We rent. So, when it comes to actual beach house DIY, there's not a whole lot we can do. Everything is very cosmetic; wall painting, the occasional light fixture, some hardware, etc. I dream of the day we own a house that we can go this-old-house on. Can't wait.
Until then, we'll continue to rent from a wonderful family who gives us lots of liberties and opportunities to participate in their home ownership and care-taking, by helping with things like selecting a new refrigerator when the original broke; having the wood floors refinished; and repairing our small but lovely deck.
Which brings us to the kitchen faucet. It has seen better days. I can't even bring myself to show you a before photo, so you'll have to trust me on this one and instead, settle for my favorite dish soap.
I'm leaning on my parent's knowledge from their dream kitchen re-do, and I'm hopping around a few DIY-type blogs for more insight. I have trips to Lowe's and Home Depot lined up. I've got measurements and I'm ready to tackle things like: stainless steel vs. chrome vs. nickel; to pull down or not to pull down; and so on.