A recent trip to our favorite Antique Store was extremely fulfilling as we found five Navigational Charts marked at $3.50 a piece – SOLD! We’ve been on the lookout for some charts for quite a while so there was no hesitation when we happened upon the bin. What is even better is that the charts are of the San Francisco Bay Area (where we grew up) and areas around the Washington Coast (were we live now).
We made a quick trip to the office supply store where we picked up some foamcore board and Elmer’s white glue. We watered the glue down a little bit and glued the charts to the boards. Done!
Our handcrafted oyster heart wreath, a few favorite gardening hats, pillows made from old flannel sheets and a grain sack provide many interesting and cozy elements in our cottage.
The black coffee and end tables are going to be attacked with a paint brush in the coming months and the coffee table, in particular, may end up with a chart decoupaged on the top (we’ll see!). We love how the navigational charts feature our cottage’s color palette…sand, white, blue, light aqua plus a slight touch of lavender.
Since the hubby is a retired sailor, we have lots of fun looking at the places he has sailed in the region. We’ve found that the charts make great conversation pieces when anyone visits.
The couch is super comfy and in great shape; but will be beautified further with a white slipcover in the future. The plush beige throw is very warm and cozy and works just fine for now.
The room receives lots of natural light in the morning hours so we’re often found cuddling up with some coffee and a newspaper, a book or the laptop…
We wanted a very simple and organic piece to hang with the charts… a piece of driftwood collected from the beach, complete with nails and nail holes (swoon) was used. We hot glued on three starfish and a sawtooth hanger on the back to complete the nautical display piece.
We have three charts left…one for the coffee table (maybe!?!) and we trimmed down two more to hang with a custom made frame in the dining room. Each chart with glue and foam board cost a total of $10.50 a piece ~ what a bargain! We’re sharing with Linda of Coastal Charm and Mary of Boogieboard Cottage.
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