Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The cabins have been redone.

Our girls came home last night after 3 weeks with family in South Carolina!!

 This was their 4th summer flying solo across the country and the first time we all burst into tears after being reunited. Something about this summer had us all missing each other badly. While they were gone one of the many projects we had was to work on remodeling their cabins. Before they left, neither felt very comfortable in their cabin, as to them it was still someone else's cabin. Nothing some paint, fabric and decorating ideas couldn't fix.  Now, they're both loving their new cabins!

Emma's port side cabin...before and after.


I used fabric to sew colorful cubby curtains. The curtains will keep everything in place while under passage and help add some color to their rooms.
With thin elastic cord, their goodies are still accessible. 

I made hammocks for their stuffed animals...they need to relax in style too.

An easy way to add some style is with vinyl stickers.  There's no real commitment, if you don't like the sticker simply peel off and throw away.  Vinyl stickers also allow you to move the sticker if you decide you either didn't put it on "right" or you want the sticker somewhere else.                                                                                                                          

      In lieu of a closet, Emma's cabin has very tall cabinets under her bed providing lots of storage. It's kinda funny that the shortest person ended up with a bed that practically requires a ladder.


How cool is this? My mom had Oriental fabric from covering a sofa over 30 years ago. I used the same fabric to cover the hatch in Emma's cabin to prevent light from waking her in the morning. 

Jessica's starboard side cabin before and after.

The girls picked out what colors they wanted painted before they left.

I couldn't resist the cheesy "porthole"stickers....this is Flora, Jessica's seal.

Jessica received her mermaid picture from grandma and grandpa almost 10 years when they visited Hawaii. She's happy to give it a place in her cabin.


 Jessica's vinyl sea turtle.

Happiness is hanging out with your sister playing games on a Kindle.

Reusing a sign that hung by our pool at our hold house. It's now in the girls head.

Master cabin before and after.

Being a 36 year old boat, she's got lots of beautiful wood. Not all the wood in our master cabin was original nor beautiful. Feeling that we needed some color of our own, I painted the back walls using the same blue as I used in the girls cabins. I made porthole covers that easily flip up when opening the port to allow airflow. 


One of my favorite stickers is definitely the octopus coming out of the master cabin.

None of the remodeling would have happened without Murphy. He was in the way, every step of the way!

Up next....finishing the outside of the boat. We've made some solid progress by removing fiberglass and the hideous dragons that were on the bow. We're also finishing up the settee in the salon and the cockpit cushions. As soon as the projects are done we'll post pictures.


  1. Love it! We've been trying to figure out what we could change on our boat to make it more "home-y" and this is great inspiration!

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Beautiful really adds class to your girl,,,and I know the girls are proud of their mom. Looking foreward to seeing the other work completed. Dragons on the bow??? like to see them....LOL

  3. What kind of paint did you use? We had friends paint inside with vinyl paint from home depot and it just peeled off after a few months. Did you use some one part polyurethane like Interlux Brightsides? We have a Cheoy Lee 41 with lots of dark wood inside that could use some sprucing up if we're going to keep this boat forever. Thanks, -Nate

    1. The wood I painted over in the master cabin had been thin plywood which was very porous. In the girls cabins I covered heavy laminate and other porous wood. I used Interior Eggshell Behr Marquee. The only place where I'm anticipating where it may not stick forever is on the hard laminate in the girls cabins. Which might work out when we sell, if the buyer doesn't care for the paint or color anyways.

  4. I love this! Doesn't it feel good to brighten up a boat and make it your own? Your stamp, your style, your home. The octopus is the best! We are WAY overdue for some freshening up below... thank you for the inspiration.

  5. How tho subscriber to ur blog? Ty

  6. The log cabin pattern looks spectacular!Such a good idea...The log cabin quilt and quilting look fabulous.log cabins