Bayhouse Update: Exterior Paint & Turning the Sun Room into the Sand Room

Now that summer is long gone, remodels of my new bayhouse are well under way!

What a difference paint makes! I spent weeks deciding on the perfect color for the cedar-sided bungalow. One of my favorite curb-appeal tricks is to make sure your roof looks darker than your house.

Before: Exterior
After: Exterior
After: Exterior

Since this home has light gray roofing, I chose a soft, stormy light blue for the siding. Now it looks like it belongs by a beach!

Next we started renovations in the sun room. Since this room has direct access to the beach, it’s also used as an entrance. A traditional mud room is used as a secondary entrance to store muddy boots, coats and jackets, umbrellas, backpacks, dog leashes, keys, and other catch-all items. These spaces help keep outside dirt confined to an easy-to-clean area. At the beach, it’s much more useful to have a sand room! We will use the sun room as an area to trap sand and salt instead of tracking it through the house. It’s the perfect place for towels, flip-flops, beach bags, and wet bathing suits. You can even turn your own mud room into a sand room during the summer to help you be better prepared for pool days and outdoor sports tournaments! Check out this quick helpful guide.

Before: Sun Room
Before: Sun Room
Before: Sun Room Exterior

We kept the old tile floor and chose color tones that matched. Painting the trim white and the walls a soft gray significantly lightened the room to make it more beach-y and airy.

After: Sand Room Entrance from Living Room
After: Sand Room Walls & Window Trim
After: Sand Room Entrance from Beach

We put together the dry bar with granite and ready-to-assemble cabinets from a surplus store for $290 and $800, respectively. The backsplash tile came from Home Depot for $120. I actually tore the glass mosaic tiles in order to get the exact strips and pattern I wanted! The mini fridge will store beverages to cool down from a long day on the bay!

After: Sand Room Dry Bar
Before and After: Sand Room Dry Bar

I can’t wait to hit the water this spring!

We will also be temporarily using this finished space as our kitchen while we gut and remodel the actual kitchen one room over. That’s the next project! Check back soon for more renovation updates- things are moving along quickly!

Your friend,


P.S. I can’t say “thank you” enough to my great team!

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