We’re calling our cottage reno done. Our cottage by the sea is ready for renters and done enough for now. There are a million other little (and big) things we plan to do at the cottage but we’re calling it done enough for now.Cottage by the Sea

We re-loved, reused, recycled. We upcycled, borrowed, painted, picked and scrubbed. We put a lot of love into this little place. It’s not perfect, but we think maybe it’s perfectly imperfect for now.

Here are a few snippets from the house. Our last day was a dark and rainy one so the pictures are a bit dark, I promise to get some sunny pictures, but many of you were asking so I thought I’d share a few pictures.

Front Porch Mercantile Cottage Reno

Our first renters arrive this week, and we are excited for them to arrive. I hope they like it and are comfortable and take care of of it. I’m so excited for them to enjoy the beauty of the ocean, the quaintness of our little fishing village and all there is to do and see in the Lunenburg area.

I still get so excited when I see how a little paint and determination can change everything.

Cottage Reno Front Porch Mercantile

We spent the last 6 weekends working on our little Cottage by the Sea in Nova Scotia (see here)  and we are very very tired now ha ha. I’ll be showing you a few how to’s and  how we renovated, a lot of before and afters and how we decorated and completely outfitted the cottage on a super tight budget without cutting quality and comfort. I used A LOT of Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint, Fusion Mineral Paint and Fat Paint. A lot!! Red Dresser Front Porch Mercanttile

This video was shot in our front yard. Seriously. Those fishing shacks are just in front of the house.

Did I mention we will also be offering “Paint by the Sea” workshops? Yup, getting excited about that too! Workshops are on the calendar. We’d love to see you!

Cottage reno Front Porch Mercantile

Looking for information on that AMAZING Buoy Pillow? You can find that here  I just love it! (affiliate link)

Hope you are having a super awesome day! Thanks for popping in. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think about our lil Haven by the Sea.

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Here is how we planked a wall

Updated a cottage desk

Painted our Adirondack Chairs

Updated a mirror for about $1

How I updated and painted a family dresser  

Update Feb 2016 – we were fully booked in 2015 and booking up to 2016. We live here part time now, have opened a small part time business here, and get to spend 1 week a month approx living in our lil cottage by the sea. Best crazy decision ever! :)

We are still renting the cottage when we are not here – here is the link 

More projects in the works here too! ;)

Thanks for popping in!



ps..oh my, thank you so much, I have been receiving tons of requests to rent. We are fully booked for the summer 2015 (can you believe it?) we have a few dates in September and October, we are renting by the week, if interested see here for availability and booking. Next summer’s rental calendar is up now as well. Thank you for the love – love y’all back!

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