Each summer time I make a beeline for one among my favourite summertime haunts: Nunan’s Lobster Hut in my hometown of Cape Porpoise, Maine. My favourite factor about it isn’t the lengthy rows of benches that line the inside or the way in which the constructing is perched over a salt marsh, however the grey boat paint that covers the wooden flooring and tables. I think about that the house owners inventory gallons of it in a storeroom and add a brand new coat every season, the layers constructed up over the 65-plus summers they’ve been serving lobster within the tough.
Like splatter-painted flooring (which “cover a mess of sins,” Justine writes of her personal cottage flooring in DIY: Splatter-Painted Flooring), painted wooden flooring—so typically seen in summer time cottages in Maine and on the Cape—are all about New England practicality: They’re cost-effective, brilliantly conceal summer time particles like sand and filth, and want solely one other coat of paint after they put on. They’re additionally wholly unfussy and evocative of the carefree summerhouse.
Check out just a few favorites in summerhouses previous. (And for rather more on the deserves of boat and deck paint, take a look at our new e book, Remodelista in Maine.)
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N.B.: This submit has been up to date; the unique story ran on Might 30, 2018.