Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Our Beach House

I'll give you a brief background of how we acquired this little house. We had an investment property a few years back that we bought, fixed up, rented, and flipped for a decent profit. Timing is always on our side, we are very lucky that way! Sea Isle City is a very small beach town and we had made in known that we were looking for a single lot on the south end of the island, known as Townsend's Inlet. We heard through the grapevine that this house was going on the market in the fall. So we hopped on our bikes, knocked on the door and basically we made an offer. It was "gentleman's agreement" and a few months later the place was ours.
The house is tiny 102 years old beach cottage. Built just for summers...no plumbing, heat, insulation in this baby. The previous owners did put in a bathroom and powder room. They occupied it for just over 25 years and left everything behind! EVERYTHING!!!! Over the past two years we have cleaned it out and painted the whole house from floor to ceiling! We try not to spend too much $$$ as our plan is to tear it down and build a new house someday. But, we are kind of hoping it will just fall down all by itself!!!

I made this sign out of the old porch step and some left over paint. It will hang by the front door but, it was too windy to leave it this weekend.



The living area was quite dark and dreary. A fresh coat of white paint, new furniture, well old but, new slipcovers, and we took up the carpets (there was more than one layer) and painted the floors. It really brightened up the space! I am working on new curtains for the living /dining area.


Oh, the kitchen...we painted the walls a bright lime green and the cabinets a robin's egg blue! I made curtains out of a fun striped fabric! The girls made the "art" above the dishwasher.



The bedrooms...each got a fresh coat of paint and curtains. We had already taken the pillows from the beds, you don't have to leave renters pillows!

So that's it! Not, the dream house we want...but, a place to build it someday!












10 comments:

Libby said...

Even though it's not your dream house, it's still just darling! I love the paint colors you chose, and what budding little artists you've got on your hands! Those pictures the did for the kitchen, particularly the turtle, are really adorable.

Dennis said...

Very very nice house.... Greetings from Germany

Kerry said...

love the bright kitchen!

tulipmom said...

Wow ... all your hard work really paid off ... the beach house is adorable. I love the sign you made, and your daughter's artwork looks terrific. Great color combo in the kitchen!

tulipmom said...

oops, daughters' artwork ... I hate grammatical errors, especially when they're my own.

Emily said...

I think it's adorable! Love the colors in the kitchen and the fun artwork! :)

Kellie said...

I love the kitchen! It has the perfect colors for a beach cottage -- daring and bright and summery. It's a sweet place.

Tres Poshe Preppy said...

Adorable!

Head Hen said...

Can you PHU-LEEZE tell me where you got your darling blue denim-ish slipcovers? And don't you dare tell me that you made them because I don't have one ounce of that kind of talent.

I'm looking for some for a set of rec room furniture and cannot find any (that I like) that have the cushion covers as well--just the one big piece of fabric, which I cannot love.

Darling little house--what fun! I know your girls are racking up on memories of being there.

hqm said...

Head Hen...
the slipcovers were a light natural color, I dyed them navy.
The loveseat cover is from Ikea...total fluke it fit our sofa and the chair is from Target!
Good Luck!