I've been going out to the cottage weekly for the past few weeks, sometimes a few times a week, to paint and do decorative things. Things are shaping up quite nicely. The new flooring in the kitchen/dining area and bathroom is finished, and the rest of the flooring is well underway.
Most of the painting is done. A few touch ups remain. Below is a before and after of the bathroom
So we ripped of the old wallpaper border, changed out the cabinet knobs for brushed nickels ones, painted the upper walls "Blue Tahoe" by CIL and added a paintable wallpaper in a beadboard pattern. I gave the mirror a makeover by adding some rope detail. I still need to finish the molding at the top of the wallpaper and add some nautical cleats for towel hooks, but I'm pleased at how it's turning out.
I took most of the kids out to the camp today. I've been itching to get out there for awhile. but with all the snow we've had, I knew the road probably wouldn't be passable. I wanted to take some things out there, bring some things back, hang up curtains, etc. I figured the road would be fairly passable by now. It was, but the further we went back, the snowier and icier it was. I hadn't even considered the possibility that our driveway wouldn't be clear......until I got there. Definitely not clear. You could tell the road had been plowed, but the driveway hadn't been touched. And why would it have been? We don't go out there in the winter. Anyway, I had to keep driving to the last cottage on the road, and turn around in his plowed driveway. I parked at the end of our driveway, and we had to hoof it from there, carrying all the stuff I had brought. I loaded up the kids for the first trip, but I had to make three more trips myself, to get everything. Trudging in mid-shin deep snow, and knee deep in places, made it interesting.
I hung up one pair of curtains, in the dining area. The other set didn't get hung up, because I had forgotten that there is a set of mini blinds there, instead of curtains, so there is no rod on which to hang curtains. Note to self : pick up a curtain rod.
I brought out the duvet cover for the beachy room, to see how it looks, as well as all the yellow accessories I have. I tore down the cheesy painted shelf that was hanging in the room, and brought it home to give it a makeover.
The kids were getting bored, so I started them tearing off the wallpaper border in the beachy room, shabby chic room, and bathroom. Most of it peeled off surprisingly easy, and I'm proud to say, the shabby chic room and bathroom are now border free! The beachy room, however, needs some more persuasion, and maybe some scoring and fabric softener. See the photo below.
(I also removed the ugly dog picture on the wall.)
I brought the canoe bookcase in, and put some books on it. I think it's cute, but excuse the terribly blurry photo.
I was struck today, by how much work there is to do. I've definitely got my work cut out for me, as do we all. The first renters we have have coming, aren't until the end of July, thank goodness. I brought home some comforters to wash, pillows to recover and a set of mini blinds to turn into roman shades. There's a ton of cleaning to do, cabinet knobs to change out, walls to paint, floors to pick out and lay, furniture to paint, junk to get rid of and the list goes on. It's kind of like a dream come true for me though, and I am really enjoying it. Hopefully we can get a bunch of friends together one or two Saturdays, to get some painting done and floors laid. Once that's done, things should move along quite quickly.0
I can't even express how excited I am to do some redecorating at our cottage. We've changed a few things around since it was purchased, more than five years ago. Mostly structural things, as it was originally a duplex, owned by two brothers from Switzerland, I believe, but it could be Germany. Each side was a mirror image of the other, so we opened up the wall, making a doorway to join the two sides. Each side had two bedrooms, a loft, a kitchen/dining area, a wood stove, a bathroom and a living area. We took out one kitchen and sold the cabinets to buy a stackable washer/dryer, which replaced one of the bathrooms. So we have a much bigger living area now on one side, and a bigger dining area on the opposite side.
The bedrooms have remained largely untouched, until now. The floors are just plywood that's been varnished, and there is vinyl flooring in the kitchen and bathroom. They need updating. I've been busy designing, sketching and dreaming up what I think it should look like when all is said and done. I've decided to go with a Coastal/Nautical theme. The past few months I've been scouring Pinterest for ideas. I've been sourcing and snatching up second hand items to paint and repurpose, fabric shopping and sewing, duvet covers and window treatments, spray painting and gluing, a whole host of projects. This is a dream come true for me. Click here to view my Pinterest board.
My poor diningroom table has been home to all the stuff I've been accumulating. I've since divided things by room, and have been storing them in plastic tote bins, until I can get out there. With all the snow we've had lately, it's been impossible to get out there.
First order of business is removing wallpaper border. Thankfully it's only in two of the bedrooms and the bathroom. Then, a fresh coat of paint is next. I believe we'll go with the creamiest creamy paint I can find. I'm thinking Farrow and Ball's Pointing throughout most of the rooms, and a light aqua blue in the bathroom and one bedroom. The kitchen, dining and living areas have knotty pine planks on the wall, which will stay the same.
Below are some pictures of the items I've acquired/repurposed for each room, along with a theme.
The three Mason jars will turn into a Pottery Barn inspired light fixture. I found the round mirror at a second hand store and covered it in rope, it was blue plastic beforehand. I tied the nautical knots and framed them.
These are some sketches I did of what I want the nautical room and the beach room to look like.
I think this may be my favorite room. I already had the sunburst mirror. When I bought it on clearance a few years ago, it was gold. I painted it white and it hung at my back entry for awhile. I wasn't loving it, so took it down and stored it in a closet. When this project started to take shape, I knew this mirror would be a perfect fit in the beachy room, so I sprayed it a sunny yellow. I found the fabric for the pillows at a discount fabric store. These fabrics will also be made into a duvet cover for the bed. My sister-in-law gave me the starfish and little sailboat. I bought the coral at WalMart in the pet section, and sprayed it orange. Thanks to Pinterest for that little idea, as well as the burlap seahorse print. I have five of these, all different beachy objects, to hang over the bed. I bought burlap, dollar store frames and sprayed them. I painted them with Martha Stewart fabric paint in wedding cake. I found silhouettes I liked, printed them off on freezer paper, and painstakingly cut out the detail with an exacto knife. Then ironed them onto the burlap, and painted. I'm so pleased with how they turned out. As for the chandelier, I found that on the side of the road during fall cleanup. I was going to use it in my laundry room at home, but felt it was a good fit here. I sprayed the candle sticks, and spent a few hours covering the chandelier in jute, while I watched Lost.
I found the the lamp and shade separately at a second hand store. I plan on spray painting the lamp a different color. The model ship also came from a second hand store. I ordered the jolly roger flag from amazon and found the world map fabric at a discount fabric store. I plan on turning it into a roman shade.
My sister bought this bed last year, for one of her girls. Unfortunately it wasn't working for her, space-wise, so I offered to buy it from her. I love it. I plan on painting it navy blue and distressing it a little. This bed will go in the Shabby Chic
I love the curtains we found on sale at Wicker Emporium. We bought five, four to cover the two sets of patio doors, and one for the kitchen window and to cut up to make pillows for the couch. I ordered the life preserver from amazon, got the lobster fabric at a discount fabric store, and followed the same procedure as in the beachy room for the little lobster print. I had some wooden candle holders that were just sitting around, so I covered those in jute. My mother-in-law picked up the lobster tray, and the seagull frame came from my sister-in-law. We plan on getting navy blue slipcover for the couch and love seat that are currently in the livingroom.
My sister-in-law gave us this canoe bookshelf. I love it. It'll fit in great with our theme. I plan to put it in the living room and store some novels, board games and little trinkets on it.