Our Shore House Renovation

Posted by John on April 11th, 2012

As promised in yesterday’s countertop post, here’s the rest of the before and after photos from our shore house renovation.  Keep in mind that most of the before photos are kinda crappy in quality because we weren’t really thinking we’d be putting them on the web one day.

I’ll start where I left off yesterday… in the kitchen.  This is obviously the before.  The floors were stained.  The look was dated.

We removed the cabinets and painted them.  To do that, we cleaned them really, really well first.  Then we applied some deglosser so the primer would adhere.  They were then spray primed with a BIN primer I bought at Lowes.  The finish coats were a furniture grade white lacquer, which was followed up with a couple coats of clear.  It was like painting a car.  I used a different technique for painting the cabinets in my first home, which occurred after these shore cabinets.  We also ripped out the linoleum flooring and put in hardwood.  The soffits were taken down as well as the cabinets under the peninsula.

Current view…

The mini pendant lights I believe are from Kichler, but these would probably be the closest match today.  The peninsula is made from poplar 1x4s and turned legs from Osborne Wood Products.  I whipped it together using a beaded router bit and a couple mortises made from my crappy drill press turned mortise machine.

The dining room faces the kitchen and it was also in need of a face lift… I should just save myself the time and say the entire house needed a lot of cosmetic work and why do these five year old photos look like they were taken in 1977?

You may notice that we put the hardwood throughout the house except the bathrooms and bedrooms.  We also ripped out the old baseboard heater and added a central heating furnace. That was an adventure!

The family room was pretty heinous.

Every surface need to be washed, painted or replaced.  There was a good deal of discoloration from years of smoking by the prior occupants.  We used this room to stage all of our supplies during the renovation.

Check out this bedroom…

Kinda random.  That chair looked pretty creepy from down the hall too…

Here’s that bedroom today…

Another bedroom…

The “Flip-Flop” room…

So that’s our near-the-shore house.  It took a ton of work to get to where it is today.  Can you believe it’s Wednesday already!  Anything fun planned for the weekend?

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  • Wow – the kitchen transformation is incredible!!! How long did it take you guys to get it all done?

    • John_OHFScratch

      Thanks! Probably around 2 years.

  • The house is so charming! I agree with Ainhoa about the kitchen renovation. It looks like the perfect shore house 🙂

    • John_OHFScratch

      Thanks Kristen!

  • Unbelievable! You guys are no joke… everything is beautiful.

    • John_OHFScratch

      Haha. Thanks! We like to keep it real. NFA.

  • Such a cute vacation house! It makes me want to go to the beach… like now!