Lake House Remodeling Complete...

Tuesday, June 5, 2012 least for now!

Is one ever really done with their home???
I already have a small list for projects to tackle over the winter.
But for now, 
I'm sticking a fork in the upstairs remodeling of our lake house and calling it done! 

Our lake home is a two unit duplex,
 which works out wonderfully now that the kids are older.
They have their space, and we have our privacy. ;)

Four years ago, we remodeled the downstairs unit.
Over this past winter, we decided to list our lakehouse as a summer weekly vacation rental.
The upstairs still contained hurricane damage from 13 years ago, 
that had to be completed before we could rent it.
The remodel that I presumed would only take 2-3 weeks, took 6!

The remodel was done on a tight budget,
 furnished with refurbishings and items from storage,
 and lots of elbow grease!
I love the challenge of seeing just how far you can stretch a budget,
and repurposing "stuff!"

Such as the stool at the end of the bed below...
I've had the stool for about 19 years, a second-hand find.
It was used in Ashley's nursery
 and was sponge-painted hot pink, covered with star printed teal flannel fabric.
Yep, at one time I thought it was just beautiful ...what was I thinking! ha!
It had been abandoned and forgotten until I was cleaning out the lakehouse attic a few weeks ago.

The stool was given new life, with a fresh coat of Annie Sloan's Duck Egg Blue Paint,
and new zebra printed fabric.  
All materials were leftovers from projects for my junk booth, 
so the cost was ZERO... don'tcha just love that!!! 

This was the only room that received "new wares."
The new bed linens and pictures were purchased at Home Goods.
The one end table is a vintage safe imprinted with the original owner's name.

The original queen bed wood frame, purchased at an auction many years ago, was shot!
But the headboard was still in great shape,
 so we salvaged it by sacrificing the footboard and buying new metal rails for the bed.

 Old Porcelain Barber's Chair ...sure to be a conversation piece! :)

The lamp, once white, was also given a coat of AS Duck Egg Chalk Paint.

The list of repairs was long, but the major ones were,
the wood flooring had to be refurbished in the living room, 
as well as the sheet-rock on the vaulted ceiling and walls refinished.  
The dust was terrible!!!
Almost the entire upstairs was painted as well.
The living room and master bedroom open onto a covered porch facing the lake.

The large round mirror below, was one of the items resurrected from storage!
So glad I held on to it!

A small bedroom/loft overlooks the living room and kitchen.

The two recliners will hopefully be replaced with two leather ones over the summer.
The cute parrot lamp below was a yard sale find by my MIL.
...the coffee table and glass top round table were also second-hand finds!

The upstairs kitchen was just decluttered, deep-cleaned, and touched up with paint.
Eventually the paper border will be removed, but I didn't want to open that can of worms just yet!

This room was once David's nursery. 
It was emptied, cleaned, and repainted.
The beautiful curved window bench was found at a yard sale for $20.00, and recovered.

The master bath upstairs underwent major renovations.
New flooring, new pedestal sink, new commode, and new paint.
....and sadly, I don't have any pictures of it.

Just a few pictures of the downstairs unit....

The Living Room Area

Above, the vintage ski-boat motor in the corner was found 
during our December Anniversary trip to Asheville at an antique mall.

The whitewashed TV Armoire was a "new to us" find,
purchased at an auction for $70.00.

The downstairs kitchen...

Downstairs Master Bed...

Another bedroom, featuring beautiful coastal art by local artist, Ronald Williams.

The lake house lakefront...

The uneven poles to the left-hand side are awaiting electricity and lights...

Now that the house has been remodeled, 
I'm hoping to enjoy a week or two myself in this beautiful, peaceful sanctuary!

Looking forward to sitting on the porch for a spell...

and relaxing!
...aahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! :)


Linking Post To:
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm
Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style
Cowgirl Up Party @ Cedar Hill Ranch
Share Your Creations @ Kristen's Creations
Open House Party @ No Minimalist Here
Inspiration Friday @ At the Picket Fence
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Vintage Inspiration @ Common Ground
Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch


Update: Kevin and I weren't pleased with how some of the photos were showing
on the rental website, so we regrouped, rephotographed
and below are the updated photos! :)


  1. Your lakehouse looks beautiful! You've done a great job remodeling it. I love the paisley bedding.

  2. I love your lakehouse. What a beautiful place to relax and unwind. Actually, I could live there!

  3. Hi Rhonda! Oh, what a beautiful lake house you have. Lucky lucky gal!
    Thanks for popping in to see me.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  4. Hi Rhonda, thanks for your nice comment on the art piece. It's different, but I'm getting used to it. You are so lucky to have a lake house! What a beautiful spot to relax. It's decorated so beautiful too!

  5. What a lovely retreat you've created! The barber chair is too fun! :)

  6. Looks like a nice place to unwind. Love the barbershop chair, definitely a conversation piece.

    Thanks for sharing. It looks great!

  7. blessed you are to have this adorable lake house. It is just beautiful. I WANT IT...REALLY BAD.
    You did a good job on the all looks amazing.

  8. Rhonda,

    This looks great. Love Lake Waccamaw. Which side are you on? I wish we had bought down there when I lived there.

  9. This is just beautiful!! Y'all did a great job! :)

  10. You do have a way of making a place feel like a home, anywhere, any time. I love the relax sign at the end because that's exactly how the home makes me feel. You've done a fabulous job. I bet the view out those windows is incredible too.

  11. I want to go there! Absolutely beautiful!!!!!!!

  12. Hi, Rhonda! I’m glad that your lake house underwent a successful remodeling. I like your interior design, especially the master’s bedroom it looks so stunning and elegant. It’s very relaxing to live beside the lake and it can give you the opportunity to attune with nature and unwind. Living in this stunning house is like having a perfect vacation in a resort.

    Terence Watthens

  13. Gorgeous, Rhonda! What a view! If you are going to rent it, I think you will have no problem doing so.

  14. You're not going to have any trouble renting out your lake house - it looks fantastic! You did a great job renovating without spending a lot of money and re-using pieces that you already had. Love the little zebra stool :-)

  15. It used to be that homeowners could buy a new home for less than remodeling the existing one, but the opposite is true these days. An increasing number of homeowners are planning whole house remodel projects to make their living spaces more livable.

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