The Beach House Part II

    Lets get right to it – there are a few more rooms to unveil in the completed Beach House.  The Before & Afters are pretty remarkable if I do say so myself.  Pretty much the only thing that we kept in the house was the cute vintage tile in two of the bathrooms.  The Master Bath has black/white tile that is super charming and beachy.  The Guest Bathroom (we call it the Yellow Bathroom) also had some neato yellow vintage tile that we salvaged.  Both bathrooms were steam cleaned and then re-grouted to look shiny new.  Then there were new toilets, new sinks, faucets, vanities, lights,blinds, towel bars, hardware, etc…  But enough of my blabbing, here is the photographic proof:

Master Bathroom – Before & After:

    The shaker front cabinetry is from the same local cabinet maker “Cabinet Creations” as the kitchen.  The cabinet hardware and sink/counter are from Lowes; the light, mirror, faucet, shower hardware, and towel bars are all from Home Depot.  The paint color is Benjamin Moore Palladian Blue.  The old bathroom had a pedastal sink and zero storage.  By adding the vanity and over-the-toilet cabinetry, we added a ton of great storage.

     Remember my inspiration photo?

The Guest/Yellow Bathroom –  Before & After:

The Yellow Bathroom got a new coat of paint (Benjamin Moore Mascarpone) plus a pedastal sink (not sure what they were thinking with that old sink?), new elongated toilet (only the best!), new lights, new faucet, hardware and window blinds that aren’t 3 feet too long for the window.

Guest/Yellow Bedroom Before & After:

This guest bedroom adjoins the yellow bathroom.  It has new concrete floors, new paint (BM Mascarpone), new ceiling fan, new blinds and revitalized closet (no longer Pepto Bismol Pink).  Funny and true story – I have a friend who is a great-deal-shopaholic and has too many clothes.  Well, you can never have too many clothes so lets just say too many clothes for her closet.  So many clothes that twice her large walk-in closet imploded!  So her handy husband built her a gorgeous new custom closet that can hold the weight of her collections.  (My husband would not build me a custom closet, he would cut up my credit cards, just sayin’!)  So lucky me, she gave us all the old closet shelving and we used that for all of the Beach House closets – thanks, T!!!

The 3rd Guest Bedroom – Before & After:

The third bedroom used to be the garage at some point in this home’s history.  Someone started on its renovation, but didn’t get very far.  There were actually vines growing through the spot on the floor where there was no wall.  This room required a LOT of work.  All new drywall, ceiling, electrical, ductwork for A/C, new window, new flooring and paint.  From the outside, the door was removed and we hired stucco guys to blend the wall with the rest of the house.  They were supposed to make it flush, but sometimes you pick your battles.  This room is HUGE and could serve multiple purposes.  If we convert this home to short-term rental and furnish it, we would make it a bunk room with 2 sets of bunks, a couch, a gaming system and a big tv on the wall – what parent could resist!?!?

Its hard to believe I started this blog a year ago to follow this renovation and a long year later, it is finally complete…Looking forward to our next investment project!


About Kris Moran

I love decorating and design – one of the favorite perks of my job is seeing all of the wonderful homes and condos that we list and sell! I love to “borrow” inspiration from them, and from decorating shows, magazines and the many blogs I am addicted to!


  1. WOW!!!!!

  2. Hi Kris,

    I am thinking about my back to front kitchen mascarpone. I have only seen this on cabinets, and this is the dirst time I have seen this paint on the walls. I would love feedback about this color. Is it as warm as it seems in the PB catalogs? It seems a bit gray in the evening….do you find that as well? I only have a swatch painted, and I’m wondering if it would look more yellow in a larger area (which is what I’m hoping). Any comments about this color? Also, I’m curious why you pocked it for the walls. Thank you!


    • Hi Paula,

      Did you see my earlier response to you about the paint? Just in case, here it is: “Mascarpone is a creamy white color and it looked great in the beach house. So, I decided to paint my house the same color! I painted a few walls and it was way too bright white in my home. I suppose the difference in light and the undertones of my furniture just didn’t work. So I searched for a “darker” white color and ended up with Benjamin Moore Indian White and I love it. (I also liked BM Linen White) I would recommend buying a few samples and painting a few spots in your room and look at it at different times of day. The Indian White has some brown undertones and it does not look yellow, pink or gray which can be a problem with white. There is not a harder paint color to choose than white!!! Good luck!”

      Mascarpone looks more yellow to me than gray – I did not see any gray in the walls. I picked the color after trying big swatches of a few different colors. Because this is a beach house, I wanted it to be as bright and light as possible. If you are looking for a yellow/creamy white, this might be perfect!

      For cabinets and trim, I always use Sherwin Williams Dover White – an interior decorator introduced that color to me years ago and it has been my trim color everywhere ever since and I think it would be great on cabinets as well. It it not a grey white either.

      I hope that helps!