Best Tricks for Bringing Back the Charm
Dilapidated and down-and-out, a house on Tybee Island regains its soul after an ambitious redo reveals timeless seaside style.
Built in 1904, the house leaned a little to the right and had a century of history covered with aluminum windows, cheap paneling, wall-to-wall carpet, and acoustical-tile ceilings.
Underneath the unfortunate add-ons, the original structure remained intact. After some scrubbing, stripping, and refurbishing, the Georgia house now feels and looks its age but has been shored up for another generation of families at the beach.
Dark cabinets and outdated appliances cramped this kitchen’s beachy vibe.
The pretty detailing, pop of blue color, and conch shell knob add a casual, beach cottage style to the space.
The homeowners purchased the house furnished and kept the original pieces with just a little painting and refreshing. An oyster shell chandelier crowns the dining space.
For the open kitchen/dining/living spaces, the answer was white—on the furniture, lamp shades, appliances, and every inch of the walls and ceilings.
The master bedroom was created by enclosing a portion of the wraparound porch. Instead of covering the surfaces with new construction, the homeowners incorporated the sloped ceiling and abundant windows to embrace the feel. Fans and doorways, crawlspaces, and windows are all painted the same color so that the rooms feel open and cool.
Unpainted boards in the original house were repurposed in the dressing room area of the new home, covering walls adjacent to the outdoor shower. The pretty, peeling paint is a natural look that only the salt air and bleaching sun can create.