Beach Shack to Cottage: Makeover Begins


Beach Shack

1940s Beach Shack Before

I have been blessed with a two-bedroom, 1940s cottage (a whopping 614-square feet), about four blocks from the beach. For the past two decades, this former rental property became rundown over the years from careless tenants and neglectful gardeners.

Before Cottage Living Room

Living Room Before

But beyond the dingy wall-to-wall carpeting…

Old Dining Nook Before

Dining Nook Before

and stained ceramic floor tiles and dated wood paneling in the kitchen…

1940s Cottage Kitchenette

Kitchenette before

you could see that this cottage has good bones and real design potential. Every room, including the petite garden in front, is going to be my personal design lab.

Master Bedroom Before

Master Bedroom Before

Guest Bedroom Before

Guest Bedroom Before

In the next few months, I’ll share my twist on chic, smart, portable decor ideas, storage solutions and garden design tips on a budget without sacrificing style.

I move into the house in a few weeks so I am painting the shutters Benjamin Moore Essex Green. It is a classic green-black. I can hardly wait for a tiny bit more curb appeal. Check back and see how the little shack becomes a cozy beach cottage, room by room!