Our Best Coastal Makeovers

The best before and after coastal makeovers.

Easy Updates to Bring Back Modern

A 1960s kit house on a Florida island had lost its luster, but a budget-savvy redo brought out the best of its bungalow design.

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Kitchen Before
Photo: David Anger

Kitchen Before

The original plywood floors got a coat of white satin enamel to match the barstools, appliances, and wood-burning stove, and to set off the sand-colored cabinetry. Since the front of the house is one open space, the refrigerator’s not-so-pretty side is concealed in a custom built-in.

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