|"After" with Nautical Maps|
|"After" A little built in geography lesson!|
Living by the beach means living small. Every nook and cranny is purposed and double purposed. That doesn't mean, however, that a small space has to be ugly. When we bought our house and saw the RED bathroom (yes, it SCREAMED red!) with the 80's movie star lights, and no shower, I saw right past the distractions and visualized what the space could be. I knew I had to bring the space to the beach.
At the same time I gutted the bathroom, I was working on a complete remodel for a client. We had thrown out the above pictured vanity before I realized I could up-cycle this beauty. I took it out of the trash, added some v-groove paneling left over from my master bedroom wall, a marble top and cute knobs. It gave us a TON more storage space.
In the second photo you can see the gorgeous oiled white oak floors that I installed all over my house. I mean everywhere. Every bathroom, every bed room- even the kitchen. The house is so tiny I thought I would visually make the house larger. Your eye flows from one space to the next. Did I worry that two boys could destroy the floor with water? No. I have not had one problem with the wood. I just love it.
Now, you know I had to get rid of the RED. So, I primed the walls and went down the street to Minney's Yacht Surplus and bought some used nautical maps. I searched until I found a bunch of maps of places I have traveled and lived. The maps had notes and stamps, worn edges- and pretty beachy colors:) So, I paid $20 and called my favorite wallpaper hanger friend. When he had worked his magic, I had my beach vibe. I have also enjoyed the benefit of knowing I can ask my boys any geographical question!!