Sea Glass Luminary

I always have a ton of sea glass,  so I made a pretty way to display it.

Easy Sea Glass Luminary

Already had a vintage anchor mason jar on hand with holes drilled for the string lights. 

Easy Sea Glass Luminary

For my easy tutorial on drilling the glass,
 {click here}

DIY snowglobe


 What a fun little light!  Looks so pretty in the bookcase!

Love the way the light shines through all the beautiful colors of glass!

Easy Sea Glass Luminary

Easy Sea Glass Luminary

Thanks for visiting!   -Rebecca


Shabby Kitchen Pantry Redo

I bought this solid wood armoire on Craigslist for $40..including delivery!

Shabby Kitchen Pantry Redo

Perfect for the kitchen pantry storage I need and don’t have in my small kitchen space!

Sorry I didn’t get a “before”, I was excited to get started, and forgot to take a before picture.  All I’ve done here is prime the knots in the wood with Zinsser Primer. 

Shabby Kitchen Pantry Redo

I cleaned out the cabinet with vinegar and a clean cloth and let dry.

Shabby Kitchen Pantry Redo

 I then primed the entire cabinet, inside and out.

(Note: It took me about 4 coats of primer to cover the knotty pine. Even using a great primer such as Zinsser, which is a stain blocker!   Don’t get discouraged, eventually, the knots will stop bleeding through, and Zinsser dries pretty quickly!)

Shabby Kitchen Pantry Redo

Then I made some chalk paint with some leftover white paint. Directions for making homemade chalk paint can be found HERE. I did two coats of the chalkpaint, letting it dry a day between coats. (Although, this is summer in the very humid Key West, a climate with less moisture in the air may take less drying time!)

I sanded the edges with medium grit sandpaper to give it a lightly distressed look.

Shabby Kitchen Pantry Redo

Wanted to give the back a pop of color. Started with the same blue used on my walls.

Shabby Kitchen Pantry Redo

Added a pattern with a stencil. I purchased this one at Cutting Edge Stencils. They’ve got some great patterns, and they are super easy to use! I know this isn’t perfect, but hey, its hard to paint way in the back of a cabinet 30 inches deep!

Shabby Kitchen Pantry Redo

And you can’t tell after I filled it in with all these beautiful vibrant colors!

Shabby Kitchen Pantry Redo

I added some decorative shabby appliques purchased on eBay at Do It Yourself Chic. They have some really great appliques that will turn any boring or outdated furniture into fabulous! Highly recommend trying these out if you haven’t yet!

Aging Furniture Appliques

Always attach appliques on a flat surface using E6000. I don’t care what anyone says, it’s the strongest adhesive out there!

Shabby Kitchen Pantry Redo

I used Satin Polycrylic Glaze to finish the cabinet, and added a mishmash of leftover knobs..

Shabby Kitchen Pantry Redo

(It dries fast, and cleans easily. Another great thing about Polycrylic? It’s tintable!)

On one side, I added some S Hooks to give me a little more room for hanging pans..

Shabby Kitchen Pantry Redo

And on the other,  a lazy susan to access stuff on the back of the shelf.

Shabby Kitchen Pantry Redo

I’ve got plenty of room for all my pantry goods now! No more trying to figure out where I stashed what!

Shabby Kitchen Pantry Redo

Have even more storage on the top for some canisters and a bread bin..

Shabby Kitchen Pantry Redo

I love how this came out! Functional AND pretty!

Shabby Kitchen Pantry Redo

I added a pretty curtain between the wall and the pantry using a small tension rod to hide my mop and broom.. no closets in my little cottage!

Shabby Kitchen Pantry Redo

Thanks for visiting!


DIY Shabby Mermaid Bust

DIY Mermaid Bust

Recently I was reviewing my Pinterest Pins.


One of my repinners had said regarding my anchor,

“Beach  decor- can’t decide if it’s tacky or cool! Might be a great thing to do with all the costume jewelry I’ve gathered!”

 Shabby Beach/Coastal Cottage may not be for everyone, but I love it.  If you don’t love it, stop reading right here,  cause you’ll definitely hate this project!

My mom found this bust at a salvage shop. Pretty, but it sat there for a while before I decided what I wanted to do with it.

DIY Mermaid Bust

Nice, but I wasn’t thrilled with the bow on top of her head (which I later realized you can’t see in this picture!)

Then I thought, how cute would she be if I made her a mermaid?

DIY Mermaid Bust

Supplies needed:

  • A bust. This one was found at a salvage shop.
  • E6000 adhesive (Don’t even try this with another glue. You’ll have wasted a lot of time.)
  • A small paintbrush.
  • Judykin’s Diamond Glaze
  • Various shells, sea glass, coral
  • Gluegun/gluesticks
  • Aluminum foil

Start by squeezing a bit of E6000 onto a piece of foil. Just dab a shell into the E6000, really just a little is all it takes. Squeeze a couple of dots of hot glue on top of the E6000. Press to your figurine for a few seconds.  The E6000 forms the permanent bond, the hot glue forms the “fast bond”.  Alone, the silicone based E6000 will slide around, but not when topped with the hot glue. Really, try it!

I started my figurine with one of my leftover Vintage Jewelry Starfish from my Christmas sale, and worked my way around her head. I realize not everyone has previously made Vintage Jewelry Starfish lying around, but get creative. An old brooch would look great, or a starfish covered in glass glitter.. or just leave it out. I like that it creates a unique focal point.

Shabby Mermaid Bust

Add, layer, fill in the spots…

Shabby Mermaid Bust

Shabby Mermaid Bust

 I added Limpet Shells at the bottom to create a “Mermaid Scale” look..

Shabby Mermaid Bust

Shabby Mermaid Bust

Next.  You’ll have spider web strands of glue everywhere..anyone that’s ever used a glue gun knows what a pain they are!  But did you know if you hit it with a blow dryer, pouf! They’re gone!

close up

Lastly, Judykin’s Diamond Glaze,  I love this product so much!  It’s a very thin, very clear(non-yellowing) adhesive/top coat. It just kind of insures it’ll all stay together. Drip some out of the bottle, and spread out with the paintbrush. Work in small areas, letting dry in between.

Shabby Mermaid Bust

And she’s done!  Just love how she came out!  Now.. To sell, or keep?

                Thanks for visiting!   -Rebecca

Shabby Mermaid Bust

Shabby Mermaid Bust

Glittered Palm Frond Christmas Tree Tutorial

vintage palm


Learn how to make a glittered palm frond tree in less than an hour.. perfect for any coastal themed holiday decor!  Want to know what I like most about decorating with trees?  You can put them up whenever, and leave them up till you feel like taking them down..trees are trees and make great year round décor.  Imagine how cute this would look on a coastal mantel at Thanksgiving!  Read on to find out how to make these with stuff you may already have around the house..

Stuff you’ll need:

-Palm fronds

-Glue gun

-Glitter (try the dollar store if you don’t have any)

-liquid gold leaf (can be found at any craft store or on Amazon for $8.46 prime shipping)

-cone shape (less than $2.00 at most craft stores)



Palm fronds can be found everywhere in Florida. We have a couple of coconut palms that are constantly shedding. Its a great natural product to use, and best yet, it’s FREE! If you don’t have a tree, just look around on yard waste pickup day..



Start by cutting pieces of palm frond. Its not an exact science, I cut mine in 1-4 inch lengths.





Dip a cut frond piece in the paint. If you have paint in a little glass vial like I used, just dip till it hits bottom, this will ensure the paint is even on all the fronds.  Immediately dip the painted end of the palm in glitter. The glitter will stick to the wet paint.







Dab a dot of hot glue to the unpainted end of the frond. Attach to bottom of cone so that the painted/glittered end brushes against the bottom. Repeat all steps, working your way first around the bottom, then up the tree. Go back and fill in any spots that look bare. Easy, right?



Glue gun tip:  Glue guns are messy. And I burn my fingers every time. Essential in my life however. When you are satisfied with how your tree looks, and are sure the paint is fairly dry, hit it with a hairdryer.  All those annoying stringy strands of spiderweb glue  will magically  disappear.


Go back and fill in any spots that look bare.





Love this!  Looks so cute displayed with my  tiny driftwood house!




I may try another soon. I’d like to try to whitewash the fronds, and use silver paint and silver  glass glitter. What do you think?   Thanks for visiting VintageKeyWest!


Custom Order, Cross and Monogram

      Just completed this custom order for a jeweled cross and a monogram  letter B. They are off to their new home in Fort Lauderdale. The client requested a dropcloth for a background. Very cheap option for a background cloth, and I have a ton left over!


custom letter b

      Wrapped in jute twine, and finished with seaglass, shells  and nautical jewelry, these pieces will look great in my clients new beach themed living room. The frames are finished in old white.




Love how these came out!


custom vintagekeywest



Thanks for stopping in!  -Rebecca

$10 dollar Vintage Seascape Painting turned Jewelry Display

I found this beautiful acrylic seascape at a Goodwill a couple years ago, couldn’t decide what to do with it..then while trying to come up to display jewelry at Oceanfest Key West, it all came together!


Just refreshed the wood frame with some bright distressed paint, drilled some holes directly into the acrylic board, and inserted some drawer knobs.. super easy jewelry display!


I had some acrylic knobs I wasn’t using, and picked up the adorable pewter starfish knobs on clearance at Ace for $2.00. Couple coats of paint on the starfish and..




jewelry display,


Super cute display. People were definitely drawn to it, I sold all of my necklaces in stock. Couple people even tried to purchase the display itself!


Thanks for visiting!    -Rebecca




Can you believe this is laminate??

I live in a tiny attic apartment in old town, Key West. I pay for my location. I do certainly not pay for my storage, because I don’t have any. One tiny closet in the whole apartment! I’ve been wanting a sideboard/credenza/buffet/dry sink for a while. Just somewhere to store my good dishes- the – vintage pieces I pull out on holidays.  I have expensive taste. I want a solid wood piece I can refinish. Been looking a while, but of course, everything I want is upwards of $800. Not going to work. I found this dresser on Wayfair for $249.00. It’s called the Huntington 8 drawer dresser. Laminate, hmm, I can work with this! It’s in my budget, and will provide the storage I need.     It took me and a very patient friend 3 1/2 hours to assemble.(thanks Tim!) Definitely a two person job. I’m pretty handy, and no way could I have done this alone. Sturdily built, only a few minor issues matching up dowels to holes. Now the fun part.     First, I sanded with my mouse and medium grit paper, just enough to take the shine off. Then I painted some areas blue that I wanted to show through the topcoat.   IMG_4057   Here’s my new toy,  a Miss Mustard Seed Wax Puck. Great for distressing furniture! Just slide the puck over anything you are planning to distress and want that color to show through.   (See Photo)IMG_4058Next, I added some furniture appliques. These are my new best friend.  I buy them from Do It Yourself Chic on Ebay.

So much fun! She makes these “molds” with wood filler. She’s got a huge selection ranging to price from $1-$70. All you do is glue them on! I use my go to adhesive, E-6000. It  NEVER comes off!   Now, 2 coats of Zinsser  primer, and she’s ready to paint.

    I make my own chalk paint with good results -Budget, budget, budget! I scoured the returned paint shelf at Ace Hardware. I found a pint of winter white paint for $2. Done! Mix it with a tablespoon or two of unsanded tile grout,then add a splash of water. I usually  end up adding water a couple of times, as it tends to thicken. Just try to keep it at the same consistency throughout -not too runny. Think of the consistency of Elmer’s Glue. Two coats. 4 hours. Then, buff with a clean cloth, 2 coats of polyacrylic, and done!   mixed paint

To finish it off, I added some clear and acrylic knobs I had on hand. Now I have TONS of storage! What do you think?






Pirate Ship Chandelier, Vintage Lamp Makeover

pirate ship chandelier

I found this tabletop brass pirate ship lamp on E-Bay for $20.00. I actually had the highest bid, for $20.00!! That’s crazy! Who would sell this priceless treasure for $20.00?


Well, just goes to show, one mans trash is another mans treasure! Keep reading to learn how I turned THAT into THIS..


I got my inspiration from this on Junk Gypsies. I love the show, and soon because OBSESSED with having my own pirate ship chandelier. I like this tabletop version for me, I think it’s perfect for apartment living, no hard wiring needed!

First step, clean off the grime! I used dish soap and vinegar…

I started my snipping out the old wiring with wire cutters. I always like to rewire, not only for safety purposes, but new wiring will give any vintage lamp a clean, modern look. (it’s even nicer if you have any electrician friends that will rewire it for you..)

Then I primed with Rustoleum Clean Metal Primer in White. I used two cans. Dries super fast, about half an hour between coats.

I gave it a light sanding with my Mouse sander, to distress the embossed circles and give it an aged look. I rubbed it with some pledge to get the dust off, but didn’t do much else in the way off top coating. I’m okay with it getting a little rusty.


Next the beads. I have a ton of beads and stuff from my vintage jewelry collages. Decided to add some to my chandelier.

I used fishing line to string them together. (Actually, I made my roommate tie the knots cause he’s a fishing captain and I hate tying fishing line. Why is it so hard to tie fishing line?)


Then I got some crystal chandelier garlands and pendants on amazon. The pendants(French Pendalogue Crystal Prisms Silver Bow Tie, Pack of 10 by Crystal Prism World) cost 14 dollars for a pack of 10. The 2 six foot garlands (CrystalPlace 6 Feet Glass Crystal Beads Chain Garland) cost 15 dollars a chain.



they have these little rings and clips which made them super easy to put on..



And done! LOVE how this came out. My new favorite all time project. Till next time..