Back to the Beach...

July 8th, 2010 in blog     
shabbychick Kathy Stantz, contributor
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This is a shelf over the picture window in my dining room. I wanted a beach sign, so I scrounged around in the basement and found a broken oar.  Sometimes a treasure hunt is just a few steps away - ha ha!  Anyways...a little white washing, some stencils - and then sanding to add some weathering --- and its just right!
One of my vintage beach paintings (this is the oldest one I think).  Ive got quite a few - finding them from Ohio to Florida...theyre one of my favorite things to collect.
This is the other end of the shelf over my picture window - another painting, and a great old grate.
This is a little childs cabinet I got at Hunt & Gather last year (minus the doors and back - which were falling off anyway - theyve been saved for future use...), and Ive filled it with some fun vintage shell decor.  My favorite is the one in the bottom left compartment - a handpainted seashell with a speed boat zipping through the water.   
Up close...too cool!  I found the painted seashell at a sale for $1.00 - what a great price for a sweet little piece of artwork.  And the snow globe doesnt have water in it anymore, but love the little skiers (thought of you Gretchen!).
This is the cutest summer purse...A little wooden boat with some great handpainted details.  Sweet, dont ya think??
And inside my conservatory - which literally changes like the weather...  All done up with vintage  figurines, pictures...etc...oh - and a little splash of junk!
The oval framed print is one of my favorite scenes.  The little kiddos are just precious!
Heres another view - and this one has a pic of my daughter, Kristen (when she was probably about two) - in her pink polka dot bikini (and being the collector/saver that I am) - the bikini is hanging just above....  And there are some kids playing in the sand. be a kid again!
Heres a close up of the beach babies - and a couple old compasses too - so nobody gets lost!
These buddies are hoping they catch the big one!  Im not going to let them know - its just a mirror underneath...theres not a drop of water to be found!
On the left is a beach ball I made - I used grout (and put it on thick) and literally stuck shells and seaglass into it - then while the grout was still wet, I sprinkled sand over it to make it look like they were buried.  (inside its a bowling ball - so just a bit heavy for a game of beach volleyball!).  The little sailor on the right is from the 70s, and the beach angel on the left was made by my adopted sister, Robin - love her! :)  Theyre sitting on a a vintage kid-sized adirondack chair that I got a few years ago at a garage sale.  It was in a pile (for $1.00) and I rescued it and glued/nailed it back together - it was a humpty-dumpty project! :)
This is a shelf over the picture window in my dining room. I wanted a beach sign, so I scrounged around in the basement and found a broken oar.  Sometimes a treasure hunt is just a few steps away - ha ha!  Anyways...a little white washing, some stencils - and then sanding to add some weathering --- and its just right!

This is a shelf over the picture window in my dining room. I wanted a beach sign, so I scrounged around in the basement and found a broken oar.  Sometimes a "treasure hunt" is just a few steps away - ha ha!  Anyways...a little "white washing", some stencils - and then sanding to add some "weathering" --- and it's just right!

Before summer buzzes right by (faster than a hummingbird), I thought I'd share photos of "some" of my summertime/beachy junk and vintage collectibles.  These things are just what's in my dining room...there's SO much more!  My guest room is decorated year-round with vintage beach paintings, etc...but the dining room is my seasonal "hot" spot - the junk is always a-changing!

Hope you enjoy the pics, and hope you're enjoying some wonderful summer weather (it's been just a "bit" hotter than normal in Ohio - but I'll live with it - I don't like to think of the alternative (and, starts with an "s").

Happy junking!


P.S.  I know I've been MIA the past month or so...but my friends and I are getting ready for our first annual (occasional sale) "Vintage Market Day"...(as busy as bees) on Saturday, July 24th - so I'll share some pics of what we've been "collecting" - my basement is filling up fast - and my hubby is getting a little concerned...I keep telling him "it will all be gone on the 24th...promise!"  :)  SO, hoping/praying for lots of customers!



posted in: blog, vintage, tabletop, glass, beachy

Comments (18)

Grasshopper22 writes: Thanks for sharing your great stuff...your home looks very fun and inviting. Posted: 8:40 am on July 18th
OnEaglesWings writes: Great collecion of items that just say beach, summer, relax! I love the little cupboard...I was going to tell you that "I need that cupboard" and then I took a second look! How cute...I love dimunitive furniture..!
Susie Posted: 2:48 pm on July 17th
shabbychick writes: So glad you all enjoyed a visit to my little's always fun to get my beach junk out - and I try to hold onto the season till the end of September :)

I warned my daughter the bikini might become famous - ha ha, or infamous in junk decor!

Kenda - I've missed being here - but it is turning out to be a super busy summer, and I've missed so many member posts - so, I need to start getting caught up there too - lots of new members and great ideas... Hope all is well with you (a water park sounds like fun)!

Jim - OK - I'm're probably right - is that a bad thing??? It's called organized hoarding I think ;) (And share?? There's plenty to share a bit...)

Take care - and happy summertime!

Kathy Posted: 9:21 am on July 13th
JunkArchitect writes: What a great collection of beachy junk. I’ll bet you have a collection of every kind of junk theme imaginable…want to share. I’ve been MIA too but that’s because I’ve been working on a pretty big project.

Posted: 1:59 pm on July 12th
RustyDiva writes: Hey Kathy, I just got back from vacation at a water park and this post puts me in the mood for more water! Great displays and collections. Lovin the seagull picture. Glad to see ya post again - I've missed ya.

Kenda Posted: 11:33 am on July 12th
Funky_Junk_Donna writes: Although I don't collect beachy things (yet?), I sure do gravitate towards them! That oar is a wonderful touch, and is extra cool due to being authentic!

Posted: 4:58 pm on July 11th
junkermidge writes: Fun stuff for the summer! I think it's a bit of a hot summer here, too, but fall will be here before we know it. I LOVE your conservatory and look forward to seeing the look for each season. The little summer scene is adorable.
Midge Posted: 2:11 pm on July 11th
CottageElements writes: Hey, Kathy! I think there have been a few of us MIA. Just trying to get back into the swing of things. Sounds like a fun idea doing your own occasional sale! Best wishes and prayers. I love the beachy theme. I have a stash, but just haven't had the energy to bring it out this year. Fun post!

Lani Posted: 12:09 pm on July 11th
Heavenly_Treasures writes: KATHY,
All I can say is you have great talent.Very nice the way you display things.I just ask the Lord to bless you this evening. GOD BLESS ROBERT. Posted: 1:16 am on July 10th
oldnews writes: Oh my goodness Kathy, what an incredible collection of summer goodies you have! So beautifully done, so fun to look at (over and over), you are so talented! I especially loved the little purse, that is the coolest thing ever!! Thanks for giving us a peek! Marie Posted: 2:38 pm on July 9th
ILikeItVintage writes: Thanks for sharing! It inspires me to be creative! Posted: 2:27 pm on July 9th
bensonstreet writes: I would love to visit - but we will be on vacation that weekend in Cape May, NJ! I hope we all have good weather!

Does anyone know any good junking spots in the Cape May area? Posted: 9:32 am on July 9th
Prior writes: I love the beachy vignettes. Especially love that you save your daughters suit, and I love that old grate....Good luck on your show! Lezlee Posted: 10:12 pm on July 8th
BillyJo writes: This is what I like. I could get lost for hours just looking. Thanks BillyJo Posted: 9:22 pm on July 8th
alicemom writes: Oh Kathy,
i love it all! The oval frame is the sweetest!
smiles, alice Posted: 5:53 pm on July 8th
chippingcharm writes: Hi Kathy...thanks for the peek at all your "beachy" treasures! I love that little cupboard from H&G and that picture of your daughter next to her pink polka dot bikini...too cute! Good luck getting ready for your sale. I'll pray for good weather for you too...can't wait to see the pictures afterward! Take care...happy summer :) Laurel Posted: 2:49 pm on July 8th
shabbychick writes: Thanks for your comments. I love the little speed boat too - it really is a nice little piece of art!

Our sale is in Mansfield, Ohio - you can check out my blog for details:

It would be great if you could visit us. There are a couple of other JMS members who will be stopping by too - we're so excited (and praying for good weather!).

Take care, Kathy Posted: 2:16 pm on July 8th
bensonstreet writes: OK! Now you have me inspired! I have been planning on setting up a fabulous display on an old library table in my dining room, but for some reason I haven't got around to it! LOVE LOVE LOVE everything you have - my favorite is the speed boat on the sea shell.

Where is your Occasional Sale? I would love to attend if it is near me (NW PA..) Posted: 10:59 am on July 8th
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