Seaside Cottage Bookends

By  Melony Bradley 

  • Seaside Cottage Bookends


  • Reclaimed wooden shelf brackets
  • Wooden trim blocks with circle center detail (available at home improvement stores), 4", two
  • Wooden circles, 3", two
  • Americana Acrylic Paints (DecoArt): Spa Blue; Lamp Black; Snow White
  • Assorted seashells, crystals, pearls, sea glass or other treasures of choice
  • Furniture tacks, two


  • Rubber stamps: Near the Sea (Prickly Pear); Sand Piper (Inkadinkado); decorative corner
  • Pigment ink pads: black; white
  • Wax candle
  • Drill with 1/32" bit
  • Hammer
  • Sanding block
  • Aleene's Original Tacky Glue; Liquid Fusion
  • 1. Lightly sand shelving brackets, wooden circle and wooden blocks. Wipe dust. If brackets are not black, paint brackets and circles Lamp Black. Paint wooden blocks Snow White.
  • 2. Lightly rub surface of all pieces with wax candle. Paint blocks Lamp Black, circles Snow White and brackets Spa Blue. Lightly sand to reveal distressed finish.
  • 3. Use black ink to stamp sand piper on one circle and sentiment on remaining circle. Use white ink to stamp decorative corners on wooden block corners as shown. Let dry.
  • 4. Drill holes in centers of circles. Glue to centers of wooden blocks. Use hammer to tap in furniture tacks to secure to wooden blocks. Glue wooden blocks to brackets as shown. (Note: Designer used side with attachment notches visible.)
  • 5. Arrange gathered treasure pieces in desired grouping and secure pieces with Liquid Fusion.
  • More Seaside Cottage Inspiration
  • 1. Use your stamps, paints and leftover supplies to give the other reclaimed items a fresh beach chic look, including:
  • 2. Galvanized Flowerpot Tins
  • 3. Trays
  • 4. Framed Art
  • 5. Plaques/Signs
  • 6. Candle Wraps
  • 7. Clocks
  • 8. Wooden Storage Crates
  • 9. Canning Jars
  • 10. Wooden Buoys
  • 11. Wooden Oars (for wall art)
  • 12. Lampshades
  • 13. Bathroom Accessories