This past winter we headed up to our cottage or our ‘cabin in the woods’ (fondly coined by my Father-in-Law) to begin a cottage ‘make-over’.
Structurally everything was sound; this renovation was more about aesthetics. When the cottage was re-built in the early 1970’s the ceiling was only 7 ½ feet high (will never understand why!!) which not until recently posed any problem. But now our very tall son whenever he passed under the ceiling fan had a good chance of being scalped! So get rid of the fan or raise the ceiling? We opted to raise the ceiling. And this was also the perfect time to redecorate!
This project that has spread out over many weekends started one snowy day in early January. During winter we are not able to drive up to the cottage so we walk in from the road. There is no plumbing, the stove is not hooked up and the power often goes out in the middle of the night. Brrrrr! All provisions must be carried in and heated over the wood stove.
My husband and son emptied out the space and piled all the furniture into the bedrooms/bathroom/porch.
We also decided that since we were changing the ceiling we would get rid of the 1970’s wall paneling that in an attempt to disguise had painted red a few years ago. Not sorry to see any of it go including all the red upholstery. I realize now I tire of red real quick. Accents yes, walls and upholstery no!! Lesson learned.
Notice in the bedroom photo the taxidermy deer head! This was given to us from friends (who no longer wanted it themselves – it scared the grandkids) and right now we are in debate as to whether it will hang in the new space!!!! Stay tuned.
All images via Modmissy
Very interesting. I can hardly wait to see the results of your winter labour of love. Looks like a beautiful spot.
I think you should ditch the deer head…
I think I agree but I am not the only decision-maker at the cottage.
In what town/area is your cottage? Very good work.
Hi there – My cottage is located in the Kawartha area of Ontario. Hope this helps.