Saturday, April 20, 2013

T-Minus One Month

Things are really starting to come together at the beach house. We still have a lot of details to finish and need a few more decor items. We are officially 1 month out from our first renters, so it is pedal to the metal time! Here are a few pictures from our recent work trip.

Like I said before, the siding and windows were just installed. I hadn't seen it in person until last week. It was stunning! So many folks have given us their compliments and thumbs-ups. It is a total transformation, that's for sure. Here's the deck/game room side (we are still waiting to install buy pick out outdoor lights).

Beach house

This is a shot of the other side of the house. One day I might show you pictures of the rotten wood/windows that came out. Maybe not. It was pretty gross. Needless to say, we were glad we made the decision to do this work (especially after our window guy said that  a few years ago there had been a class action lawsuit over our exact old windows for leaking/rotting).

Beach house shingle siding

Below is one of my favorite elements: The life rings in the "Knot Room." Super cute, right? And that crab pillow I got on Etsy? Perfect.

Beach house life rings

I'm also pretty tickled by the vintage badminton rackets on the staircase (they came out of a camper we bought years ago):

Beach house vintage rackets

Adirondack chairs and garden stools are ready and waiting on the deck:

Beach house adirondacks

Lots of hooks right inside the kitchen door for all the towels, hoodies, hats, baseball gloves (lol!), beach bags, etc.:

Beach house hooks

Dining room table and chairs got a nice fresh coat of bright aqua paint:

Beachy aqua table and chairs

And although we pretty much worked through the sunsets, we were up at the crack of dawn and got to see some very beautiful sunrises:


I can't wait to show you some of the other rooms as they are coming together. I've got some cool tips and some minor flops I also want to share. Priority right now, however, is to "git 'er done!" (And reapply the Icy Hot to my aching muscles!)

~Betsy xoxo


  1. Uncle "lurker" Steve says to tell you it is beautiful. I agree.

  2. Where can I get that kitchen back splash tile? What is the name?

    1. The tile is from Hirsch Glass. It's a silhouette mosiac. I think the number is XCM212 . This link should take you to it: Hope that helps!

  3. I'm doing a nautical themed room for my son and I love your life preserver rings idea! Can I ask where you got them? Thanks!

    1. Thanks Erin! I got them from Bass Pro Shop. I orded them online and they were pictured as you see them here (orange with the white stripes). However, they arrived all orange. Bass Pro was great and gave me a bit of a refund. Then my hub and I taped the rings off with paper bag scraps and painters tape and sprayed on the white stripes. lol

  4. Thanks for the quick reply Betsy! So excited to try this for my son's room!

  5. I have so enjoyed this post I am from eastern nc and just bought a house on the Albemarle sound you have done a great job with your house and reading our post that with every project becomes rock bottom, I remodel way to much and enjoy it so my husband buys me fixers upers now and yep I need inspiration from ever where thanks.