Starfish Decor for a Beach House by Upcycling a Christmas Tree Topper

Starfish Decor for a Beach House by Upcycling a 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 ›

Thrift Shopping for Beach Cottage Decor

Thrift Shopping for Beach Cottage Decor

My “Thrift the Look” blog hop challenges are one of my favorite things to do. And this time around, the theme is Cottage Decor. Any version of cottage decor was up for grabs, but I chose to work on a thrifted version of beach cottage decor or coastal cottage decor.Read more ›

Glass Fishing Floats or Japanese Glass Floats for Nautical Decor

Glass Fishing Floats or Japanese Glass Floats for Nautical Decor

Full disclosure – this upcycling idea and tutorial was first published in July of 2014. But in the years since, the product I used to make these glass fishing floats went off the market. So, I started from scratch with new products, MUCH better photos, and Japanese glass floats that are simple and inexpensive nautical decor. Who says beach home decor can’t come from the thrift store anyway? Read more ›

How to Display a Sand Collection of Beach Souvenirs in a Wooden Spice Rack

How to Display a Sand Collection of Beach Souvenirs in a Wooden Spice Rack

There I was in Goodwill, crawling through the housewares when I paused to check an alert on my phone. A friend’s photo popped up- of a gorgeous sunset on the beach- and when I went back to thrift shelf scanning, there it was. A wooden spice rack that someone else had painted purple, using it to house her button collection. But with the beach photo still burning a hole in my mind and the spice rack in front of me, I suddenly realized that that the two would work swimmingly together- to display a sand collection / beach souvenirs!Read more ›

Repurpose Wine Bottles as Message in a Bottle

Repurpose Wine Bottles as Message in a Bottle

Ever since recycling glass stopped in my county, I’ve been trying to come up with fresh ways to repurpose the glass bottles I end up with. Now that summer is on the horizon, my head is already in the sand- beach sand, that is. So, this time around, I decided to make a Message in a Bottle with my empty liquor and wine bottles.Read more ›

Nautical Wall Decor with Vintage Drawer Handles that Look Like Boat Cleats

Nautical Wall Decor with Vintage Drawer Handles that Look Like Boat Cleats

As luck would have it, my friends are constantly offering up freebies for me to repurpose for my blog. And so was the case with these vintage drawer handles. My friend, Teri, had given her mother’s dresser a makeover for her daughter’s new apartment. When she asked if I wanted the old hardware, I eagerly took them off her hands. They looked JUST LIKE dock cleats or boat cleats to me, and I wanted to transform them into some nautical wall decor.Read more ›

Coastal Farmhouse Decor from Glass Candle Holders

Coastal Farmhouse Decor from Glass Candle Holders

I don’t know about your neck of the woods, but it is just wickedly hot here. So much so that I long to stay inside where the A/C blows cold and I can daydream about the elusive cool summer day spent on the coast. And with that idea in mind, I decided it was time to create some beach themed decor. But this time, I’m taking it a step further as coastal farmhouse decor. Yes, “coastal farmhouse” is a real thing!Read more ›

Driftwood Wreath for Coastal Beach Decor on the Front Door

Driftwood Wreath for Coastal Beach Decor on the Front Door

Up until 2009, I’d always lived near a shoreline- half my life along the shores of Lake Michigan, and half my life bouncing between the Gulf and the Atlantic in Florida. My fondest beach memories are those of the windswept, deserted beaches in Southwest Michigan. Maybe not quite as exotic as a tropical locale, but full of treasures- crinoid fossils, pretty Petoskey stones, beautiful beach glass, and gorgeous pieces of driftwood. And to celebrate those memories, I decided to make a driftwood wreath for our front door this summer.

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