Monday, January 21, 2013

Beach House to do list

2013 Beach House to do list

  • finish the hallway and decorate
  • repaint the hallway entry dresser (need to decide on a grey color)
  • paint front door (color?)
  • Front entry overhaul (new mailbox, gardening)
  • Paint Bunk room (that is a big maybe)
  • Garden
  • Get new Lounge Chairs
  • Re-sand and oil outside table/ benches
  • get new grill

Beach House Hallway (the first)

I am sure you are interested to also see the first part of the hallway makeover. The hallway itself is very narrow and has no natural light. It also had brown panelling which was depressing and didn't say beach house at all.

 Yes lots and lots of brown paneling. I spent a good time sanding it with my electric sander (I love it), then primed the corners and little in between areas before rolling the whole thing. needless to stay it took forever but the end results are so worth it.

I painted every single surface in the hallway except the ceiling (which will get done since it is now driving me crazy). It is a slight off white color now that everything else is really white again. The last time the ceilings were painted must have been 20 years ago. You get the idea....but I am dreaming about recess lighting first and then I will paint.

Yes I sanded all the doors and trim but it was worth it in the end. I love that we invested in new door handles.

For ease of reference a before and after



Thanks for reading.

Beach House Hallway- the second

Ok, here I am journaling our home improvements for all you readers out there. There is a lot of work to be done here and I am usually better doing the work rather than writing about it but let's see how this goes. I have to apologize for the bad quality pictures but you'll get the idea.

The past 2 weekends I've been working on the second half of the Beach House Hallway. It's been bugging me for quite some time now but we are finally getting there. The whole hallway was a yellowish wallpaper. The wallpaper does not bother me but the color did. We removed wallpaper in the back bedroom once and I have no desire to do it again so we painted over it again.

First step was priming with an oil based primer to make sure that the wallpaper stays on the wall. We did this successfully in the Master Bedroom and I decided to keep going with this method. Only downside is the fumes in oil based paint/ primer and I highly recommend a mask and working with all the windows/ doors open. Yep, not so much fun for your lungs but the mask really helps me.

So first I primed (yes I am the designated painter/ decorator and dreamer upper of new projects, while Brian is the builder/ fixer/ installer/electrician and overall handy man.

So I primed first and then painted the walls BM Moonshine to match the rest of the hallway. The trim was sanded and painted with Olympic Semi- Gloss White Paint (off the shelf). Next step will be sanding, priming and painting the doors. 

Next weekend we will install the new light, new light switches and outlets....

Eventually we (I) are hoping that we will install wooden floors through the hallway and living rooms (it is a beach house after all) along with recess lighting. I am a firm believer that you always need more light (and they are just so pretty).

I can't wait to start decorating and painting the entry dresser..... Oh and how I love the white trim.