I don’t know if you’ve all been formally introduced, but blogland, meet the BKB Beach Club!
That’s right, this summer the family had a bit of luck and we got a beach house in beautiful Coastal Delaware! We moved into the house in August and we’ve been plotting our changes ever since. This weekend marked the first major phase of our redo project. 11 people, one house, 15 gallons of paint and untold hours of TLC and HGTV watched. How would it turn out? Let’s check it out!
Like most things in my life, it all started with food. One colossal grocery run to be exact. Because if you’re asking people to give up a weekend of their lives to paint your beach house, you better have a Mini Cooper full of food ready to feed them!
As we were unpacking the car we were encouraged–all signs pointed to good weather for the weekend!
The scene Friday morning as we were getting ready to paint. The house was sort of dark before. You can’t tell this from the picture, but the walls are rough cut barn boards stained dark and then painted white. Not really the beachy look we wanted, but we knew they had potential.
Unfortunately, the prep work took a BIT longer than we were expecting. Who knew that painters tape wouldn’t stick to barn boards? Or that they are amazing at holding dirt and we would need to VACUUM the WALLS to get them clean.
Finally we started priming. And priming. And priming. Another fun fact about barn boards, they suck up primer like they’re using a straw! Five gallons, 9 hours, and four coats later, we had pretty good coverage. We all passed out early, but not before seriously debating whether or not we should just leave the walls primed. Gray is a perfectly nice color!
Saturday morning, bright and early, the electrician showed up to install our new ceiling fan. I’m not sure the guy included the price for us all watching him work over our coffee in his quote for the fan, but he seemed totally unphased to have an audience. Good for us, his early arrival got us going!
Because three is a lot of colors to get on the wall in one day! But amazingly, we finished way faster than we had with the primer, and we were all able to enjoy a bonfire on the beach! The Beach Club is on a private beach, so bonfires away!
The next morning, we were all amazed with our work. As the sun came up, we could see the total transformation.
Noel finished up installing our molding, to complete the look.
What a difference a weekend makes! It’s like a whole new house!
Dad’s room also got the transformation treatment. I love how that one wall looks like a beach blanket! Sadly for me, I wasn’t on top of it enough to pick out my paint colors and get my room painted, which is pretty typical for me! But it will be a project to share next time!
I still can’t believe the difference! Guess our HGTV skills came in handy this time! Next up–the exterior!