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.Read more ›

Glass Fishing Floats / Japanese Glass Floats for Nautical Decor

Glass Fishing Floats / 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 the cutest 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 ›

Wine Bottle Crafts: Message in a Bottle for Ocean Decor

Wine Bottle Crafts: Message in a Bottle for Ocean Decor

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’m adding to my arsenal of wine bottle crafts with a new one: Message in a Bottle! It will be perfect for beach decor / ocean decor or to use at a beach wedding. Read more ›

Coastal Coat Hooks using Repurposed Vintage Drawer Handles

Coastal Coat Hooks using Repurposed Vintage Drawer Handles

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 dresser 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 / boat cleats to me, and I wanted to transform them into nautical wall decor.Read more ›

Beach Theme Decor with Coastal Farmhouse Candles

Beach Theme Decor with Coastal Farmhouse Candles

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 another project for beach theme decor or coastal interiors.Read more ›

Milk Glass Vases with a Flower Frog as Table Decorations / Wedding Vases

Milk Glass Vases with a Flower Frog as Table Decorations / Wedding Vases

There are certain things that I always find on my thrifting adventures and yet, always pass by- and one of those used to be cheese shakers. I never had a fun or fresh idea for them…until recently. And once I had a vision in mind, I just couldn’t shake it (pun intended)! I wondered if a shaker top would act as a flower frog / floral frog to create flower centerpieces. And if I upcycled them into milk glass vases with some spray paint, then they’d be the PERFECT table decorations or wedding vases for the DIY wedding.Read more ›

DIY Beach Decor or Ocean Decor in Vintage Mason Jars

DIY Beach Decor or Ocean Decor in Vintage Mason Jars

Over the years, I’ve procured several vintage mason jars – particularly those with air bubbles inside the glass. I’m such a sucker for old aqua jars with their vibrant color and crusty zinc lids. So, I decided to upcycle a few of my own into DIY beach decor using treasures from past beach vacations.
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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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