Our House

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 seven years 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.

Beautiful Coastal Farmhouse tour! Weathered finishes, DIY touches, and neutral colors make this coastal Texas home a retreat. www.tableandhearth.com

Beautiful Coastal Farmhouse tour! Weathered finishes, DIY touches, and neutral colors make this coastal Texas home a retreat. www.tableandhearth.com

 

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Exterior (to come…still)

Unfortunately I STILL haven’t taken a decent pic of our abode from the street.  It’s definitely not much to look at as it’s mainly just a garage, a wooden gate, a stucco wall, and a paved area where we would park our boat.  We are about to have a nice fence built on one side of the front which I’ll be posting about soon, THEN I’ll have good pics :)

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The Courtyard

Before
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.

Courtyard+-+before

After
We took out the unhealthy and overgrown plants and have planted some plumeria, a foxtail palm, and some native plants.   FYI, I despise our hurricane shutters but I know how important they could be (knock on wood we don’t find out), and it is insanely expensive to get roll-downs for all these windows, so there they stay.

Related posts:
Courtyard Makeover + 5 tips for Successful New Plants

5 Tips to Successful New Plants - Get your new garden additions of to the best start you can give them with these five simple tips, plus find tons of inspiration with Monrovia! #growbeautifully #monroviaplants

5 Tips to Successful New Plants - Get your new garden additions of to the best start you can give them with these five simple tips, plus find tons of inspiration with Monrovia! #growbeautifully #monroviaplants

 

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The Foyer

Before
(no pic, sorry)  There was a generic boring brushed nickel light fixture, my boring brown console table, and a bare left wall.

After
We installed a new lantern-style light fixture, I updated the console table and its decor, and hung my collection of pottery fish as well as two big framed wedding pics on the walls.

Related posts:
DIY metal table top

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Living Room

Before
(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 was dropped off the moving truck…), navy blue bachelor pad floppy leather couch and loveseat, a wobbly light oak coffee table, and no rug.

After
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 tacky cat draped over the back of the couch but it’s scared of the tripod.

Related posts:
Decorating with shells
Rustic anniversary art
Statement art from Minted
Coastal Decorating eBook
DIY Mantel Update with Driftwood Finish

Accent wall paint color:  Valspar “Bell Tower Stone”

Beautiful Coastal Farmhouse tour! Weathered finishes, DIY touches, and neutral colors make this coastal Texas home a retreat. www.tableandhearth.com
We have a new Ikea recliner in place of the leather chair now, see below pic!!

An easy DIY mantel update with crown molding! Perfect solution for that ugly boring mantel!

Beautiful Coastal Farmhouse tour! Weathered finishes, DIY touches, and neutral colors make this coastal Texas home a retreat. www.tableandhearth.com

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Kitchen

Before
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.  How does 16′ track lighting with FOUR different pendant styles go with river rock backsplash??

Kitchen+-+before

After
While yes it was remodeled, it is very much dated with the pickled oak cabinets and white appliances.  I recently overhauled this space with new light fixtures, a new faucet, shiplap accents, a funky new laundry door, and beautiful gray cabinet paint.   Unfortunately we are not able to update the appliances but I think the new cabinet color makes them look blend in much better.

Related posts:
Getting rid of the mauve walls
New rustic industrial barstools
Plans for the kitchen makeover
New hands-free kitchen faucet
Finding the perfect farmhouse pendant light
Wood decor pieces with Pier 1
New farmhouse pendant lights
Gray kitchen sneak peek
Coastal farmhouse dining room update
Rustic gray kitchen REVEAL
How to install a rustic interior door
How to repair broken drawer fronts
The impatient-but-OCD guide to painting kitchen cabinets

Shiplap paint color:  Sherwin-Williams “Extra White”
Cabinet paint color: Sherwin-Williams “Repose Gray”

BEAUTIFUL Gray Kitchen! This kitchen went from pink pickled oak mess to a perfect light gray rustic farmhouse-inspired space full of character. Cabinet color is Sherwin-Williams "Repose Gray" www.tableandhearth.com
BEAUTIFUL Gray Kitchen! This kitchen went from pink pickled oak mess to a perfect light gray rustic farmhouse-inspired space full of character. Cabinet color is Sherwin-Williams "Repose Gray" www.tableandhearth.com

BEAUTIFUL Gray Kitchen! This kitchen went from pink pickled oak mess to a perfect light gray rustic farmhouse-inspired space full of character. Cabinet color is Sherwin-Williams "Repose Gray" www.tableandhearth.com

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Dining Room and Breakfast Nook

Before
(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.

After
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 :)

Related posts:
Shutter organizer
Wood Home Decor with Pier 1
New farmhouse kitchen lights
Coastal farmhouse table setting

Accent wall:  Valspar “Bell Tower Stone”

Coastal Farmhouse Table Setting - A beautiful dining room update with neutral rustic decor found at Pier 1! www.tableandhearth.com

Updating overhead kitchen lighting to these beautiful black farmhouse pendant lights from Jeremiah lighting! www.tableandhearth.com

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Master Bedroom

Before
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.

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After
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.

Related posts:
Redecorating advice
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

Wall color:  Sherwin Williams “Ice Cube”
Wainscoting:  Sherwin Williams “Extra White”

Beautiful Coastal Farmhouse tour! Weathered finishes, DIY touches, and neutral colors make this coastal Texas home a retreat. www.tableandhearth.com

Beautiful Coastal Farmhouse tour! Weathered finishes, DIY touches, and neutral colors make this coastal Texas home a retreat. www.tableandhearth.com

Beautiful Coastal Farmhouse tour! Weathered finishes, DIY touches, and neutral colors make this coastal Texas home a retreat. www.tableandhearth.com

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Master Bath

Before
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-ish cabinetry, a builder’s mirror, odd towel-holders and hooks, and a boring wall color.

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After
The space got quite 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, so we scrapped it.  It hasn’t been a big problem for us since we get ready at different times and this sink is pretty dang big so I’m not worried.  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 ‘fo ‘sho!

Related posts:
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”

A few glamorous and coastal-inspired pieces from the Pier 1 bath collection easily transformed this master bathroom to a coastal oasis! www.tableandhearth.com

A few glamorous and coastal-inspired pieces from the Pier 1 bath collection easily transformed this master bathroom to a coastal oasis! www.tableandhearth.com

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Guest Bathroom

Before
(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.

Guest+bath+-+before

After
I updated everything except the cabinets, shower, toilet and floor, and installed a white subway tile backsplash as well as removed the cabinet over the toilet to open it up more (I hate those cabinets).

Related posts:
Coastal bathroom update reveal
Driftwood towel organizer
Sea glass mason jar storage

Wall color:  Sherwin Williams “Popular Gray”

Beautiful Coastal Farmhouse tour! Weathered finishes, DIY touches, and neutral colors make this coastal Texas home a retreat. www.tableandhearth.com

Beautiful Coastal Farmhouse tour! Weathered finishes, DIY touches, and neutral colors make this coastal Texas home a retreat. www.tableandhearth.com

Beautiful Coastal Farmhouse tour! Weathered finishes, DIY touches, and neutral colors make this coastal Texas home a retreat. www.tableandhearth.com
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Guest Bedroom

Before
Our poor guests.  There was just a small full bed, gross berber carpet, a brass ceiling fan, and my old college furniture. And yes, two deer mounts… that are still there.  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??

Guest+-+before

After
I finally found the perfect light color to paint the room, got a beautiful queen-sized furniture set, updated the ceiling fan, installed the driftwood laminate flooring, and installed an accent shiplap wall.  Our guests are MUCH more comfortable now :)

Related posts:
New wall color
Wicker chair chalk paint update
DIY shiplap wall
Fixer Upper-inspired tulip crate

Wall color:  Sherwin Williams “Alpaca”
Shiplap wall color:  Sherwin Williams “Peppercorn”

Beautiful Coastal Farmhouse tour! Weathered finishes, DIY touches, and neutral colors make this coastal Texas home a retreat. www.tableandhearth.com

Beautiful Coastal Farmhouse tour! Weathered finishes, DIY touches, and neutral colors make this coastal Texas home a retreat. www.tableandhearth.com

 

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Office

Before
The Ikea daybed is also 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??

office before

After
All four walls are now painted a beautiful dark grayish navy, the fan was updated, the floor was updated, a little gallery wall is happening over the desk, the proper flow of furniture was finally achieved, and I made some industrial pipe shelves for storage.

Related posts:
New dark wall color
Concert memorabilia shadowbox
Little gallery wall
DIY industrial pipe shelves

Wall color:  Sherwin-Williams “Outerspace”

Beautiful Coastal Farmhouse tour! Weathered finishes, DIY touches, and neutral colors make this coastal Texas home a retreat. www.tableandhearth.com

Beautiful Coastal Farmhouse tour! Weathered finishes, DIY touches, and neutral colors make this coastal Texas home a retreat. www.tableandhearth.com

Beautiful Coastal Farmhouse tour! Weathered finishes, DIY touches, and neutral colors make this coastal Texas home a retreat. www.tableandhearth.com

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Backyard & Patio

Before
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.

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After
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 overhaul last fall too.

Related posts:
Backyard overhaul
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”

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Beautiful Coastal Farmhouse tour! Weathered finishes, DIY touches, and neutral colors make this coastal Texas home a retreat. www.tableandhearth.com

Beautiful Coastal Farmhouse tour! Weathered finishes, DIY touches, and neutral colors make this coastal Texas home a retreat. www.tableandhearth.com

Beautiful Coastal Farmhouse tour! Weathered finishes, DIY touches, and neutral colors make this coastal Texas home a retreat. www.tableandhearth.com

Beautiful Coastal Farmhouse tour! Weathered finishes, DIY touches, and neutral colors make this coastal Texas home a retreat. www.tableandhearth.com

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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 ;)