Welcome to our beach cottage living room, friends!
So glad to have you here!
Here is a reminder of what the space looked like when we moved in a little over a year ago. Dark wood paneling, thick textured carpet, drop ceilings, and swingin’ plastic saloon doors separating the living room and kitchen (my husband actually fought to keep the saloon doors-we compromised and they are in the basement).
And here we are now, all brightened up!
Our projects in this room included painting all of the wood paneling white, removing the carpet/refinishing the hardwood floors and replacing the drop ceiling with tongue and groove beadboard. Our sofa is slip-covered and washes up well (and frequently) with regular detergent and oxyclean!
Here is the staircase leading from the living room to the upstairs bedrooms, which I shared here over the summer:
Original pine floor, now restored. We hired a professional to sand them down (they had lead paint in places) but did the many coats of poly ourselves.
This framed photo in the picture above is one I took of my toddler boy running on the beach. It is five by six FEET! It’s huge! I wanted something BIG to be a statement piece. I took an old, unused framed painting from my parents’ basement and ordered my photo printed on canvas (not mounted) and then used spray adhesive for photographs to mount my canvas photo on top of the old painting. If you have questions about this project, I will do my best to answer them in the comments!
For some soft texture and detail, I hung white drapes on either side of two interior doors.
And because the living room opens up to our kitchen, here is a quick first peek at our kitchen renovations.
And in it’s current state, with white paint on the cabinets, blue porch and floor paint on the old linoleum floor and updated hardware.
Still lots of projects to tackle around here but it already feels very cozy and fun and like us.
We are so blessed to be here.
Life is good.