A Cottage Renovation on a Budget

Found this article over at Country Living.  It’s about a wonderful cottage renovation done on a budget!  Take a peek at this amazing transformation!

When Woodard bought his 1,200-square-foot, three-room cottage, lipstick red wall-to-wall carpet covered the floors — a hodgepodge of wood, cement, and plywood — and the low ceilings made the small rooms seem oppressive. But there were some nice details, as well: a stone hearth in the living room and plenty of windows. And the small size was a plus to Woodard, who wanted a cozy getaway that wouldn’t be a chore to maintain.


Drab color and nonexistent landscaping gave this 1940s-era beach cottage in Sagaponack, N.Y., the look of a well-located shoe box. Fortunately, its new owner recognized the potential for charm.


When Tom Woodard began to renovate his weekend getaway, he wanted to keep the project inexpensive and uncomplicated. His motto, Less fussy is best, guided the work. The results are clear: a house that suits its location and its owner to a T.

Living Room Before…

Living Room After…beautiful!

A neutral palette — Behr’s Creamy White for walls and Ultra Pure White for trim — allows the furnishings from Woodard & Greenstein American Antiques to take center stage.

The Kitchen Before…wait for it….

After! Amazing transformation!

New hardware, paint, and soft touches!

What do you think?

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