A Coastal Summer House DIY Beach Cottage Style

Wed 28th, Mar, 2012

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G’day beach cottage peeps, wanna see the progress on the rose-tinted Summer House shed renovation?  Oh yeah baby, it’s getting there…there’s white, there are French Doors and small but beach house deck-like steps.

So this is what it looked like after the walls were re-wired and re-boarded…amazing the difference it made, totally amazing!


Remember what it looked like before?

This (full post & all the details here)



We had more than we needed electrical sockets put in here….I don’t know about you but as technology is at our fingertips at every turn we seem to never have enough of these things…especially with the two older children using computers 100% for their studies and communication nowadays…

I also wanted the ability to easily change this room as we get into it and you know as you start to use a room you realise that actually the desk would be better off somewhere else etc…I wanted to be able to do that without extension leads and wires all over the place…


As you can see the old floor is still here…we thought about replacing that but it didn’t fit the budget for this space and the hassle factor…I was thinking just a (nicer) laminate on here but now I actually might use that floor paint on it…in a pebble grey colour……….or I might just go white baby white.

Ideas for in here so far are coming thick and fast…and thanks to all those who left me their ideas the other day…a bed would probably be pretty nice but in reality how much would that get used?  Though for overnighting teenagers it would probs be good…so right now it is definitely housing a desk (I have one to makeover but I have also seen one in a shop, a little Nordic one ;-) that is rocking my socks and calling my name)…also want a nice chair in here and shelving

…one of the main things I am leaning towards is loading it with soft furnishings to make it really soft and cosy and curl-up-able (it’s so very quiet out here at night, in the day too in fact…not much noise going on apart from nature)

…. the odd nautical / coastal stripe or two will certainly be in the mix of course…plus thinking a bright in there for this one …just a pop of colour, oooh yeah baby


How white and clean does it look?  Such a difference!  I know a lot of people find that clinical, but for me, I find this a wonderful base to start with and relish the idea of adding texture, depth and colour through the things that are added, especially vintage things and the things that mean something to me



here are the French doors on the inside after the first very quick coat of primer…they look out on to the garden and Ugly Patio Area (soon to be Not So Ugly Patio Area – you can read more about the makeover that I did on that here)



(…it looked like this where the French Doors are now after the makeover to hide the concrete, and a few old chairs painted white… but soon it will be having a proper facelift and not need quite as much concealment ;-) )




So here are the French Doors from the outside, I am pleased with how they turned out….




I really want this finished now…though being realistic it will be better to be patient and wait for the concrete to be replaced too…that is happening, along with the front drive, to incorporate the new front deck, in the next few weeks….it’s all go here people…

Next we are starting on ripping out the built-ins in the boys room and ironically building a large built-in cupboard in the dining room plus another skylight (the one we had put in in the breakfast room has totally changed the light in the middle of the house and now I know how valuable they are another one in the dining room will finish off the light quite nicely)

Anyhoo, I gotta get my butt outta here I have lots to organise at the moment…it’s a big weekend coming up for this little family in the sporting arena, one that I will miss because I will be in Melbourne…but sorting out the logistics of getting everyone in the right place at the right time has been…..errrm….interesting…

And of course, there are little black dresses to pack..

So, let me know what you think of the French Doors…you likey Beach Cottage Lurkers..c’mon, you know you want to ;-)




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33 Responses to “A Coastal Summer House DIY Beach Cottage Style”

  1. Selby says:

    Ooh lala beautiful! I love it:) looks like it’s shaping up to be an amazing oasis. If were lucky enough to own a house one day I’d luurve a summerhouse like that!


  2. Deanne says:

    It’s looking gorgeous Sarah! Did you see my comment on one of your pinterest boards about your summer house?- I think it was the vintage one

  3. I love….everything you do dear Sarah! As always you get my butt up and moving. Decorating and foofing! Have a great day!

  4. Stína Sæm says:

    its gonna be so beautiful. and the deck…. ohmy what a beauty <3
    just love it all.

    My best regard

  5. Karlee says:

    Love the french doors – we’re putting white ones in our new extension from the living area our to a deck, can’t wait!
    The white makes it all look so fresh and rejuvenated!
    Good luck with the other bits

  6. Love. Everything.
    Sooo jealous of your summer home.

    I love the idea of all white with a shock of color, which you can change on a whim. I know you lean toward the blues and turquoise. What about a shock of pink? or orange? You could just go in so many directions. So much fun.

    You are very generous, (thinking about) letting teen-age sleep over guests use the summer house. I would be inclined to wear the key around my neck. :)

    Enjoy it Sarah, it is shaping up beautifully!

  7. Kari Nichols says:

    OMG!!! What a lil treasure! Wait until you take your first photos in there before any furnishings! All that white and natural light… You’re gonna be hooked! Congrats!

  8. Melinda says:

    Thats all looking really lovely Sarah, you must be thrilled!

    White is perfection and also love the sound of the pebble grey floor – I dream of a white floor but wonder if it would just drive me mental in the end with kids running over it all the time.. Love those decky steps too.

    Have a great time in Melbourne – next time I’ll have to pop up and say hello!


    ps Melbourne coffee = excellent

  9. Nicky says:

    Really really really lovely and fresh… French doors give so much character… Really lurve it!!!!

  10. Claire says:

    I want one of those!!! Can’t wait to see how you foof it inside ; )

  11. Caz says:

    J’adore xx

  12. Trish says:

    I need one of those!!!!!!!!!!! Beautiful Sarah!! Love the French Doors!
    ;) Trish xox

  13. Julie says:

    Oooooo gorgeous Sarah! I can see an Ikea Brimnes day bed in here – great spot to lounge during the day, big drawers underneath for storage and converts to double bed when guests stay over AND it’s WHITE! Just waiting for my invitation to pop on over from Melbourne!!! Haha

  14. Michelle says:

    Hi Sarah

    As you know I lurve french doors and these are looking spectacular…..I love all the white and you’re right it’s a good base to start with and colour against a white background just pops even more so ignore those who say white is clinical and keep doing what you do best. The steps are looking great too, will you be painting them white?? I feel like that was a silly question hehehe…..

    Would love to ask you Sarah, how is white washing done? I’ve heard about and seen the technique done but have not tried it myself and would love to give it a shot as I have a few things laying around here that could use some freshening up.

    Have a great day and I hope you have fun in Melbourne :)


  15. Erin says:

    Seriously gorgeous…the end.

  16. Alice says:

    That is looking fantastic… How wonderful to hear that you renovations are in full swing! Can’t wait to see it all! Loving those French doors too…I have been fantasising about metallic aqua stripes (or white for less of a contrast haven’t quite decided yet) painted on one of my bedroom walls for the past few months… Floated the idea by hubby… He seemed interested… Might get them done after all… I think the metallic stripes as a feature wall opposite the French doors would look lovely in your summer house too but I would stick to a metallic taupe or even a metallic white for your space lol…Me and my stripes…Have fun in Melbourne… Never been but would like to one day… Maybe for race day… Who knows! This is all very exciting Sarah…

  17. Sharon says:

    It’s really looking pretty. You have a good eye for updating a space. I love the french doors and the white walls make the summer house look so big and bright.

    Love the view from inside the summer house, especially of that little doggy in the yard.

  18. Marnie says:

    love it! I want one!
    Is that a dog or a chook in the last pic? Or have I gone completely mad?
    x Marnie

  19. Katherine says:

    Do you have a Schnazeur (spelling??) Sarah??! What kind of dog is that I spy?? It’s a cute looking kind anyhow!

    Looking good. Had you considered chequerboard laminate/lino on the floor? Or even limewash.

    I think a nice cozy day bed – it could come “night” bed too. Lots squishy cushions and throws. A small table & maybe a shelf for books or displays – & maybe a big old mirror to reflect the sunshine and garden.Something simple and laidback – something to entice you to this little spot in the garden.

    Can see it’s going to be nice what ever you do! Have fun : )

  20. Christine says:

    Yes…like Erin…Love!!!!! The End!!!!!
    xoxo, Chris

  21. sharran miles says:

    love it !! … love it!!!…. love it!!!…I want to bring my coffee in and sit down on your floor right now!!! …cant wait to see finished product…….

  22. Mary Harper says:

    Looking good Sarah! If you get a chance this weekend make sure you visit the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show on this weekend in Melbourne…you won’t be disappointed.

  23. HHHmn sounds like either a kiddo’s fun or serious area, good spot for focusing on assessment tasks? there’s the desk! Or playstation? There’s the soft and squishy! hahahaha. Whatever it is, it’s shaping up nicely into a useable space.

  24. Ellie says:

    Oh I love your little summer house and the french doors. Starting from a white base is great – the option are endless when you don’t have to match colours or exisiting furniture.
    And the photos of your garden, it looks so lovely and summery. Jealous again. Though we have had unusually warm weather here for the last few days, my garden need some love right now.
    By the way, have a read of my most recent post to see what we did in a garden shed when we were kids……I think it will make you smile.

  25. Rachel says:

    Wow, looks fantastic! You don’t muck around…….I love the look….and the white!

  26. jennifer says:

    tres jolie sarah !! its amazing , the french doors are perfect and I find white relaxing , clean and fresh xxx

  27. Shar Y says:

    It is really wonderful, so far, and I am sure will only get better. You must put some sort of bed/large cushion in there so if you suddenly get the urge to nap, you can just flop down and take a little siesta! You know you deserve it! You will have so much fun with that! (I am already visualizing a little Christmas decor when that season rolls around again!)

  28. magickwrds says:

    Mmm…this looks so serene and lovely! All that cool white- it’s a little Blissout Cottage!

  29. What a great spot already! How about using a sand paint for the floor? I have a fun one on the walls of our bathroom from RL and it is super durable.

  30. LUVLUVLUV, Sarah! That little cottage will be just perfect when I show up on your doorstep for a little vacay! lol!

    xoxo laurie

  31. alison says:

    I love the steps up to your French doors. I live in a house with lots of stairs and believe me they can be a nightmare if they are not positioned well and aren’t pleasant to use because of their depth, height, building material etc.

    I have a bit of a thing about stair design! A quiet obsession really.


  32. Leith says:

    Did you get a schnauzer? Totally love the summer house.

  33. Jasmine says:

    Love! I love french doors!

    x Jasmine