See how beadboard paneling, paint and new furnishings can transform a little house into a nice beach cottage retreat. It is used as a family getaway and as a rental to others in the summer months.
Submitted By Seaside Shelter
I live in Middletown, RI which is a part of the Newport, RI beach community. We have our home here that we live in 11 months out of the year (that remodel took 7 years, but was well worth it!)
As a result of our great location- across from the beach- coupled with Newport being a huge destination wedding spot, we have the opportunity to rent our home out for a few weeks in the summertime.
We decided that after a few summers of staying with family we would try to buy a condo to use during this time and have as a rental property (my justification for looking to decorate a new space).
While looking at condos, this house right in our own neighborhood came on the market. It's only 3 blocks from our home and still under a mile to the beach. It was a total disaster which made the price right and made me love it more.
My parents were custom home builders so I've always had a affection for older homes since I never had the opportunity to live in one, plus I'm a HUGE yard-saler and bargain hunter who owns all her own tools so resurrecting this little shack was super exciting for me!
With my husband on board, some great friends willing to pitch in with some sweat equity and some rental dollars to spend, I couldn't wait to get started!
It's still a work in progress as time and money permit, but I love how it's turned out so far and can't wait to get to work on the garage and the rest of the exterior in a few weeks!
Here is the exterior before and after.
During… (you can see where the fridge moved to the other side of the room) with my daughter and neighbor pitching in)
After… 7 foot ceilings- for someone who is 5'9″ make painting pretty quick!
Living room before..
Tv wall before…
Living room after photos.