Beach House Kitchen/Family Room Source List


Here’s a source list for everything we used in this kitchen/family room makeover:


walls – Sherwin Williams West Highland White

accent wall and backsplash – Sherwin Williams Atmospheric Blue

picnic table –  Sherwin Williams Aquarium

trim paint – Sherwin Williams Extra White gloss

cabinet paint – color matched to Ikea pantry cabinet


terracotta 12×12 and 6×6 porcelain floor tiles – Lowe’s

grout #19 mocha – Lowes


kitchen ceiling fixture – Barn Light  Electric

rattan chandelier – thrifted

ceiling fan – thrifted

Ranarp floor lamps – Ikea


Bodbyn off-white tall cabinet – Ikea

wine rack – custom

Ikea Stenstorp island

tongue and groove wood backsplash – Lowes

Ikea Hammarp beech countertops  stained in Minwax dark stain


stainless steel refrigerator, microwave, range, dishwasher – all thrifted

Ikea Boholmen sink

Delta faucet – Lowes


Weldon counter stools – Pier I

rattan sofa, chairs, coffee table, occasional tables, picnic table, small bench – thrifted

seascape oil painting – Destiny Thrift Store, Brick, NJ

coat rack –  Pottery Barn

seagrass baskets in open cabinets – Lowe’s Allen & Roth

wooden crates in island – Home Depot

bamboo roman shades –

medallion curtain panels –

embroidered crab pillow, seashell pillow – Target

dark blue sweater pillow – Home Goods

cream sweater pillow –

table runner – Home Goods

cafe curtain, two pillow covers – made from Pottery Barn napkins

dishes, glassware – thrifted

small accessories – thrifted

sunburst mirror – DIY

Beach House Family Room Reveal

If you been following along with our beach house makeover, then you know we are doing a room by room facelift of a 1970s  ranch style house located at the Jersey Shore.  At just 1,200 square feet, we have to make every square inch count in terms of functionality!

We worked on the family room at the same time we were working on the kitchen.  It is the first room you come to when you enter from the rear of the home.  It is a narrow space at less than nine feet wide,  but because it is completely open to the kitchen it  doesn’t feel narrow .  Here’s a rough sketch of the space:


So here’s a few BEFORE photos:

This is the view from the rear entry:



This is the view from the kitchen:



Notice the dark paneling, dated gold carpet and an overall drab and tired feel to the space.


The dark paneling and the two different floorings in the kitchen and the family room made it feel like two separate spaces.

And now for the AFTER photos…


The first big change was to paint the walls in SW West Highland white (it took three coats to cover the dark paneling!) and the trim in glossy white.


 The second big change was to install the terracotta ceramic floor tiles, which instantly unified the kitchen and the family room.



The furniture pieces in this room were all thrifted and got a makeover with slipcovers that I sewed up from drop cloths … my go to fabric whenever I need inexpensive fabric to cover large areas!

 Here’s how these pieces looked when we bought them:


And here’s a closeup shot of how they look now.



The off white slipcovers, white walls and the terracotta floor tile became the neutral  backdrop for layering on the mixed shades of blues carried over from the kitchen.

I made the blue and white plaid pillows using Pottery Barn napkins that I found on clearance.  The front is the napkin and the back is drop cloth. They match the cafe curtain in the kitchen, which is simply two PB napkins hung with clip-on rings.


The sofa pillows are from Home Goods, Target and our etsy store.


We also added the bamboo blinds for texture which I purchased from  and  curtain panels for color purchased from Target.


 I love how the curtain panels bring together the three shades of blue used throughout this space as well as the kitchen.  The lamps are from Ikea.  Love the fabric covered cord and the bits of brass on these.  Oh and the curtain rods were from the Habitat Restore.  We simply gave them a coat of glossy black spray paint.

In the foyer area, we added a Pottery Barn coat rack for jackets and totes.  We also made a row of hooks for fishing rods.


We plan to do a storage bench just below the coat rack by hacking  an Ikea  cabinet intended for use over a refrigerator.  I will sew up a cushion for it to give this area a little color.  The bench will help with the shoe clutter that always builds up here…more to come on that in a later post.



What I really like is how this little house can handle a crowd because these two rooms are now unified and function as one large gathering space!

Thanks for staying tuned on our progress … there is lots more to come!

Beach Kitchen Reveal – Before and After

Finally, we are ready to show the beach house kitchen “after” photos.  I am still tweaking but hey enough is enough!

So, here’s the kitchen as we found it … stuck in the 1970s:



Lots of dark brown cabinetry, outdated brown appliances, laminate flooring and just an overall dark and drab feel.



This was the design board I put together for the space:


And now for the AFTER…


All upper cabinet doors have been removed for easy, self-service in a vacation home.


Stainless steel appliances replaced the old brown ones.  We purchased all of them by trolling Craig’s List, yard sales and the local Habitat Restore.


We installed tongue and groove boards horizontally for a more modern vibe on the backsplash and painted it in SW Atmospheric blue.

I love the new ceiling fixture, which was one of the few things we purchased new from Barn Light Electric.


By removing the double wall ovens, we were able to add a dishwasher and a tall Ikea pantry closet for food storage.


To fill the 9 inch gap that remained between the existing upper cabinet and the new Ikea pantry cabinet, we made a wine rack for holding bottles of wine and sparkling water.


The new hardwood countertops are from Ikea and stained in Minwax dark walnut.

We added an Ikea freestanding island for extra storage on one side and extra seating on the other.

On the other side of the kitchen, we painted one wall SW Atmospheric Blue, to bring the color from the beadboard back splash to this side of the room.


Normally, we wouldn’t paint the closet doors and the trim the same as the wall color, but in this instance we wanted to minimize the closet doors, giving the illusion of of one continuous wall.


The wall provides a nice back drop to our thrifted picnic table, painted out in SW Aquarium.



I’ll provide a detailed source list in an upcoming post.  And stay tuned for the “afters” of the adjoining den/family room!

Sunburst Mirror Made From Shims

We are coming down the home stretch with the beach house kitchen and family room makeover.  One thing that we needed was a large piece of artwork for a blank wall in the dining area.

 I ‘ve been admiring these DIY sunburst mirrors on Pinterest – some made using paint stirring sticks and some made using wooden shims.

diy sunburst mirror, crafts


source:  SgtPeppers 



I decided that a 3 foot sunburst mirror would fill the space nicely and  at the same time add texture and throw more light over to this side of the room.  I opted for the shim method because I like the more rustic feel.

Here’s my supply list:

1 bundle of shims from Lowes

12 inch round mirror from Hobby Lobby

hot glun gun and glue sticks

a piece of luan plywood for the back


Loctite for mirror, marble and granite

dark walnut stain leftover from the butcher block countertops

I started by laying out the shims around the mirror to get an idea of the quanity and sizes I would need.


We cut the shims vertically, some in half and some in thirds, by scoring them with a utility knife and then breaking them with our hands.

We used 3 different lengths of shims:  some full length, some about 2/3rds and some about 1/2.  My husband helped me out here by slicing them with his circular saw.

For the back board, my husband cut an octagon shaped piece of luan plywood, about 18″ in width.  This made it really easy to place the shims symmetrically.


Once I had all my pieces cut, we stained them with the dark walnut stain.


We secured the hanger to the backboard before we started gluing the shims.  We used a two-part ledge style hanger system with the other piece screwed to the wall.  This system allows you to slide the mirror horizontally on the wall to get it centered.



And then I handed the project over to my daughters for assembly. They used hot glue guns to glue the shims to the back board and to each other, one layer at a time.


Finally, we used a product called Loctite for mirror, marble and granite to glue the mirror to the shims and back board.

The mirror fills the space nicely (and hides an unused phone jack).



The mirror also brings some of the dark wood tones in the curtain rods and countertops over to the dining side of the kitchen.image


The project came in at under $15.  And I still have quite a few shims leftover.  The color possibilities are endless with this project, making it a great piece to coordinate with any decor.

No Sew Cafe Curtains

For the beach house kitchen window, we decided to go with a cafe curtain.  I love the easy, breezy look of a cafe curtain.   And, when I stumbled upon these Pottery Barn napkins on the clearance shelf, I thought they would be perfect for our “shades of blue” color scheme for this makeover.


The pattern is a a cross between a plaid and an ikat.  Love the modern play  on a traditional plaid.

So, all it took was these clip-on rings from Lowes and two of the four napkins.


The napkins measured 21″ square.  I didn’t do anything to them as the length worked fine just the way they were.



With the two remaining napkins, I sewed up some 20 inch pillow covers.


For the back side, I used simple canvas drop cloth with an envelope style closure.


We will be using these in the adjacent family room, along with a mix of other fabrics.


We are down to the details now so stay tuned for the reveal of the beach house kitchen makeover!


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Mixing Blues in a Beach House Kitchen Makeover

I’ve been working on a color palette and design plan for the beach house kitchen makeover.  The exterior of the house is now gray and blue so  we want to bring some of the outside color in by doing a mix of blues in this kitchen.

This house is getting a total face lift.   If you missed the earlier posts, you can read about this little “fixer” located at the Jersey Shore here:

1. A beach house face lift

2. Exterior color scheme

3.  Awnings and porch valances

4. Open shelves and wallpaper

Here’s the design board I have put together for this makeover:


And here is what the kitchen looked like when the house was purchased:


Definitely “Brady Bunch” with its 1970’s copper tone sink and appliances. And how about the  gold shag carpeting in the adjacent family room!


…along with a lot of very dark paneling.



Early on, we removed a few cabinet doors and taped up some remnants of nautical wallpaper,  just to get a feel for the space without the doors:


Now we are ready to move forward with a total makeover.   Working within a $2,500 budget, we are keeping the existing cabinets but removing all the upper doors.  We will paint them white inside and out.  This will visually enlarge the space and provide an opportunity to add some personality and interest.

 Something like this:

decorating small kitchens


The appliances are being replaced with stainless, all found by trolling Craig’s List and our local Habitat Restore over a period of six months.  We are removing the double wall ovens to make room for a dishwasher and a floor to ceiling Ikea pantry cabinet.

Countertops will be replaced with Ikea solid beech wood,  stained dark walnut.

Counter space is in short supply so we are adding the Ikea Groland free standing island.

GROLAND Kitchen island IKEA Gives you extra storage, utility and work space.I would have preferred to find a cool piece of furniture to adapt as an island but nothing has turned up … so Ikea here we come!

The backsplash is getting a wood tongue and groove treatment.  Instead of running the grooves vertically, however, we are going horizontal for a more modern vibe like this:

Watch Genius Low-Cost Kitchen Updates in the Better Homes and Gardens Video


 We are replacing the laminate flooring  with ceramic tile … still deciding on the whether to go with this terracotta shown on my design board:


…or a gray slate-like tile similar to the one shown here:


We will be using a mix of blue tones throughout this space.  The color blue is unique in that various shades (not just patterns) can be combined in one room and it works.

On the Rise


This kitchen is a great example where several non-related shades of blue were used – from turquoise on the picnic table to a country blue on the walls.  Who would have thought? Totally unexpected but I think it makes the kitchen really interesting and timeless.


Here’s another shot of the same kitchen:

The kitchen is the beating heart of the home. Florke uses light and color to create warmth. The Merillat kitchen CABINETS meet low-formaldehyde standards.

I am really excited to dig in.  I’ll be sharing photos of our daily progress on Instagram if you’d like to follow along!


A Home Spun Style Wedding

We recently launched our second etsy store, HomeStyleWedding, after receiving many requests from brides- to- be for our grain sack style table runners, burlap banners and collections of  milk glass vases.

It was fun to open up my mail today and see these pictures of a couple that purchased our union jack ring bearer pillow.


The bride is Dutch and the groom is British  so she combined the two nationalities by customizing our Union Jack ring bearer pillow with an orange ribbon, the national color of Holland.


She added more pops of orange in her bouquet and neckties for the boys and groom.  Fresh and elegant!

Hope you are enjoying this warm blast of summer air!