beach cottage summer room

Fri 27th, Feb, 2015

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Well, beach cottage ladies we are getting there, even though this room isn’t finished it’s becoming somewhere one can sit…

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Here’s what it looked like over on this side when we were painting…

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I am hoping not to put any blinds in here and keep the windows undressed…as I said before a sisal rug on the floor and we are going to make a study area / desk on the other side…

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The light fitting?  Hmmm, have to say it has grown on me somewhat, but there needs to be a bit more of a statement pendant I think?  I have been looking out for a genuine French enamel rustic weathered sea-faring pendant fitting – because there are so so many of those Down Under…

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I did find something similar to what I was thinking…price tag was rather larger than I was thinking – won’t be anytime soon I will be paying $4000 for a light.   I have now found something online which is along the lines of what I have in my mind, but it’s in black so I might get it and then paint it…just to, you know, add on another little painting job in my life.

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So according to Dr Google the tiles can be jet washed – I am not sure I like the idea of this, can just imagine I will take to it with the jet washer and the whole floor will blast off, also would have been extremely good if one had decided to clean floor properly before one painted walls…

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…anyway the goggly doc also said bicarb of soda and vinegar and also the steam mop is worth a go so I will get cracking on that this weekend…

Anyway I’ll be off, see you soon, I have lots to share, it seems though there is never enough time in my day…do you get that too??? I need to add 10 hours onto my days.  Ten hours in bed.  Alone.




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11 Responses to “beach cottage summer room”

  1. Jenny says:

    Hi Sarah, What an amazing transformation in this room and the rest of the house so far. My partner sells tiles in nz and he would not suggest you use the seam mop or water blaster, and should stick with good scrubbing brush and hot soapy water.

  2. Jody says:

    If I am so in love with all that white paint of yours , and amazed and so inspired by you, I think I should head on out to the paint store to buy my own…..having another want to be like Sarah day! lol xxoo jody fl ky

  3. Mb says:

    Please send discarded light fitting to:

    Ms. Mb Crazy Canadian Blog stalker
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    Hope Springs Eternal,
    B4U T1P

    :0). !!


  4. Eliz519@icloud.com says:

    Hello! I don’t usually comment on blogs, but.. After reading your idea of using bicarbonate and vinegar on your tile floors, I remembered a friend who used vinegar on her Saltillo tile floors years ago, and it really did a number on it, practically eating through the section of tile that she cleaned! It was surprising! She found out later that the old vinegar trick is best suited for linoleum type flooring!

  5. Sharon says:

    Love the summer room and how it’s looking. Especially the original tiled flooring, think it looks so lovely even without a rug. I’m sure there aren’t many homes in Aussie with original tiles still in tact, what a treasure! I know you’re not loving the deco pendant light, but I kind of think it just adds a quaint nod to the original building without making the room look old worldy.

  6. DeAna says:

    I know nothing about cleaning vintage tile, but don’t they make robot floor moppers too? I’d look into that right away. ;)

  7. What a lovely little spot. I can totally picture being curled up on that couch with a drinkie in one hand and a good book in the other. As for cleaning the tiles, I swear by a mixture of apple cider vinegar and baking soda.

  8. Nicola says:

    My Dad is in the tiling trade and always recommeds products by HG to clean and reseal Victorian floor tiles. I know HG products are also available in the US (I’m in the UK) so hopefully in Australia too. Such a pleasure watching you transforming this lovely old house. I think it’s been waiting for you ;-) xx