As the first long weekend of summer arrived I was wrapping up a 2 day long visit to a clients summer cottage in Stoney Lake, Ontario. The trip involved bringing up some small accessories and taking note of remaining items needed to finish off various rooms. I made a big effort to get some progress photos while I was there. One of the last spaces I snapped before I retured to Toronto was the boathouse - sooo as this summer's final long weekend has just come and gone, I thought i’d revisit where I was on the first summer long weekend. How has the time gone by so quickly?
|Boathouse kitchenette - After|
I have to admit I cringe every time I hear people say that paint is such an easy and inexpensive or "quick fix" solution. It suppose it can be compared to gutting a room and rebuilding or, if say you're doing only walls and those walls are 8' tall and you're painting a light colour over a light colour and the walls are in good shape - sure, you can paint an average size room in couple of hours and do it yourself. I've done a LOT of painting in my time and I see professional paint quotes on a regular basis to know that properly painting an entire house is neither cheap, quick, or easy especially when it comes to painting ceilings, trim work, railings, windows, doors, stairwells and tall vaulted ceilings. Factor in patching and repairing damaged walls and covering up dark colours or knotty pine, and you have a major job on your hands. If you don't do the proper prep work, it will be a expensive disaster. If you're an ambitious DIY'er say goodbye to many months worth of weekends or, call in the professionals. So while I would describe this as a simple makeover - it did take a small team of trades people to make it happen.
See, you can still tell its wood even though its white everywhere!
The boathouse kitchenette - After
Unfortunately I can't seem to find a before picture of just the kitchenette (see before photo above) but here you can see how utterly charming it is now with a fresh coat of paint. I added a new white sink, gooseneck faucet, globe pendants and a wall shelf (not yet installed). The wood counters were perfect just the way they were and are a really great feature against all the white cabinets. The new pine flooring compliments all the white, looks rustic and is obviously much more practical than broadloom.
The furniture is almost complete, all the main pieces are in but some occassional pieces and accessories still needed to be moved in. We briefly contemplated white slipcovers but didn't end up using them here, this one was headed for a reading nook in the main cottage.
|The view from the dock|
Check out the boathouse bathroom before & after.
All Photos and room design by: Carol Reed