In order to keep our Vacation Rental homes in renting condition we know that we occasionally need to replace & update key items. These are often mechanical things that you wouldn’t necessarily notice but are essential to ensure you have a solid cottage in good working order to host your family vacation.
I always wanted that ‘picture perfect’ beautifully decorated lake house or waterfront cabin…. it was never in the budget to gut our White Pine Vista cottage and make it the cover of House & Home Magazine…. but that’s what I wanted to do…. so we compromised! I spent several years collecting nautical themed items, going through cottage magazines & websites for ideas and then I made almost everything myself – kept the cost low & here’s how I did it!
….. as you can see we aren’t going to win any design awards….at least not this decade! LOL
… granted, we still aren’t going to win any decorating awards but it looks much better! For cheap & cheerful wall art, I picked up some large planks of wood at Home Depot. I painted canoe paddles on them in bright colours and then distressed them to give it them that reclaimed piece of wood charm. Total cost of the paddles wall art was less than $15 for all three!
NEW VALANCES ~ I picked up this nautical themed fabric in the clearance bin at Fabricland a few years ago, the grommets were also from a clearance bin at Len Mills and the rods were old ones we took out of our own home when I made custom box pleated valances… I love the large wooden rods and I am glad they are re-purposed here at our cottage. TOTAL cost of each valance was less than $7.00
Master Bedroom… it wasn’t horrible before
… but I now LOVE it. I just painted the walls a warm colour, added some cottage artwork and an orr… you ALWAYS see orrs used in cottage magazines as decorations. Usually, vintage orrs are REALLY expensive but I hunted around and got this little guy for $5 and since I already had the cottage art this room was super cheap!
second master bedroom…boooooorrring!
… we couldn’t afford to spent hundreds of dollars on new headboards so I used a little creativity and made these headboards out of beadboard and old trim I had laying around in the garage…for years my husband has been asking me to clean out the garage and get rid of odds & ends… i just couldn’t part with perfectly good lumber so I am thrilled to have made it into something….and clean out my garage at the same time!
I made the wall art using old pieces of wood in our garage & I painted just the sides of this book shelf to give it a hint of nautical without being too over powering…. just kidding, I painted only the sides because that’s all the ‘left over’ paint I had in the garage…hahahhaa. TOTAL price of this room was about $15 for the beadboard and $6 for the sisal used for the wooden buoys on the books shelf = about $21
…. this room was always so basic and boring
… I used the other half of the beadboard for this headboard and remnant fabric for curtains & fish pillow…about $20 for this room.
This project had it’s challenges~ it’s always a gamble buying fabric for projects that haven’t been dreamt up yet and never easy to pick out paint colours when your not in the room or worse a 7 hour drive away! I had to use plumbing and electrical supplies as curtain rod holders and borrow a neighbours sewing machine when I arrived and mine machine that I dragged all the way up there, didn’t work….but it all worked out and I look forward to my NEXT decorating project!