March 13, 2020

The Knox Cottage: Before & After

It’s reveal day for our beloved Knox Cottage! I introduced this project last year inthis post along with some progress photos. We renovated a garage apartment that was falling apart in our backyard over the course of five months with the help of Cardinal Construction and many talented hands to bring our vision to life.

We initially started discussing this project because someone came to give us a quote on our house for new siding and a new roof. The more we talked about it, we realized we would definitely enjoy new siding but it wouldn’t bring us an instant return. That is when we opened the conversation to what would bring us a more immediate return on our investment…the cottage.

Now this is a project we’ve dreamed about for over five years so it is surreal to see it finished and ready for tenants! Since it was something we dreamt of for quite some time, we’ve always wanted to see our vision fully come to life by styling it out completely with the help of some local brands and artists. Their work shines here and it has been fun to see it all come together!

I’ve linked everything at the end of this post for you!

Here is the full before and after of our Knox Cottage project:

This view above shows the same view looking towards the back of the house. We opened up the space into the garage to the left and made one large living and kitchen area. The far back wall was originally where the kitchen was but we moved it towards the front by adding a wall and creating an L-shaped kitchen. You can see my walk-through on instagram to get a better feel for the space before. 

The flooring is alaminate flooring from Build Direct. It doesn’t have that hollow sound most laminate flooring has and I know it will stand up to some wear and tear! We found our cabinets, paneling and appliances at Lowes during holiday sales and by shopping the scratch and dent section.

The backsplash is Formica’s new Calacatta Cava line and it was such an easy solution that I thought brought in some great texture. For $80, I was willing to take the risk on it since we could easily remove it and add tile in the future.

The cabinet hardware and shelf brackets we found on Amazon.

The kitchen faucet*, shower head* and kitchen sinkwere all open box finds from Wayfair. Shop their open box site to find a lot of products 40% off or more!

*I’ve linked most of them here to amazon because currently that is where the best deals are found. The open box site changes daily so be sure to check there when you’re eyeing something specific.

We found that cute little pendant from Article!

For the styling, I love the mix of local shops here. Modern Cottage Tulsa, Jenkins and Co, Jake Fowler, and Craig Proper Home complete the space. The framed print is a film photo my husband Jordan took on our recent trip to Australia.

I love this handcrafted table by Jake Fowler and the vase is from Craig Proper Home! Another print by Jordan fits perfectly on the paneled wall.

The wood ladder is from Modern Cottage. The chairs, sofa and white side table are from West Elm! 

I love that print by my good friend Rachel Andersen and the ottoman fromJenkins and Co.

Thejute rug is from Amazon.

Those baskets on the wall from Modern Cottage are perfect in the entryway!

I love how the bathroom came together. I tried to think of long-term renters here which is why we went with a tub surround instead of tiling the shower. The tile from Bedrosians is perfect and although it came on sheets, it was easy to peel them off and lay them in this cross hatch pattern.

We originally planned a vanity with storage but during the demo process we found out we needed a pedastal sink because of the plumbing. Our solution to this was adding a niche in the wall for a few little bathroom necessities to live. 

Light | Mirror |Sink Faucet| Toilet Paper Holder | Basket on Shelf

The tile against the wood floor is one of my favorite details!

At the back of the cottage, where the kitchen previously lived, we turned the back door into a window and created a bedroom with a closet for utilities and storage (not pictured). 

That stunning painting is by Leah Payne and is so captivating. I’m honored she let us show off her piece in this space!

This rattan hook, stool and wall hanging are all from Modern Cottage. They go so well together!

The rug and pillows are from Jenkins and Co. I love how peaceful and simple this room turned out.

 The before and after of the exterior always gets me. When we were cleaning out the cottage we found quilts and old newspapers from the forties insulating the walls!

On the exterior, we wanted to make sure we chose something that would eventually coordinate with our main home’s style. We went with Swiss Coffee by Behr and Shade Grown by Sherwin Williams for the doors. Finally, the deck just pulls it all together!

That’s it for the cottage! What a ride to see this whole project come to life and we finished it just in time for our baby girl to arrive!


Entry: Baskets | Credenza | Table | Pottery 

Living Room: Sofa | Chairs | Side Table | Ladder | Stool | Rug | PrintPillows | Laminate Flooring

Kitchen: Faucet | Sink  | Shelf Brackets | Pendant Light|Drawer Hardware | Kettle  | Backsplash | Dutch Oven

Shelf decor: Modern Cottage | Craig Proper Home | Jake Fowler

Bathroom: Light | Mirror | Faucet | Pedastal Sink | Tile | Toilet Paper Holder

Bedroom: Art by Leah Payne | Basket | Wall Hooks | Stool | Rug | Pillows | Wall Hanging

Exterior: Doors | Door Handle | Brass Numbers | Lights | Patio Set 

Paint Colors: White – Swiss Coffee by Behr | Green – Shade Grown by Sherwin Williams