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by Jessica Bruno

Jessica is the voice behind the popular blog, Four Generations One Roof. They are a crew of four generations all living together under one roof; and Jessica happens to be the ring leader of their blog where she shares their insane living arrangement, daily family chaos, DIY home renovations, project tutorials, room makeovers, and whatever else goes on in their Massachusetts home.

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  • Have you ever wondered how to get the look of a gorgeous space? A space that looks super expensive, totally luxurious, and screams, "Wow!"

    Today I'm going to show you how I achieved a fresh modern cottage look in our pool house on a budget. Our pool house was a complete disaster serving as my husband's drum room and a storage area for pool supplies, cushions, and whatever else was hanging around outside. With some paint, plywood, items from around our home, and a few fun inexpensive decorative items, we took this pool house from drab to fab.

    I added wide pine planks to one wall in an effort to achieve a modern cottage feel. I added 3/4 high board and batten that had been painted in Benjamin Moore's white dove OC-17 to the remaining walls and painted the top Benjamin Moore's wythe blue HC-143. The best thing about the paint? It was left over from our family room makeover, so there was no cost involved!

    Here are the before and after views of the wall: 
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  • pool house makeover
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  • For those of you who aren't familiar with me, I'm a little crazy when it comes to DIY and home decorating. The couch shown is the DIY couch that I sawzalled in half last year. The couch was too long and I needed it to be two feet smaller. So yes, I cut out the middle and put it back together. I used an old slipcover as the fabric to reupholster it. Kind of cute right? The planked wall is my favorite addition to this space.

    I painted the sofa table in Annie Sloan's chalk paint in duck egg blue with a coat of Benjamin Moore's white dove OC-17 on the top. I love how the two colors blend together. The coat hooks are perfect for hanging towels and the sheer drapes soften the large windows while still allowing lots of light in.
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  • Currently serving as storage for beach towels and the mini-refrigerator, the armoire was painted white dove to match the walls.

    Isn't it amazing what paint and wooden wall treatments will add to a space? I painted the floor with the left over Rust-Oleum Restore patio and porch paint in Cape Cod gray that we had left over from our patio project last summer.
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  • Another quick way to add a different pop of color is by changing up the artwork or pillows. Below, I added the two chevron accent pillows from Wayfair accompanied by inexpensive canvas art. I can't decide if I like the pillows in the floor basket or the hanging baskets.

    When I decorated our pool house, I tried to keep it simple by using three main colors: white, blue, and brown in all different shades. The base of the room (walls, floors, and drapes) is white. The blues are found in the table, top of the walls, and artwork. I love varying shades of brown, which can be found in the mirror, driftwood, wooden bowl, and sisal basket. The fourth color, yellow, is still in the warm brown color family.

    To create a classic cottage look, I cut plywood into 6-inch wide planks (below), nailed them to the wall, and painted them Benjamin Moore's white dove OC-17. Be sure to check out the tutorial of how I did this using a 25 cents and a couple hours of time.

    I am in love with this wall! But there are so many treatments you can add to a wall. If wood isn't your thing, how about wallpaper on an accent wall or a simple chair rail? If you aren't comfortable adding a chair rail, paint one! Don't be afraid to hang baskets on the wall. They are super easy to hang with a nail and look fun and decorative.
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  • The driftwood, woven floor basket, baby blue wire hanging baskets, and blue vase add some of the rustic coastal elegance we wanted in this space. The pink hydrangeas in our yard are in full bloom, so I took the opportunity to show them off and share them with you.

    Decorating with what you have, a few hours of painting and adding few fun new decor pieces can drastically change the look of a room!
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