Underneath a dilapidated surface, this country cottage has plenty of potential. With a little bit of do-it-yourself know-how and a creative vision, a pair of young homeowners transform a petite cottage into a welcoming home.
This cottage-style house in Mariette, Georgia, is more than 100 years old. But with all the original doors, windows, and wood siding, it hasn't lost any of its charm. When the owners decided it needed an update, they asked their parents to help. Together they found easy ways to improve the home without taking away its unique character or changing the square footage.
As a tribute to the past, a weathered shadow box hangs by the front door. Ribbon used as a hanger adds to the picture's rustic elegance. The shadow box is filled with photos and other memorabilia collected from the previous owner of the cottage -- a fitting piece of art in a house that appeals to generations past and future.
A wooden chandelier in the center of the cozy living room provides a strong focal point. This is an important element in a room, which previously lacked any distinctive architectural elements. Two tall mirrors propped on both sides of the window also add dimension. The dark brown walls equally show off antiques and new home store purchases.
An antique-look upper cabinet is right at home in the century-old cottage. Glass doors and sides keep the piece from appearing heavy in the tiny room.
Open shelves created with planks of wood trimmed in curvy moldings and perched atop scalloped brackets offer a space-saving alternative to bulky overhead cabinets.
The previous owner had remodeled the house's sole bathroom with a claw-foot tub and double vanities. A few extra touches, such as plenty of wall hooks for towels and a small bench, add convenience to the charming bathroom.
The cottage's ceilings are high, so the tall bathroom cabinet works wonders to make the most of vertical space. The crackle paint on the cabinet provides a nice contrast to the flat white sink and is a trademark cottage patina.
The old tool shed in the backyard doubles as a guest room. Floral prints and warm colors give the detached room a homey feel.