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Beach Cottage Twin Bedroom


Today I would like to share one of our bedrooms at the cottage. The room itself is rather small, so we had our limitations for sure.               I found a pair of vintage metal beds at an estate sale for 70.00.  They were in great shape, I just painted them a pretty jade green. I made the floral pillows from a vintage curtain panels my cousin had. I love love love the fabric on them. I couldn't find the right prints for this room so I made the starfish prints using vintage images. I think they fit in perfect.     When you can't find the right curtains, why not make them?   I've used this trick for years, make your simple curtains out of flat sheets.   Each panel is a twin size. I added the stripe using my own fabric design , Beach Cabana Stripe 6 found here             I love how this room turned out.   [...]

Dark Tung Oil Butcher Block Countertops


This is our second time using butcher block countertops in a kitchen remodel. There are several reasons why I love them, they're affordable, easy to install and look great.  We tried using as many green products as we could, so in this kitchen remodel I wanted to use all  natural tung oil. There are many tung oil products out there but only a few are pure tung oil. Here are just a few of the advantages of using pure tung oil: Doesn't form a glossy finish Forms a flexible water proof finish FDA approved for food contact Doesn't darken over time like linseed oil Resists abrasion and acids I found a dark tung oil from the Real Milk Paint Company which adds a rich beautiful patina. They also sell many other environmentally friendly products including paint. BEFORE Real pure tung oil is non-toxic so it's a great choice for a countertops, however most people recommend thinning pure tung oil with mineral spirits, turpentine or naphtha. If you add these solvents to thin the tung oil it is no longer non-toxic.  The Real Milk Paint Company has a great solution for this, they recommend and sell a citrus solvent to mix with tung oil, which allows it to remain non-toxic. This was really important to me. Let me tell you it was so easy to apply. I followed their applications instructions on the bottle, and also found tips and suggestions on their website.   I even used it on the kitchen island top, I love it and  trust me I'll be using this stuff again on other projects. [...]

Cottage Kitchen-Before and After


Today, I'm sharing our kitchen reno at the beach cottage. The before kitchen was obviously not the original 1955's kitchen and it was gross to say the least.  I think we removed in cabinets in record time because they were hardly secure and the counter-tops weren't even attached. We donated all of the cabinets and appliances. BEFORE  AFTER AFTER We kept the sink in the original location to save money, but relocated the fridge next to the sink We saved space by using smaller appliances like a 24" dishwasher and smaller counter-depth fridge. BEFORE AFTER I decided that I wanted a normal size stove, so to save money  I found a great used slide-in on craigslist for $100.00 I wanted open shelving rather than upper cabinets, the space is small so I didn't want to crowd it, plus adding shelving rather than cabinets saves a ton of money.  The kitchen accessories are a mix of new and vintage, I made the fresh oysters sign from an old piece of wood that we found in the attic, I love how it turned out. In a later post I will show you how we used galvanized piping for the shelf supports. Stayed tuned for more info on beautiful counter tops. [...]

Beach Cottage Sitting Room - Before and After


Finally, I can start sharing some before and afters with you. Our beach cottage living space is narrow and long, so for furniture placement I decided to split it into 2 sitting areas, one for reading and relaxing and one for tv watching. BEFORE  The before pictures of the sitting room area, which originally in the 1950's was the porch area.  I didn't like the built in cabinets for several reasons, 1) the doors dropped down which would make it difficult to use, 2) took up valuable floor space, 3) poorly made. So we ripped them out and gained space to add seating. I found these cute vintage rattan chairs on craigslist. I spray painted them with Krylon Catalina Mist, and recovered the cushions. I removed the vinyl blinds and replaced them with bamboo roman blinds.  The slipcover loveseat and rug is from Ikea, an estate sale trunk  along with vintage and handmade coastal inspired accents. The pillow fabrics are some of my fabric designs available at Spoonflower.    The entire cottage had stained v-groove wood walls, some of the wood needed replacing  so rather than trying to match it I decided to paint it white.  It really lightens the rooms up and also adds that beachy vibe I was going for.  I'll be posting about the floors in a later post. [...]

Beach Cottage Exterior Progress


 I know, I know, I have been missing in action for the past few months,  we’ve been working hard on the beach cottage and progress is for sure happening.  We pretty much only work there on the weekends and sometimes a long weekend. There is nothing better than taking a break from all the work and walking a few houses down,  putting your feet in the sand and floating on a raft in the gorgeous turquoise water,  I love every minute of it.  Here is a picture of what the cottage looked like when we purchased it.  It was built in 1955.  BEFORE     WORK IN PROGRESS We had the roof on the house replaced, we painted the exterior a lovely shade of aqua,  painted the picket fence and added the arbor.  We still need to do some front yard landscaping and redo the railing on the  roof deck and put a couple of coats of white paint on the trim and roof deck.  I promise I’ll be sharing more pictures along the way, there is a ton of progress to see. [...]

Holiday Housewalk 2013


Today is day 5 and also the last day of the tour, and if you haven’t had a chance pop on over to Susie Harris, stop #31, gorgeous eye candy and great inspiration. Just click on her button below to take you there.       Welcome to our home for the holidays. This is my second time participating in the Holiday Housewalk,  and I’m so excited to be back!     Because of my new wall colors,  I decided to go with a more natural theme with a little typography and a few deer thrown in. The living room walls went from a butter cream color to a light taupe-ish grey. This year I mixed things around but still used a lot of things I already had, I used neutrals and also my favorite turquoise blue. I angled the sofa for a more interesting look and also added a faux fireplace.   The blue wall color in the dining room was replaced with a deep rich grey. I used a tall skinny tree that’s placed in an urn that I painted grey, it’s easy to decorate because it’s not too big and also doesn’t take up much room. I used simple things to decorate it, including snow flakes made from kraft paper, white hydrangeas flowers tucked between branches and of course pops of turquoise. The stockings I made from burlap and grey chevron fabric, I turned the chevron pattern on it’s side to give the cuff a geometric look. I also added faux greenery and some of my handmade prints. Glittered white deer and another book page deer. For this corner of the room I wanted a big impact, I made 11x14 individual letters that spelled JOY, placed them in frames I already had, then connected them with jute ribbon by just stapling the ribbon to the back of the frames. For the dining room, I made a simple burlap runner for the table. For the buffet, I used magnolia leaves and pinecones from the yard and also some glass ornaments for a little color. I love the contrast of the natural greens and browns mixed with the turquoise. More hand made deer prints, I created the plaid using  a free online program called tartan maker. I love my vintage brass deer bookends, too cute! This is RUDY the reindeer, I made his body out of scrap wood, mounted him on vintage wood shelves which  I joined together and used branches for his antlers. The sign holder is just a large wine jug with a vintage funnel turned upside down and a little wire to hold the paper sign.   Our home was the last stop of the tour, so if you missed any of homes or just want to start at the beginning  drop by See my 2011 Holiday Houswalk, HERE Thanks so much for stopping by. HAPPY HOLIDAYS [...]

Handmade Christmas Décor-ETSY


Most of us love making our own Christmas décor, but if you don’t have the time this holiday season check out some great handmade décor items from ETSY. Gorgeous organic bay leaf wreath, perfect for your front door. Cute woodland animal ornaments, perfect for that rustic christmas tree. Lovely french grainsack stocking. Rustic burlap runner, perfect for christmas dinner. and don’t forget those pretty holiday pillows. (just click on the picture and it will take you to etsy store) Now that I’ve got you in the holiday decorating mood, please check out some beautiful homes at the 3rd annual Holiday house walk. [...]

Christmas Ideas Magazine Feature


In January I had the pleasure of having our home
 photographed for the 2013 Christmas Ideas Magazine. 

It was a ton of fun because they sent stylist 
Lynn Nesmith and photographer Jean Allsopp,
the same talented  ladies that came to 
our house for theCottage Style Magazine spread. 

If you aren’t in the Christmas decorating mood yet,
 check out the magazine and you will be. 

Thanks Christmas Ideas Magazine.



I’m so happy to say our home
is featured in
the current issue of Before and After Magazine. 

There are great before and after features, truly inspirational. 

Thanks Before and After Magazine!

Quote, Quotes, Quotes


Who doesn’t love a good quote? Quote pillow covers make a great gift for a birthday, Christmas and even a wedding present. All 3 quote pillow covers are available for sale in my ETSY store.        And if you like wall art, I have many quote prints in my print shop too. Here are some of my favorite. [...]

Update a bookcase or Shelves and Halloween decor


Another Halloween re post, but this a great trick if you want to change out the back of a shelf or bookcase, just add fabric or wallpaper to change the look.
I covered the blue paint in my kitchen for the holiday by cutting foam core board to size and wrapping burlap around the foam core.
I used tape to hold the fabric in place so I can easily change it when I want a new look.




I added tarnished silver, book page prints and sprinkled in a little Halloween décor.
Easy and quick change!

Halloween nook (repost)


I wanted to share a post I did a few years ago, it's my kitchen nook decorated for Halloween.

I changed out my blue bench cushion and pillows for neutral linen and cream colored ones.
I also added some inexpensive Halloween décor like the black crows cutouts that are made out of cardstock.


Added vintage silver and amber colored bowls.


Changed my mirror out for this oval one, which is actually a mirror too,  covered it with re-positionable chalkboard paper, so if I want it to be a mirror again I just peel off the paper.


Yummy chocolate cupcakes


Changed the blue chair to a natural wood one.


And changed the prints on the side cabinets to chandelier scones.
I love how it turned out and love the rich fall colors.

New Beach Inspired Cabana Stripe Designs


Check out my new Beach inspired Cabana Stripe designs. Available in Fabric, wallpaper, gift wrap and even vinyl decals. These stripes are filled with lovely shades of aqua, white and green, perfect for any cottage or coastal décor. For more info and ordering visit my store here. Beach Cabana Stripe 1 Beach Cabana Stripe 2 Beach Cabana Stripe 3 Beach Cabana Stripe 4 Beach Cabana Stripe 5 Beach Cabana Stripe 6 Beach Cabana Stripe 7 [...]

Cottages and Bungalows Kitchen Issue


I’m thrilled to say our Kitchen 
was featured in
the latest Cottages 
and Bungalows Kitchen Issue.

This issue has great before and after features
and tons of great ideas. 

Thanks Cottages and Bungalows Magazine!

Beachy Lamp Redo


Recently I’ve found some great lamps at Kirklands, they have a nice selection and good prices.
 A few of them, the finish wasn’t just right, but for the price I knew I could tweak them and make
them wanted I wanted. You may remember the faux zinc finish lamp I recently completed,
 found here.
I found these cute lamps a few weeks ago, and for only 24.00, I couldn’t pass them up.
I love the turned column and the shade, but not so much the finish. 
I didn’t like the speckled brown spots, but the texture was good.


I used a couple of coats of Martha Stewarts
(image) terra cotta textured white paint.

Now they're just perfect for the new beach cottage.

Curbside Redo


Not long ago, my husband and I were driving through our neighborhood on the way to dinner when I noticed a solid wood trunk on the curb,I knew if we didn’t turn around and get it,
 it would be gone when we came back.
It was a solid pine trunk lined with cedar and definitely homemade, but it was solid and just needed some love.

I think what made it a little dated was all the brass hardware, I removed most of it and filled in the holes, then I  mixed up some homemade chalk paint and off I went.
The color I mixed up  was a dark grey almost black color. Once I distressed it, I added a antique brown finishing wax.

I knew I didn’t want to put the original handles, so I asked my sweet husband to make some.
He is a leathersmith and very talented making anything with leather.

I love the weathered look and the love new leather handles, looks like I paid a ton of money for it.

Cottages and Bungalows Magazine Feature


Our home was recently featured in the June 2013 issue of 
Cottages and Bungalows Magazine. 

Not only was this a great feature on our home,
 this issue also has great Flea Market makeovers too.


DIY Weathered Wood Technique


Want the weathered wood look from a new piece of wood? Here’s how you can get it. For the tops of my Stools Turned Table project I used a solid pine board  bought at the local home improvement store, I believe it was 24 x 48 inches and it cost around $24.00. I cut two 22 inch circles with a jig saw and then used a sander to clean  up the edges and make them perfectly round. You will need to use a soft type wood, pine works great for this technique. It’s easy, just a little time consuming depending on how much distressing you desire.  I used a wire brushes, cup brush (wire brush that is used with power drill), utility knife, power drill, hammer, chain and screwdriver. First I beat the wood with heavy chain and gouged it with the hammer  and made small holes with the screwdriver. Then I took the utility knife and made cuts, some deep and some shallow,  going with the grain of the wood. Use your wire brushes, power and hand to give you the texture. Remember there is no right or wrong way to do this, the important thing is to  get it distressed and weathered looking. Once you are happy with the amount of distressing, lightly sand to remove any  wood fibers or splinters. Now onto the finish, at this point you can stain, paint or do both. I actually stained mine a dark brown, then once dry, I went over the entire piece  with a thinned down grey paint. This technique would also work great for a hand painted sign. Have fun! [...]

The Best of Flea Market Style Magazine






I’m so lucky and thankful to be featured in

The Best of Flea Market Style Magazine.


It’s  full of great eye candy and beautiful homes

showing how tag-sale finds and collectibles

can  turn any house into a home!

Pillow Cover Sale


 on sale now for $26.95

Stool turned table


I found 2 metal vintage stools at a garage sale for only a few bucks, one had a back and one didn’t.   I unfortunately don’t have a place to use stools, so I knew I needed to repurpose them somehow. I removed the black vinyl pads and the back support, then painted the stools an aqua color. To protect the paint and age them a little more I used a dark brown wax. I made the table top from a piece of stock pine and distressed it to look like weathered barn wood, in my next post I’ll show the process I used. The metal around the diameter of top is actually galvanized pipe strap, this can be found at any hardware store, then I used upholstery tacks to attach and fill in the holes on the strapping. The stools already had holes in the top from the attached pads so I didn’t need to drill any holes to attach the tops to the stools.  It was an easy project, now I have the perfect sized side tables.  I'm linking up here:   [...]

Window Frame Re-purposed


Old vintage windows are great, usually only a few dollars at the flea market or even free like this one.
A friend was nice enough to give me 2 old windows because she knew I could use them for some project, thanks Linda!


This window frame actually had 6 window panes, but I didn’t want the individual panes,
so I just removed them (sorry I didn’t take a before pic).

I decoupaged the map to an 1/4 inch MDF board.
When I decoupage, I like to use either thinned down white glue or thinned down mod podge, and using a brayer will help smooth out any bubbles.
Picking out the map was the hardest part, I have about 20 Vintage Readers Digest Maps from Countries all over the world that I recently found at a garage sale.
I think I see more framed maps in my future.

Rust Anything!



Want to rust something, anything?





I took several mismatched urns I had, some ceramic, some plastic and coated them with iron paint, it creates a textured surface and is made with real ground metals.

I usually apply 2 coats and let dry according to the instructions.

The rust antiquing liquid is a mild acid that triggers the oxidation of the iron, so it’s real rust.

You can find sophisticated finishes at Michaels Craft Store and online. Great stuff!




When I applied the rusting liquid, I chose to leave some of the base gray metal paint showing,

and I also applied the rusting liquid heavier in certain areas, it gave a depth to the rust.





I faked my Mom out, I told her I bought the rusted metal urns at an Estate Sale, she actually thought they were real vintage urns .

Faux Zinc Lamp


I found a pair of lamps at Kirklands for under $70.00, the base had a nice dark brown finish and the shade has a linen look. Once I got them home I liked how they looked, but  knew I would probably want to change the base, but I didn’t want to just paint them. I was thinking  about a rust finish, so I painted on 2 thin coats of metal paint, using sophisticated  finishes brand rusting set. The base paint, which has real metal in it, is a dark grey and has a slight texture to it. Half way through I decided I didn’t want to rust them after all but I liked the dark grey base, so once completely dry, I brushed on Martha Stewart’s terra cotta finish in white, and then wiped off any excess to create the look I wanted. ++ = [...]

Craigslist Dresser Redo


I’m really loving neutral and grey tones right now and since  I’m changing the décor in our house I need to change out the furniture too. I wanted a dark grey distressed dresser so I searched craigslist  and found this one for only $40.00, it was real wood and in good shape. I added a little plaster of paris to my leftover grey dining room wall paint to add thickness and texture. Once the base coat was dry, I dry brushed a darker grey all over and scraped the edges to distress. I found these great ceramic and metal pulls at Hobby Lobby on sale for 2.00 each. AFTER I love how it turned out, and for less than $65.00 bucks that makes me happy. I'm linking up here: JENNIFER RIZZO  and   [...]