When Toronto-based interiors stylist Jennifer Hannotte of Hannotte Interiors set out to update her kitchen, she was aiming for a Scandinavian cottage feel. With a limited budget (and some basic materials like plywood), she managed to create the clean rustic vibe she was seeking.
Hannotte, who's a fan of the raw wood look, covered one wall with birch plywood and applied a coat of mineral oil to bring out the grain. She painted the remaining walls of the kitchen Gallery White from Behr ("White is fresh and modern and, especially in a small kitchen like mine, it helps to unite rather than divide") and the floors a gray shade from Behr called Ashes. To see more of Hannotte's work, go to Hannotte Interiors.
Photography by Angus Fergusson.
Above: Hannotte covered the walls with birch plywood and created shelves with rough pine she picked up at Home Depot.
Above: Hannotte oiled the plywood backsplash with Skydd Oil from Ikea ($4.99) and positioned an Ikea Tral Work Lamp ($24.99) on the countertop. The Breville Barista Express espresso machine is $498.90 from Amazon.
Above: The Breville Barista Express espresso machine is $498.90 from Amazon.
Above: The Akurum Base Cabinets with three drawers are from Ikea.
Above: The white Tripod Table is from West Elm for $199.
Above: The stools are a Craigslist find; for something similar, try the Alvar Aalto 60 Stool from Hive Modern ($260).
Above: The rough wood shelves hold a collection of white dinnerware; one of Hannotte's children found the wall-mounted skull.
Above: The Lewis Pendant from Schoolhouse Electric offers a similar porcelain socket and is available with a selection of cloth cords from $89.
Above: The Ringskar Faucet is $159 from Ikea.
Above: The industrial bins on top of the refrigerator are a vintage find; Restoration Hardware offers similar Vintage Belgian Deed Boxes from $45.
For more ideas with plywood, see our recent post: 10 Favorites: The Unexpected Appeal of Plywood.
N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on September 12, 2010.