It appears we have correctly named the Snook Cottage. Chris saw a snook in the water outside the cottage 2 weekends ago, and again this past weekend. Seems they like hanging out around their namesake.
This weekend we painted the cottage. We knocked out all of the main room with just the baseboards and some touch ups left. The closets and the bathroom will need to be painted too but no hurry on those.
Initially we had though about painting the top half of the walls navy blue and then putting up white beadboard or board and batten on the bottom half. However, when we got into the cottage again we saw that we had forgotten there was already a dark wood chair rail going through the cottage. That, in addition to the adjacent creamy white beadboard cabinets made us change plans and go with this instead. Plus, any art work we put up top will look better against the vanilla color vs the navy blue.
Sorry for the pictures being so dark, I was in a hurry and just used auto settings.
It's hard to tell here, but we painted the kitchen walls floor to ceiling in the navy blue.
We need to add a matching chair rail to the far wall. That wall used to be french doors leading into the gallery.
We also made some more progress in changing out fixtures from brass/silver to oil rubbed bronze.
Next up: continue to furnish, repair TV, figure out shower, countertops, backsplash, repair or replace microwave, finish paint....no small tasks.
Also this weekend we moved a daybed into the front/2nd bedroom of the Tarpon, and moved out the futon. We think this will be a huge improvement to anyone utilizing the 2nd bedroom. We've had a few people who needed the 2nd bedroom turn us down because they didn't want to sleep on the futon. While we thought it was comfortable, we don't blame them at all, and think this is a much more comfortable solution. The bed has a pop up trundle that with a king size mattress pad/cover will be a comfy king bed for a second couple, or can remain 2 separate twin beds for kids or adults who do not wish to share a bed.