Our Beach House Renovation: More Updates With Befores and Afters

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Beach House Renovation: More before and after progress-


Back today with some long over due before and afters of our beach house renovation progress!

I think we can all agree that most major house renovations always take longer than we first think they will! In our case this is taking waaay longer.

But, we’re finally getting so close to the finish line on this beach house renovation project!

Fingers crossed, we might even make our tentative move in date for the second week in June!

In the meantime, I wanted to share some of the major changes that have taken place since my last update here.

For starters, the bookcase and fireplace on the first floor are both now finished.

The second coat of paint went up (it’s Benjamin Moore White OC – 151) and I LOVE how it looks.

If you’re at all curious, I also LOVE these white paint colors as well!

beach house before image


This is a before photo of this same room. I’m thrilled we found a brick, wood burning fireplace behind the granite electric hearth the prior owners had installed above!


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Hardware decisions!

First floor cabinetry hardware:

We found some very pretty round glass cabinet knobs. I love how they look so clean and chic on the white cabinet doors (seen in the image above.)

Door hardware:

I also found these amazing crystal round brass door knobs.

They add a great little pop of modern style to the house. Just what we were hoping for!

Bathroom cabinet hardware:

The house has four full baths, including the one in the finished basement.

The amount of hardware choices out there for the bathroom cabinetry almost had me hit some MAJOR design decision paralysis.

But, after hemming and hawing over various shapes and finishes, I made the decision to keep it simple and went with these round knobs in polished nickel.

It’s not that exciting but I feel great about this choice and sometimes you just need to make one and move on! Right? Right!

Moving on…


beach house renovation ideas with befores aftersmodern crystal and brass door knobs


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Wallpaper is going up!

Not only is the hardware going in, but it’s SO satisfying to finally see all the wallpaper selections we made go up!

The blue grass cloth wallpaper looks so perfect in the first floor guest bedroom.

I’m also loving how the gray grass cloth wallpaper looks in the master bedroom!

As for the guest bath, I decided to go with this pretty Serena and Lily wallpaper, the one I first mentioned here!

I ordered Les Touches wallpaper for the first floor bath, hopefully going up today!

I’m so anxious to see how this came out.

gray grass cloth wallpaper



Big difference, the far wall in this before photo is the same wall in the master bedroom.

As you can see, the wallpaper isn’t the only change.

We took down the window treatments, changed the floors and even reconfigured the lay out of the room, creating a true master suite with a walk in closet.

More on that in a future post!

Carrara Hexagon Marble Mosaic Tile in White

New Tile Floors Going In!


classic floor tile in cool white


All of the new bathroom tile floors are in!

We kept it simple with white tiles in different shapes and sizes for all the bathrooms.

I love the chevron pattern we decided to go with in the master bath.

We ended up doing a lot of work in the master bath. It’s almost a completely different room.

We added a bath tub and a window and ended up changing out everything!

You can see a glimpse of what used to be there in the “before” photo below.

(Don’t miss these tips for making a small bathroom look larger!)


beach house renovation befores aftersbathroom knobs in polished nickel  //  bath tub  //  bath tub faucet //  white wall subway tiles


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The staircase progress!


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The stair case is almost done!

I love how this is coming out. It’s an important feature as you see these stairs as soon as you open the front door.

We added a wall on the right to give the front area more of a foyer entry feel and it allowed us more room in the living area on the other side to hang a flat screen TV.

I was on the fence about adding ship lap to the right wall.

On the one hand, ship lap in a New England beach house makes perfect sense. I do love the look.

On the other hand, it’s SO trendy right now! I’m afraid it’s going to immediately date the house.

So, after looking at countless options we decided to have our contractor simply paint horizontal stripes on this wall. Brilliant, right?! It’s the perfect solution in my mind.

Painted horizontal stripes will create a ship lap affect, but if we get sick of it in a few years, we can just paint right over it!



That’s it!

Hope to have maybe just one last update before I can start showing some furniture in the house!


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  1. Marlene Sheldon wrote:

    I love all your homes, you have exquisite taste.
    Cool you please tell me the white quartz that
    you used on the kitchen countertop in your
    beach house.
    Thank you,

    Published on 1.19.21 · Reply
    • Sue De Chiara wrote:

      Thanks so much! I don’t remember the name of the quartz, but we looked at a lot of samples in the kitchen and ended up choosing the one which was brightest and whitest. Hope this helps! Thanks again!

      Published on 1.19.21 · Reply
    • Marlene Sheldon wrote:

      Hi Sue,

      Thank you for getting back to me. Would you
      know the name of the company that made
      the quartz that you used in your beach house

      Thank you,
      Marlene Sheldon

      Published on 2.21.21 · Reply
      • Sue De Chiara wrote:

        No,Sorry! I don’t remember. But they’re all very similar.

        Published on 2.22.21 · Reply
      • Marlene Sehldon wrote:

        Thank you.

        Published on 3.4.21 · Reply
  2. Claire wrote:

    Hi, So many questions – first of all, this is absolutely fabulous. You are so talented.
    1. What paint treatment did he use for shiplap stripes. It wasn’t just a straight line across, was it? They look so real,
    2. How to you keep the acrylic clean, washing hand prints without it getting cloudy?
    3. How is the upkeep on stair treads? Are steps slippery from high gloss finish?


    Published on 9.22.20 · Reply
    • Sue De Chiara wrote:

      Thanks so much.
      OK, first off they are straight lines painted in a light gray to look like shadows.
      Windex does the trick!
      I didn’t find the stairs to be slippery at all, but we’ve since sold the house, so my experience is limited.
      Hope these answers help.
      Thanks again,

      Published on 9.22.20 · Reply
  3. Terry Stewart wrote:

    The stairs and railings are gorgeous! Lucite is beautiful and the nautical nod in the striping up the staircase is a perfect modern update for a beach home.

    Published on 5.29.19 · Reply
  4. Susan Ferguson wrote:

    It is turning out to be a true New England home and it is gorgeous. I love the same fabric and have pillows in the same. Looking forward to seeing the furniture!

    Published on 5.29.19 · Reply
  5. Angelica wrote:

    Beautiful, beautiful choices!! I especially love the staircase, how modern and fresh it looks and hurray for not going with shiplap!

    Published on 5.29.19 · Reply
  6. Julie wrote:

    Love all of your changes, Sue! Agree with you about the shiplap quandary. I decided to use it very sparingly (one small accent wall in a bedroom and just the ceiling of a bedroom tray ceiling).

    Published on 5.29.19 · Reply
  7. Kelly wrote:

    Sue! What a transformation. Love your style so much–can’t wait to see how it all comes together!

    Published on 5.29.19 · Reply