by Jeanne Dasaro
After we found our Little Saltbox, we decided to make a few simple, but high impact upgrades to enhance its already beautiful design. From the first day we saw the place, we knew it had “good bones.” Good bones aside, it would take some work to transform it into a classic Maine cottage full of coastal charm and modern touches. This Before & After blog series will cover our room makeovers.
The Sunporch (aka everybody’s favorite room)
It turns out, our sunporch was not part of the original home’s construction. It was added years later along with the full bath. After only a few weeks in the house we noticed how many and how often guests gravitated towards this room. It’s bright, cheery, and on the way to the pool. We knew we wanted to keep it simple, playing up the room’s distinctive features like the library, high ceilings, and many windows.
We focused on 3 keys areas for the upgrades: floors, furniture and furnishings. In the Before photos below, you’ll notice fawn brown, already-painted floors and furniture with no cohesiveness. Instead of replacing the floors, we opted for a fresh coat of paint in Stunning Blue out of Benjamin Moore’s Classic Color Collection. We brought in a blue sleeper sofa and scored some great thrift store finds like the blue-gray velour side chair, a black end table, and black and blue striped rug. We added art and plants and cozy throw blankets for breezy nights.
For this room and many others, we worked with Barb McAllister, antique dealer and Maine home designer, to find the perfect accents and artwork.For less than $70 we gave this high traffic room a modern look. Below are the results.