The tiki bar!

Brian has been working hard transforming the old gazebo into a new tiki bar! BTW–we are trying to decide on a name for the tiki bar, here are some contenders:

  1. Salty Dawg’s Tiki Bar (for UGA fans)
  2. Hollywood Sands Beach Resort (play on Saved by the Bell)
  3. Sandy Parrot/ Purple Parrot
  4. Toasted Turtle Tiki
  5. Green Iguana
  6. Lei Low Tiki Bar

Our brother-in-law Aaron came over to help, thanks Aaron! We are working on finishing the decking and our thatched roof should arrive later this week 🙂 Stay tuned!


Working on the backyard

We decided to turn our attention to the backyard, finally! Given how close our neighbors are on one side, we wanted to add some privacy. So, we got several Areca palms installed, plus a mature coconut palm, plus sod.  The transformation is amazing!

As a refresher, this is what the backyard looked like when we first bought the house:

This is what it looked like after we removed the old carport, added a privacy fence and did some (very) minor landscaping:

And this is after we had the new trees and sod installed:

Up next we will be adding white rocks in the ‘beds’ around the trees and turning the gazebo into a tropical tiki bar! Stay tuned 🙂

Master Bedroom: Beach Chic

While I enjoy the major renovations, my true passion is working on the smaller DIY/ design projects. The first room I have been able to work on so far is our master bedroom. When we first moved to Florida a couple of years ago I found a gorgeous Hollywood regency style 1960s faux bamboo Thomasville dresser with two matching side tables  on Craigslist for $200! SCORE! These retail for over $1000 in vintage shops and online, and I love them!!

We kept them this color and used them as a bar and side tables for a sitting area/cocktail area in our old house, paired with some vintage rattan chairs. We do not have room for such a space in our new house. So….we decided to re-vamp them to use in our bedroom instead. I loved the looks of this paint job on a similar dresser:

So, I chose the same for our dresser: Benjamin Moore’s Starburst Orange

It took a lot of sanding and a coat of primer (which I asked the store clerk to tint), plus 2-3 coats of the starburst orange, and a final coat of poly. It turned out B-E-A-utiful:

I left the hardware their original cream with gold accents. I painted the side tables white  and we use them as our nightstands:


I found these gold lamps at Ikea for $10! The lampshade has gold lines on it and came from Target (products and their sources are listed below). I wanted to go with coral and turquoise as the two accent colors for our room, so I stuck with a plain white duvet cover (also Target), and found the accent pillows and throw from HomeGoods. The curtains are also from Ikea, and the rods are from Walmart. The headboard was a DIY project from a few years ago.


Product list:

White duvet cover ($30): Target

Dresser and nightstands: Vintage Thomasville

Accent pillows and throw: Homegoods

Curtains: Ikea (from a few years ago, not sure what they were called)

Lamps ($10): Ikea

Lampshades ($15): Target