G’day Beach Cottage lovelies! I hope you enjoyed a wonderful Christmas!
We have been having a mini-holiday at home on the beaches here between Christmas and New Year and all of us have been taking a break, hanging out, going to the beach and not doing much at all.
So I have been doing a thing that I think we all tend to do at this time of year, even if it is unwittingly,and that is reviewing the past year…one good thing about having a blog is that some of it is documented for you bing!
As I went through the months on here I came across some of the vintage things I have scoured these fair lands for this year….some of them (and I don’t include the ones I stashed under the house before Mr BC could find them) are below…
This chair was and is a beauty, I’ve loved her in our old cottage, right now she’s in the Summer House and I like to blog on her most days…more on how I came across her here
There have been many trips to find vintage treasure this year – this trip was a good but funny one, I scored, among other things a vintage teapot, but the funniest thing was conversing with the ladies in Lifeline who were about killing me with their prices!
This was a crate we passed on the side of the road, we shoved it in the boot and painted it white, the full transformation is here – it now holds the baby Weber bbq and fits in down the end of the deck perfectly
after it looked like this
We scored big time on a new table for outside – this was the old farmhouse country table I thrifted for the deck – she had very much seen better days, but was heavy, beautiful and had my name all over her, I knew she would rock all beachy and coastal
She was a work this one, mostly because she was on the heavy side…you can see the progress here – it was a family affair…
This story of this table transformation was also one of the funniest points this year in blogging for us, when a trolly commenter from Bali, no less, decided to enlarge the pics for a little bit of examination and comment on the drips and droops they found in my painting skills….well talk about did we laugh at that or did we laugh and we’ve been chuckling about our droopy bits ever since…it’s become a Beach Cottage standing joke, us and our droopy bits…
Mr BC was named Droop for a while too, so hilarious! Below is it about half way through when I couldn’t decide on the top and the legs were droopy but not sanded
I also enjoyed finding old doors this year… I turned an old door turned into a coffee table – more on that here
This lady below was one of my better finds…we found her in Vinnies (more pics and the story here) when totally not expecting to for 40 bucks! I convinced Mr BC to strap her to the top of the car, it was a funny day…
There was much deliberation on painting her as someone somewhere had clearly spent a lot of time getting her paint free…I decided in the end though that the only way she was staying was if she went white…here’s the progress post and shots after some painting
and here when she was nearly done
I enjoyed making over the old kitchen dresser and actually I haven’t showed you yet but she has a lovely new home in the breakfast room and currently holds a heck of a lot of vintage china and our glassware and various baking and mixing bowls…for a few dollars one of my better finds, even though my darling husband didn’t think it at the time…
This old door was found on the side of the road – fabulous or fabulous?
and got a beach cottage makeover here
I have also continued to hunt down vintage linens this year, I now too have the excuse that I can use them to play food styling, hahaha….this post was all about some of my lovely linen finds…ahem, rather too many of those in my life, but I always maintain there are worse addictions, are there not?…..see them all here
I’ve also been working on this armoire (here you can read about how I found her and how much she cost!), which to be quite honest hasn’t been the easiest of makeovers and I am embarrassed to say still not finished, really really close now but not quite there…last night I was eyeing her up from bed thinking stuff it I might just chuck some of my vintage quilts and eiderdowns in there and be down with it…but I reckon one more session of work will do it…I have painted and painted that lady and painstakingly gone around the glass….my latest plan to finish her off includes getting Mr Beach Cottage to have go…I will need to work some magic to get that to happen…watch this space
here she is when I found her before
and after some paint and progress…
So that’s about it from me, I enjoyed looking back at some of those vintage finds, hope you did too!
I am off to do a spot of gardening and then a long long sit in the hammock with a Pimms and a book it’s a beautiful day here in Sydney and not one for hanging around inside…