Friday, July 12, 2013

Beach Bunker Tour...

Hi All,

When working with a small house, there's just one rule...

Keep it simple and minimal.  

The less you have in  a room, the bigger the room feels.  It seems easy enough, huh?  

PLUS, the last thing you want to do is clean a whole house when you could be relaxing.  Which is the purpose of having a second home in a fun place, right?

The focus on the Beach Bunker was on white wood walls, big splashes of color and a little bit of texture.  I really wanted to get a 'Casual Eclectic Look'.  

My inspiration was simply vintage.  From  milk glass to school house lights to hardware. Mixed with modern prints and casual furniture.  I gathered items from thrift stores, tag sales, clearance sections of major stores, some of my favorite stores for home goods, and friends (you know who you are... And NO you can't have it back!)  :)  

If you drove by my house any time the last few months, this was considered the NORM. 

We were busting at the seams with furniture rolled out to be painted...

I did a lot of up-cycling here. Hallelujah we are done!  

Please enjoy the Beach House tour.  And as always, I would love to hear some feedback.

Drum Roll, Please.....

These chairs were a tag sale find of my mothers from the 50's.  They were given NEW LIFE with a fresh coat of white paint and re-upholstered seat.  

I switched out the jelly jar light and replaced it with a  vintage light bulb.  

The Before:

Living room:
 Our tutorial on how to paint knotty pine was a lot of work, but it paid off in the long run. 
 Don't you think?

An old vintage trunk that was left behind in another house makes the perfect coffee table.  

The dresser was left behind by the previous home owners and I changed the hardware to give it a new look.
Plus, it hides all of Hannah and Hayden's toys!

The coat rack was also left behind in a closet.  I like the 'vintage' look of it and it works great to hold our hats and bags.

 Cooper and Harley in typical fashion...
Cooper trying to get some zzzz's and Harley ready to chase you at any time.

This built-in was a great bonus and displays our knick knacks up out of the way from little hands and holds our t.v.

The room is so dark and uninviting...

Our completely gutted kitchen

What do you think about the lighting?



Mr. House installed some pergo floors and ripped out the 20 year old carpet.  

Vintage globes adorn the top of this built-in curio and the counter doubles as a bar.



By moving the bed in front of the window, the room flowed better than before.  One thing that I really don't like is when you stand in a bedroom door and all you see is the foot of a bed.  When you walk into a room you need a focal point, which in a bedroom, usually is the bed.  There is no mistake where your eye is drawn to is this room.  The bright mix of patterns and stacked gallery of frames make the room pop.  

That being said, I'm also not a 'fan' of putting a bed in front of a window, but I had to weigh it all out and make the best choice.


In case you are wondering...
yes, we burnt every last one of those frilly curtains.

The Kiddo's Room:

Again, white paint alone completely transformed this room.  A new nautical light fixture, some new bedding, window treatments and a little bit of personality knock this room out of the park.  
A friends' night stand painted white and given a shiny new piece of hardware makes a super cute table for the kids to sit and play at.

This bunk bed was left behind as well.  I had Mr. House install a 'pipe guard rail' for safety.  We are planing to do something fun for the stairs.  Another project, for another time.


Guest Room:
 Another dresser left behind.  I painted this one white and updated the hardware.  This is great to store sheets and additional essentials when you don't really have the storage.

 My daughters water color painting was the perfect choice to display in this frame.  It has all the colors of the room!  

The orange and white blend seamlessly with these punchy pillows.  The butterfly pillow pulls all the colors in the bedding together. 


BAM! Once a frumpy guest room, now a chic and colorful guest room.

The Head:
A new suttle paint color, a new mirror, light fixture and shower curtain take this bathroom to a whole new level. 

Holy Moly!  I don't even know what to say here!

Well, what do you think?  Can you guess the one thing throughout the house we didn't touch?

Do you have a second home that you want to spruce up, but don't have a big budget?  Do you want to change the look of a room, but you don't want to invest a ton of money? Do you need a quick idea for a room?
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  1. Thanks so much for sharing ! You show how taking simple items can be converting them into very attractive and enjoyable item and do it on a budget. Keep up the great works !!

    1. Thanks Doug!
      All you need is a little imagination... and a lot of paint! ;)
      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. GREAT work! I love the vintage feel! The floors, walls and ceilings are to-die-for. Very nice and simple overall. LOVE it. The ceilings are the one thing you didn't touch throughout, right?

    1. Thanks so much Trudy! Ding, Ding...We have a winner! ;) Yes, the ceilings were the only thing we didn't touch. I love the contrast and how they warm all the rooms perfectly.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Incredible. You really did an amazing job.

    ( I told ya I look at your stuff !!)

    Donny Frost

    1. Thanks Donny! ;)
      It was a lot of work and now it's time to enjoy it! We'll have to get you guys out here soon...

  4. Beautiful! Love the watercolor. Thanks for linking up!!

  5. I love the easy, comfortable feel of the place, just what a second home should feel like.

    1. Thanks Jamie!
      Exactly, now I can relax! ;)

  6. Hi Holly, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  7. I love all of it! Can I come visit sometime? :)

    We'd love to have you come link up at where we host a Remodelaholics Anonymous linky party every weekend (Friday through Monday) for all types of home projects. Come share this or any of your other posts, too!

    1. Thanks Lorene!
      Don't mind if I do...
      Holly :)

  8. After moving into a new house, decoration is the next thing to do for new homeowners. This brings excitement to them, especially to the woman of the house. You can buy a house that meets your family needs without sacrificing your style. Just look at you house interior now. Everything turned out amazing. Congratulations!

    Calvin Mordarski @City Block Team

  9. What a cozy house! You know, there's always something about wooden things that makes them look fancy and expensive when put in a room. You have picked the right combination of colors and the lighting is great too. Good job on the house interior design!

    Levi Ervin @Virginia Churchill Mortgage

  10. What a wonderful makeover. You did a great job. It is amazing how much brighter it looks. So cheerful instead of drab. Just delightful. You scored some great "left behind" items also. Great dressers. Got love that price tag. Really nice cottage.
    Tonita @

  11. I am so happy to have found your blog! We just bought a beach house and it's all knotty pine with cypress ceilings. I have been agonizing over painting the walls white because the original part of our house is historic so I feel a little guilty! Yours turned out great and really brightened everything up. Now I just have to talk my husband into tackling this big job with me!


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