Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Beach Cottage Sitting Room - Before and After

Finally, I can start sharing some before and afters with you.

Our beach cottage living space is narrow and long, so for furniture placement I decided to split it into 2 sitting areas, one for reading and relaxing and one for tv watching.


 The before pictures of the sitting room area, which originally in the 1950's was the porch area. 
I didn't like the built in cabinets for several reasons, 1) the doors dropped down which would make it difficult to use, 2) took up valuable floor space, 3) poorly made.
So we ripped them out and gained space to add seating.

I found these cute vintage rattan chairs on craigslist.
I spray painted them with Krylon Catalina Mist, and recovered the cushions.

I removed the vinyl blinds and replaced them with bamboo roman blinds.

 The slipcover loveseat and rug is from Ikea, an estate sale trunk
 along with vintage and handmade coastal inspired accents.
The pillow fabrics are some of my fabric designs available at Spoonflower.

The entire cottage had stained v-groove wood walls, some of the wood needed replacing 
so rather than trying to match it I decided to paint it white. 
It really lightens the rooms up and also adds that beachy vibe I was going for.
 I'll be posting about the floors in a later post.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Beach Cottage Exterior Progress

 I know, I know, I have been missing in action for the past few months, 
we’ve been working hard on the beach cottage and progress is for sure happening. 

We pretty much only work there on the weekends and sometimes a long weekend.

There is nothing better than taking a break from all the work and walking a few houses down, 
putting your feet in the sand and floating on a raft in the gorgeous turquoise water,
 I love every minute of it. 

Here is a picture of what the cottage looked like when we purchased it.
 It was built in 1955.



We had the roof on the house replaced, we painted the exterior a lovely shade of aqua, 
painted the picket fence and added the arbor. 

We still need to do some front yard landscaping and redo the railing on the 
roof deck and put a couple of coats of white paint on the trim and roof deck. 

I promise I’ll be sharing more pictures along the way, there is a ton of progress to see.