Beach Decor on a Budget

Do you cherish a beachy scene and want to add coastal charm to your home? Make the beach ambiance come to you by creating your own beach dΓ©cor. Today, along with my blogger friends, I’m sharing one of my Best of the Archives for a month of Trash to Treasure Transformations each Tuesday. Yay! Be sure to check out their projects later on in this post.

Best of Trash to Treasure Transformations | Prodigal Pieces |

One of my subjects for this project is a Craiglist cast-off. I found this oak coffee table / entertainment stand that was in need of some superficial love.

Oak Coffee Table Before Beach Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

The top was worn, it was missing trim and pulls, and was oh-so DIRTY. But hey, it’s solid oak and just needs some TLC, right?

Worn Oak Coffee Table by Prodigal Pieces |

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My favorite sander came out to play and we made that top fresh again. Raw wood is so beautiful to me. Just look at that grain! Sanded Coffee Table Ready for Beach Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |
To give the table a coastal feel to suit beach decor, I turned to the sunbleached stain we used on our master bedroom floors and on an antique bedroom set.
Sunbleach Wood Stained Floors by Prodigal Pieces |
Here it is, all gussied up and ready for some waves. It has sold from my shop, but there is always more goodness on the way.
Sunbleached Coffee Table for Beach Decor by Prodigal Pieces |
The sunbleached top has a cooling effect and lets that gorgeous grain shine through.
Sunbleached Coffee Table Top by Prodigal Pieces |
I painted the cabinet a basic white and distressed for a time-worn effect. Since it was missing pulls, I wanted to create a beachy feel by using rope instead. I just enlarged the holes and knotted the rope on the inside. Perfect!
Rope Pulls for Beach Inspired Coffee Table by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comThis project didn’t quite quench the need for sand between my toes, so I took it up another level.
Remember my free vintage Morris rocker? I know several of you told me to repair it and make it come back to life, but it was badly damaged and would have taken a lot of reconstruction to get it going. So…it was time to make use of the parts.
Antique Morris Rocker Base Repurposed by Prodigal Pieces |
During Christmas, I put the springs to use as rustic tree toppers, and now it was time for the arms to find their purpose. What do you see when you look at that arm?
Morris Rocker Arm Repurposed by Prodigal Pieces |
I see a whale. Yup. So I grab my drill and spade bit to create an eye.
Creating Eye for Whale Beach Decor by Prodigal Pieces |
Don’t they look fishy already? hee hee hee.
Pair of Repurposed Rocker Arms by Prodigal Pieces |
After painting them a base coat of blue, I use my hand-painted sign tutorial to create a whimsical beach directional.
Hand Painting Beach Directional Sign by Prodigal Pieces |
Those arms turned into this: A whale of a sign, don’t you think?
Repurposed Beach Directional Sign from Rocker Arm by Prodigal Pieces |
These too have sold from my shop, but if you’re interested in a custom sign, just let me know. Adding beach decor to you home doesn’t have to break the bank. I just takes a little DIY and you’ll be feeling coastal in no time.
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Create Your Own Budget-Friendly Beach Decor by Prodigal Pieces |
Want to know what happened to the rest of the rocker? Here is what became of one of the rockers that wasn’t broken…a hand-painted “antiques” sign.
DIY: Repurposed & Painted Sign Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpiecesIf you want to see what became of the base of the rocker, come see my repurposed creation.
Antique Rocker Base Repurposed into Game Table by Prodigal Pieces |
All I have left to repurpose are the spindles and the back rest – projects coming soon. In the meantime, later on this week I will be giving this brown beast a makeover – come here to see!
Vintage China Cabinet Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |
Now for some more Trash to Treasure fun, check out what my friends did with these:

Until next time!

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Here’s more of my repurposed goodness for you:
DIY: Repurposed & Painted Sign Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpiecesRepurposed Industrial Style Sewing Storage by Prodigal Pieces #prodigalpieces
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  • Jen @ Girl in the Garage

    I love your weathered wood technique – and those whales are fantastic! Can’t wait to see the cabinet when it’s all done! <3

    February 4, 2016 at 3:45 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Jen! I had fun getting beachy with it. πŸ˜‰

      February 5, 2016 at 3:31 pm Reply
  • Linda Sessions

    Love your coffee table . But I’ve been trying to buy sunbleached stain and they tell me they have discontinued it . I have used it for a long time and now can’t get it anymore . Can you tell me where to buy it ? Thank you very much. Linda

    June 30, 2016 at 7:18 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Linda! Hmmm…doesn’t Amazon still have it here?

      June 30, 2016 at 9:38 pm Reply
  • Rebecca

    Love your projects-question-what is your favorite sander?

    October 10, 2016 at 11:21 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Rebecca. My favorite thus far is the Dewalt orbital. I’m anal about wear on my joints and having dust, so this one really works for me. Hope this helps!

      October 11, 2016 at 5:20 am Reply

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