Miners Cottage Makeover…mission impossible??

You are about to see images of the Miners Cottage I am about to start work on. Before we get there though, I thought I would show you some images that have inspired me for this makeover.
This one above is just lovely and I am planning on using a lot of whites and navy blue anchored with some natural tones as well. The client is ex-navy and loves ships, boats and related paraphernalia, and the fact the cottage is not far from the beach, it seemed fitting to begin the inspiration here.
The whole India Hicks/Ralph Lauren colour palette is something that keeps popping to mind and the stripes too…there will be stripes!
Now…here are some shots I took of the cottage on Sunday…

The cottage is teeny and hasn’t had anyone living in it for over 7 years…LOTS of cobwebs and spiders about and that “I haven’t been used for a long time” smell to it. This shot is the master bedroom. There are two bedrooms and this is the brightest of them. That bush out the window will be going which will let in LOADS more light.

This shot is the hallway, looking out of the living room to the front door, which is a French door.
That dark lump up the floor is a dead bird which I had to scoop up…I know!
Nothing in this house is straight, as you can see from the angle the door is on. Those heavy shelves have to say, as do a lot of things as the client is the caretaker of the cottage, not the owner. Otherwise the place would be getting re plastered, re carpeted etc. So I have my work cut out for me! Love the stripe carpet!

Here is the dining room. The doors there were French doors that were broken…I think I am going to look for them in the old barn out the back. The light this room is missing out on because of these heavy doors is a shame.
The kitchen. It has new blackwood cabinets which is a plus, and bead board, so there is some hope. The ceiling height is just above my head…and I am only small.
The other side of the kitchen with its old wood burning stove.

I quite like this. Now the job begins. The client moves in sometime in July, so that is my deadline. I have a small budget to do loads of work with, so I will be visiting all of my favourite haunts to find loads of thrifty bargains…and have loads of fun doing it.

Mission Impossible…I don’t think so. Well I hope not.
I will keep you updated as it goes on.
Wish me luck =0)
Ness xx

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  • It will be wonderful to see you work your magic in this place! It looks like it has some real potential to be absolutely charming. I love the inspiration photos.

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  • Can’t wait to see the ‘after’ now you have shown the ‘before’. It has the bare bones of being a lovely place for sure. 🙂

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  • I am sure you will do a fantastic job. Your inspiration pictures are wonderful. Looking forward to seeing all the during and after photos.

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  • I can’t wait to see the work in progress and then the final result…lots of work to do!Good luck.Francesca

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  • This looks like a wonderful project, but wow! July? I’ll be back to see the progress, hope you keep us posted.
    Sharon

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  • Sounds like a fun opportunity…. everything but the spiders!
    I can’t wait to see the after pic’s.

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  • This sounds fun. I have always found that the best ideas come when you are given a harder task to work with rather than easy. I can’t wait to see the finished project.

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  • Oh boy! I can’t wait to see what you do. I love big projects like this! Good luck to you!
    ☺ Celeste

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  • Wow! I can’t wait to see what you do with it! and I’m inspired already, sometimes I think designers either get to start off with great spaces, or they have unlimited budgets to tear down and add in and so on… so I’m excited to see what you can do with the given space and some budget and lease limitations… that feels like s scenario that is much closer to my real life! 🙂

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  • What a project! It looks like the place has a lot of potential and potential challenges. Making that teensy kitchen work will be one. We can’t wait to see what you do with it. Check out our nautical-inspired Knoop rope coffee tables for the living room!

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  • A project that would excite me very much. If the base is ok (no water, no damage to the base), only good ideas, light, optical area and “color” are missing. I am very excited about the progress and the result!

    How many square meters the living space has?

    Greetings and beso

    VINTAGE

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  • How fun!! I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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  • I am so glad I found your site! It’ll be thrilling to see you decorating this house!

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  • Oh I can’t wait for the reveal. I bet it will be absolutely amazing! Good luck, I know you’ll do great!
    Lila Ferraro
    Queen Bedroom Sets

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  • Sorte e Sucesso pra você!!!!!

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  • I am sure you will do something beautiful with it – I can’t wait to see!

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  • Good luck! I love a great before and after shoot. Waiting to see the grand finale. 🙂

    Bre @ http://theredbungalow.blogspot.com

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  • I think it’s a charming little cottage with much potential. The only problem would be the low ceiling in the kitchen. My husband would kill himself.

    I’m sure you will make it beautiful.
    Can’t wait for the big reveal.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  • Ness, you are so talented ,this place will be magical once you are done!

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  • Cannot wait to see the ‘after’ photos of this cottage… lots of work though!!

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  • what an amazing little place – you’ll work wonders Ness!! julesx

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  • The door in the master is awesome. Can’t wait to see what you do!

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  • Ness, the cottage is so charming, I love it! Now if anyone can makeover this cottage with the restrictions that are in place, it is you my dear!! It is going to look fabulous and I can’t wait to see what you do to it:)~ Tina xx

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  • I can’t wait to see you work your magic Ness, no doubt it will be amazing. Nothing a few hundred litres of white paint couldn’t improve! K xx

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  • Ness – what great “bones” to work with – you will do a tremendous job & I cant wait to see the progress & finished product!

    katie

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  • Can’t wait to see the wave of creative wand!!!

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  • cant wait to see the transformation. How exciting!

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  • Best of luck with that one! You certainly have your work cut out for you, bit I can really see the potential, and all your fab ideas and talent will bring it out for sure.
    🙂

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  • Wow, what a job you have ahead of you. I can’t wait to see the reveal. Love your blog and your home……very talented indeed. Kym x

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  • Oh I look forward to seeing what you do. That carpet is hideous we had it in our daughters bedroom until recently.

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  • Good luck on your mission, Ness. …. but, there is great potential there. I know that you will do a great job. I can’t wait to see the end result. XXXX

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  • If anyone can do it…it’s you! Can’t wait to see the after pictures.

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  • I think it’s going to be just fine.:-) Hug Stina

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  • NOW you’re talkin! Nothing and I mean nothing NOTHING better than a re-do! Have fun! Wish I was there to help!

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  • Oh Ness, you are a brave woman.. spiders, dead birds… what an opportunity! Can’t wait to see the end result… you will sink your teeth in and amaze us all! A-M xx

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  • wow such a beautiful place….

    good luck to you! xoxo

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  • OMG OMG OMG heart is racing…the possibilites are endless…can’t wait to see what you do!

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  • Goodness! Small REALISTIC budget I hope Ness.
    Work your magic!
    xx Lyn

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  • Oh yes!… this is one of those fun projects! Can’t wait to see the progress and the finale…

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  • oh ness… i know that feeling …. you see it and want to run the other direction… and then you ponder… and collect thoughts ideas and want to dive in and make it happen… and i know you will xx

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  • Wishing you heaps of luck Ness! I know you can do it look forward in seeing the end result have fun 🙂

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  • This looks like such a fun challenge. I love your inspirations and I can’t wait to see your results. Good luck on this venture!

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  • Hi Ness,
    Wow what a challenge! I think it definitely has potential, and I know you will be able to make it look beautiful. I can’t wait to see what you do with it, I’m predicting lots of paint will be involved!
    Janice

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  • Oh wow – what a fun project that will be. Time to wave the magic wand.
    Alison

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  • Hi Ness! I can’t wait to see how it all looks after you work your magic in there!!! So much potential. How fun!!!

    Hugs ~

    🙂 T

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  • Wow Ness, I’m here definately wishing lots of good luck and this place has lots of potencial!!! I love the stove, the cabinets with a new fresh paint…well, I’m sure you will do an amazing transformation and I’m looking forward to see it!
    hugs, Li

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  • Good luck doll! I have faith in you and lots of it! 🙂

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  • Can’t wait to see the results! Also, by the looks of the carpeting, if they installed it correctly, you will have one mess tearing it out. I will have a black foam backing that is glued down. Just keep your fingered cross that they only loose-laid it in there:)

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  • If anyone can transform this cottage it’s you Ness!
    It has a lot of charm potential.
    Can’t wait to see what you create!

    xo
    Brooke

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  • What an amazing project! So much potential! Something tells me much of the fun will be in the thrill of hunting for the right things to take this from empty to charming! Can’t wait! Marija

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  • Can’t wait to see what you do! What fun to have a challenge like that~
    Have a marvelous week!
    xx

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