Shotgun Beach House Renovation II

Before kitchen renovation

Before kitchen renovation

After kitchen renovation

After kitchen renovation

When I took the keys to my two beach houses, I had no idea what would be waiting for me inside. Although I’d had pictures sent to me by my real estate agent, most of the interior still had furniture and walls in the worst possible places. As I got out of the moving truck, I entered the front shotgun styled home and held my breath.

Inside I found drywall covering shiplap (tongue and groove wood) that needed to be removed. I am grateful for the beautiful walls four months later, but the removal process is overwhelming. Drywall, nails, old wallpaper, termite poop, sanding, painting…whew!

The two kitchen pictures show a wall made out of old fence posts. I plan to keep that wall in the kitchen. When taking the drywall off the wall behind the stove I found a window. The previous owners had bordered the full sized window up for some reason. Not everything in the kitchen is set in stone, I’m still working on many rooms concurrently to bring back this vintage beauty.

Before Pic of Dining Area

Before Pic of Dining Area

I’m breathing a sigh of relief that I found a diamond in the rough with the 1920 Shotgun home. As you can see in the before picture, the wall between the kitchen and the dining room was taken down. I kept all the shiplap pieces and used them where I closed off the hallway the prior owners had installed to accommodate a second bedroom. It wasn’t the original design so I got rid of the hallway that leads from the living room to the dining room through the second bedroom which is now a den. Got all that. Good, let’s continue.

Bedroom door revealed when makeshift closet is removed in dining area.

Bedroom door revealed when makeshift closet is removed in dining area.

My bedroom is off the dining room now instead of the kitchen when I removed a closet that blocked the doorway. I have a substantial armoire in my bedroom with adequate chest of drawers so a built in closet is unnecessary. The closet the prior owners had built was so flimsy that the thin wallboard and tiny nails just fell off. The 2×4’s however were a real bitch to remove.

So here is a picture of the door-less bedroom entryway that I have used silk drapes to cover during the night. The sea air blows the silk around and it is quite soothing as I sleep.

Entrance to master bedroom from dining area.

Entrance to master bedroom from dining area.

The diy plank floors will be the last to be done as I am still painting and fussing with the high ceilings. The ceilings are shiplap just like the walls, but require a bit of sanding and nail pulling before painted bright white. I chose a light blue with a bit of green as the color for the kitchen, dining area and master bedroom. This color goes well with my beach furniture, watercolor art, bedroom quilt and dishes. Very important.

Advertisements

Beach Decor Stencil On Kitchen Towels

I love the look and smell of fresh cotton linens. So what could be better than to add stencils that represent ocean sea creatures? Living on an island there is no question that I choose crabs, coral or seahorse to embellish my linens. I stencil with a sponge, latex or fabric paint and I get this look with a pack of bar towels. When I hang the towel, the blue crabs are visible and oh so cute in my kitchen. As a watercolor artist I tried so experimentation with paint and a brush to come up with a more frame-able look. The crab was orange-red this time with blue water. artmermaid 210

Remember, this crab is a stencil I purchased from Etsy. I bought many stencils to make my towels more of a set than all original artwork. The towels are thin and I believe they were $5 at Walmart for eight cotton bar towels. The terry cloth towels with give you a kind of Monet look. What I mean is that when you stand back you can see the crab clearly, but up close there will be missed spots where the paint didn’t hold.

Coral stenciled bar towel.

Coral stenciled bar towel.

Here’s another pic where I put the same coral stencil over the entire towel. I hope you like the results. This project took little time and money. Very budget friendly. My hint is to lay the towels out overnight on a chair back to dry. Wash them on gentle the first time and see how they do. I haven’t had a problem and they seem soft enough for me.

Of course I didn’t just stencil towels…um, I tried my hand on a burlap lampshade too. Er…um, I’ll let you decide if it’s a keeper or not. As a footnote, I did replace this lampshade with a new burlap drum. But if you have children I think this would be a great look. What do you think?artmermaid 184