doors
  • Remove Carpet from Stairs
  • Refinish Stairs or Install a Runner

Kitchen and Dining Room

Like the exterior, the kitchen was in poor shape. The appliances were new, but there was an uneven tile floor laminate backsplash peeling away from the wall. Since the exterior renovations were pricey (and urgent), we had to makeover the kitchen on a budget.

Kitchen Before Modern Cottage Remodel, Dark Cabinets and Tile, by Craftivity Designs

Since the cabinets were good quality, we opted for painting cabinetry and refinishing the hardware over replacing.

A new quartz countertop, faux brick backsplash, and laminate floors fixed all of the big concerns.

Kitchen After Modern Cottage Remodel, Mindful Gray Cabinets and Laminate Floors, by Craftivity Designs

All that is left on the to-do list in here are a few finishing touches and fixes (unfortunately, our pretty brass faucet is prone to leaks… boo).

2020 Kitchen Projects

  • Add Trim around Cabinets
  • Replace Leaky Faucet

Like the living room, the dining room was painted in a gray-blue. Also, like the living room and entryway, it has gorgeous crown molding.

Dining Room Before Modern Cottage Remodel, Wood Trim and Gray Walls, by Craftivity Designs

We painted the walls, chair rail, and base trim white so that the crown molding can shine. Since the dining room is also our homeschool room, storage was critical. Three small bookcases act as school storage or a serving buffet, when needed.

Dining Room After Modern Cottage Remodel, Wood Trim and White Walls, by Craftivity Designs

While I like the look of rugs in dining rooms, I don’t find them to be practical if you actually eat in your dining room (and we do!). So, for the time being, this room is done!

Bedrooms and Bathrooms

Not much has changed in our Master bedroom and bath. The master bedroom’s vaulted ceiling and neutral walls make it simple to update the room with our furniture and decor.

Master Bedroom Before Modern Cottage Remodel, Wood Trim and White Walls, by Craftivity Designs

Depending on how ambitious we get this year, our master bedroom might make it onto the 2020 to-do list.

Eclectic Christmas Bedroom with Navy Bedroom Decor, White Walls, and Wood Trim

We’ve already bought a few pieces of furniture (not yet pictured), a rug and new lamps will be on my shopping list, and we might tackle a barn door for our master bath entry.

2020 Master Bedroom & Bath Projects

  • Paint Walls
  • Paint Base Trim
  • Replace Rug
  • Replace Lamps
  • Install Barn Door

Our current home project is the kids’ rooms. When we moved in, they were both blank slates, painted white.

For the first two years, the kids shared a room. Black and white canvases, plus a few trunks, were enough to make the space feel a little more personalized. In 2020, they are getting their own bedrooms.

Pink Little Girl Bedroom in a Modern Cottage Remodel, by Craftivity Designs

My daughter’s room is nearly complete. I’d love to eventually add this fan (affiliate link) and we’re still replacing outlets and switches. But otherwise, her pink little girl bedroom is done.

Shared Bedroom Before Modern Cottage Remodel, White Walls, by Craftivity Designs

2020 Kid Bedrooms Projects

  • Replace Outlets & Switches
  • Replace the Fans
  • Paint Walls (Boy Bedroom)
  • New Lamp (Boy Bedroom)

The only updated bathroom is the hall bath on our main level. When we moved in, it had the same tile as the kitchen, a large vanity, and a vanity light bar.

Powder Room Before Modern Cottage Remodel, White Walls and Wood Vanity, by Craftivity Designs

Since it is a powder room, we swapped the vanity out for a smaller cabinet. The storage wasn’t needed, and a smaller vanity makes the room feel larger. An updated set of wall sconces, new base trim, and our favorite toilet (yes, I have a favorite) completed the room.

Powder Room After Modern Cottage Remodel, White Walls and Gray Vanity, by Craftivity Designs

Laundry Room

Our first finished space in this home, the vintage laundry room exemplifies the modern cottage vision. It’s a mix of modern details, like striking green cabinetry, and vintage charms, such as the floral print and chippy wood shelf.

Laundry Room Makeover by Craftivity Designs

Reflecting on our Modern Cottage Home Tour

I love writing posts like this… it’s a mix of reminiscing, dreaming about the future, and a reminder to be content.

Sometimes, it feels like we’re moving at a snail’s pace. But, when I review the last year, I’m reminded of how much we’ve accomplished.

After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and our house won’t be remodeled overnight. And you know what? I’m thankful… that is the journey of Creating a Home.

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Bari Design

Wednesday 16th of December 2020

Awesome Room.. 👍👍

Holly W Norton

Monday 6th of April 2020

Love what you have done with modernizing your home. As far as the dining room rug, go for it! We ate in our dining room every night as well when we had two small (read: messy) little ones. We chose an oriental rug and it held up beautifully. Plus, you could not see one stain. Be brave!

Lora Green

Tuesday 7th of April 2020

Love your encouragement!! Might have to add one to my list, especially if it's got some good dark colors in it! Thank you!

Kaye Kruetzman

Sunday 15th of March 2020

Your home looks so bright and warm. You've done a great job of remodeling. Your photos show a dwelling that's peaceful, comfortable, and organized. My favorite changes are those you made on the exterior. It took years off the outer look of your home.

Lora Green

Monday 16th of March 2020

Thank you, Kaye! I appreciate your sweet words so much! :)