13 April, 2013

Update Your Beach House Look

DIY Artwork

Make your own artwork with cut out pages from your favourite magazines. I have even cut up old books as a cheap way of collating some of my favourite images. Frame your own photos or things you have collected on your beach walks. Framed, these collections will be far more interesting than any print you can purchase in a shop.

Recycle Frames

Purchase vintage frames at flea markets for as little as $5. Paint them or leave them natural - hang them on their own, or use them to draw attention to "floating" art. It's a great way to quickly create interest on a plain wall.

Freshen Up Cabinets

If you already like the arrangement and style of your kitchen cabinets, opt for the simplest of all budget updates: a fresh coat of paint.

Bright Idea

Improve the natural light and look of your beach house by updating old fashioned curtains by making up some simple sheer curtains in white or a light neutral. If you aren't handy with a  sewing machine then have some roller blinds made up to update your look. These are not only a fashionable way to dress up your windows but it's also the least expensive way!

Distinctive Cushions

Vintage tea towels, unwanted napkins, vintage flags or fabric remnants can be recycled into distinctive accent cushions for a window seat, a sofa or a bed. Make them up yourself or look for a local upholster to help you out.

This coastal palette of seafoam and ocean blues makes for an
inviting, colourful and cosy nook.

Cabinet Hardware

New cabinet hardware can give your kitchen an instant makeover. There's an unlimited number of options available - look for something stylish that's good value for money. Just measure your existing hardware to ensure that replacements will fit in the same space.

Beautify Bookshelves

Improve the look of your bookshelves by given them a lick of paint and updating your display. Use natural objects found on the beach like shells, coral and driftwood, add some hurricane lamps, a few nautical treasures and a collection of coastal lifestyle books for a fresh new look. Keep it simple, ordered and tidy in shades of beachy hues for maximum impact.

Install a New Tap

Replace rusty, unattractive tapware and out-dated bathroom accessories with something that makes a statement. Update faded, shabby looking towels with a fresh batch and splash out on some handmade soaps and luxury bath products for an indulgent spa look.

Uodate a Lamp Shade

Give tired lamps a lift with a new shade. A simple drum shade in white or a light neutral is your best bet for bringing new life to an old base. Often a coat of paint can also help liven up an old timber base.

Paint the Ceiling

Don't ignore the ceiling! Though most people default to white paint overhead, color gives you something interesting to look at and adds depth to a space. Choose a soothing, calm colour that's not too loud for a stylish, coastal feel.

New Shower Curtain

The cheapest and easiest bathroom makeover ever? A new shower curtain and a brightly painted occasional table does wonders to freshen up this bathroom! 

Melissah xox

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Lisa @ The Funky Chicken said...

Wonderful pictures! I love the soft colors and all the soothing white tones. I just adore the new faucets!

beachvintage.com said...

So fresh and beautiful!

Nola Grasby said...

You always have lots of great ideas thanks x

Vicky said...

Fabulous ideas and great tips. Melissah, So many wonderful images thank you.
Xx Vicky

Limes Smiles said...

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