Welcome to a tour of our home on North Padre Island here on the Texas coast! It’s just a standard little builder-grade home a la 1996 that we bought in September 2009 right before we graduated from graduate school.
She’s come a loooong way in since then so I’m happy to have some good before and afters for these spaces (but I am kicking myself for not getting proper move-in pictures, so some of these have a decent before-and-after and some do not). I’ve also included links to related projects, wall colors I used, as well as product galleries of similar items in each room so you can get the look or find out where something is from.
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You can read more about our story here, but in short, we are both born-and-raised Texans and met here in Corpus Christi when we were both in graduate school. We’ve both always loved the ocean and were lucky enough to get a great deal on a little home just a couple miles from the beach on North Padre Island.
Exterior (…in progress)
This is as early of a shot that I could find, but we had already replaced and stained the side gate, paved the front yard, and the neighbor’s house on the right had just recently been built. Our exterior isn’t much to write home about, it’s just a gate, garage, stucco wall for the courtyard, the guest room windows, then a long skinny rock flowerbed that had three HUGE oleander trees along the property line. The front “yard” used to be all rock but we hauled it all to the back when we built the new landscaping back there, then had it paved so we could park the boat easier.
There wasn’t a ton we could do for curb appeal but we finally tackled what we could to make it a little better. We removed the oleanders and had a privacy fence installed on the side bed, then had the bed re-done with nice big rock and some foxtail palm trees. The stucco wall got a trim accent to help de-modernize it and repair some brittle areas we had. Finally our courtyard and entryway got a makeover including a whole new entry door system.
Privacy wall stain color: Sherwin-Williams SuperDeck Semi-Transparent in “Cedar Bark”
When we moved in, there were some super straggly non-blooming hibiscus, a large and leaning esperanza, a sago palm, some random other plants, and not much else. It is a nice area to have (I actually like the wall in front of our house) but definitely needed some love.
We took out the unhealthy and overgrown plants and have planted plumeria and native plants then added some nice decor and seating. FYI, I despise our hurricane shutters but I know how important they are especially after going through Hurricane Harvey, plus it is insanely expensive to get roll-downs for all these windows, so there they stay. This area recently got a beautiful makeover complete with a new entry door unit from Therma-Tru, click the links below to see the full makeover series:
Courtyard makeover + 5 tips for successful new plants
Coastal Farmhouse Entryway Makeover – Design
Choosing the Right Entryway Door for a Coastal Home
Installing a New Entry Door Unit on a Stucco Home
Courtyard Cleanup + Stucco Wall Border
Coastal Farmhouse Entryway + Courtyard REVEAL
(no true before pic, but this is one of the early days)
We installed a new lantern-style light fixture, I updated the console table and its decor, and hung a collection of art as well as two big framed wedding pics on the walls. It now has a whole new door and sidelite unit as part of our Coastal Farmhouse Entryway Makeover.
(no pic) This room has probably undergone the most improvement decor-wise so it stinks there’s no evidence of how sparse it was. Picture a tiny 36″ armoire (that fell off the moving truck…), navy blue bachelor pad floppy leather couch and loveseat, a wobbly light oak coffee table, and no rug.
After a couple years (eesh) we finally got the new couches and I finally splurged on my dream entertainment center and started pulling the room together. There’s also usually a lazy cat draped over the back of the couch but it’s scared of my tripod. We also finally took the gaudy off-centered ceiling fan down, got a beautiful nautical-inspired one, and installed it centered in the room finally.
Decorating with shells
Rustic anniversary art
My coastal decorating eBook
DIY mantel update with driftwood finish
How to make a large wall display board
New coastal-inspired living room fan
DIY Driftwood Fireplace Cover
Accent wall paint color: Valspar “Bell Tower Stone”
In all it’s mauve-modern-but-still-rustic glory. The previous owners remodeled the kitchen and the master bath but no other spaces and they did so with quite a weird taste in fixtures and finishes. How does 16′ track lighting with FOUR different colorful pendant styles go with river rock backsplash and pickled oak cabinets?? I can’t believe we lived with it like this for about seven years!
While yes it was remodeled, it was very dated with the pickled oak cabinets and white appliances. I overhauled this space with new light fixtures, a new faucet, shiplap accents, a funky new laundry door, and beautiful gray cabinet paint. Unfortunately we were not able to update the appliances but they work and I think the new cabinet color makes them blend in much better at least.
Getting rid of the mauve walls
DIY wall organizer from rustic shutters
Plans for the kitchen makeover
New hands-free kitchen faucet
Finding the perfect farmhouse pendant light
New farmhouse pendant lights
Coastal farmhouse dining room update
Rustic gray kitchen REVEAL
Vintage touch: Rustic laundry door update
How to repair broken drawer fronts
The impatient-but-meticulous guide to painting kitchen cabinets
Shiplap paint color: Sherwin-Williams “Extra White”
Cabinet paint color: Sherwin-Williams “Repose Gray”
Dining Room and Breakfast Nook
(no pic) I’ve had the little white antique dropleaf table in the breakfast nook since college but our first dining table was a four-chair light oak Walmart set from the husband’s apartment that was teeny. There also were two absolutely hideous worse-than-1996 contemporary pendant lights that got replaced a year or so ago.
The bigger dining table was the first thing we bought for the house and it has held up great. I have had the capiz chandelier since I was a little kid, my great-aunt gave it to me and it has always been hung wherever I’ve lived. I love the sound they make when the windows are open :)
Accent wall: Valspar “Bell Tower Stone”
Where all of husband’s bachelor hand-me-down furniture ended up…all of it. And where we shared a little full size bed for a grueling two or so years. This picture was even post-wall painting so picture all this awesomeness against beat up white walls. I still can’t believe this is what our room used to look like.
We replaced all the disgusting berber carpet in the house with driftwood-colored handscraped laminate flooring and got a grown-up king bed set finally. I installed board and batten wainscoting and overhauled the decor in the Spring 2015 One Room Challenge.
Board and batten wainscoting Part 1
Board and batten wainscoting Part 2
One Room Challenge bedroom makeover
Full-length mirror from an old rustic door
Nautical rope picture hangers
Wall color: Sherwin Williams “Ice Cube”
Wainscoting: Sherwin Williams “Extra White”
The previous owners did a remodel in here by adding the walk-in shower and upgrading the countertop with extra granite from the kitchen. But it still had honey oak cabinetry, a plain builder’s mirror, odd towel-holders and hooks, and a boring wall color.
The space got an update right before this blog started and I’ve added to it since then. We debated hiring a contractor to add another sink but since this space is only 60″ wide and we had a limited budget, we scrapped that idea. It hasn’t been a big problem for us since we get ready at different times and the new sink is pretty wide. I have a big problem with that glass block too but it must stay, however if money was no issue it’d be outta here!
How to repair off center lighting
Master bath update Part 1 – Updating the cabinetry
Master bath update Part 2 – Choosing a white quartz countertop
Master bath update Part 3 – The new countertop
Master bath update – reveal
New pivot mirror
Luxurious bathroom decor update with Pier 1
Wall color: Sherwin Williams “Perfect Greige”
Cabinet color: Minwax Polyshades “Ebony”
(blurry pic, sorry) This was my very first DIY remodel/update. The previous owners didn’t update anything at all in here so it had a cultured marble countertop, cheap light fixture, builders mirror, teardrop faucets, and about three different coats of paint.
I changed out everything except the cabinets, shower, toilet and floor, and installed a white subway tile backsplash. I removed the cabinet over the toilet to open it up more (I hate those kind of cabinets).
Wall color: Sherwin Williams “Popular Gray”
The Nursery/Previous Guest Room
Our poor guests. There was just a small full bed, the gross berber carpet, a brass ceiling fan, and my old college furniture. And yes, two deer mounts… that we still have. This was right after I painted the room its light tan/butter color, it was white before. And what, a crooked lamp shade wasn’t a design trend??
This room got new laminate flooring, a new queen bedroom set, a new fan, and beautiful dark gray DIY shiplap accent wall. It stayed like that for a few years, but when we found out we were expecting we moved the bedroom furniture into our office and made this room the nursery.
Since we weren’t finding out the gender before birth and since we love our neutrals around here, the nursery has weathered textures and calm coastal colors so it blends perfectly into the rest of our home. Driftwood and soft ivory tones balance the dark gray shiplap wall perfect and the iron crib makes a perfect vintage statement to balance out the fun chippy barn door on the closet. We can’t wait to now make it even more of a perfect space for our little man :)
Weathered and neutral coastal nursery REVEAL
DIY changing pad tray
How to install a vintage farmhouse barn door
DIY driftwood mobile
Hanging storage crates
Crate toy storage crates
DIY shiplap wall
Our cloth diaper storage and organization system
Wall color: Sherwin Williams “Alpaca”
Shiplap wall color: Sherwin Williams “Peppercorn”
The Ikea daybed was another one of the first purchases for the house so we could sleep family members over the first Christmas here, but everything else was college style still, including one of my old aquariums. And it had the ugliest green fan I have ever seen. This room had three walls painted beige, the fourth and longest wall, however, was left white. I guess it was an “un-accent” wall??
All four walls are now painted a beautiful dark grayish navy, the fan was updated, the floor was updated, a little gallery wall is in the nook over some cool hanging shelves I made, and I also made some industrial pipe shelves for storage.
New dark wall color
Concert memorabilia shadowbox
DIY industrial pipe shelves
Wicker chair chalk paint update
Fixer Upper-inspired tulip crate
Nautical Rope Hanging Shelves
Crisp Coastal Bedding
Wall color: Sherwin-Williams “Outerspace”
Backyard & Patio
The backyard had been neglected for a few years before we moved in so there were leaves and bare ground everywhere. There was an unhealthy mesquite tree and a non-working hot tub as well as alot of overgrown and leggy shrubs. There was a gorgeous big ficus tree in the middle that shaded the whole yard but we lost it in a freeze in 2010 and had to have it removed, so we sodded after that.
Probably our proudest update to the house, and quite the long process. We hauled off the nonfunctional hot tub, cut down the mesquite tree, and DIYed a pergola to replace the dilapidated sorry excuse of a “pergola” we have tolerated all this time. The patio got an makeover and update too.
DIY pergola Part 1
DIY pergola Part 2
DIY pergola Part 3
Staining the pergola
Rustic patio makeover for One Room Challenge
DIY planked privacy wall
How to refinish a weathered patio set
DIY farmhouse dining table with reclaimed wood
DIY rolling bar cart
Pergola and privacy wall stain: Sherwin Williams Deckscapes in “Hawthorne”
That is our little home by the sea! This page will be updated as changes are made around the house and I knock more projects out ;)