Well good morning Beach Cottage Beautifuls, here we are in Sydney broadcasting loud and clear today with a shop-the-house, forty-is-the-new-thirty shed gone coastal Summer House makeover.
So, let us start with a before
Here’s what it looked like after we painted it white (it was electric blue) and as the work was beginning (you can read the whole before and what it was like here)
and this was the outside when it was nearing to being finished
I really don’t know what the problem was with me getting going on this, well I do actually, it’s called not enough time in the day and the fact that undressed it was totally fine…but now it’s a room and feels part of our old cottage…
Another thing aiding the procrastinating was it’s a very awkward shape, like every other room in this cottage, and I wanted to get the ‘perfect’ pieces of furniture in here and makes sure everything fit nicely and worked well…
At the weekend I thought stuff that, I am going to work with what I have got, shop the house and get this done without spending any money. There is a certain male in this household who is extremely happy with that decision. Just call me a thrifty housewife.
I wanted vintage things in here and all my usual stuff, nautical stripes, coastal blues and lovely lovely whites…I did have a brief fling with yellow too but decided to keep that to flowers.
Here are some of the things I gathered….yep my little photobomber helper was with me….
He just can’t take the pace of DIY though….
Mr Beach Cottage was so very excited to part of this project and doing DIY on his Sunday afternoon. He says hi.
I dressed up the rustic / beachy sofa with cushions (and will be adding more as I come across them, I am looking for some nice linen grey ones, I have seen some but they were $120 each), put the pot cupboard I recently painted white in the corner, added a lamp…
…used double layer curtains that I have had for years on the window…on the other side used a blind and may be adding curtains there too, but for now didn’t want it too fussy…
Popped a few of my fave things on the desk to inspire me when I come out here…loving the desk lamp still…
Added these white shelves in the corner above the desk and layered a few vintage mirrors for some light bouncing and some depth…
Popped up a row of hooks that we made from an old skirting board found on the side of the road – I love hooks to store things and add a bit of feature as I am not huge on art….so easy to change bits of bobs around on here too….
Used the old chair left in it’s natural state to balance the errrrm amount of white…
And a coir rug for some rustic on the floor….
Not bad for an afternoon’s work and the budget was a grand total of zero…
What do you think???
p.s. sorry there are problems with the comments again! I have contacted my designer Courtney, hopefully they will be fixed soon – I can see you if you leave a comment just not sure that you can see them…in fact if you have a minute could you leave me a comment and see if you can leave me a comment if you see what I mean! xxxxx
sofa : thrifted $150 white blinds : IKEA
chair, pot cupboard & table : vintage thrifted & painted white with Beach Cottage White
white lamp : IKEA hook rack : side of road skirting board
desk lamp : Target coastal bunting : made with fabric scraps
p.p.s. no I am not sponsored by any of the above companies and none of these were gifted, I spent my own pennies :-)