So here is the thing with renovating an old house: it is fun, exciting, crazy, messy, stressful, dusty . . . there is blood, sweat (lots) and tears (lots and lots) . . . add in a very busy toddler and things really get interesting! I have come to the realization that it may be the next beach season before I have any one room completed enough to do a full before and after reveal, so I thought I would share the bits and pieces around our cottage that I am loving right now . . . it is slow going and hard work, but it is still a dream come true for me.
I have about 100 projects going at any one time. The floors are mostly done and are A-mazing. I think they are the coolest hardwood floors I have ever seen, but I am probably prejudice after spending about 70 hours on my hands and knees hand sanding and applying polyurethane to each and every board. They are the real deal-thick solid wood planks with knots and oodles of character. We did not stain, just applied the poly. The natural shades of the wood really gleam.
I love my English roll-arm sofa. It has beautiful lines.
This is a vintage finial that I purchased from White Flower Farmhouse to dress up our staircase. I pulled the carpeting off the stairs and removed approximately 1,000 carpet staples with pliers. I painted the stair risers white and left the steps their original wood. I will do a full post on the staircase when I am done with it. I am contemplating painting a striped ” carpet runner.” There are fun pictures on Pinterest, but I am worried it would not wear well?
Every beach house needs bright colored stripes.
Metal beach buckets are ideal for holding matchbox cars and other odds & ends. Their scale is wrong, I know, but they are cute and useful so for now, they are staying.
The front door is done for now, after a coat of oil-based exterior primer and five coats of Benjamin Moore Heritage Red. I bought the school house light for the entryway at Lowes.
A trio of my favorite pictures hanging next to our bed.
Pages from a vintage Golden Book that I mounted on canvas for Wynn’s room.
Mr. Marvelous was on a business call at about 10 a.m. and I was antsy, so I started pulling down the drop ceiling tiles in the living room. He came down from his upstairs office and was less than thrilled to see the ceiling laying in bits and pieces all over the living room floor. What can I say? Drop ceilings do not belong in beach cottages. I have now pulled 100,000 staples from the ceiling (each square of drop tile was stapled into the ceiling), primed and painted. The ceiling itself is a soft blue called Love in a Mist by Martha Stewart for Home Depot. The “beams” are white washed using the left-over white paint from our walls. I have been painting on the white paint and then immediately wiping off a good bit of the paint with a paper towel to allow the wood grain to show through and to give the wood a distressed weather-worn look. I cannot wait to do a full post on the ceiling before and after!! See the remnants of drop ceiling still in these picture? Yes, I have a ways to go. The bronze lanterns are Smith & Hawken. It is so fun to sit with the candles lit on date nights at home.
I suppose that is all for tonight. I hope that everyone is having a great week and thank you so much for following along!