Making Progress: #oakpointporch

Good Morning!

As you may recall from my post a couple of weeks ago, while I was at my cottage last week I was to be doing some work on the #oakpointporch project, which is the porch in my family’s cottage.  And there was some great progress. As soon as my Mom picked me up at the airport we headed to Fabricland in Moncton and picked some fabrics.  We came up with this lovely light and airy palette of blue, gray and light creamy yellow.


Then we drove to the cottage and I was very excited to see the new flooring that my Dad recently installed in the porch.  A huge improvement over the yucky carpet and flooring that was there before.

Floors Before and After copy

My main task for the week was to paint and recover the 2 ugly office chairs.  We decided to use the blue and cream fabric and to paint the arms the cream colour.  My Mom did most of the painting while I focused on the re-upholstering.  I think they turned out pretty well in the end.


Then I tackled the cushions on the sofa and the rocker which previously were that outdated red, yellow and orange ikat pattern that totally darkened the space.  I made the cushions out of the yellow and gray and the striped fabrics to lighten things up.

Sofa before and After copy

rocker before and after copy

Since my parents had a severe flood in the basement of our house back in April (1.5 ft of water in the basement) and are spending most of their time and resources renovating and replacing a huge amount of things there, a new couch for the cottage isn’t in the cards right now.  But, we did find a large quilted bedcover to cover it instead of the light brown one we had before. We didn’t get to the painting of the faux-wallboard but my parents are going to tackle that in the fall.

Here is the room before and after up to this point…..


The room looks so much lighter and brighter now.  A real seaside cottage feel.  There is still more to do, like replacing the ugly yellow blinds, but this was a really good start!


Signature- new

Project #OakPointPorch

Good Evening!

Today I’m sharing some initial progress on my little #oakpointporch project . This porch being the one at my family’s cottage in New Brunswick. The porch is by far the most used space in the cottage, other than the kitchen, and while it’s very cozy, it’s pretty dated. There is A LOT of brown, orange and yellows which is not a colour palette I’m super keen to keep around.  The porch has a living and dining area which currently looks like this:

Living area

Dining area

My initial inspiration board is posted here and uses various blues, greys, pale yellows, greens and white for a fresher take on the space.

 Budget is tight, so I need to re-use, re-fresh, re-purpose before buying new.

What has to stay for furniture?

1) The dining table and chairs shown above. They are relatively new and in good condition.

2) We have two old office chairs (one of which is shown below) that are a good compact size for the space, and with a little makeover (white paint, updated fabric) the pair will be perfect.

chair 1

3) My Dad is a big fan of this wicker rocking chair so it is staying, but I’ll give it updated cushions and pillows.  The side table-lamp combo will also remain as it is a family piece but will get a new shade.

Chair 2

What is going?

1) The pull-out sofa is out, but the new one has to also be a sofa-bed. Having so few beds in the cottage as it is, we can’t afford to lose any!  My parents have already picked out the Manstad sofa-bed from IKEA in the dark blue colour.

2) THE WRETCHED BLINDS…..I have been bugging my mother to get rid of these blinds for years.  You can’t tell from the picture but they are a about 5 times lighter where the sun comes in and are really just awful.  In fairness, window treatments aren’t cheap and we have fourteen windows in the porch….so I can see why she was putting it off….but I’m glad she isn’t pushing to keep them now.


3) The flooring! The bad linoleum and old carpet will be replaced with something better…what exactly that  something is has yet to be determined.

My initial inspiration board is posted here and uses various blues, greys, pale yellows, greens and white for a fresher take on the space.  I have lots of ideas for how to make it pretty, but first I wanted to take a look at the floor plan with the furniture we’re keeping.  I did a quick one last night using Floor planner.  So far, this is what I have. (for some reason 2 of the windows did not show up…hmm).


Hmm, for some reason 2 of the windows did not show up….anyhoo, you get the idea. It’s hard to visualize the pretty stuff (colours, fabrics, accessories) in this program but this step helps me really see how the furniture can be arranged.

I’ll keep you updated on the progress.