So, my mom and dad recently bought my grandparent’s beach condo in Panama City Beach, Florida. It’s a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, with a great living space, small dining room, a huge Master dressing room that we plan on converting to a kids’ bedroom, and a decent size kitchen.
The good news is that the spaces are great with lots of potential. The other good news (for probably just me) is we have lots of decorating to do to make this space more cozy for our family to enjoy.
For instance, the kids’ room…
Mom, Tiki, & I drove down last weekend to give the place a deep clean and I hoped beyond all hope that I could do a little painting & decorating. We don’t have a major budget for these redo’s, but we all know the power of paint, & a little junk-diving, right?
I brought a couple of things, and made runs to an antique mall & Target the two days we were there. We are by no means done, but definitely on our way to a brighter future…
The bedding is where the room began…I wanted to keep the room light & bright, but I added shots of color to give the kids a fun, energetic space to enjoy when we’re there.
I found the two white vintage twin quilts on Etsy a while back, and knew they were the perfect backdrop for any bedding choices. Next, when our rainbow stripe throws (which are more like twin-size blankets) came into the shop, I knew they were the perfect choice for a shared space.
Because, of course, Grayson wanted blue and yellow & Ava wanted pink (see different color sheets).
We actually hopped on Pinterest with the little ones, and looked at a ton of spaces to see what they were drawn to the most. They LOVED the rooms with a strong nautical theme. They’re both obsessed with Peter Pan (we read J.M. Barrie almost every night & Jake and the Neverland Pirates is a household hit). I decided this room would be the only one I’d probably go very themed, so we’re going for it in their space & celebrating things they love.
While we’re updating the condo, we’ll create a series of sorts out of it, sharing our sources and tips and makeovers along the way. P.S. the stool isn’t staying, but I’m on the lookout for an inexpensive end table/small chest of drawers to put between the beds.
I found these two plaques we’ll use to create some art over the beds, one for a mermaid & one for a skipper.
Mercy, between that and the stripes I can hardly contain myself.
We hit a great sale at Target the weekend we were in town, and the quilted shams & decorative green pillows were some affordable (and cute!) finds.
I painted the previously peach twin headboards with Chalk Paint(R). I brushed on a thick coat of Duck Egg on the base, and dry brushed 2 coats of Pure White on top. I love how it brought out the texture in the basketweave detailing…and certainly amped up the cottage in the room for very little $$.
I’ve been eyeing that Smith & Hawken basket from Target for years, and when this one was on sale, I picked it up to store toys, towels, shoes, and anything else that winds up in their space.
The pillow came from our shop, and we’ll be using it in a chair that needs recovering in their room…
Kermit is vintage.
He is staying forever.
The wall art were antique mall finds that totaled $10 & I brought a starfish from home…I see filling this wall with treasures from our beach combing & special shots of our family enjoying this new adventure.
- Painting the walls (they are a bit too baby blue for me–I’m thinking Sherwin Williams Sea Salt mixed at 50%)
- getting RID of that massive TV box…and maybe a little Ikea expedit action plus TV, going on here on this wall above
- painting the dresser & moving it into the closet to create room for more practical storage out here.
- new window treatments (I’m leaning toward Ikea panels because you can’t beat the price)
- possibly new bamboo shades, too (my mom has a serious aversion to them since they aren’t the best for privacy 🙂 )
- New shade for that weird/kinda cool bamboo lamp.
And after that?
The bedroom that Matt and I and my brother will call “ours.”
Clearly, not all at the same time.
It’s already looking soo much better, but the peach walls make this one a bit of a wait for the after’s…we hope to start painting in the next month.
I’ll give you some peeks of it really soon.
Wow, so much peach.
And after that….
Our (you guessed it) peach bathroom…
And finally the living room…not everything in here will go, but if it stays, it will probably be repurposed in some way or another. Crazy tropical print…probably not staying.
This makeover will take plenty of time since we’re not here every weekend, but I can’t wait to finish…so that we can enjoy this little retreat & create a home away from home.
Hope you’ll follow along our progress as we tackle one space at a time.
Have an inspired day, friends!
can’t wait to see all you do to the place! 🙂 you have such a gift! 🙂
Ooooh, this is going to be so much fun!!!!!
Love the idea of the brass nautical plates! In my old beach house we had two: one on the door of my bedroom “Captain” (lol) and one on the upstairs nautical bathroom “head” – great conversation starters.
Wow, what a difference a few changes make! I got a kick out of all the peach and powder blue, because it looks EXACTLY like my grandparents’ Florida condo! Must be something about the area/era… 😉 About the bamboo shades… would it be possible to line them, so that they are more light-blocking and privacy-enhancing? I can’t wait to see the rest of the makeover!
Before you get rid of the living room furniture, I would look at a lot of Coastal Living Magazines….Wayfair has a relationship with Coastal Living and sells a lot of the furniture and accessories you see in the magazine…you may get some refurbish ideas about that furniture! Have fun
I love looking at what you do! I love remodels and seeing the before and after pics! I want to be a remodel queen but don’t trust my tastes!!! Can’t wait to see more pics!
Hope the bed headboard and nightstands will stay in “your” room. They are great.
Is the peach color from the late 80s?
You did an amazing job!! This isn’t at Top of the Gulf, is it? My parents have a place there, and the living room reminds me a bit of theirs. I would love to get my hands on it, too!! =) Can’t wait to see the end result.
Does it come with a great view? What an awesome place for lots of family memories!!
I love the design.
I was at Hobby Lobby today and came across the cutest boat sitting on its end with the pointed end up. It had a single shelf and 3 drawers in it for $150. It was about 4 ft tall and about 2 feet wide with an approx. 10″ depth. I wish I would have taken a photo of it b/c I bet you could find a cool old boat and transform it for the condo…
Best wishes for many many new memories in your new beach home. You will certainly make it a special space for all.
I envy you just beginning your journey to redo your beach house. Mine is very tiny and is pretty much done. It was so much fun to be on the hunt for the perfect things. I did write several blog posts about it, if you are interested. I guess we will just have to enjoy the beach at our little cottage this year…. :-). And wait for your posts about yours!
I have to admit, I’m a little jealous that you get to redo a beach home. Enjoy it and I will enjoy living vicariously through your posts! 🙂
I love the bedding and bright colors, can’t wait to see what you do with the rest of the place. I’d love to see the outside of the house, I can just picture using the cutest colorful striped awnings to correspond with the bright bedding and interior colors.
Panama City Beach is so beautiful with all the white sand you should have taken a picture! I used to live in Pensacola Beach and the beaches there were so pretty too. But you are are doing a fabulous job and I love what you’ve done already. Yes, I agree the peach has to go although it has served well for people in the past lol I love what you did with the twin beds, The quilts are perfect along with the wonderful striped throws. And the pillows are perfect. i really like it!
So the week-ends you aren’t there, in exchange for someone painting a room they get to stay for free right? lol
This is going to be a fun project! Thought I’d offer up and idea to alleviate your mom’s concern over the bamboo blinds. I was concerned about the same thing when we put them up in our house, so we installed white roller shades behind the bamboo ones. You get great privacy when the rollers are down; but when you put them up, you don’t even know they’re there. I liked this idea vs. the liners that come with the bamboo blinds because those don’t let in the light when you have the blind down. The rollers give you more options.
Wow. That looks great. It’s amazing what a new coat of paint and a few different sheets / comforters will do to a place. It’s funny that you showed the picture of the peach bathroom, makes me jump directly into the 70’s. What year is the condo if you don’t mind me asking?
What a fun space to make over! Can’t wait to see what you do with it. The kids’ room is adorable.
Bamboo blinds also come with lining either privacy or blackout as well as being able to operate them separately from the bamboo shade.
Very fun post Shaunna! I really like that sprinkle of wicker touch in the bedroom via woven basket. And the white rattan setup adds great style, upholstered recliners made out of rattan are in much higher demand.
Just liked the blog page on Facebook, heading over to see your Pinterest boards, great work!
I love the lamp shade in muted shades and stripes. Did you paint it or if not where can I get one?
Hey Sharon! We bought it at Target (Threshold collection).
I have a house in Louisiana on the lake I am trying to keep it a beach theme. can you give me any ideas on decorating? furniture colors, rugs , bedding etc. etc. also I have one bedroom and bathroom that I am wanting to do nautical. Any ideas websites or information would be greatly appreciated . I would also be willing to let you come decorate it for me. Lol
We bought a beach house this year in DE and most of the early American and 80’s Florida furniture I inherited from my mom are in use. I made a slipcover for the pastel floral, quilted couch … out of dropcloth material. Cheap, durable, washable for sandy feet and wet dog. I made my own chalk paint and just painted a desk – next up the laminate bookshelves and some nutmeg-colored EA end tables – solid wood, but dated. I love what you did with the bedroom so far!
I really like how you painted the two twin headboards, they look beautiful. The signs for skipper and mermaid are absolutely priceless – I would love those, so nautical and fun.
I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme.
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