Beach Cottage Makeover (2)

Sitting room before

Sitting room before

One of the ways we have managed to survive financially in a tiny seaside town is by buying unloved, ugly houses and doing them up before selling. The house pictured above had good bones and a lovely view, but the interiors made the place seem horribly bleak.

Old light fitting

Old light fitting

The first thing we did was paint the pine tongue and groove ceiling white.
New light fitting

New light fitting

We then replaced the existing light fitting with a modern one.
While the light was pretty hideous, it didn’t have a patch on the flooring.  Ratty, scuffed, cigarette pocked, beige carpeting – a perfect match for the tobacco stained walls.
We gave all the walls a coat of white paint and then ripped up the carpet and underfelt.  A few coats of red floor paint on the concrete and we had a new floor that cost the price of a dinner out.
Old floor

Old floor

New floor

New floor

We’d spent so little, really just the light and a few cans of paint, that we splashed out on one killer item. A hand-made blue ceramic fire-place that we put in a prominent position.  Once we’d put in furniture, our books and a few paintings the room was barely recognisable – and the cost was minimal.


For Beach Cottage Makeover (1) click here


3 Responses to “Beach Cottage Makeover (2)”

  1. 1 The Handyguys February 26, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Looks good – Not sure I would have painted the floor but it seems to work.

    • 2 Jeannine February 26, 2009 at 3:03 pm

      Thanks Handyguys! Yip, wooden floors would have been our first choice, but with our budget paint was the best option. And it worked out well, easy to clean, beach sand no problem, and we just put a new coat down once a year to freshen it up.

  2. 3 The Handyguys February 27, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Yea, makes sense. Wood floors and sand do not mix. Tracking sand on a wood floor is like taking sandpaper to the floors.

    I visited a beach house in St John that used limestone for the floors. I’m pretty sure it was limestone. It was mined on the island I think. That stuff is used a lot around the Caribbean and holds up very well to sand. It can be expensive if its not a local product for you.

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