Before + After: Santa Cruz Surf House Living & Dining Spaces

Now that I have a little more free time on my hands, it's time to get these Before + After posts rolling! What I loved about working on the living and dining spaces for this house was how easy it was to transform them. It's amazing what some paint and a handful of light fixtures can do! If you want to go the extra mile, you can refinish the floors which is what we did. The red oak floors had yellowed and darkened quite a bit over time, but with some sanding and a clear water-based sealer, they look fresh and modern. Here are some shots of the before:

 BEFORE: The living room, as staged.

BEFORE: The living room, as staged.

 BEFORE: The dining space as viewed from the kitchen.

BEFORE: The dining space as viewed from the kitchen.

We painted over all the walls, beams, and trim in Benjamin Moore's Chantilly Lace, which is a perfectly neutral, bright white. I looked at a lot of white paints and Chantilly Lace was the one that had no yellow or gray undertones but wasn't as stark as some other bright whites. The furniture, art, and lighting is a pop-y mix of new and vintage pieces sourced from 12 different stores.  

 AFTER: The refinished living room.

AFTER: The refinished living room.

 AFTER: View from the kitchen. Given how small the dining space was, I had to look for a narrow 30" dining table and make use of a bench against the wall.

AFTER: View from the kitchen. Given how small the dining space was, I had to look for a narrow 30" dining table and make use of a bench against the wall.

The black accent wall was added after most of the house was done because with all the white paint, a defined space was needed to ground the dining area. We used Benjamin Moore's Jet Black, which is a perfectly neutral black that pairs really well with the Chantilly Lace white. You might also recognize the Jet Black on the kitchen cabinets. 

My favorite, but most random, detail is the light fixture we used to replace the old track lighting. It's designed as a bathroom light, but I love the line of it against the beam and how it's reminiscent of a Dan Flavin fluorescent light installation. 

 AFTER: My favorite lighting fixture in the living room.

AFTER: My favorite lighting fixture in the living room.

Next up in Before + After: the bedrooms!