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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Beach Inspired Decor

Hi everyone.  Hope you're able to keep cool during these ever so hot days of July we are having.  We are doing a lot of indoor projects or going to the beach since its just too hot to go out until evening.  So today I thought since it is beach weather around here I would bring you a few of the beach inspired projects I have done to give our home that beach feel I so love.  
Vintage, Paint and more... Beach Inspired Decor Collage

There are several and I think you'll find that they are quite simple, quick and budget friendly as most of the items are either thrifted or from the Dollar store.
First up are some simple projects I did with glass ware from the Dollar Tree.  I used clear glass vases, bowls, and candle holders and painted them with a mix of mod podge and craft paint to create "faux" sea glass. 

Vintage, Paint and more... painted "faux" sea buoys from dollar store vases

Just add a nice raffia place mat from Good Will and a few shells and you have a wonderful beach inspired vignette.

Vintage, Paint and more... "faux" painted sea glass candle holders and vase

With these Dollar Tree vases I just wrapped them with some rope also from the Dollar Tree.  Place them in a nice little round basket along with some shells and you have brought a bit of the beach into your family room.

Vintage, Paint and more... rope wrapped candle holders in a beach vignette

Next I did a couple of cute projects using shims.  Shims can be found at your local hardware store and are used in construction. I just used a little craft paint and some shells to create this piece.  

Vintage, Paint and more... beach inspired wall art made from shims

My next few projects were put together for our porch.  The first one is another shim project that is stenciled and hung from a vintage mirror that was turned into a chalkboard. 

Vintage, Paint and more... stenciled beach sign on shims hanging on a vintage mirror painted chalkboard

Then I simply painted a thrifted boat oar to match our colors and stood it up in a corner.

Vintage, Paint and more... painted thrifted oar in a beach inspired decor

A beach inspired wreath can be made from an old thrifted or reused grapevine wreath by just adding some raffia and shells.

Vintage, Paint and more... beach inspired grapevine wreath made with raffia and shells

Put all these together and you have a very beach inspired porch to greet your guests. Just add a small palm and a few shells and the look is complete.

Vintage, Paint and more... beach inspired decor for a summer porch

This little collection would not be complete if I didn't include at least a couple of projects that I did with twine.  You know how much I love to wrap things with twine.  The first being a set of cute little nautical coasters.

Vintage, Paint and more... DIY twine wrapped and stenciled coasters

And what beach decor would be complete without a beach wrapped table?  One of my favorite pieces by far.

Vintage, Paint and more... twine wrapped beach table

Then last but not least is the reverse stenciled beach table that "T" built for our beach inspired patio.  A very simple little table that adds some real whimsy to the area.
If you are unable to build a little table these can be found in thrift stores quite readily.

Vintage, Paint and more... reverse stenciled table for a beach decor

I love making our beach inspired decor from thrift store and dollar store finds. I love how they add that coastal/nautical feel I want to achieve in our home.  
What have you been up to during this hot spell - staying in, vacationing, or working on projects?  Would love to hear all about it in the comments below. 

Until next time have fun creating something you love.

I will be linking up to the parties listed on the Where I Party page.  please go and visit them you'll find lots of inspiration and  creativeness at each one. 


  1. Cathy,
    Love all your sweet beach decor!! I thought of changing my patriotic tree to a beach Tree but i think i will wait until next year and work on some shell ornaments over the Winter.....
    Thanks so much for stopping by!!


  2. so gorgeous! I love beach decor! All the blue and shells :)

    stop by and chat with me ♥

  3. Beautiful vignette! Beach decor is so lovely. Love the mirror chalkboard :)

  4. Very fun pictures and post Cathy.

    Hugs Diane

  5. Love the beach decor! My house has beach decorations too. Wish I lived closer to the ocean so I could visit it more! If you want to check out my decor, visit Have a great weekend!

  6. These are all such beautiful ideas! Well done!

  7. I love all of these! The oar and mantle are my favorite! I love beach decor and may need to make a few of these! I'm thinking about doing a beach theme in my bathroom!

  8. Wow Cathy! You are one busy lady! Everything looks so high end, you would not be able to tell you purchased some things from the dollar store. I really like the boat ore--that is a creative way to display your house number.

  9. Nice! I'm hoping to do more beachy themed stuff, I love the inspiration! Thanks for linking up to Snickerdoodle Sunday!

  10. Thanks so much for linking up! I'm going to feature at Friday Favorites this week. Love all of these beachy ideas!!

  11. Love all your beach decor but especially the faux beach glass bouy balls and the twine wrapped table! Pinning those for later!

  12. Great beachy decor! I have an old oar that I'd like to paint, I really like yours you have on your porch!

    Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting on the Thrift It, Gift It, Facelift it challenge!


  13. I love all of these! They make me want to move back to California!! Love the paddle and the beach life sign especially!

  14. Hi Cathy, love this round up of all of your fabulous beach themed d├ęcor! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  15. I love summer and I just adore your beach theme things! That shim project is awesome!
    Thank you so much for sharing at Something to Talk About!

  16. I love your beach themed decor! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  17. This looks like an awesome post, thanks for linking it up at this weeks Merry Mondays!

  18. Cathy I love all your beach themed decor/ projects. The glass buoys are my favorite. Thanks so much for sharing this at Dream. Create. Inspire. Link. Take care, Tara