Waterfront Renovation in Malibu
Living Room: Before
Spare change was all it took for one West Coast couple to overlook the flaws of an oceanfront home that had been passed over again and again. Its gray carpeting, stained walls, and dingy aluminum windows had made it a difficult sell. "But I could have thrown a coin off the balcony and heard it hit the water," homeowner Sherry Klein says. "So I made an offer the next day." From there, her mission was simple—to transform the sad 1950s beach shack into the light and bright family-friendly jewel box that she and partner Catherine Williamson had always wanted. Klein's first order of business was to replace the foggy, filmed-over windows with new versions that allowed water views to truly shine for the first time in years. Here's how the homeowners took a forlorn house from want-not to can't-miss.
Living Room: After
Reinvent Family-Friendly Style
New driftwood-finish oak flooring and a few gallons of white paint on the walls and hearth give the living room a modern face-lift. The furniture's thick denim slipcovers ensure that the space is ready for anything—a must with kids and dogs in the house.
Get the look: The walls are painted Cloud White by Benjamin Moore. The slipcovered seating is from Sofa U Love. The coffee table is from Elijah Slocum. The rug is from Overstock.com. The model ship is from Plummers.com. The orange throw is from Crate & Barrel. The end table is from Bonhams.
Kitchen Bar: Before
The kitchen and dining area felt closed off and dark before the renovation. See how Sherry and Catherine brightened up the space with a simple structural detail.
Kitchen Bar: After
Create the Illusion of More Space
Enlarging the kitchen's footprint would have eaten into the narrow dining area, so Klein did her best to make the minimal square footage appear airy and spacious. She switched out full-size appliances for smaller, apartment-friendly versions, introduced subtle texture and sparkle with clay tile, and expanded the pass-through to the main living area.
Get the look: The bar stools are from Wayfair. The wall tiles are from Discount Tile Center, 310-202-1551. The range is by Viking. Walls are painted Cloud White by Benjamin Moore. The custom cabinetry is by Expression in Wood, and the carpentry is by Carl Newton, 323-462-6307. The countertops are by CG Custom Tile & Marble.
Klein and Williamson transformed the small and cluttered kitchen by removing the top row of cabinets on both walls.
The kitchen sparkles with white subway tile and built-in cabinetry, including integrated fridge, which makes the space feel larger. A classic apron sink with gooseneck faucet provide ample room for doing dishes.
Dining Room: Before
The dining area's awkward closet wasn't the best use of space for the family. See how they transformed it into an attractive and functional feature.
Dining Room: After
Build in Storage Space
In the narrow dining area, Klein opted for a slim, rectangular table and carved out some much-needed storage courtesy of a new built-in buffet and open shelving. "This works a lot better for our family," she says. "Everyone has a view of the ocean when we sit at the table together."
Get the look: The walnut dining table is from Petersen Antiques, 323-807-1188. The pendant fixture is by Visual Comfort. The cafe chairs are from Cost Plus World Market. The windows are from Marvin Windows and Doors.
Kids' Bunk Room
Dress it Up
Floor-to-ceiling wainscoting completely transformed the children's bunk room, taking it from a cramped, closetlike space to charming sleeping quarters reminiscent of a cabin on a ship. "It actually turned out to be one of my favorite spaces in the house," says Klein. "It's super nautical, and it has so much character."
Get the look: The bunk beds are from Restoration Baby & Child. The antique lantern is from Tod Carson. The ship's wheel sham is from Wayfair. The storage cabinet is from Pier 1 Imports. The framed drawing is from Joss & Main.
Put the View First
Klein replaced the worn wooden railings that once defined the balcony with thick glass panels, which serve as a welcome update to the home. Providing nearly unobstructed views of the ocean, the panels also allow natural light to flow into the adjacent living spaces.