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BEACH HOUSE RENOVATION

BEACH HOUSE RENOVATION

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I absolutely love the idea of entertaining outdoors. While New Jersey weather isn’t the most optimal year round, taking advantage of the 6 or so warmer months where we can actually hang outside is top of mind when contemplating how to configure our backyard.

One thing we continue to bring up is an outdoor firepit of some sort. Personally, my vote is for an actual fireplace vrs a firepit. It feels a bit more intimate and visually appealing. Plus, I’m lazy and bringing the actual fire closer to eye height seems ideal 🙂

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fence fail

You know the feeling when you attempt to make a new recipe, and you’re SO excited envisioning how pretty it will look and how amazing it’ll taste… when 3/4 of the way through, you realize that you’ve completely screwed up a key component. Next thing you know, your hopes and dreams are in the trash. Yep, I do. Happened to me a few weeks ago with this exact ombre cake :)… & that is exactly how I am feeling after this weekend.

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fence countdown!

Guys!!! SO close to the weekend and do you know what that means? Our fence is finally getting installed. Unfortunately this project was pushed back a week due to some ceaseless rain. Finally clear skies are abound and we should be good to go!

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When exclaiming my excitement, one coworker asked in confusion if we had dogs – not really wrapping their head around why a fence would be SO monumental. I guess I should explain :).

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front door search begins!

Happy Saturday!

The summer is rapidly approaching !!! 🙂 – while also somewhat petrifying, as a new front door is something we absolutely need before the rental season. Our quirky home currently has two front doors. Yes, strange. The one that we use primarily opens directly into our breezeway; the other is somewhat on the right side of the home, opening into the kitchen/living room. We ultimately want to close up the second door and only use the entrance to our breezeway so that is the door we are focusing on.

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fireplace drab to fab

This weekend we FINALLY headed down to the beach to continue the work on our house! We started off our morning Saturday by meeting with a few different fence contractors. It’s funny but you quickly realize, you don’t really notice details of something like a fence until you need to pick out your own :). Now I am noticing concave vrs convex, different heights, and gate options. Talk about adulting.

Our home is in desperate need of a new fence so this is at the top of our list. We took down a few trees a couple weeks back and that really illuminated the messiness. The backyard is our #1 priority in updating before the summer begins!

After our fence consultations, my Mom and I began to tackle the fireplace. Above, you can see what the fireplace looked like before we began. Dirty, dingy and just not appealing. After about an hour of an attempt at scrubbing it (with no luck), I decided that painting was a must.

Ignorantly, I thought this would be a quick speedy process which was not the case! We started by applying two coats of Kilz Premium Stain Blocker – Interior/Exterior Water Base. This step was by far the most time consuming – getting into all the little divets of a stone fireplace is not easy!

After the primer dried we applied 2 coats of Valspar Signature Ultra White – Semi Gloss Interior. I really like how the slight sheen adds some dimension to the stone.

We were a bit apathetic about the previous natural stone… but now that this is done, I could never imagine going back. What do you think?!

fireplace :: after!

fireplace :: after!

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