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Thrifted Coastal Farmhouse Decor on a Budget

While remodeling our tiny beach cottage we used so many Thrifted Coastal Farmhouse Decor items to decorate and create much needed storage areas within the cottage.

Here’s how we decorated our beach cottage on a budget with thrift store finds.

In addition, I’m sharing how to repurpose thrifted decor to make it work in a tiny cottage.

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Coastal Farmhouse Decor on a Budget

Remodeling the beach cottage has been such a challenge but totally worth the effort. However, searching for those treasures to decorate with has been a pleasure.

Y’all know I love my Thrifting with the Gals and today as part of our monthly Blog Hop, I’m sharing a recap of all the things I found out thrifting and how I’m using them in the beach cottage.

Thrifted Coastal Farmhouse Decor ideas

Thrifting with the Gals

My post today is part of our monthly Thrifting with the Gals blog hop. Each month we all share vintage and thrift store ideas with you.

Each month I am joined by my co-hosts, Ann from Dabbling and Decorating, Kristin from White Arrows Home and Robyn from Robyn’s French Nest. We all live in different parts of the country but have connected through our love of vintage decor.

We are so happy to welcome our guest blogger this month, Jessica from The Old Barn Company. If you are joining me from Jessica, I’m so glad you stopped by. Can you believe those amazing vintage finds she shared?

Farmhouse Coastal Decor – Bedroom

As I shared with you on the 7 Creative Small Bedroom Ideas post, we had to get creative with our storage solutions in the tiny bedroom. In addition, there is very little room to display farmhouse coastal decor.

However, I did find this great coastal print and faux driftwood at a resale consignment shop, Home Again in Wilmington, NC

Adding the thrifted items along with some shells and a fishing net to a long, shallow dough bowl, was just the perfect touch for the limited space.

Thrifted Coastal Farmhouse Decor on a Budget

Although these items are not recently thrifted, I added a little paint to make them work in the newly remodeled cottage.

Using a dry brush technique, added just the right amount of white to the basket which hides that ugly heat and air duct. You can see the details here.

The trio of wooden fish were brightly colored so they didn’t work with the new colors. Craft paint with some metallic gold helped to make them fit right in.

Thrifted Metals – Beach Cottage Kitchen

Once the beach cottage kitchen was remodeled, all the upper cabinets were eliminated and I knew that we needed a statement piece for the area over the stove.

In January, I shared What to Look for in Thrift Stores This Year and vintage copper and brass were both on the must have list.

It began when I found the copper lobster mold for a steal at a Christian Outreach thrift store. I began my search for copper utensils and decided to look online.

I found this vintage copper and brass utensil set on eBay and love, love it! The scoops are an ETSY find and the brass S hooks are available here. Although they are new items, they work perfectly with the vintage items.

Vintage Copper utensils to decorate for Farmhouse Coastal Decor

Next, on another Thrifting with the Gals trip, I found this cute little copper fish mold and although it wasn’t a steal, I knew it would find it’s way to the beach cottage kitchen.

Small Copper Fish in Beach Cottage for a Farmhouse Coastal Decor

The brass shell sconces were another Christian Outreach thrift store find for only $4.00 each and are perfect next to the copper and brass pieces in the kitchen.

Do you remember this Shaker Peg Rail with a Shelf that I shared last month? If you missed seeing how we flipped the thrift store shelf, you can see it here.

You can see many thrifted coastal farmhouse decor items displayed here.

The blue splatter ware dish, the wooden utensils, the copper molds and the larger wood cutting board are all thrifted.

I just shared on Dirt Road Adventures about finding the cutting board on our last trip to Habitat ReStore in Wilmington.

repurposed shelf was thrifted for the tiny beach cottage

Living Room – Thrifted Coastal Farmhouse Decor

I shared our Accent Wall last week and the peg rail shelf used to anchor the wall was a $7.00 thrift store find. If you missed how we repurposed the shelf to make the accent wall, you can see it here.

Accent wall in coastal beach cottage

To decorate the accent wall and storage bench, I once again went thrifting.

Another item that’s always on my thrifting list is handcrafted baskets so I couldn’t resist this cute wall basket although the color wasn’t exactly what I wanted.

The color was an easy fix with a little coffee water which easily stained the natural reed basket.

Thrifted basket

In addition, I shared the nautical mirror tutorial last week on this post. The mirror is a DIY project, however it is made from 3 thrift store items.

DIY Thrifted Mirror for Coastal Farmhouse Decor

Thrift Store Console Table

You might remember when I shared about finding and stripping this console table on Dirt Road Adventures.

It was a JOB but I love the look and I’m so excited that we were able to reuse a fine piece of solid wood furniture for our beach cottage. While refinishing the console, we found documentation showing that it was made in USA by Basset Furniture.

Looking for great quality wooden pieces is such a money saver. When you purchase new furniture, you don’t usually find the quality of a piece like this one.

You can see more about Successful Thrift Store Shopping here.

Console Table in Tiny Beach Cottage was a thrifted find for a coastal farmhouse decor

The Best Farmhouse Coastal Decor Find

When you remodel a beach cottage, one thing leads to another and suddenly, you feel you need to change (almost) everything.

So my husband and I began the search for a new coffee table to give the beach cottage a Farmhouse Coastal feel.

We were so fortunate to find this French Champagne Crate for a steal at the Ivey Cottage in Wilmington. It was in great shape and sturdy enough to make a coffee table.

After a trip to one of our favorite spots, Legacy Architectural Salvage, we found some reclaimed wood to make a top for the crate.

Now, we not only have a unique coffee table but it also provides much needed storage. You can see more about how this project here.

Vintage French Champagne Crate is perfect for coffee table and Farmhouse Coastal Decor

I hope you enjoyed seeing all the thrifted finds that went into creating our Farmhouse Coastal Decor for our Beach Cottage. I’ll be sharing a full reveal of the beach cottage remodel soon.

Thrifting with the Gals Blog Hop

Next up, get more Thrifting inspiration from Ann at Dabbling and Decorating – Spring Thrifty and Things.

Be sure to follow the entire hop for so many creative ideas. To follow along, just click on the highlighted links below.

Ann – Dabbling & Decorating – Spring Thrifty and Things / Kristin – White Arrow Home – Mix & Match Vintage Dishes

Robyn – 9 Ways to Decorate with Thrifted Bread Boards / Jessica at Old Barn Company

Thanks so much for stopping by today!


Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Friday 18th of March 2022

I have loved everything you've done to your beach house Rachel. It's been so fun to follow along.


Saturday 19th of March 2022

Kim I really appreciate this.


Thursday 17th of March 2022

So many amazing finds. I would love to go thrifting with you. It would be so much fun.


Saturday 19th of March 2022

Renae, I'd love that as well. Thanks for stopping by.

Kristin | White Arrows Home

Thursday 17th of March 2022

Love these finds and watching your beach cottage come together! The rope mirror is so fun!


Thursday 17th of March 2022

Kristin, I really appreciate this.

Mix and Match Vintage Dishes ~ White Arrows Home

Thursday 17th of March 2022

[…] you are coming over from my friend Ann’s house, welcome! I am always so inspired by her blog Dabbling & Decorating and her post today where she shares her Spring thrifting. She has such great taste and I love […]


Thursday 17th of March 2022

Rachel it's really coming along! I love it!