A Coastal Summer House DIY Beach Cottage Style
Wed 28th, Mar, 2012
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?
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 ;-)