Our Beach House Renovation: A few more recent updates with before and afters

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Beach House Renovation Project Updates:


We’re finally making some real progress on our beach house renovation! It’s so exciting to see our vision come together after all this time.

The most noticeable improvement right now is in the main room. As you can see (above)  the book case and brick wall have been painted white. The brick still needs another coat of white paint. It’s Benjamin Moore OC – 151 White. This post has a lot more beautiful white interior paint colors if you’re on the hunt. The fireplace will be painted black inside, but I feel like you can now get the gist of this.

I’ve included a few before photos below as well.

As you can see in the before images, the prior fireplace was a gas one (which plugged in?) with a granite surround and hearth. We were more than happy to discover the actual wood burning fireplace behind it, complete with a brick wall!

We decided not create any mantel at all here, to give it a clean, modern look. The plan is to hang a large, round mirror over it (similar to this one).

This wall faces all the windows on the other side of the room, so it will be nice to have the natural light bounced back.


The stairway and the wall we added are also coming along great. You can see my inspiration for the stairs in this post. In addition to changing out the railings and painting everything, we also added a wall to one side of the stairs. This new wall allows us to have more of a foyer in the front door area and also a wall for a tv, in the main room.

The lucite handrails will be going up soon, I can’t wait to see them installed!

We’re getting more into the fun detail oriented part of this project, the zhushing…which of course is the part I love! I just ordered these beautiful door knobs.

Now I’m contemplating some brass hardware for our master bath, which just got a fresh coat of Benjamin Moore’s Baby Seal. I’m thinking about going with something similar to the kitchen pulls we used, seen below. What do you think of these?

That’s it for now, but we’re moving along!


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  1. Dakwerken wrote:

    Really loved the way you renovated your beach house. It looks amazing in the pictures!

    Published on 4.16.19 · Reply
  2. Debbie Morris wrote:

    Would you please share your front door color?

    Published on 4.16.19 · Reply
    • Sue De Chiara wrote:

      Sure, Behr paint M510-2 Life At Sea is the door color.

      Published on 4.19.19 · Reply
  3. Debbie wrote:

    I just love your style and enjoy your posts! Could you share the color of the front door.

    Published on 4.17.19 · Reply
    • Sue De Chiara wrote:

      Thanks! Behr paint M510-2 Life At Sea is the door color.

      Published on 4.19.19 · Reply
  4. Elaine wrote:

    Dreamy!! It’s amazing to have such vision when working on the before photos. I can’t wait to see it all
    Done. And some of the wall paper posts you’ve shared today are fun!

    Published on 5.14.19 · Reply
  5. Ashley Boorn wrote:

    Wonderful and inspiring renovation! Can you tell me what paint brand, color etc…you suggest to use in the fireplace (black) aka firebox?

    Published on 4.13.20 · Reply
    • Sue De Chiara wrote:

      Thanks, I can’t remember the brand, but I know for sure it was black and a specific paint made for fireplaces. It can’t be regular paint, must be heat resistant and state that it’s for fireplaces on the label.

      Published on 4.13.20 · Reply