Remodeled Beach Condo Tour – Part II

Earlier this month, I took you on a tour of part of our beach condo.  Now, for the rest of the story (as Paul Harvey used to say.  Anybody old enough to remember him?)

 In Part I of the tour we looked at the entry hall, bunkbeds, living room and kitchen.  Today I’m going to show you the bedroom and bathroom.  Remember how tiny I said it was – just over 500 sq. ft.  But don’t forget – it is on.the.beach.  Here’s the floor plan again to refresh your memory.

The bedroom and bathroom were just as disgustingly gross as the rest of the place.  Dirty gross walls, nasty, icky, sticky, smelly carpet, old corroded door knobs.  Ew, Ew,  and more Ew!!!

These rooms are so small that I couldn’t get a shot of more than one corner of the room at a time, so as you look at the pics just pretend that you’re standing in the middle of room looking around.


Pookie had the idea that even though we were getting rid of all the furniture, we could keep the mattress temporarily and lay it on the floor to sleep on while we were renovating.

Same corner after.

The before pics may just look like a case of bad decorating.  You’re just going to have to trust me here.  It was just as smelly and dirty as the rest of the place.  I didn’t get too close to the bed in case I might brush up against it.  EW.


Same side of the room after.

I’ll never forget the first night that I spent here.  All of the furniture had been hauled out, including the mattress.  We brought blow up mattresses to sleep on, thank you very much!  Anyway, I don’t think I slept a wink that night.  Not from excitement – but from being so afraid that my hand would slide off the mattress while I was sleeping and touch that nasty carpet!!!!

Before.  These doors were nastier than I can describe.

I’m going to re-purpose them, so I brought them home to clean them up.  Thought I was going to have to pull out a chisel to get all of the gunk off.


I made the boxpleated bedskirt out of the same fabric that the headboard is upholstered with.

The decorative cording on the headboard is repeated…

…on the bolster pillow…

…and on the boxpleated valance.

You can see that all of the fabrics are repeated in the pillow shams, the bolster pillow (don’t miss the cute little covered button!), the valance and the blackout lined roman shade tucked up under the valance.  Everything was made by me in my basement workroom.

In the bedroom we:
ripped up the nasty carpet and replaced with laminate hardwood
replaced the closet doors
obviously, we painted
redid the inside of the closet
replaced the door hardware
added a ceiling fan and an a/c unit
replaced the baseboard heater

Now you get to see the bathroom.  More grody EWness.  Another room so small that you’ll just have to virtually turn your head to look around.

Before.  Look closely at the tub color – hint – it is NOT white.  Sorry about the blurriness – these photos were all taken pre-blogging days.

Just lovely.  As much as I hated sleeping on the floor, imagine how I felt knowing I had to shower in here.  Not good I tell you.

Another before


I found a ready-made shower curtain at HomeGoods and had a sweet friend add the giant “H” monogram.

The reason that I wanted you to notice the color of the tub is because this is what it looks like now.

Ahhh – now it’s nice and shiny and clean and white!  Even though the tub/shower surround were filthy and a terrible dark off white color, they were structurally in good shape.  So to save money we had a company called PermaCoat come in to resurface it.  They did a great job and the resurfacing is holding up just fine.

I’ll pull the view back and show you that we also installed a washer/dryer stack where a closet used to be.

It isn’t as “in your face” as it appears to be in the picture.  You might wonder why I would get rid of a closet in a place so small.  There are two reasons:

  • the closet was so gross and musty that I would not put anything in it
  • I wanted to have a washer/dryer here at the condo so I wasn’t hauling dirty linens home to wash.

Before sink and mirror.  You should have seen this mirror in person.  I can’t even describe it.

Not pretty – it was a diy craft gone horribly wrong.

You can’t tell it in the photos, but in addition to the lovely cough cough dark aqua color that the room was painted, someone had tried their hand at a faux raised swirly pattern treatment on the walls.  It was too much to sand off so we had to just replace all of the sheetrock in here.
I didn’t have a convenient place to hang the hand towels, so I found this little magnetic curtain rod at Lowes and stuck it the side of the dryer.
In the bathroom we:
replaced the sheetrock
tore out a closet and added the washer/dryer
replaced the sink and vanity
replaced the faucet in the sink
replaced the faucet and shower head in the tub
replaced the vinyl flooring with new vinyl
replaced the light fixture
replaced the mirror with a mirrored cabinet
replaced the toilet
replaced the door hardware
replaced the shower curtain rod
refinished the tub/shower
Update:  Here is what the bathroom looks like today after installing a board and baton treatment on the wall and switching out the shower curtain and some of the linens.
Beachy bathroom via Worthing Court blog-004 (1) Beachy bathroom via Worthing Court blog-014
That finishes the tour folks.  I hope you enjoyed it.  It took us about four months to complete all of the renovations.  We concentrated on getting it liveable during the renovation.  It still looks a little plain to me, but I have plans y’all!
Let me share this picture that I took from our deck when we were there a couple of weeks ago.  Just by chance I captured the moon during the “blue hour”.  This makes all of the work that it took to turn this condo into our dream home away from home worth it!

Right now we are praying that Hurricane Irene takes a more eastward path, moving out to sea and not striking our beautiful beaches.


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  1. I love your condo ON THE BEACH!!!!! You hhve done a great job! I would have been freaked out about the “ewwwwness” too!!!:):) It looks beautiful now. I would have wanted the W and D too. Here’s praying the hurricane just GOES OUT TO SEA and leaves us all alone! XO, Pinky

  2. You did such a wonderful job in each of the rooms.. and I love the color theme blue and green…perfect for a beach condo. And those pillows and headboard and bed skirt.. are absolutely gorgeous… you are incredibly talented!Love the butter cream wall color… what an amazing transformation~ Thanks for sharing with us. Hugs~Poppy

  3. ~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ says:

    Hi, I am your newest follower and so happy to meet you. Lovely condo. Hope you were spared by Irene. We lost a tree branch off our flowering pear tree and have lots of clean up to do today.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  4. What a beautiful beach home! I’m officially jealous! Love all the gorgeous fabrics you used. Nice job 🙂

  5. Your condo looks amazing, you did a great job transforming it.

  6. Wow! What a wonderful transformation! The headboard is very plush and chic, but I’m in love with the fabric! I want all your scraps to make a some little purses!

  7. Really awesome updates. The fabrics are just wonderful. So glad you came to the party. And yes…I remember Paul Harvey. :o)

  8. Looks beautiful! If you get a chance I would love you to link your beach house up to More the Merrier Monday. It starts tonight and lasts through Wednesday. See you there.

  9. ritajoy @harbourbreeze says:

    Thank you for sharing your beach house renos with us. You did such a beautiful job. I love it and especially love the colors and fabrics you used in the bedroom.

  10. Love your renovation,I too have a low threshold for EWW.Every thing looks so fresh and inviting.Now i’m off to learn from you how to make me a pillow sham(not much for sewing)oh and I must follow you on twtr.

  11. I love the fabrics used in this bedroom. Would you share the mfg. and patterns of these fabrics?

  12. Trish – Sadly, I don’t know the mfg. and pattern nos. of the fabrics. The fabric on the headboard was a closeout fabric purchased from Greenhouse Fabrics and is no longer available. The seashell print and green/blue mingled weave were purchased from a fabric store here in Greensboro called Printers Alley (they won’t share the mfg of the fabrics they sell). I do know that those two fabrics are still available as I saw them just the other day. They ship so here’s their phone no. if you’re interested: 336-272-4227. I would be happy to take a swatch of my fabrics there for you if they are unable to identify what you’re looking for over the phone. Just let me know if you need me to do that. Take care.

  13. Found your condo makeover over at BNOTP. You did a fabulous job, I love the color palette you chose and all of the detailing. Bedroom is my favorite I think, so classic with a touch of soothing whimsy.

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  14. Wonderful reno! Can you tell me where you had the headboard made or if you did it yourself and if so, is there a tutorial for that particular design with the cording? Love it!