Framed Coastal Wall Art on Sandpaper

Framed Coastal Wall Art on Sandpaper

Not too long ago, I found a wonderful treasure at a Habitat ReStore: a framed Navajo sandpainting. It was such a special and unusual find, but the sandy texture sparked a most peculiar idea. Could I create something beachy with a similar texture? Some framed coastal wall art, perhaps…Read more ›

Coastal Candle Holders with Sea Glass Paint

Coastal Candle Holders with Sea Glass Paint

Clothing, books, clear glass- these are some of the things that overwhelm thrift stores. Which means, of course, that I love coming up with new upcycle ideas for them. So, today I’m sharing some coastal candle holders that I made with glass vases that I found at one of the Habitat ReStores here in Charlotte.Read more ›

Beach House Decor on a Thrift Store Budget

Beach House Decor on a Thrift Store Budget

Summertime and beach house decor go hand-in-hand, no matter where you live. But since beach house living is not realistic for most budgets, one must get creative to achieve that same breezy, coastal vibe at home.Read more ›

Pillar Candle Holders with Coastal Style

Pillar Candle Holders with Coastal Style

I first spotted these pillar candle holders at one of those “color-coding” thrift stores. You know the kind I mean, right? Where they group all the housewares by color, and these wooden fellas somehow ended up on the red shelf.Read more ›

Coffee Table Tray Decor in Coastal Colors

Coffee Table Tray Decor in Coastal Colors

When I first spotted this tray at a thrift store, I thought, “Who would donate such a wonderful wooden tray?”. Picking it up, however, proved me wrong- turns out, it wasn’t solid wood at all, but rather something man-made. Which meant it was destined for upcycling, so I decided to create some coffee table tray decor that was perfect for summer.Read more ›

Coastal Coasters

Coastal Coasters

Even though it’s mid-August and all things pumpkin are on my mind, I thought I’d squeeze out another summer-inspired project this year. When I spotted these vintage coasters at the thrift store, I immediately envisioned giving them a beachy makeover. Besides, the idea of using the term “coastal coasters” in a blog post was too cute to pass up.Read more ›

Clam Shell Bowl with Baking Soda Paint

Clam Shell Bowl with Baking Soda Paint

Have you noticed that large clam shells have gotten weirdly popular as home decor lately? They’re turning up everywhere! So, when I spotted this scalloped wooden bowl at Goodwill, I wondered if I could transform it into a clam shell bowl. AND I could try out baking soda paint, which is also trendy these days.Read more ›

Sailboat Decor from a Weaving Shuttle

Sailboat Decor from a Weaving Shuttle

One year ago, I had gathered up the materials I’d need for this project. I had a couple of weaving shuttles and clear vision for transforming them into decorative sailboats. But right as I was getting started, an email appeared in my inbox.Read more ›

Antique Diving Helmet from a Light Fixture

Antique Diving Helmet from a Light Fixture

For the first time since very early March, I went thrifting. Now that we’ve moved to a state with stricter rules, I finally felt more comfortable to go inside a thrift store. So, I headed to Habitat ReStore, where I found a series of eyeball lights in their section of light fixtures. But as I stared at them, all I could see was an antique diving helmet!Read more ›

Starfish Decor from a Lighted Star Christmas Tree Topper

Starfish Decor from a Lighted Star Christmas Tree Topper

While working on my recent Thrift the Look: Beach Cottage blog post, one of the most challenging elements to find was a large starfish. I didn’t want to buy a real/dried one from a craft store, so upcycling one was my best bet. I just wasn’t sure what I’d find that could become the starfish decor that I needed.Read more ›