Spruce Cabin

Cabin Adventures – Kitchen & Living Room Update (part 1)


The closing of our mountain home fell, conveniently, on the first day of our spring break. So, needless to say, the first week was jam-packed with projects! After completing the new flooring (which we are loving!) it was time to add some cozy mountain vibes. Our home in Denver is light/bright and airy (which we LOVE!), but we want to set a different tone for this home… a “moodier/cozier” feel if you will. We want our mountain home to have that cabin vibe, but without breaking the bank! While a true cabin would be constructed and covered in wall to wall wood, that simply isn’t in the cards for us right now. So, the next best (and affordable) option? Paint!

I have mocked up a photoshop rendering of our “work towards” design. The idea here is to bring in a cozy color palette (while still leaving it neutral), to add in wood accents (hello wood beams and wrapped island!) and to, most importantly, STAY.IN.BUDGET!! Let’s get started…

First up… Paint! I chose a Benjamin Moore color called Soot. It falls within their black paint family, however, as the natural light hits these walls, it reads somewhere between Black and Navy Blue. This front living room gets a lot of natural light, so going this dark as an accent color is not a problem.

We painted the entire back wall and the adjoining back hall wall. It is quite striking when you walk in and gives such an immediate cozy and updated vibe!

It’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do! Once the back walls were complete, it was time to install the floating shelves. We started with the kitchen, since we’d grown tired of living off of our (tile, ugh!) counter tops. We ordered 4 sets of Lip Wall Shelf Brackets to use for the installation of our floating wood shelves. We did a lot of looking around, as these brackets can run a pretty penny, and found the best price to be here on Amazon, costing us $19.95 per set of two. We knew we wanted a bracket that could hold a 2×10 pine board so these, quite literally, fit the bill! Using a stud finder and laser level, we were able to install these shelves in just about 2 hours.

(HELPFUL TIP: use painters tape to layout your floating shelves on the wall! Doing this allows you to step back, assess and make any necessary adjustments before putting holes in your wall!)

The final touch was adding in this rustic pot rack (discontinued) from Magnolia Market which displays our collection of copper pots and pans (found thrifting!) It makes SUCH a difference! Now this wall finally has a beautifully rustic focal point (and just in time for Easter)!





  1. Living Room entertainment wall
  2. Antler rack with wreath and additional decor above the kitchen shelves





  1. Kalyn,
    This looks great, what a transformation. I can’t wait to see whats up next!

  2. Wow! Looks great… I wasn’t sure about that blue/black wall, but I love it. The copper pans are a nice touch, and the wrapped island. Perfect! Looks cabin cozy to me.

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