I hope you enjoy a good “Before & After” post as much as I do!
I can not tell you how long I have waited to post a room reveal at our beach house fixer-upper! Since we are paying cash for everything and doing most of the work ourselves it is taking longer than we had planned…
But we are having fun!
If you are coming over from Instagram you have already seen the after! Now here is the before:
This house was full of that wood paneling! YIKES…although, how many of us never in a million years thought brass hardware would make a comeback..or “mom jeans”!!!
But seriously, I can not even imagine this coming back…Can you?
Ok…so here is the sad part of this room, See that gorgeous stone fireplace? We had to take it down! This house was an authentic “cottage” it did not have a foundation, it was on stone pillars. So we had to have the house raised. Unfortunately the contractor told us that the fireplace was so old and in such bad shape they would crumble when the house was lifted :(. So we had to take it apart.
(watching the house being raised was fascinating…I am going to save this whole procedure for a later post, but had to show you what I meant)
My boys chiseled away at it, very carefully so that we could save the stones to build a fireplace in the back yard.
Here is my son Erik working hard! (the whole family has put a lot of work and love into our “dream”)
We also took down this wall to open up the first floor. Now this room is opened to the future Kitchen (it’s on the docket for March 😉 )
It’s amazing how much larger this room feels without the wall & the fireplace. The fireplace was so beautiful but it took up a few feet of space.
We invested in a paint sprayer.
Hello…why didn’t anyone tell me about them? Seriously, I will never paint a large project with a brush again…
Because the house was so dark, I couldn’t wait to white wash everything. My husband did all the spraying and I helped with the trim work.
I think a beach house needs a theme.
I love typical egg-blue beach decor, but for this space I was going for a more “Ernest Hemingway Florida Keys Look”. I think I achieved it with this rug? What do you think?
I wanted to show you a close up of how beautifully crafted it is:
I love how the vintage lobster trap that my friend Kelly gave to me makes the perfect beach house coffee table.
This fun side table with starfish pulls is from “The Shops at Cape Neddick, located in Cape Neddick, Maine.
Here is the wall where the fire-place used to be. I felt like we had to jazz it up a bit so these white washed boards from Weaber Lumber were perfect! It is the perfect accent in a beach house don’t you think?
You can find Weaber Lumber at Home Depot. You can find the same boards we used here.
Can we talk about the pillars?
I don’t think we have been more excited about a thrifted find yet! My husband spotted them and bought all they had (3).
We bought them at the Re-Store store in Kennebunkport Maine. It is a really neat store, all the proceeds got to Habitat for Humanity. They have stores all around the country! I think we visit it at least once a week!
I wanted to add warmth to the room, but keep the windows light and airy…So I chose white linen fabric to the windows in this room. We also had that chandelier from one of our other houses so we installed it here given my Ernest Hemingway theme!
See the blue painted floor? That is where the chimney was. on the other side of that wall we are installing a new bathroom that used to be a bedroom. We salvaged the flooring from that room to use here and in the kitchen. Some day we will get to refinishing the floors!
So I was so excited to show you our first “room reveal”. I would love to hear what you think and also if you have any ideas for this space! Thank you so much for stopping by!
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