beach cottage bedroom

vintage salvage style beach cottage bedroom

Is it spring yet?  The beach sure is lonely without you.  I am counting down the days until the neighborhood is bustling again.  As much as a I love a little wintertime solitude, I prefer the action that warm sunny weather brings to the sandy beaches.  With that said, let’s check out a bright and cheerful beach cottage bedroom.  Between starfish and vintage swimsuit art, it is just brimming with anticipation of summer!

vintage salvage style beach cottage bedroom

If you are a regular around here, you probably remember that my folks bought a cute beach cottage about a year ago.  We’ve been gradually making progress room by room.  Each space was basically a neutral space that needed a punch of color and personality.  The carpet is brand new so it wasn’t going.  They also weren’t into painting as it was also recently done.  The reality is that other time-consuming projects, like creating a bathroom, took priority.  Basically we just pulled together a color palette and accessorized on a budget.  To do that, we used a combination of salvaged pieces, vintage, second-hand finds plus new textiles and art.  The color scheme is just so happy.  Perfect for the beach, right?

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Once upon a time, the headboard was in my bedroom.  It’s a salvaged door which so happens to measure a short 60 inches – the same width as a queen bed.  Years ago, I adorned it with driftwood, paint and starfish which are still fun.

Possibly my favorite part of the room are the swimsuit prints.  These were very hard to find!  We spotted them about a year ago at Bed, Bath & Beyond but were not ready to pull the trigger.  Of course that was a mistake.  Months later when we ready for art and agreed on the swimsuit prints, they were gone of course.  Local stores were wiped out.  Spoiler alert, after weeks of searching, I finally found them AND they were half price.  Naturally, I also hoarded a set for myself because you never know when you’ll need vintage-inspired swimsuit art.  These were the only two patterns available out of the original six or eight prints.  Fortunately, the colors were perfect.

beach cottage bedside tables + vintage swimsuit art

Those lamps are new-ish but found second-hand for mere dollars.  Aren’t they perfect?  The end tables are both painted in MMS milk paint, apron strings on the left & kitchen scale on the right.  The kitchen scale drum table doesn’t actually belong in this room.  It is one of a pair which are available for sale at West End Garage.  Normally we have a coordinating chest on the right but this one looks pretty darn good there.

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Let me divert your attention to the other side of the room.  What was once two dusty old closets, is now a full bathroom.  It is the tiniest full bathroom aptly named The Water Closet.

The Water Closet-

The closet space was the selling point on this old house but not for storing clothes.  The house had all the space they were looking for in a beach cottage but just one bathroom which was a deal breaker.  We stood in this very room when I had the bright idea that the side-by-side closets from adjacent bedrooms could be knocked out to make room for approximately a 30 square foot bathroom.

WC before

Now, I can’t take all of the credit.  My dad is the plumber who masterminded the water closet complete with a pocket door.  I will take credit for the pocket door actually.  That was my idea.

pocket door water closet bathroom

To the left is the toilet and to the right is a shower stall.

water closet tiny full bathroom

Admittedly two closets were lost in the making of this full bathroom.  However, we compensated with stand alone closets in each room.  As it turns out an additional bathroom is strongly preferred over closet space in a beach house anyway.

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Just three months until Memorial Day!

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Source List


  • Bedding – Homegoods
  • Headboard – salvage
  • Tin Shelf – salvage
  • Night stands – vintage painted in MMSMP Apron Strings & Kitchen Scale
  • Lamps – estate sale finds
  • Curtains – thrifted
  • Top down shades – JCPenney
  • Swimsuit prints – Bed, Bath & Beyond (sold out)
  • Cedar Closet – vintage painted in MMSMP Artissimo

Water Closet

  • Towels – Homegoods
  • Shower Curtain – Homegoods
  • Tile – Home Depot ‘Noce’
  • Mirror – vintage
  • Rattan shelf – trash (no shame)
  • Rattan baskets – Homegoods
  • Plumbing – Marston Mechanical





the game changer

Vintage fiends like myself always have a list of must-find items tucked away in the back of one’s mind.  Perhaps it is an industrial antique scale, a factory cart coffee table, a 1940’s 2-tier plant stand (not to be specific or anything).

For me, as of late, it was a brass bed.

vintage brass bed, ticking shams, French provincial furniture #brass

Not a cheap, shiny 1980’s brass bed but a high quality solid brass with a warm patina.  A queen size brass bed with serious antique style which would make it vintage, of course, because queen size beds weren’t available until the 1950’s or so.  And the price had to be right.  After only a few months searching, the perfect piece popped up on Craigslist.  The only problem was that it was over 2 hours away.  This was a great deal even factoring in gas and tolls.  Ryan made the trip picking up the head board, foot board and frame for my birthday.  Lucky girl.

vintage brass bed, ticking shams, French provincial furniture #brass

This bed was a game changer for sure.  It works very well with our existing French provincial family heirloom furniture.  That’s not going anywhere.  However, I decided to part with the coastal salvage vibe that we had going on previously.

I found a fantastic brass hued mirror that coordinated very well with the furniture and lamps.  I brought in Mildred, the necklace-wearing-bust, and other vintage jewelry vessels that I’ve collected.  The window seat got outfitted with more pillows because there are never enough.  And we finally did something with one of our wedding pictures turning it into a canvas for above the bed.  The shell lamps stayed as did the duvet with the addition of new ticking shams.

The biggest change of all is the flooring.  Previously this room was outfitted with pink carpet.  This winter our home has received many upgrades including new flooring throughout thanks to my patient husband who has redone almost every square foot.  I floated a flat weave, natural chevron rug over the weathered-look wood floor.

This bedroom now has a sophisticated yet collected vibe featuring vintage finds and family heirlooms.  Each one tells a story.  Of course, it is always entertaining to look at the progress of a space.  The ‘before’ picture is exactly how this room looked when we first saw the house.  It gives me the heebie jeebies.  The next one shows how it was last styled with a coastal salvage spin.  And of course the present look.  You can see that the symmetry remains the same.

What is on your must-find list?


salvaging a bedroom

Things are starting to feel more and more settled around our new permanent home.  Well you know that it is not actually new at all or new to us for that matter.  And the things in it aren’t new, of course.  You could have guessed that.  But the permanence of this home is what’s new.

architectural salvage bedroom

Today I am sharing how the old is pulled together to create a new salvaged, coastal bedroom.  This is one of my favorite places to relax.

I love all of the colors and textures…and also the view of the season changing out of the window that this bed faces. In fact, the previous owners oriented their bed on the adjacent wall which only left a view directly into the bathroom facing the toilet. Blech.  The back wall is all windows so it seemed obvious to face the bed in that direction.  I’ll share the window seat in another post…when we upgrade to top down shades.

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Naturally, I always go for loads of pillows covered in neutral solids.  However, I am not afraid to punch up the duvet with pattern.  For winter, I brought in this warm medallion duvet from Crate & Barrel.  The palette in here is so inviting…

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And that headboard is an old door that I updated a few years ago with paint, driftwood and starfish.

The vintage lamps are one of the best treasures the previous owners left behind in this house.  They needed an updated shade but, man, they are perfection.  Those oars are one of the first accessories I bought for this room and they’re still a fave.

architectural salvage bedroom

The furniture made the move with us.  It is part of my Grandmother’s French provincial bedroom suite.  After having all of the pieces living together in our guest room in the last house, I decided it would be better to break them up a bit.

Isn’t it funny how the finish on the night stands and dresser look like milk paint with antiquing wax?  It most likely is but I didn’t do it!  They’ve been finished this way for decades.  They’re a perfect fit here and are an inspiration for updating French pieces like this moving forward.

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The driftwood shelf was salvaged a couple of years ago.  I added hooks recently for my necklaces.

The mirror is not dirty.  It’s called patina!  I love mirrors with this much wear on the glass but apparently others do not because it didn’t sell this summer.  I took it home from the shop and I am trying it in this space.  I am undecided on whether it is taking the coastal theme too far.  Is that even possible?  The Golden Girls set is what I am generally trying to avoid however this mirror doesn’t say Rose to me.

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There’s always room to add more beach glass and shells that wash up…

coastal collection

The life-preserver I love.  And the columns were salvaged from an old Cape May home.  They’re kind of crazy town in here but they’re not going anywhere.  I like crazy.

And I’m obsessed with vintage chenille blankets especially in aqua.  This throw has been around awhile and is here to stay.

So that’s my happy place, friends.  Happy Tuesday!

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all washed up

Happy Sunday friends!  I have to admit that I don’t have any pictures of new vintage treasures from the weekend.  Don’t frown though.  It is a good thing.  I swear.  I spent the whole weekend doing things I love…shopping, junking, antiquing.  Yes, they are all pretty much the same so I will have lots of little treasures to share.  I was so busy that there was no time for photos.  Tomorrow. 


There is a new addition in our coastal bedroom.  Can you spot it?  Just past the recycled headboard.

We have a new shelf displaying my collection of seas glass, beach pebbles and Cape May diamonds.

Like the collection, the shelf was also found washed up on the beach. It is a naturally distressed 4×4. Ryan and I spotted it while walking the beach at low tide. It was too big to carry home so we came back with the truck early the next morning. At that time it was high tide so the driftwood was water logged again. That sucker was heavy to lug off the beach. The early hour brought out just us and a little old lady who looked suspiciously similar to her poodle.  She was quite entertained by our haul. 

We let the driftwood dry out for a few weeks. Ryan then made my vision come to life by creating a floating shelf out of the distressed and discarded driftwood.  He anchoreded L-brackets into the studs to support the weight.

The texture is just amazing. Something only nature could create.

This little hole which lets the paint peek through is my favorite.

I really love the elements of this room.  This photo seems to capture the true color of the wall which was inspired by sea glass.

So I think I’ve officially gone coastal in my decorating style. What do you think of the latest?

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Hello there upcyclers!

A couple of weekends ago, I worked on putting together a fun coastal headboard for the master bedroom at the beach house.

A friend of ours is a contractor who often works in old Philadelphia houses where some of the best features of the structures are usually slated for the dump like doors, windows & molding.  Fortunately, he also sees the potential in these pieces deemed “trash” and salvages them.  He offered me a couple of old doors including this petite 3 panel number.  See how short it is?  Ryan can see right over the top.  Were people really that much shorter 100 years ago?  I would think maybe it was a closet door but there are marks left where the deadbolts were.

The height of the door was exactly the same as the width of our queen size bed…perfect for a headboard.  No sawing needed. 

We started by removing the hinges.  The door had about 5 layers of paint on it which I liked.  Why add another coat?  I decided to work with the old white as a base and then accent in sea glass colors to coordinate with the blues and greens that are already in the bedroom. 

I cleaned the door, lightly sanded and painted the 2 small panels.

Here is the continuously growing seaglass and bottle collection that was the original inspiration for the room and now the headboard.

I heavily distressed the upper right corner to give it a worn-by-sea look like driftwood.  I love how the dark paint shows through.

The piece sat outside overnight and it happened to be very humid.  When I came back to it, I found that the white paint peeled right off for me revealing an even older layer of creamy yellow paint.

I applied a coat of clear semi-gloss polyurethane to the entire headboard.  This sealed in all of the layers of paint.  It is assumed that the old paint most likely has lead in it so this was an important step to take.  I don’t want any of the painting flaking off.

Then the fun part…accenting with driftwood, sisal rope and starfish.

I really didn’t have a pre-meditated plan for the coastal layout.  I just rolled with the punches and came up with this…

I’m not gonna lie….this definitely makes an abstract headboard that might even be a bit too eclectic for my taste.

But we’re “down the shore” afterall.  There’s no need to be serious or to have a stately and symmetrical headboard, right?

Anything goes!

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a few of my favorite things

We took a loooong weekend (an O for each day off from work) down the shore, as we say. Since we bought a new home this year, it looks like all of our vacation time will be spent at the beach house. Which is not exactly considered major travel to us.

Who can complain about that? We really are so fortunate to have this getaway. I am so thankful to be able to hop in the car whenever we want and head just 2 hours to Cape May, NJ.

By the way it is nothing like the Jersey Shore portrayed on TV. Nothing. Thank goodness.

I love spending time at the beach house. Over the winter we spruced up the bedrooms with some paint and accessories. The house came furnished so we’ve slowly been replacing it and incorporating our own style with new accent pieces. A work in progress…my favorite kind!

The master bedroom was inspired by my sea glass collection. Let’s take a look, shall we?

We painted the room Sea Mist (Olympic Paints). I was on the hunt for the perfect “vintage beach house green” color similar to that of sea glass. I am very happy with how it turned out. It is a tad lighter in these photos. In fact, the wall color is very similar to the background color of this blog. And I only just realized that!

Coral, pink and tan play neutral but feminine accents.

Lots of comfy shore-esque pillows for lounging on the built in window seat.

The requisite but not mass produced nautical accents.

Plus some must-have sophisticated junk.

Flea market side tables and possibly my most favorite vintage lantern turned lamp ever. Actually, my only vintage lantern turned lamp. I love lamp.

And the bedding again is neutral. Just how I like it. But this time with some expected beach flare.

The headboard is still yet to be decided. I have thrown around several upcycled headboard ideas like shutters (maybe), salvaged mantel (hmm), ship rudder (too heavy), outhouse door with moon cut out (too eww?), fishing netting (too stinky?)…well, no rush. Everything is slower paced at the beach.

I love the tranquility of this room. It is excellent for unpluging and relaxing. Where is your favorite spot to unwind?

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