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Dirt Road Adventures – To The Beach We Go!

Y’all, we had snow on the ground at home but we braved the roads and took off to the beach last Sunday.

Although it was cold when we left, we knew it was going to warm up and we needed warmer weather to accomplish our renovation goals at our 1940’s Tiny Beach Cottage.

We wanted to replace windows, paint and replace flooring. All requiring semi-warm weather.

Getting Prepared

First, all the furniture was piled into the middle of the room to allow access to the walls.

We had to scrap the walls because the original paint was oil based and had been painted over with latex.

Window Treatments

Once the walls were scraped, it was time to replace the windows.

As the windows were being replaced, we had to get creative with our window treatments.

This was by far my favorite choice for window privacy.

Nothing in our 1940’s beach cottage is level and we determined that we should invest in latex chalk!

We lost count of how many tubes we purchased but if you are amateur home renovators, it will quickly become your best friend.

We had three minor accidents, all related to being unable to move without hitting something. The room is only 12 x 15.

Brad managed to knock a hole in his head first thing and it only bleed for two days.

I fell backwards when coming down from a chair but luckily there was so much junk, I wasn’t hurt. However, I did knock my purse into the paint bucket.

By this point, we were getting punchy and silly when deciding if we should keep some of the decor. Would this shell wreath look good here? LOL

So we took a much needed break and went into Wilmington for some retail therapy and a delicious lunch at Indochine, one of our favorite restaurants.

I couldn’t resist a little decorating in the kitchen.

Since the kitchen is almost finished, I found some great copper and brass pieces to warm up the area above the stove.

I found these brass and copper utensils on eBay and the copper measuring scoops on Etsy. The lobster mold was a thrift store find while out Thrifting with the Gals.

Stay tuned for a final updates.

Thankfully the end is in sight! We HOPE!

The temperatures have dropped once again so we are heading home, but will be back once weather permits for more painting and final touches.

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Adventures on the Blog this past week!

Although we were hard at work on the Beach Cottage, I managed to share a few blog posts with you last week.

In Case You Missed It

First, here are 5 Cozy Budget Friendly Bedroom Ideas that I shared on Monday.

Then I joined 8 talented bloggers to bring you our favorite 9 Valentine’s Day Ideas.

I had so many questions about the cozy bedroom that I also shared this 3 Step Furniture Makeover – Flea Market Flip.

And this Amazing Furniture Transformation so you could see how the side tables in the bedroom were transformed.

Adventures off the Dirt Road

Why Didn’t I Think of That?

Each week, there are so many wonderful blog posts, and I’m sharing some of my favorites with you today.

There are so many creative ideas, and I’m always asking myself, “Why didn’t I think of that”? LOL

When I see these cute frozen candle holders, I wish our weather would stay cold long enough to enjoy making some myself. These are just perfect for my friend Ann in Vermont. Check out Dabbling and Decorating How to Craft Colorful Ice Candle Holders.

How to Craft Colorful Ice Candle Holders

Julie from My Wee Abode shared this adorable Ticking Fabric Wreath tutorial.

make ticking strip fabric heart wreath Valentine's on door

KariAnne at Thistlewood Farms has the most clever ideas and this week she shared the DIY Indoor Planter Pots for Spring. Adorable.

I also had a lot of questions about how to make Vent Extenders for $2.00 each. Keep your furniture safe as well as keeping your HVAC system in good running order. See tutorial here.

Check out these 25 DIY Valentines Gift Ideas from CoCo at The Crowned Goat

You’ll love these 7 Valentine’s Day Table Decor Ideas from Stacy at Stacy Ling Bricks N Blooms.

How to Create Cozy Valentines Decor with Neutral Colors from Robyn at Robyn’s French Nest.

Pretty in pink is how Leslie at My 100 Year Old Home styled her Family Room with Pink Decor.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Monday 14th of February 2022

Your beach cottage kitchen is looking so amazing Rachel.


Tuesday 15th of February 2022

KIm, I really appreciate this.


Tuesday 8th of February 2022

Thanks so much for sharing my valentine's table ideas! your beachhouse looks great i can't wait to see it done! xo


Tuesday 8th of February 2022

Stacy, You are so welcome.


Monday 7th of February 2022

I can't believe how much work you guys have gotten done, Rachel, that is so exciting! I'm glad the end is near because bumps and bruises are no fun. I have to say though the copper lobber and the shell wreath are both fabulous. Thanks so much for including my DIY Valentine Gift ideas. I'm cheering you guys on as you near the finish line and I'm excited to follow along! Big hugs and thank yous, CoCo


Tuesday 8th of February 2022

CoCo, I appreciate your sweet comments so much. Thanks for stopping by.


Monday 7th of February 2022

Love the new format.


Tuesday 8th of February 2022

Lisa, I appreciate this so much. I'm so glad I made the change.


Sunday 6th of February 2022

Rachel thanks so much for sharing the ice candle holders and your beach cottage is going to be amazing. Can’t wait to see it all finished. But stop hurting yourselves😂


Sunday 6th of February 2022

Ann, Thanks so much. Thankfully my purse got the worst of it.