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
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.
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.
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.
Like most DIY homeowners at the beach or really anywhere, USA, who want a coastal decor, I will fill every possible nook with ocean finds. You give me a corner and I’ll make a vignette of a painted sea green table, shells, a coral fan and ocean watercolor. (I actually paint watercolors).
Side view of Shotgun beach house, Galveston, Texas
So what about the cement patio, the wooden floor under your feet, the lonely wall in the kid’s room?
For the small 8 X 15 cement and wrought iron enclosed patio in the front Shotgun house I want a large compass in aqua blue and yellow/gold. The blue will match the shutters I plan to attach to this 100 year old home and the yellow is to match the color of the house. I have white trim, so I can use that color as the base if I paint the entire cement pad, three stairs and short path to the fence. If you’re not an artist, no problem, stencils and huge stickers are available at every hobby place or online. Not so tough, right?
I want to point out the original gate, dogs on the top and mailbox that will very quickly get a facelift with paint and landscaping. I’ve already planted fuchsia bougainvillea to climb the iron trellis and a gardenia bush near the mailbox. Photos to come soon.
Okay, now let’s talk about the shiplap walls that this home is completely exposed now. (Thanks to my accidentally picking at the drywall when I moved in and finding this gold mine). I fancy an octopus for the painted white wood in my bathroom. A really big blue one! I found this Huge sticker at Amazon for $28.00 and it is less expensive for me to buy the sticker than to paint an art wall. The best part is a waterproof sticker is perfect for a salty sea bathroom.
HINT: When you choose your project, just remember to seal your artwork with polyurethane, a spray sealant or wax if you’re applying to furniture or wood.
One day I’m on the internet looking for a place to retire at the beach and I find some great bargains on Galveston Island, Texas. I’ve been to this island to work at the hospital for a short contract and loved the area. Soooo, with the help of a real estate agent, I buy these two beach houses on the same lot sight unseen. (Agent gave me LOTS of pictures though.) The front home is a 100 year old Shotgun House modeled after the beauties in New Orleans, LA built in the 1920’s. It has wrought iron work around the front patio. Lovely. The home in the back is two stories and was built around the late 1940’s for the daughter of the owner. Both have wooden flooring, but the front home was too damaged by Hurricane Ike to reveal and fix the floor. The pictures show the day I found out that the front house is completely done in shiplap. I was picking at the drywall with my fingers and kept peeling off hunks and found a mix of shiplap and fencing on a kitchen wall. Further picking, (by now I had found my tools and started taking off sheets), and I found tight beautiful shiplap on every wall in the house. OMG! Remember, I had just moved to Galveston and hadn’t unpacked yet. Three months later, I’m finally done ripping the nasty drywall off. You probably don’t want to know about the termite poop that looks like swirls of sand where you have to use a sander. Ten foot ceilings made it a real touch and go for my sanity. Oh, and don’t forget the hundreds of nails that held up the drywall that needed to be pulled out. Of course, one of the most exciting moments is finding the 100 year old wallpaper. Still, I am certain I have been introduced to every creeping, crawling, spinning, bug in Galveston.