A 110-year-old summer cottage on a Maine island went from dark and cold to light and airy.
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Living Room Before
Because it had not been updated in a century, the house bore dark wood finishes, heavy draperies, no insulation, and a dated addition.
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Living Room After
Armed with 47(!) gallons of white and sky blue paint, the homeowners transformed their cottage. They covered dark wood paneling with white semigloss paint to add sheen and gave the floors a sleek look with a durable, soft blue high-gloss finish.
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To continue the light and airy feel, the furnishings are all simple pieces designed for frequent use.
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The original beaded board makes the eat-in kitchen feel dark and crowded.
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Most of the home’s color pops up in the kitchen, and open shelving keeps guests from having to open every cabinet just to find a water glass.
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All-white would have looked too sterile in this kitchen, so it was a perfect opportunity to have fun with color.
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An 8-foot long table in the dining room doubles as a workspace.
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Mixing in natural textures and materials such as sea grass, leather, and lacquered wood keeps a colorless look from going flat.
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The watchword for this project was “simple,” so there is no clutter or anything extraneous—just clean lines and beach house necessities. The footed tub is a new addition to the bath, as are the fixtures and the waterproof woven vinyl floor.
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In order to keep things easy for guests (and laundry), the homeowners used the same white towels for all the bedrooms. Streamlined window treatments frame views and bright up the rooms.