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Happy Labor Day weekend my ski bunnies!
Are you ready to go skiing at the lodge?
The “Winter Beach Lodge Living Room” is officially ready for you.
How ironic that it just happens to be the “end” of Summer weekend.
Sounds like perfect timing to me.
I am so excited, and so relieved. Lets get this lodge party started.
If you were really here with me right now, I would first ask you to close your eyes.
I’de give you a nice big hug for being here,
then I would gently hand you a nice big hot cocoa,
and lead you to here.
Finally, I would say, “Okay…you can open them now.”
We would chat for hours until the sun went down…
I would light you a fire.
Then I would remind of you of what it use to look like.
Remember the curtains?
They were covering up our beautiful view, what was I thinking?
The room felt warm, but too warm I think. More like a scorcher.
We needed a fire hose in there.
All joking aside, I know the room was okay,
but we were ready for a change.
Here’s a before / after .
You can see how the room opened up.
Remember the ski’s I had in the foyer?
That’s where the “Winter Lodge” idea began.
We had just gotten home from vacation on Lake Ontario.
I was in a “beachy” way and wanted to transform our entire home into a beach cottage. HA!
I knew I couldn’t do that. I still pondered though…
We live in Michigan, on a lake, but it’s more like a pond.
Michigan is surrounded by the Great Lakes, and we have tons of lakes in this area.
Still though, it gets very cold here in the Winter, and there is a lot of skiing.
Then SWOOSH! The avalanche hit me.
Why not mix the two?
WINTER BEACH LODGE.
Lets go up stairs and I’ll give you the sky tour.
Well look who’s waiting for us at the bottom of the stairs.
Is she a cutie or what?
Here’s the part where I tell you how we did it.
Maybe you can use a couple of my ideas in your own space.
First, we sold our sectional on Craig’s list.
It sold so fast and we got a great deal.
Then I searched for our new furniture.
In the mean time, we painted. It was easier without furniture in the room.
The color is quite bright, but I love it.
Once we got that going, I realized the window moldings really needed to go dark.
Painting those was quite a job, but if you really want something, you just do it.
Then I took a break and began to look through Pottery Barn. Uh oh.
Riiiiick? Where are youuuu?
These rustic moldings would give the room such a cool “lodge” feel!
I knew they would enhance our pretty windows as well.
I showed Rick, and being the guy that he is, he said it could work.
We headed to Home Depot the next day, and picked out the wood.
We used 1×8 rough sawn pine boards because they looked the most rustic.
I got to work immediately and stained them with Minwax (English Chestnut) and then brushed on one coat of polyurethane.
Rick measured and cut after I explained how I wanted them placed.
We used screws we had in our tool bench from some deck work.
We located the studs, and screwed them into the wall.
The only problem we came across was the return air vent. It was in our way on the left wall.
We went back and forth on this one before Rick finally agreed to do what I thought would work 😉
We did a little “L” corner so we could get over that vent.
I think it looks so unique.
You may notice that we continued the moldings onto the other side of the room, but screwed them in as “chair moldings” instead.
This way, we didn’t have to go under neath the big mirror.
We were amazed at how much all of the moldings opened up the space.
Did I mention they cost under $75 total?
If I could, I would put these through out the entire house.
You may have noticed the anchor on the wall.
My hubby found her on line for $13. She is heavy, but adds some nautical flare.
I added the chain and there she sits above our illuminated photo door.
If you would like to know more about the door, I explain how I did it, “here“.
You can also find this thrift store lamp I made over with my old sweater, “here“.
We have a great view out this window, so binoculars fit right in.
If you are on my Facebook page (if not you can check it out, “here“),
you would know that I found these babies at the thrift store too.
Can you find them in the following picture?
The chairs I found at Overstock.com, and the jute rug is from West Elm.
Sofa is from Art Van furniture.
Selling our sectional sofa really put us in a good spot to buy what we really wanted.
That is a great first step if you are wanting to change a room.
I revealed this stump last week. He really adds so much fun to the room. He’s part of the family now.
I explain how we did it “here“.
Early on I knew I wanted to change my Grandfather’s chairs again.
I ended up using my Mom’s blanket to reupholster them. I think they add some “chic” to the room.
Maybe even a little glam factor.
You can learn more about that and the “new sew pillow” I made “here“.
The “X” molding I stuck in the window were free.
I had left over molding from another project.
We measured corner to corner and cut them to fit tightly.
Next, I painted them the dark brown I painted the window casings.
Then we just stuck them in.
No glue, no nails. Just edged in.
The bow is an old bow we found in our old house basement rafters.
My husband is a bow hunter, so this fits us and the “Winter Beach Lodge” theme.
The pillows are from Macy’s and my Beach sign is from Hobby Lobby.
The yellow ash tray I made in middle school.
No smoking allowed.
What’s that you say?
You’d like to spend the night in our “Winter Beach Lodge”?
Well of course you are welcome…
Don’t forget to leave the key on the hook when you leave in the morning, and turn off all the lights 🙂
Let me know how your stay was~Posted by