The Remodel of a Beach Cottage on Tybee Island

Here is the story of a Tybee island beach cottage remodel.

Beach Cottage Tybee Island
The result of a successful remodel: The Breeze Inn, a Beach Cottage on Tybee Island, now available as a vacation rental via Mermaid Cottages.


Mary Kay Andrews
Mary Kay Andrews not only has a fictional story about A Fixer Upper, but a real life version as well, which she documented on her Blog.

Beach Cottage for Sale
After a long search and unsuccessful bids on four other houses she finally closed a deal in June 2008.

Beach Cottage Remodel
Men at work, replacing "those unlovely circa-70s windows" and changing "that radioactive yellow and blue paint combo".

Beach Cottage Color
And with Jane Coslick on board as a consultant, design whiz behind many wonderful cottage restorations on Tybee (and many of the Mermaid Cottage rentals), the colors are just delicious.

Beach Cottage Dream
"At night I dream of color schemes and floor plans".

Beach Cottage Shutters
And she managed to save all the old louvered interior shutters, "saving me the killer cost of window treatments there."

Beach Cottage Interiors
A shot from the other side of the room looking toward the pink entry door.

Beach Cottage Kitchen
The kitchen has a fantastic vintage sink.

Vintage Kitchen Sink
"I attacked the kitchen sink with a can of Bar Keeper's Friend and got out most of the rust stains."

Bathroom Window Treatment
Have you ever used a tablecloth as a window treatment? That's what you see in this bathroom, a Florida Souvenir tablecloth. And as wall art Mary Kay framed vintage postcards.

Beach Cottage Bedroom
And besides of being an author (of 17 books) and remodeler, she is also a part time antique dealer with an antique booth at Seaside Sisters. How she does it all, I don't know, but she scouts antique markets, yard sales, estate sales, architectural salvage places and Craigslist for deals and this is one of them, a $10 Baptist yard sale bed that she put in the master bedroom.

Beach Cottage Porch
Last stop. The screened in porch. "I've been hoarding rattan for years now, just waiting to put it in my beach house."

Vintage Slider
A vintage slider painted lime green. Neat! To see more, go tour Mary Kay's Beach Cottage at Better Homes and Gardens!

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