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

Bedroom

  • 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

 

 

 

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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!

architectural salvage bedroom

living the dream

During the hurricane lockdown I took to cleaning, organizing and DIYing.  It ended up being a fairly productive weekend for me since we were fortunate to keep our power throughout the entire storm.   

Before the hurricane I hit up my neighborhood hardware store.  Ace the friendly place.  I was jumping for joy when I found out that everything was 20% off.  Sheer luck to walk in that day!  I stocked up on some project supplies.  Sometimes I think I like the hardware store better than the craft store.  When does Michael’s ever offer a storewide sale like that? Seriously.

Rewind to like 3 months ago.  I found this frame in the garage headed for the trash.  Skuuuurt, stop the music!  Immediately an art project came to mind.  The frame moved to my endless pile of future projects.  I filed the idea away. 

And then the storm came.  Plus the aforementioned hardware store sale.  Equals art project finally underway.

The master bedroom was (still is) lacking in the art department.  There’s a lot of texture and warm earthtones in the space so I wanted to create something for the walls to complement the mood.  Because I am obsessed with all things burlap at the moment, that was the natural choice.  Pun intended.

In order t0 start with a clean canvas, I bought a roll of burlap that is used for balling and burlaping tree root balls.  Landscape burlap has a looser weave than potato and coffee sacks (that I love).  I found this element added some additional dimension to the project.

I cut the burlap to fit the frame leaving excess on all sides to staple to the back of the frame at the end.  Then I laid out my stencils.  You didn’t think I free-handed that, did you?  I got the letter stencils from Ace (yes 20% off).  They were in the mailbox section.  I thought about printing and cutting letters out of cardstock to make my own stencils but this just seemed easier.  The damask stencil is from Stampin’ Up.  It is called Kind Thoughts Brocade.

I filled in the stencils with acrylic paints…also 20% off. 

I completed the damasks/brocades (whatev) first.  I just eyeballed the spacing when moving the stencils.  I think it worked out ok fine but you could measure. 

Then came the DREAM – literally and figuratively.  I repeated all of the painting/stenciling steps as mentioned above.

Once it was dry I turned it over and repositioned the frame.  I stapled the excess burlap to the back of the frame.

And there you have it.

One more. I like the light in this one…

Last one. Promise.

Still have no clue where the frame came from originally. I think it was packaging of some sort.  But if I can find more I would definitely replicate this project.  It was fun, quick and rewarding.

I also *might* have started decorating for fall harvest.

Too soon?  Happy September!

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tv killed the radio

Hey guys! I’m really excited about the latest antique addition to our house.

But let me start by telling you about our master bedroom. It is shockingly very un-vintage and do I dare say possibly modern?

Ok, not modern but not vintage either. Traditional?

Just like the guest room, we are working a dark wall/light furniture combo.

All of the colors in the room are very warm and relaxing…easy to catch some ZZZ’s in.

I like lots of pillows and neutral colored bedding in different textures like cotton and silk.

But what I’m really excited to show you is the new-to-us TV stand!

Don’t be fooled. It’s not just a TV stand. Know what that is?

It’s a Silvertone Radio console circa 1930s. I just love it! I especially love what this combination represents in terms of how far technology has come. Let me tell you a story about it…

This radio belonged to Ryan’s mom. She told us how it was positioned between her and her sister’s bed when they were children. She remembers listening to it before going to sleep. She’s kept it all of this time.

Fast forward 60 plus years and routines haven’t changed much. Just the technology. The radio console now acts as a shelf for the TV that we watch before going to sleep. The piece still serves a similar entertainment function to us as it did to them all of that time ago.

First we incorporated Ryan’s dad’s camera collection into our home and now his mom’s radio. We are so lucky! The color and grain of the wood is just beautiful. Plus the console also gives some bonus storage shelves.

Ok, so maybe I snuck some vintage into this seemingly traditional room afterall! Here’s a little more…

I found Ryan’s night stand at an antique shop. It is topped with a picture of our beloved Wilson and an awesome bourbon bottle lamp.

We found the lamp antiquing a few years ago and just had to have it. It is so Ryan.

I decided to go with mismatched bedside vignettes speaking to both of our styles. Plus dark woods to contrast with the light bedroom furniture we aleady had. That means I use this quirky chair to stack books and magazines around. I wouldn’t dare sit on it though. Hey, it was only 4 bucks!

It’s topped with a milkglass lamp. Because I love milkglass. The shade is new. Just a little bit of flare to girly up the dark wood of the chair-turned-table. Oh and the distressed parts of the chair are authentic from age. My favorite part.

Thanks for taking the tour! Do you love the new addition of the radio?

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