Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Sea Glass Cottage gets a new look!


                                      Welcome to the new Sea Glass Cottage!


I'm happy to be stopping in today to give a peek at some of the updating I've been doing around the exterior of the beach house.

I really didn't fall off the planet for all these months -- the initial "just painting the exterior" turned into a very involved rebuilding of three levels of porches (back and front), rebuilding exterior staircases to code, and then waiting for the weather to cooperate for a proper paint job. It was quite an undertaking, but very worth the effort! While all of this was going on, my family kept busy with life, even spending two weeks in London, England for a fabulous vacation.

Just in case you don't know what the original exterior looked like, it is a traditional West Indies style beach house with lots of decorative details in a pale yellow and white. All the white was beginning to look very gray and dirty and worn. When I named it Sea Glass Cottage, I knew it would have to be a shade of blue. All the lovely details were lost in a sea of white.


                                                                      ( Before )


After a really fun experience of experimenting with every shade of blue and aqua, I finally chose Benjamin Moore's Yarmouth Blue for the base, and Jamestown Blue for the porch shutters. I kept the trim and the bahama shades around the house white. The entire porch deck was rebuilt with Trex decking in a pretty blue-gray shade.

I hope you enjoy the new look!




                                         Welcome!   Come on over and sit a while!







First floor porch --fresh white adirondack chairs are decked out with ikat designs on pillows in sea glass colors of blue, teal, and aqua. Occasional tables are there for your glass of wine or iced tea.

Second floor porch -- rocking chairs to watch the water and dream as the clouds go by.....




The back staircase and outdoor shower area  is rebuilt, nice and sturdy, safe, and looks so fresh and clean!


Next on the list of to-do's, freshening up the landscaping. But that's for another day!


Thank you for visiting my new blue beach house! I'm very happy with the new look as now it feels like I put my stamp on the house and it is really "me."

Now it's time to pull out those gorgeous blue pumpkins that I'm so fond of and spruce up the porches with some coastal fall decor.  See you next time!



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17 comments:

  1. The blues are beautiful on your cottage. Could not be more perfect.

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  2. The blues are beautiful on your cottage. Could not be more perfect.

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  3. love the colors! Too many stairs for me to climb!

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    1. Thankfully, Rose, that's an emergency exit out the back of the house. Never use them, but, boy, I'll be glad that they're there if I need them! Ha!

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  4. I was just thinking about you the other day Joanne, and wondering! One thing certainly does lead to another, but wow, it looks fantastic! Our house is a similar blue gray color with trex decking and white trim, we just love it, it's perfect for the coastal climate! Enjoy!
    Jenna

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    1. Thanks so much, Jenna! I think about you often, especially when Alabama is playing on TV! Holy moly, what a mess of a start to our LSU season, but our son is still in the drumline, so the music is always good! ha! Still hoping to get together at the beach one of these days. Happy fall and happy football!

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  5. Wow! It looks amazing. I love the blue, a perfect choice for near the shore! I still wouldn't call it a "cottage", though, it is a grand home!

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  6. Blue is one of my very favorite colors and it looks smashing with the gray floors. Beautiful home. I'm sure you are building lots of wonderful memories there! I found you on Anything Blue.

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Kim! Isn't the Anything Blue feature fun at the Dedicated House? So nice to meet you. :)

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  7. I love the new look. And what a job you undertook so I am glad you fit in some fun time.

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    1. Thank you, Debra, and thanks for visiting!

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  8. It's beautiful! I'd love to sit on those rockers! Hope you share your London vacation with us!

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    1. Hi, Amy! Good to hear from you again. Come on over any time and enjoy some porch time! ;)

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  9. Hi Joanne! I just wanted to thank you for the lovely comment you left on my blog. Your beach home is beautiful! I love blue and you've chosen some lovely shades. I'm looking forward to seeing your fall decor and spending a little more time browsing your blog.

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