Beach Cottage Renovation on a Budget

July 24, 2015

Beach Cottage Renovation on a Budget from Island Princess 215

This week on HGTV Beach Flip, the couples moved into their living rooms for some big redesigns. At the moment, it looks like team Martha & Alex with their relaxed white on white beach style are the ones to beat. I especially like their white shiplap walls and the addition of wood beams. However, as I watch each week, I continue to think “Hello, this is not a real life Beach Flip.” I know because we are living our very own Beach Flip on a budget. We took a vacation condo with a gorgeous beachfront view that needed a serious refresh and turned it into a modern beach cottage. At the end of this post, I’ll share a few humble thoughts on living a real life Beach Flip versus a staged for T.V. Beach Flip.

Welcome to Our Real Life Beach Flip on a Budget

DIY Modern Beach Cottage Living Room

Before & After . . .

 

DIY Beach Cottage Reno on a Budget from Island Princess 215

Living Room & Dinning Room Before Photo

  • Sorry no lights, camera, action here. Just unpolished photos I snapped the day we toured the condo for the first time.

 

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Living Room & Dinning Room Before Photo

  • Many beach home rentals are furnished with tropical sofas with patterns that will hopefully hide dirt and stains.
  • Finding an attractive sofa suitable for sand, wet swimsuits and many guests was one of my biggest concerns.

 

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Living Room & Dinning Room Before Photo

  • The condo was originally furnished very sparsely.
  • I love the tile throughout the condo, but there were no rugs and very little décor to make the space cozy and inviting.

 

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Living Room & Dinning Room Before Photo

  • The original dinning table was in excellent condition but it was much too big and heavy for the space.
  • It was highlighted overhead by a utility room type fixture. Something you might find in a laundry room or garage.

 

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Living Room & Dinning Room Before Photo

  • The star of the condo is the view!
  • You can enjoy the amazing emerald coast water from the open concept kitchen, dining room, living room and even the master bedroom.
  • Furniture and Décor can be updated . . . the view is a gift from God!

Modern Beach Cottage Style

 

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Out With the Old – In With the New

  • Welcome to day one of our condo renovation. The first thing I did was sell all of the furniture to a local resale shop. They came and cleared out the entire condo. We began with a clean slate.
  • Again, my biggest worry was finding an attractive sofa that can handle water, sand and many people.
  • Then we met Kennith at Factory Direct Furniture in Destin and he saved the day with his custom made sofas covered in a specialty Sunbrella fabric.
  • Kennith poured his red big gulp on the fabric and it rolled right off. Amazing! I don’t want to hide the dirt and stains . . . I want to actually keep the sofa clean. The fabric is surprisingly soft and yet easily wipes clean. I need this at home!
  • This sandy linen color fit in perfectly with my beach cottage design.
  • (tropical print is just not my style)
  • Just on personal note, Kennith moved our furniture in on Christmas Eve so it would be there when we arrived on December 26th. Kudos to the excellent customer service.
  • At this point everything is tan, tan, tan! And then some more tan!

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Beach Cottage Reno After Photo

  • Bring on the Sea Salt paint color from Sherwin-Williams!
  • Cannot even begin to express how much I adore this peaceful color. When we’re in the condo, it feels like we are already floating along peacefully in the ocean.
  • All of this beachy tranquility without turquoise screaming at us from the walls.

 

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Beach Cottage Reno After Photo

  • We left the wall to wall mirrors as it opens up the space and brings in even more of the view and the refreshing Florida sunlight.

 

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Beach Cottage Reno After Photo

  • We are definitely blessed by A Room With a View!
  • We actually hung the new capiz shell chandelier a little higher than the standard 36″ as to not block the view while in the kitchen.
  • We opened up the view even more by replacing the curtains in the picture above with new sailboat white curtains. The curtains now open all the way to the walls, no longer hiding portions of the windows and the view.

 

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Beach Cottage Reno Living Room Shopping Guide (Budget $3200)

 

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Beach Cottage Reno Dining Room Shopping Guide (Budget $700)

  • Antique Rustic Farm Table and Chairs from De’France Antiques in Fort Walton Beach
  • De’France Antiques is my new favorite store! I found one of a kind antiques and décor for each room from De’France. I kept going back again and again to snag unique furnishings. I loooooove this place and I love decorating our beach cottage with these one of a kind items.
  • When we looked at the condo for the first time, we also did a little pre-furniture shopping to put together a preliminary budget.  I found this rustic farm table & chairs already  painted this soft creamy green at De’France for $200.00! What a bargain! I added the glass top and it looks gorgeous.
  • White Tabouret Stacking Chairs (Set of 4) from Overstock
  • Tabouret 24-inch White Metal Counter Stools (Set of 2) from Overstock

 

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LightInTheBox® Modern White Shell Pendant Chandelier Mini Style Ceiling Light Fixture from amazon

  • One thing I knew I had to have for the dinning room was a Capiz Shell Chandelier; however, most were way out of my budget!
  • After searching forever and reading review after review, I found this dazzling Capiz Shell Chandelier on amazon.
  • There’s one catch . . . see all of those little shells . . . you have to assemble every single shell yourself! Progress was extremely slow until my kiddos volunteered to help. Their little hands were fast, fast, fast. Suddenly the light was complete and beautiful. Much better than an utility lights.

 

Be Our Guest at The Island Princess 215!

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When updating the Island Princess 215, we strived to create a cozy home away from home, rather than just another vacation rental. We’ve included many little touches like books, beach towels, kids games & movies, beach toys . . . . Since we’ve been renting vacation beach homes for so many years, I know what it is like to be the guest. I put together our vacation home through the eyes of our guests. So what are you waiting for? Grab a book, soak up the sun and relax!

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DIY Beach Cottage Renovation Series

Boat Cleat Cabinet Pulls from HGTV Beach Flip

A Few Parting Thoughts About  HGTV Beach Flip:

FREE, FREE, FREE!

  • What? Each couple was “given” a beach home to renovate and a $40,000 renovation budget. Additionally, the couples received FREE flooring from lumber liquidators and FREE furniture and furnishings from Joss & Main. With so much FREE, FREE, FREE where are the couples spending their budget of $40,000?
  • But it doesn’t stop there. Each couple also has an assigned carpenter. That is another FREEBIE that is usually a big ticket item during a renovation.
  • In the real world, we saved and purchased our own  beach property. We set a DIY renovation budget of $10,000 for a 3 bedroom / 3 bath condo including all updates, furniture, décor and linens.

Is This a Beach Home?

  • I have two things for you to consider: WATER & SAND. A beach home must be furnished to handle buckets of water and piles of sand. You can’t just jump on a website and start ordering beautiful furniture and flooring. Your lovely white fabric sofas and rugs will soon be stained with water rings and dirty sandy footprints. (Not to mention the first time someone spills a glass of red wine.)
  • It’s just a reality of life at the beach; your home will be drenched by wet swimsuits and beach towels and sand will get in every nook and cranny. So decorator beware.

Is This a Vacation Rental?

  • We have vacationed along the Alabama / Florida Gulf Coast for over 20 years. Most of the condos and beach homes along the emerald coast double as vacation home rentals.
  • When you furnish a vacation rental home, you are basically furnishing a hotel room that is going to accommodate many different guests week after week.
  • Furniture must be sturdy, easy to clean, not too cheap, but not too expensive. Just because you like it doesn’t mean you can buy it.
  • You should not over decorate. If you’re lucky, your home will be rented each and every week. That means housekeeping must clean your place from top to bottom every week. Too much clutter means too much to clean.
  • When on vacation, people like to sleep late. A luxury many of us don’t experience at home. Most of the Beach Flip windows are being covered with sheer curtains. I actually prefer sheer curtains; however, your guests at the beach will be cursing those sheer curtains when the sunshine comes bursting into their room at sunrise. Commercial type blackout shades really are required.
  • One more thing about the curtains. At the beach, the sun really fades home furnishings quickly. Another big reason commercial type blackout shades are a must.

It may not be real life but hey that’s T.V. for you. As a self confessed beach bum, I am totally enjoying the Beach Flip series. I’ll be back this Sunday for more!

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

maryanne @ mama smiles July 25, 2015 at 8:21 am

I love your “Leave a Book, Grab a Book” bin!

Elizabeth July 27, 2015 at 2:47 pm

I agree about the budget. Shame on HGTV to lead people to think that all that high end stuff they are putting in, be it flooring or furnishings, can be installed for the $$ they they are implying.

Also I agree with you on the durability and ease of cleaning at a beach rental. Hate to say it, but since it’s not their home, some folks will be abusive and wear and tear is something to consider when choosing materials for your beach abode.

I LOVE the light fixture and am smiling thinking of the time it took you to put it together.

Sail Away Girl

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