I felt like I would never say these words, but THE GUEST COTTAGE IS FINISHED! You see, we bought a 1922 bungalow with a guest house in a historic neighborhood here in St Petersburg, Florida (hello, vitamin D) and it is quite the…fixer upper.
But, my friends, the termites have been terminated. The ceilings demoed, trim ripped out, tree stumps shredded, decades of weeds and leaves disposed of. Paint refreshed, caulking caulked, and fully decorated with tried and true vintage finds.
If I could go back in time, I would have lit our house contract on fire in the middle of the floor and gleefully watched as the mostly rotted frame went down in flames. But despite the months of blood, sweat, and so many tears, it’s surprisingly beautiful.
All of the wall paint is Benjamin Moore (Light Pistachio, Palladian Blue, Dove White). With the exception of rewiring the single strand aluminum electricity and roofing, I did the handiwork with the assistance of my friend Missy, my tiniest baby pal, and occasionally my curmudgeonly husband.
The cottage is officially listed on Airbnb, so if you’d like to see how hip and fun sunny St. Pete is, come stay with us! We promise to keep the baby’s 7am pterodactyl impersonations to a minimum. Plus I plan to curate a monthly art exhibit in the gallery/dining area and will post guests’ creations here on the blog.
Here is the project from start to finish. We are still working on the lawn…it is surprisingly difficult to grow grass in Florida.