We think that the original part of our cottage dates from the 1700s and would have consisted of two rooms on the ground floor (now the kitchen and dining room) and two rooms above (Harry's room and the smallest bedroom). The kitchen would have had an inglenook fireplace (which now houses the Aga) and the original stairs would have gone up to the first floor from this room (we found their former location when we took the carpet up in Harry's room).
Eventually I would like to have a beautiful traditional painted wooden country kitchen with reclaimed wood worktops and a butler's sink, but in the meantime we decided to give the kitchen a bit of an inexpensive makeover so it looked a bit better and would see us through a few years. I decided to go for quite a pale colour scheme with accents of pastel green, blue and pink. I didn't want anything too dark as the quarry tiled floor is a bit light sapping and the windows are quite small and face north.
I absolutely love vintage style kitcen accessories (I think 'kitchenalia' is the correct term) so really enjoyed sourcing bits and pieces for the shelves and dresser. In fact I have now been banned from buying any more as in all honesty I would never stop (enamelware is a particular weakness!). They are a mixture of genuinely old finds from antique centres and flea markets plus repro stuff mainly found online. I love Emma Bridgewater, Cath Kidston and Susie Watson for crockery, teatowels, aprons etc.. And I had to have a bit of bunting, as it is a cottage after all!
If you walk past the Aga and through a low door, this leads out into our boot/utility room, which is an extension of the kitchen really and is used a lot. We think this would have been the old scullery, its a very cold room on the northern side of the cottage (freezing in winter) so its great for keeping things cool as the kitchen gets quite warm from the heat of the Aga. We have not really done much in here as the units can't be improved so we have just repainted the stable door and put up some vintage signs. I would love to have an old sink on a brick plinth in there...maybe one day.
So that's all we are doing to the kitchen at the moment, just a bit of a makeover. I love the result and feel a bit sad that we will have to change it eventually but the units are falling apart and I am not overly keen on the faux marble worktops (made of finest plastic!). One relic of the 1970s that we will keep is the serving hatch, which more than anything is really useful but also gives us open plan living cottage style!