Log Cabin calls for volunteers

The historic Log Cabin in Beachlands in its current state. Photo supplied.

A historic log cabin in the Beachlands community will receive a much-needed facelift this weekend – and your help is needed.

The #25projects competition was launched last year to help restore community buildings in need, courtesy of decorative painting expert Annie Sloan.

The Beachlands Log Cabin is the only group in New Zealand – and one of just 25 worldwide – to be selected for the paint job, worth thousands of dollars, and this weekend, they’re calling on locals to grab a paintbrush and pitch in.

Manager trustee of the cabin Jenny Carter estimated the log cabin was last renovated around 10-15 years ago, so when she caught wind of the competition through Facebook, it was too good of an opportunity to turn down.

The project is a joint effort between the Beachlands Community Trust and Howick store Taylored Revival and has been documented on the Facebook page ‘The Log Cabin Revival’.

On Saturday, the rough brown exterior will be repainted with the soft seaside tones of Annie Sloan’s chalk paint in “Louis Blue” while on Sunday the interior will be revamped with mostly white tones and hints of blue, reflecting the coastal location.

Ms Carter says there’s been a lot of interest and excitement within the community ahead of the event and she’s calling on anyone with a few hours to spare to come down and take part.

“Last year we put out a few mood boards with different concepts and the community came out and voted on their preferred look which was a soft blue with white trims,” she said.

It won’t just be the four walls getting a lick of paint either – the kitchen will be redone, new lighting will be installed and the furniture will be revamped and revived.

Go to facebook.com/thelogcabinrevival for more information. BYO paintbrush as there will only be a limited number provided.

By: Kelly Teed