Home Decor, Beach House Tour Part 2, painted switchplates

Welcome to the Beach House tour part 2. If you are interested in seeing Part 1, the Master suite and Mermaids, click here.

Our little house is 4 bedrooms/2 bathrooms, 2000 square feet but it lives large for it’s size with an open concept great room and kitchen with french doors flowing out onto an arbor covered sitting and dining porch. Today let’s peak at the other 3 bedrooms…there’s nothing fancy, just a lot of bright colors and cheap fanciful touches with easy to maintain spaces and furnishings.

caribbean soul bedroom 1 thepaintedapron.com

Each bedroom has a theme, this one is “Caribbean Soul.”  Twin wicker headboards are side by side with twin beds made up with a mattress accessory that forms them into a king size bed.  This  “king” bed can easily be separated into twin beds.  There are twin linens and comforters on hand to easily change this from a couples room to a room for 2 children or 2 friends.

bed tray thepaintedapron.com

With yellow walls and lots of bright colors, this is a sunny welcoming spot

ribboned mirror thepaintedapron.com

A papier mache parrot head is a subtle nod to Jimmy Buffet and the craft store mirror is embellished with a bright plaid ribbon

painted cabinet thepaintedapron.com

The TV sits on a palm tree and wave painted corner cabinet

caribbiean houses the paintedapron.com

And an old window is painted with Caribbean style houses and hung with the same bright plaid ribbon

sun & surf switchplate thepaintedapron.com

The switch plate is painted with an abstract sun, clouds and blue waves

A day at the beach bedroom thepaintedapron.com

This room is called ““A day at the Beach.”

shutter headboard thepaintedapron.com

The headboard is made from 2 large shutter units I bought on sale at Lowe’s.  One of these days I’ll get around to distressing the finish a little…everything is a continual work in progress around here.


The toys live in this queen bedroom along with a secretary that holds my art supplies.  The shelf unit tucked in the corner beside the desk holds clothes, diapers and books when the grandchildren visit, and keeps them hidden but accessible.

umbrellas on the beach jmdesignsgallery.com

Bright colored artwork accents the sea green walls


and a fish rack is ready to hang hats and cover-ups.  The rack was made by a local artist, a simple tin fish shape painted and attached to boards.

fish switchplate thepaintedapron.com

The light switch in here is painted with some tropical fish to match the bedspread and polka dots mimicking bubbles

surfs up thepaintedapron.com

This room is “Surf’s Up!,” with twin beds simply pushed together, NOT  made as one, with surfboard comforters.  The counter height chairs flanking the beds act as night stands.  The beds can be separated in seconds if desired.  The bedrooms all have to be flexible to accommodate different guest combinations.


The beds have grass bedskirts which drive the guys absolutely insane…especially when they vacuum! Ha, you can imagine!

surf stool thepaintedapron.com

A weathered “tall boy” tapered chest of drawers and a stool covered with surfer decals sit in the corner

painted lampshade thepaintedapron.com

This ugly lamp shade got a light sponging of several colors for an easy coordinating touch

polka dot switchplate thepaintedapron.com

I learned from this light switch not to paint the finger pads, that won’t work! Painting the borders works great though, I used glossy acrylic paints and they haven’t worn at all.

switchplate thepaintedapron.com

This is just a bunch of abstract shapes and colors with a little gold foil added for pizazz.  Spray with a clear coat varnish if using something delicate like gold foil.

palm tree switchplate thepaintedapron.com

This palm tree is basically just a few brush strokes, the trunk strokes are Xs and the fronds are just groups of strokes going in the same direction

switchplate thepaintedapron.com

You don’t have to be an artist to paint switch plates,  color and simple shapes are a great way to make a cheap plastic light switch cover go from ho-hum to fabulous!

dot switchplate thepaintedapron.com


Next week we’ll take a look at the kitchen and great room with dramatic before and after photos!

Thanks for touring with me, I hope I’ve given you some inspirations and some ideas for quick and easy decorating!


I’m joining some of these great parties this week:




A Stroll Thru Life for INSPIRE ME TUESDAY

The Gunny Sack for TIME TO SPARKLE

Memories by the Mile for TUESDAY TRIVIA

Savvy Southern Style for WOW US WEDNESDAY

Cuisine Kathleen for LET’S DISH

Rattlebridge Farms for FOODIE FRIDAY

Alderberry Hill for MAKE THE SCENE MONDAY


No Minimalist Here for OPEN HOUSE THURSDAY

the Answer is Chocolate for BFF OPEN HOUSE

The Busy Bee’s for THURSDAY BLOG HOP

Crafts ala mode for WHAT TO DO WEEKENDS

The Country Cook for WEEKEND POTLUCK

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9 Responses to “Home Decor, Beach House Tour Part 2, painted switchplates”
  1. Thanks so much for the tour Jenna and sharing with us your beach house. I love that you have named each of the rooms, and gone with themes for each. What a fun thing to be a guest in your home! 🙂

  2. Can you come over to my house and play? SO cute!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Love the switch plates and the dresser!

    Popping in from Oh, Mrs. Tucker!

  4. Diana Rambles says:

    I love it!!

  5. SUCH CUTE DECOR!!!!! Wow, girl…this is really cool!!!

    You have given me an idea with that neat grass bedskirt. That is a SLICK idea!!! Your touch is just all over this place! Looks fantastic!!!

    I also like the idea of the 2 twin beds pushed together but not made up as one to accommodate different combinations of guests. That is a really good idea!!! I’m going to suggest that to my Mom for one of their guest bedrooms. They have a king-size bed in there, but it would probably make better since to go with 2 twins pushes together that can be separated. Thanks for the tip!

  6. Jenna this is fabulous!! I love the painted window and switches. Wonderful place!

  7. laurie says:

    What fun spaces! Oh, your artistic talents are so impressive! I haven’t got an artistic bone in my body, and I am so jealous of those who do. I love the way you’ve painted items in each room to coordinate with the theme of that room. Everything is so cheerful and inviting. What a clever idea to use a grass skirt as a bed skirt! Love your painted light switch plates. Really fun tour. Can’t wait to see the kitchen/great room. laurie

  8. I love these!

    I would love for you to share and link up at my TGIF Link Party. The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday’s at midnight.

    Have a wonderful week!
    Hugs, Cathy

  9. Oh, so fun! Makes me think SUMMER – despite the degrees.

    Thank you for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

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