Thrifted Decor for a Beach Cottage or Coastal Cottage

Thrifted Decor for a Beach Cottage or Coastal Cottage

My “Thrift the Look” blog hop challenges are one of my favorite things to do. And this time around, the theme is Cottage Decor. I took it a step further and decided to recreate the decor style for a beach cottage or coastal cottage.

If you’re not familiar with my Thrift the Look challenges, here’s the skinny: I choose a professional photograph to recreate using thrifted pieces and upcycling ideas. And for Beach Cottage, my inspiration photo came from an unlikely source: a product photo from Birch Lane.

Beach Cottage inspiration from Birch Lane for Glaucio Blue Area Rug for Thrift the Look blog post by Sadie Seasongoods

On the Birch Lane site, scroll to the 7th little thumbnail photo with the couch.

I was quite taken with the vignette behind the couch. It felt very Beach Cottage / Coastal Cottage to me without being overly regional. In other words, it was neither too tropical nor too nautical.

So, I honed in on vignette components – glass bottles, coastal wall art, beach treasures (shells/coral), starfish, and books. With my inspiration photo in my head and saved to my phone, I spent the next few weeks thrifting my little heart out.

And I found a TON of stuff.

Shopping for Beach Cottage or Coastal Cottage or Coastal home decor at thrift stores by Sadie Seasongoods

Once I had a bunch of thrift store pieces to work with, I set my sights on a few upcycling ideas and repurposed projects. Fingers crossed that my version of the vignette comes together! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Upcycling Ideas for a Beach Cottage or Coastal Cottage

Right away, I knew that the decorative glass bottles in the inspiration photo were something I could easily recreate. I mean, I’ve made very similar decor before – with these glass fishing floats!

First, I needed to give my DIY nautical bottles some color, starting with the stained glass spray I’ve used before.

Using stained glass spray paint to make DIY nautical bottles or decorative glass bottles for beach decor by Sadie Seasongoods

However, I changed up my approach this time – and layered both colors on each glass bottle. I varied the number of coats and dominant can of paint for each one, ending up with a nice coastal variety.

Decorative glass bottles to use as decor for a beach cottage or coastal cottage by upcycling them with stained glass spray paint by Sadie Seasongoods

To add fishing net to the first bottle, I used none other than a similarly textured purse from Goodwill!

Nautical bottles with a fishing net purse and recycled glass jug for a beach cottage or coastal cottage by Sadie Seasongoods

Crazy idea, right? But let’s face it – that’s pretty normal for me!

First, I removed the lining and strap from the purse. Then, I placed the largest bottle (jug, really) inside the purse.

DIY Nautical bottles from the thrift store for coastal home decor or decor for a beach cottage or coastal cottage by Sadie Seasongoods

Next, I trimmed off the excess on the bottom and the top. I used jute twine to basically stitch those openings shut – as close to the bottle as possible. Think of how corsets would be laced up – that’s the “stitching” I did.

Fishing net decor on decorative glass bottles for beach decor in a beach cottage or coastal cottage by Sadie Seasongoods

For my next bottle, I simply cut up a bamboo place mat from the thrift store and glued a strip of it around a bottle.

Beach decor for a coastal cottage by upcycling a bamboo placemat into DIY nautical bottles by Sadie Seasongoods

And for the third bottle, I knotted jute twine like fishing net (using the technique in my glass fishing floats post). With that, the DIY nautical bottles element was done!

DIY nautical bottles as beach decor for a coastal cottage or beach cottage with upcycling ideas for thrift store items by Sadie Seasongoods

Coastal Cottage / Beach Cottage Decor from the Thrift Store

I assembled everything else I had – coastal wall art (purchased years ago from a thrift), vintage books (from various thrifts), the picnic basket, my “starfish” (you DEFINITELY need to check out this blog post about it here), and some thrifted shells.

Ready for it? How close did my version of coastal home decor / beach decor come?

Upcycling ideas for a beach cottage or coastal cottage and coastal home decor from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods

What do you think? I’m kind of loving how it all came together – and every single thing either came from a thrift store as is or as upcycled by me!

It’s not, perhaps, and IDENTICAL match to the original inspiration photo, but I wouldn’t say “no” to an entire home outfitted to match my vignette.


Thrift the Look: Cottage Decor Challenge

NOW – check out all the kinds types of Cottage Decor that my blogging pals (the Creative Vintage Darlings on Facebook) cooked up for their Thrift the Look challenge. Everyone went with a different type of “cottage”, so there is plenty of decor variety.

Beach Cottage Decor by Sadie Seasongoods and Boho Cottage Decor by Little Vintage Cottage

     Sadie Seasongoods    |     Little Vintage Cottage

  Cottage Decor by Home to Heather, Rustic Cottage Decor by Itsy Bits and Pieces, and Industrial Cottage Decor by Audrey Would Vintage Home

    Home to Heather  |   Itsy Bits and PiecesAudrey Would Vintage Home


Here’s a side-by-side comparison of the inspiration photo and my thrift store version of Beach Cottage / Coastal Cottage.

Thrift the Look for Beach decor for a coastal cottage or beach cottage with upcycling ideas and repurposed projects by Sadie Seasongoods

I hope you enjoyed this Thrift the Look challenge as much as my previous ones: French Farmhouse Decor, Lake House Decor, and Boho Decor!

If you enjoyed these upcycling ideas for beach decor or coastal home decor, then you may also be interested in these sea glass candle holders, as well.

Upcycling glass candle holders for beach theme decor and coastal interiors with seaglass spray paint by Sadie Seasongoods

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  1. This turned out so great! Very creative.

  2. Daisy Dianne Bromlow says

    You knocked the challenge out of the park !

  3. These turned out so cool, Sarah! Love that stained spray paint; will have to think up something to use that on! Can’t wait to check out everyone’s creativity!

  4. Everything came together so nicely! That wicker picnic basket was a real find, but I love the bottles. I’ve been looking for that type of spray paint for something I want to try but Krylon isn’t available in the stores near me.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      I linked to them in my post – please let me know if the links aren’t working for you!

  5. This is amazing! I love your version!


  6. Judy Brundage says

    Sadie. love love love your vignett! You did a wonderful job. Very inspiring!

  7. Deborah Truesdale says

    WOW!!!!! You did an outstanding job on this project!!!! Of course, I love all your projects….but this one is a winner over all!!!!!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thank you so, so much, Deborah. I am so in love with these Thrift the Look challenges – and this one was extra fun for me to work on!

  8. You captured the inspiration look so beautifully, Sarah…and I am in love with those bottles! You are so creative!! This was such a FUN blog hop…thank you so much for putting it together for us!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      It really was super fun- and thank you! Can’t wait to check out everyone else’s posts!

  9. Cindy Conner says

    Love your thrift challenge. Those bottles are so cute. I will have to read about the thrifted challenge. How fun and neat. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  10. Thank you again for organizing all of this! It is the most fun of all the hops! I absolutely love how you transformed those bottles – I’d have never thought to use a purse in a million years!

  11. Honestly Sarah, you never cease to blow me away! I love everything you’ve done with your room and can’t believe all those bottle are painted. Who would ever know? And that purse for the netting is genius. Love, love, love and have pinned for a beachy cottage day! 🙂

  12. I think this is a great success, so love the bottle redo…had to pin that. Fun series, I could see doing a whole bunch of bottles like this with lights in them for a yard display!

  13. christinafayerepurposed says

    Sarah I would say you nailed it! I like yours better it’s so beautiful!

  14. Christy Roppel says

    You did a beautiful job Miss Sadie!
    I have a question: Do you prefer the stained glass paint you used here as opposed to the sea glass spray paint?

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thank you! It really depends on whether you want a frosted glass look (sea glass spray paint) or colorful but clear (stained glass paint).

  15. Beautiful. I really like the one with the woven bag.

  16. I so look forward to getting the email from your blog each week. I wish I lived in the America as you have fabulous Thrift stores ( we call them Opportunity Shops in Australia) which I have been visiting since my early teens when I discovered the great treasures they hold. Of course those days in the 1970’s they were not very popular like they are now and many really exciting things for a few cents.
    Thank you for your great craft and repurposing ideas, I really love them.

  17. Love it! Everything turned out beautiful! Great ideas for repurposing the jugs; I won’t ever look at a purse the same way!

  18. I like your version even better!

  19. paulasweetpea says

    You are so creative! I love how you created the beachy bottles with spray paint and items from the thrift store.

  20. This was such a clever idea! I want to try to make some of these too.
    Please share this post over at You’re the Start blog hop on my site
    Happy Summer,

  21. Sandra Smith says

    I like yours more than the ‘original’! Truly! Sandra

  22. Sadie, I so enjoy all your thrifting that you show us. I really like your version better than the model.I even like your picture better. I would like to try to do something like it for my mantle but I don’t have one thing like it. Time tol start looking thru the thrift stores as haven’t been for some time.

  23. I love, love, love this! Being from New England your vignette spoke to me!!!! Fantastic

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Thank you!! I really didn’t want to work off of an inspiration photo that was too cutesy-beachy or tropical beachy. And that photo had a great Nantucket vibe, right??

  24. Elizabeth Sutton Sterling says

    I actually like yours more!

  25. Camille Dammasch says

    Better than the original!

  26. Everything is amazing, I adore the jug and the purse transformation, so clever! I NEED that paint in my life, I have so many bottles that would take on a whole new life!

  27. Love it, and all of your Thrift the Look Challenges. Reminds me of an old HGTV show called Sensible Chic that I loved. Keep the design ideas coming!

  28. I found this on the Cottage Market and honestly, I bow to you as you are the queen of thrifting upcycles! I like yours better then than the one you used for inspiration

  29. Ramona Y LeFevre says

    Love your see glass. I have a old,large glass water cooler bottle that I have been wanting to do the same thing to,I just wasn’t sure what paint to use. Thank you for your post.

  30. Janice Guarino says

    I’m so impressed with your thought process for the jug by using the purse. I have a similar jug that has macrame around it, and have always loved it, now you have me looking for purses so I can make another. Thanks so much for sharing your ideas.


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