Update On Our Beach House Renovation: Some Before And Afters


Beach House Renovation Before Afterfaucet  //  farm house stainless sink  //  hardware  //  backsplash


Beach House Renovation: Before and After photos


This beach house renovation is taking so much longer than we had first anticipated.

If you follow my stories on Instagram, then you know the main reason for the delay is due to the original contractor. I don’t want to get into the details on what he did, or didn’t do…but the good news is – we have a great new contractor on the job now.

Things are finally moving in the right direction!

So, today I’d thought I’d share some of the progress in a few before and afters.

As you can see, the kitchen is really coming together. In fact the whole first floor is dramatically different. We opened it all up to create one large living space, perfect for a beach house.

The prior layout was very choppy and broken up and didn’t allow for a lot of natural light or take advantage of the lovely view.

In addition to the large first floor living space we then added a wall to the front door stairs area in order to create a small front door foyer area.

This new wall will also allow for a tv to hang on the wall on the opposite side, which is nice because now we don’t have to hang it over the fireplace in the living room.



progress update with a few before and afters

In the kitchen – as you can see, we got rid of those crazy “oreo” counters and the wallpaper.

We also changed the sink, faucet and hardware. And, we changed the cabinet doors to all match.

It’s subtle change, but there were different door cabinet styles through out the kitchen, and it was making me crazy!



In addition, we removed the old kitchen island and added a new one.

We also brought the counter top height up to one level and replaced the window on the right.

The flooring through out the first floor was a weird combo of wood in some spots and linoleum tile in other areas. So we had it ripped up and replaced it with vinyl flooring which looks like wood, throughout.

I wasn’t sure about how I’d like the look and feel of this (it was my husband’s idea) but I can honestly say I love it. It’s so much more cost effective than installing a wood floor.





Opening up the first floor made a huge difference!

We’re having the whole first floor living space painted white. Benjamin Moore OC 151 just like we discussed here.




We’re going to have the stairs painted white and gray.

We’ll be adding a lucite banister to the wall and a glass half wall to the left.

Just like the inspiration photo from this post.



The next big change is the front door area.

I didn’t like the look of the original door from the outside or the inside. 

We recaptured space to the right of the front door – it was a coat closet. Now it’s open and we were able to move the door to the center and have two side lights and sconces on either side. So much better!



I love symmetry, so this new door situation looks so much better to me. We had the front door painted a lighter blue than the original. Behr paint M510-2 Life At Sea is the door color.

I’ll be adding a cute brass anchor door knocker soon…



These are all the big changes so far. We’re doing a lot more work in terms of the bathrooms, all three will be fully renovated.

We also changed the layout of the master bedroom upstairs.

Hope to have more to show you in the coming months!



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  1. It’s amazing! Loooooove all the windows!

    Published on 3.5.19 · Reply
    • Sue De Chiara wrote:

      Thanks so much Julie!

      Published on 3.6.19 · Reply
  2. Beth wrote:

    Looks wonderful!

    I have a question on the floors. You mentioned that they were vinyl but the link is to engineered hardware. Are your floors actually vinyl?

    Published on 3.5.19 · Reply
    • Sue De Chiara wrote:

      Thanks! That’s a good question. Sorry about the confusion, ours are vinyl plank or LVP. Thanks.

      Published on 3.6.19 · Reply
  3. Marie wrote:

    Your front door looks beautiful. I’m in the market for a new door with sidelites and have been researching various manufacturers. Just curious, who did you go with? Thanks, Marie

    Published on 3.5.19 · Reply
    • Sue De Chiara wrote:

      Thanks so much! Unfortunately, the prior contractor installed the front door and I don’t know who makes it or where he got it!

      Published on 3.6.19 · Reply
  4. Looks fantastic love all the new windows and light. I personally love a kitchen window over the sink too. Congrats.

    Published on 3.5.19 · Reply