Shannon McLean, the owner of this 1932 rustic cabin on New York's Long Island, found a basic box and made it special, while vowing to keep as much of the original cabin's personality as possible. Shannon didn't try to do much with the cabin, but what she did do brought out its best. "It was important for me to keep the integrity of what the cabin was for -- a place to walk in with sandy feet and plop down," says Shannon. "It already had a soul so I just wanted to doll it up a bit."
First she chose a bright blue for the exterior, after deciding to stick with the custom of painting only the window trim and doors of beach homes. Then she invested in a spray gun, mask and paper suit in preparation for spray-painting the interior. Part of what makes the finished cabin special is Shannon's decision to paint everything white -- walls, floors, ceiling and doors. Outside, it's a wood-sided cube and a bit dark; inside, it's light and cheery. Using white to add brightness was a simple, straightforward solution to making a cabin with limited windows more cheery. Shannon purposefully didn't cover the walls perfectly when she spray-painted them, letting slivers of the original wood show through here and there.