No bones about it, She has good bones.

Renovating the 744sq foot Itsy Bitsy Cottage on the Finger LakesHello friends.  As most of you know from past posts we’ve been feverishly trying to get our Itsy-Bitsy cottage renovated for summer. When we purchased this fixer-upper Labor Day of 2014 we knew that the renovations needed to make this place our own could not be done by the end of the year.  The previous owner had not done anything to the cottage since 1993 and boy did it show.  But we were patient and could see the potential this little gem had. We love the open floor plan and the fact that it was not just lake access or lake view it was LAKEFRONT!

Renovating the 744sq foot Itsy Bitsy Cottage on the Finger LakesIn its previous life there was once a fireplace but then replaced with a large cast-iron pot belly stove that sat in the middle of the living room.  Along with its positioning and the chimney not being to code we knew that we would be replacing it. In addition to all that,  the left wall was leaning out due to improperly placed support beams

Renovating the 744sq foot Itsy Bitsy Cottage on the Finger Lakes

Renovating the 744sq foot Itsy Bitsy Cottage on the Finger Lakes

Down comes the soffit and cabinets over the kitchen peninsula. Improperly placed beams still in place. removal of the leaning wall and fireplace.

Renovating the 744sq foot Itsy Bitsy Cottage on the Finger Lakes

new I beams in! Spray foam insulation goes in the ceiling and new right wall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During the winter months, we had the structural issue solved by replacing the old beams with new I-beams placed lower. We covered up the popcorn ceiling with T1-11 exterior siding. ( my new BFF)  A much more cost effective solution to traditional tongue and groove. We removed the soffit and the cabinets over the kitchen peninsula and immediately the kitchen was opened up! I will touch on the kitchen in a later post

In its previous life there was once a fireplace but then replaced with a large cast-iron pot belly stove that sat in the middle of the living room.  Along with its positioning and the chimney not being to code we knew that we would be replacing it. In addition to all that,  the left wall was leaning out due to improperly placed support beams

In its previous life there was once a fireplace but then replaced with a large cast-iron pot belly stove that sat in the middle of the living room.  Along with its positioning and the chimney not being to code we knew that we would be replacing it. In addition to all that,  the left wall was leaning out due to improperly placed support beams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In its previous life there was once a fireplace but then replaced with a large cast-iron pot belly stove that sat in the middle of the living room.  Along with its positioning and the chimney not being to code we knew that we would be replacing it. In addition to all that,  the left wall was leaning out due to improperly placed support beamsEvery single wall, door, trim and ceiling was painted a light fleshy pink color and all the trim was stained dark. She had burgundy shag carpeting and green velvet furniture.  I absolutely loved all the custom sized doors which not one of them were plum or square!  I painted each of the doors using leftover paint from other paint projects all different shades of blues and greens making sure that each coat was not done perfectly. I used an old poor quality brush that gave me a uneven brushstroke.  To me that was the ideal way to create a door that looked like it had been painted several years ago with multiple coats of paint. I finished each door a coat of Modern Masters tinted turquoise green glaze. Our first hint of the colors to come.

In its previous life there was once a fireplace but then replaced with a large cast-iron pot belly stove that sat in the middle of the living room.  Along with its positioning and the chimney not being to code we knew that we would be replacing it. In addition to all that,  the left wall was leaning out due to improperly placed support beams

This is how it looked shortly after we removed the carpeting in all rooms. I could not remove the particle board sub floor in the bedrooms so I painted them white in the meantime.

On the day of closing, the first thing we did was remove the carpet and pad and found terribly damaged hardwood floors. I had always pinned these beautiful painted floors on Pinterest and decided to paint them a sky blue color.  Unfortunately, the kitchen had been renovated on top of plywood and a laminate floor thus removing the subfloor was out of the question. That left us with a 1 1/2 inch height variation from the kitchen into the living room. We knew that that flooring difference would increase once we added flooring to the kitchen. So after consideration in the spring we decided to go over the hardwood floors with another subfloor and a vinyl gray wash plank flooring making it all level.

The renovation of the 744 sq. foot Itsy Bitsy Cottage on the Finger Lakes

Its a family affair! Laying down the 4 by 8 foot sheets of sub floor in preparation for the vinyl planks. My nephew Ben put about 300 screws in the floor that day.

It was my first time putting in flooring.  after a simple YouTube tutorials we were on our way! The space was starting to take place.

The renovation of the 744 sq. foot Itsy Bitsy Cottage on the Finger Lakes

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  1. […] We rarely turn on the fireplace in the Summer but it’s still the focal point of the cottage. If you’d like to see what this space looked like before we renovated and added our fireplace check out my post NO BONES ABOUT IT, SHE HAS GOOD BONES […]

  2. […] If you’ve been following me then you know that Summers are spent at our small lake house on Honeoye Lake. We affectionately call it the Itsy Bitsy Cottage. This 745 sq. foot is our favorite place to gather on the weekends to unplug. You should see the before pictures of this kitchen that we renovated on a shoestring.. The Itsy City Cottage Reno pictures are here. […]

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