Before and After: Beach house update

Hi loves! Its about time we revisit the beach house before and after post and follow up with all those details I promised. Its been so long, I also have a few changes and additions to share with you too (shocker, changes).  
But first, a tiny confession. When I wrote the above, I spoke like I was the hired help when actually this little gem belongs to Mike, Jack, Sophia and ME. Surprise! A gift from God. Just over a year old and already a lifetime of memories. So before I start getting all weepy, let’s get on with it! 
Here is the latest in the main room…
(How you all like my watermark? Hmm, not so sure, yet, another step. I figure if you want to hijack my stuff, have at it. Your karma, not mine). 

Low down:
PAIR OF DINING CHAIRS: LEE
CUSTOM SLIPCOVERS IN ALL WEATHER WHITE FROM LEWIS AND SHERON
HIDE RUG, WICKER TRUNK, WHITE LINEN DRAPES, SOFA: IKEA
BARSTOOLS AND PHARMACY FLOOR LAMP: TARGET
MARTINI TABLE: VAGABOND VINTAGE (No longer avail but I’ll try to find u one similar).
SALON CHAIR: RESTORATION HARDWARE
BURLAP TABLE COVER: BALLARD DESIGNS
CERAMIC GARDEN STOOL: HOMEGOODS
FLOORS: PEACOCK PAVERS
CHEETAH AND LUMBAR PILLOWS: CUSTOM J.SCHOENBERGER DESIGN

Moving into the main entryway, here is the link to the Moravian star lights (a lot of you asked!). I love em too. So much I may do them again in the unit upstairs. Yep, got another fixer upper directly above but it will be at least a year before we get started. More on those ideas later.

The linen panels, concealing the twin bunks, are from Ikea.
The black mirror was mine for years. After I was finished rolling paint on the bedroom shelf, I ran it over the mirror haphazardly until it started to look like driftwood. I like.

What the hallway use to look like. Yikes.

Oh the chippy shelf. I love you. She use to sit in my dining room until taking up residence seaside.

I found her at Lakewood 400 Antiques Show from some friends of mine. The shell prints are way old, from the original Lakewood (let’s all take a moment for one of the best monthly antique shows to ever live in Atlanta) and I had them framed with nice wide mats. I like wide mats. I opt for them often. The majority of the glassware and baskets are from Ikea. Oversized seashells from Kohls and Potterybarn. Galvanized “No.16” from Tracery Interiors. Driftwood, a souvenir from the beaches of Lake Michigan. Big love.  

The family seashell collection. We started a new jar for Seagrove Beach ;-))))

I hung my Husbands Grandfather’s old wooden oar on the wall from Torch Lake. He loves it! Also attempted to jazz up my $14.99 Walmart mirror with rope. I failed twice and just about glued my fingers together. Still waiting on the perfect find with texture and crust. Someday I might hang some big ship light pendants over the island. Just in case, I had the two cans above wired separately. 
The shelves were custom but the brackets came from Home Depot for less than ten bucks a piece. The subway tile is from Home Depot also. The countertops are Silestone in Toffee. The closest thing I could find that looks like concrete but can hold up to renters. This little beauty is for rent all year long. And such a deal when you think about the sound of the ocean, the view of the ocean, the thirty steps to the ocean and that its pretty tricked out on the inside 😉 

New plantation shutters were installed.

This driftwood came from around the corner at Tracery Interiors and the rocks are from the banks of Torch Lake, where our family cottage sits.

Never tire of looking at that rough hewn cedar planked ceiling or smelling it. My guy did a bang up job on the white wash, I do believe. A gift. 

Moving on down the hall to the bedroom, I just wasn’t feeling it; the mirrors, the dresser, it needed some pizzazz (did you know the word pizzazz was said to have been originated by Diana Vreeland? A distant relative perhaps? ;-)). 
I took the mirrors, which were the old closet doors, and leaned them up on either side of the rot box television here and affixed them to the wall like so. You can catch a tiny glimpse of one, top left corner. Much better! 
I had a vintage dresser, nice lines but kind of bulky, in the bedroom and I replaced it with two $95 consoles from Jcpenney. The thought was buy them for the bases and run old reclaimed gray wood across the top adhering the two bases into one long piece. Which I will do someday. But for now they sit side by side and I’m feelin it. Of course I’ll have to do something about all those cords. When will this all be wireless and we can move it anywhere in the house, no problem? I’m ready! 
I could stare 
at those floors 
for days. 
Look what the cat dragged in!  If we weren’t already family, we are now… 
As you can see, this painted headboard thing is easy pickings. Any scraggly-haired slightly hung over gal can handle it. Just a level, frog tape (the best), dinner plate and a pencil needed. Place the dinner plate against wall so top and bottom lines are at the center of the plate meeting at a right angle and trace your curve. You’ll get it. I promise. 
I carefully cut in the corners with a brush and then rolled the rest. Maybe an hour is all it took? And for the life of me I cannot recall the name of the Martha Stewart paint color I used from Home Depot. Shame!
Well whatever it is, I’m digging the color palette with the barn door color, Texas Leather by Benjamin Moore and Ethereal Mood by Sherwin Williams on the floating shelf. All three of the colors can be found in the two pillows that are making a temporary lay over for now but bring it all together. I’m thinking a light blue and white chevron print bolster pillow? One of my mentors Miss Sherry, recently asked, are we tired of chevron yet? Nope! I believe we are witnessing a new traditional fabric in the making. Its such a good mixer, how could you not. But yes, definitely some more pillows needed to spruce up the bed. Ones with some girth and shape that sit up better. Like I tell my kids -sit up! As I sit here slouched over my computer.   
WHITE LINEN BEDDING AND LINEN DRAPES: IKEA
FLOATING SHELF, PILLOWS, BARN DOOR: CUSTOM J.SCHOENBERGER DESIGN
SLIDING BARN DOOR HARDWARE: REAL SLIDING DOORHARDWARE

I hung my new wall art from Urban Outfitters here (wide mat again).  I love it. Feels like I’m looking out a port hole on a ship to a faraway land. You can order the print HERE for $24.99. Highly recommended. 

The room still needs a lot of work in my book. Its tough when you just have a weekend and drive five plus hours to get here. I’m contemplating a modern monogram for the center of the “headboard” maybe? BTS for beside the seaside? I picked up an art deco-esque mirror from Lowes, on clearance,  for over the table since. And darn it, I didn’t get a pick of the bamboo folding stool I picked up for $8.99 on clearance at Homegoods, covered in a faux $9.95 throw from Ikea. A new trick in my bag. 

WALL COLOR: KINGSPORT GRAY BENJAMIN MOORE
SCONCE: CIRCA LIGHTING
FIXTURES, TOWEL RING, HOOKS: MARTHA STEWART FOR HOME DEPOT
BOATS AT THE DOCK WATERCOLOR: ELK RAPIDS ART FAIR (my big sis and I both bought one).

Well that’s about all I have for you right now my pretties. If you get a chance, go back and check out the before and afters of all these spaces from my original post. Meanwhile, I’ll keep plugging away on my little beside the seaside, dream come true, and keep you posted.

All the high school girls are coming down next month for a get-a-way and I can barely stand it, I’m so excited! First time since I moved to Atlanta in 1998. Of course not a lot of work will get done then but there’s always tomorrow Scarlett (see I’ve slightly assimilated in my 14 years). Although Melanie was my favorite character in Gone With The Wind. She made such an impression on me as a young girl watching that movie. Her graciousness when Scarlett, dressed to kill, showed up at her party, after her man no less! I was totally impressed.

Well that’s enough out of me for a day. You all enjoy your weekend!!! I’m going to attempt to decorate for Halloween and inspire you all next week with my progress.

Feeling like a big hug today and a kiss,
Jenny from the rock
(you all be good to each other)

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Comments

  1. Love the tweaks Jen…it just keeps getting better:)

  2. This is just beautiful!!! You are so talented!

  3. Hello gorgeous beach house! It makes mine look like a dump right now!!! Really need to update a little after 7 years of rental!
    Great job 🙂

  4. I love it. I am so excited to come down to see you on the 18th.

    See you soon.
    Eng

  5. aw you are so clever, i love that painted headboard. wow, why didnt i think of that. it makes such a great impact!! and is that the ‘salt water cures everything’ print? i need that too 🙂 so nice to find you (thru Sherry). cant wait to follow along

  6. Hi,

    i’m way more than fashionably late to this party…however, would you mind sharing the main wall color used in your adorable condo?

    Thanks! Keep rockin’ it.

    -wendy

    • Haha, thank you! Better late than never right? ;-))) Yes, it is Almond White, from the old Duron color wheel, which I think is now the same as Sherwin Williams’s Almond White. But they still have the Duron formula around if you want to play it safe. However when I repaint the condo, I’m going to be using “mascarpone” from Benjamin Moore. Its my go to favorite white. For whatever reason the Almond White down at the beach came off with a hint of bisque. Good luck!

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