Closed for Vacation July 20-25th, 2014

Sea Rose Cottage’s Bristol location will be closed for vacation Sunday July 20th – Friday July 25th, 2014 and will re-open Saturday July 26th from 10am -5pm.

Online orders placed between Sunday July 20th and Friday July 25th will be shipped Monday July 28th.

Sea Rose Cottage at Simply Vintage of Cape Cod in Centerville, MA will be open all week:  Mon-Sat 10-6 and Sunday from 11-5.


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Closed July 4th 2014

Wishing you all a wonderful 4th of July!  Sea Rose Cottage will be closed Friday, July 4th and re-open Saturday, July 5th from 10am – 5pm.


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Annie Sloan’s Smooth Finish Flat Brush

Finally the paint brush you have been waiting for to achieve a smooth finish with Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan has arrived!

Annie Sloan Flat Brush New

The FLAT BRUSHES feature advanced synthetic fibers for the ultimate silky finish.  They are designed to work specifically with Chalk Paint® to achieve a smooth modern finish.  The brushes are shaped to hold a lot of paint and apply the paint evenly, eliminating brush marks.

The comfortable handles are pre-drilled so the paint brushes can be hung to dry.  Both are light weight, the small brush weighing under 2 ounces and the large brush weighing just over 3 ounces helping to avoid hand fatigue while you paint.

Annie Sloan Small Flat Brush

Chalk Paint® is a versatile decorative paint that was designed  for a variety of finishes (wash, textured, impasto crackle, etc).  It is important to use the right tools and techniques to achieve your desired result.


For a smooth paint application be sure to use the right brush and paint more traditionally in the direction of the wood grain or the previously painted finish.


Since the paint was designed to thicken as it dries (to show more texture and brush stroke) it is helpful to keep the paint ‘open’ while you work for the smoothest finish–especially on a hot summer day!  This can be done by introducing water into the equation either by thinning your paint with water, working with a damp brush, or lightly tipping your brush in water each time you re-load it with paint.

For smooth sailing, order your Annie Sloan Flat Brush today!

Price: $14.00






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Sea Side Book Party

Sea Rose Cottage is thrilled to be hosting a book signing party for our friend and Rhode Island author Elyse Major celebrating her newest book–Seaside Tinkered Treasures!

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Elyse Major
Photo Credit: Marisa Bettencourt

The party will be held Saturday at Sea Rose Cottage on June 14th, 2014 from 1 p.m – 4 p.m.


The first 10 people to buy a book and get it signed will receive a swag bag filled with goodies from near and far!  Check here for all the swag details.


The party will include nautical-inspired nibbles & sips, a craft buffet where guests can tinker & try their hand at some of the charming creations from Elyse’s book.

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We will be chatting and crafting up a storm!


Sea Rose Cottage will also have a special pop-up sale on Dash & Albert Rugs and Throws—all 10% off during this special event.


A heartfelt thanks to all the Seaside Book Party Sponsors & Contributors!

Alayne White Spa
Beckett Media
Cottage Industry
Finding Silver Pennies
The Greenery
Harbor Bath & Body
 The Knotty Dog
Pat & Toot
Piper Brown Photography
Revival & Tea at the Belvedere
The Speckled Egg
Sugar Pink Boutique
Tinkered Treasures
Two Orange Cats Jewelry


We hope you will join us for a fun and festive afternoon at Sea Rose Cottage!

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Step Back Hutch {Before & After}

We have been playing musical furniture in our house a lot lately.  My favorite hutch found a new home in our dining room.  While the cabinet has made a world of difference in its new location, it has left a gaping hole in our kitchen!

Kitchen Wall

Lucky for me, I found the perfect sized Step Back Hutch at Simply Vintage of Cape Cod.  It came from an old kitchen in Osterville, MA and is thought to date from 1910-1930.  Surprisingly it has a solid one-piece backing (the top cannot be removed).

Hutch sv before 6

Although the size worked,  I hesitated because I thought it was a bit primitive looking and the hardware looked out of place.  I wanted something more farmhouse style and was not quite sure if a paint and hardware update alone would do the trick.

hutch sv before3
I sketched out a plan in my Annie Sloan Workbook to help visualize the changes without any distractions.  Sorry for the terrible rendering but it gave me a quick idea that the piece would work!
Hutch Sketch2
Once in place,  I cleaned the cupboard (with help from my Mom and one of my willing daughters) and removed the old hardware using wood filler to banish the holes.
Hutch Before
I found left over cabinet drawer pulls from our kitchen renovation (classic bin pulls from Pottery Barn) that would be a perfect fit for the larger drawers.  For the smaller drawers I  decided to use file-label draw pulls in a matching finish.
file drawer pulls
The plan was to paint the cupboard with Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan.  The exterior and shelving would be painted in Old White with a pop of color planned for the shelf backing and the inside of the drawers.
I decided on a custom color mix using Provence (2 parts)  Florence (1 part), and Old White (2 parts).
custom mix
This is the in-progress version (before wax).
Hutch During
I  love how the Old White brings a more unified look to the hutch while the custom color brings the piece to life.  Next, the hutch was finished with Annie Sloan’s Clear Soft Wax and the new hardware installed.
Hutch After Open
For a more streamlined look, the cabinet door hardware was eliminated.
Hutch After Closed 1

After a short respite at Simply Vintage of Cape Cod, this freshly painted hutch is back in service as command central in our kitchen.

Step Back Hutch After 3

Hopefully it will keep for another 100 years!

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Painted Weathered Sign Tutorial

I found this great wood sign in need of a little color.  Lucky for me it already had an interesting texture from layers of paint built-up on the surface. 

Eat Sign Before

I decided to paint the sign a more appetizing color—Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Tricycle Red.  I also planned on distressing the painted finish to give the sign a weathered look.

Tricycle-Collage1 Photo Courtesy of Miss Mustard Seed

The white surface would probably require multiple coats of red paint to get full coverage—typical of most bright red paints over a light base.  Since I would have to use multiple coats of paint anyway, it was a great chance to make the project more colorful.  I started by painting the sign a dark red color using Primer Red Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan.

Primer Red Paint

Once dry, I painted over Primer Red with Provence Chalk Paint® –not trying for perfect coverage.  The combination of paint layers and a more gentle approach to distressing the paint will allow me to avoid revealing the ‘original’ white finish later.

Provence over PR

When the surface was dry, I ran a wax puck over some of the edges of the sign so it would resist the Milk Paint allowing some of the underlying color to show through.


Photo courtesy of Miss Mustard Seed

I mixed up a batch of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in Tricycle (the perfect Americana red color!) and painted the sign being careful not to overwork my brushstrokes.  

Tricycle Milk Paint Mix

Taking a cue from resist/textural techniques used in watercolor paintings (often achieved with salt, sand or sawdust), I quickly sprinkled sawdust over areas of wet paint varying the amount I used from heavy to light. 

Sawdust Distress

The sawdust absorbed the watery Milk Paint and, once removed, gave more of an eroded look to the finish.

Letter a

As the sign dried, I rubbed the areas of dried paint and sawdust working the particles off the surface (at least most of them!) 

Rustic Distress

I also removed some of the sawdust in the wetter areas to work off larger amounts of paint for a more rustic appeal.

Sign Edge Detail

I carefully scraped the edges (where the wax puck was used) and lightly sanded areas to create an aged effect without revealing the white paint underneath.

Eat Sign Close Up

The sign was sealed with Miss Mustard Seed’s Furniture Wax and Antiquing Wax.  The wax really brings out the rich redness of the painted finish!


Bon appétit!


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2013 – A Year in Review

Looking back on 2013, it was a fun and event-filled year at Sea Rose Cottage!


In January we welcomed in 2013 with a new product line from Artisan Enhancements.  A favorite is the Pearl Plaster medium which adds a pearlescent quality to a variety of painted surfaces.


A beautiful example is Victoria Fonseca of Revival & Tea at the Belvedere‘s work on a feature wall in their new Tea Room.  She used the Pearl Plaster and our Moroccan Trellis Stencil with amazing results.  Pictures cannot do it justice, on your next visit to Bristol you will have to see it in person!

feature Wall pearl plaster

All year we enjoyed mixing up custom colors in the shop, made much more efficient with the introduction of our new paint bar!

 Paint Bar

Our favorite color match was pedal car pink.


Late Winter and early Spring brought the planning for and the the kick-off of Art Night Bristol Warren!

Final_logo with new color copy

As a 2013 business partner Sea Rose Cottage was so proud to host talented local Artists throughout the year including Kelley Carey MacDonald (April), Kathrine Lovell (May), Joan Daly (June), Stacey David (August), Lauren Enjeti (September) and Jane Lavender (November).

Black Pug Profile

Black Pug by Kelley Carey MacDonald

Our workshop schedule was full this year and we had a wonderful time exploring paint and color with all of our attendees.  We enjoyed customizing private workshops for several painterly groups as well.  We hope you learned from us as much as we learned from all of you!


May had us prepping for our last Brimfield Show (for now) at the New England Motel Antiques Market.   We were happy to have finished our set-up a little early and were able to venture out for a little shopping.  I picked up some vintage letters from HGTV’s Cari Cucksey of the Repurpose Shop who was partnering with Worthpoint for the May Show.

Brimfield 2013 Cari

It has been quite an adventure participating in our favorite antique show the past several years.  We had a great show and great fun with all of our friends!


In June we partnered with Simply Vintage to bring Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan to Cape Cod.  It was amazing to host free demonstrations to a packed house at our new location!  We will be moving with Simply Vintage to a bigger location in Centerville, MA in January.  Check here for more details.


We were lucky to get away for a bit of training and development ourselves this year.  April found us in New Orleans for the Annual Annie Sloan Stockist Conference.  It was great to see Annie Sloan, Lisa Rickert, and oh so many more!  The hospitality in New Orleans is unparalleled and we came away with a wealth of new information to put into practice.

ASU Stockist Conference 2013

Annie Sloan Unfolded Stockist Conference, New Orleans 2013
Source:  Annie Sloan Unfolded

September found us at Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Retailer Training in Ellicot City, Maryland.  A highlight was meeting Marian Parsons of the Miss Mustard Seed Blog.  She is  as delightful, authentic and inspiring in person as she is in blogland!

Marian Parsons

Marian Parsons

Marian was joined by three talented ladies Jennylyn Pringle, Abbe Doll and Laura Cote Destin.  Needless to say I was so busy learning that I forgot to take photos but Marian has a nice recap here.  It was great to spend time with this creative and energetic group, to catch up with some old friends and to meet some new ones.

Abbe and Jenny LynnAbbe Doll and Jennylyn Pringle

We were able to spend a wonderful day in September with our friend Sally Barker at Counting Sheep Antiques in Berlin, MA.  Sally hosted a 1-day workshop bringing the Artisan Enhancements Team to New England for some specialized training.  We spent a creative day along with our fellow Stockists learning from Michelle Delgado and Stinelli Castaneda O’Leary.

Michelle_DelgadoMichelle Delgado

In November we celebrated Sea Rose Cottage’s 3rd Holiday Preview & Book Party with friends & special guests author Elyse Major of Tinkered Treasures and home & lifestyle blogger Danielle Driscoll of Finding Silver Pennies.  It was a fun and a festive event and a wonderful way to celebrate the Holiday Season!  Danielle featured highlights of the evening here.


Holida Preview Book Party Nov


December allowed us time to sneak in our last and favorite project of the year.  A painted subway car dresser!  As of this writing, the dresser is still available for sale with all proceeds being donated to the One Fund Boston.  More details here.

Subway Dresser Sideview After

It is true it takes a village to raise a child, but also to run a small business!   Behind the scenes every event, every trip and major undertaking required much support from friends and family for which I am eternally thankful!  Looking forward to more adventures in paint and color in 2014. Wishing you all the best for the New Year!



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Holiday Hours – Bristol & Cape Cod

Thank you all for supporting Sea Rose Cottage and Shopping Small in 2013, we appreciate your business and look forward to serving you in the coming year!

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Please note we will have limited business hours during the Holidays.

Our Bristol location will be closed for the Holidays and will re-open January 3rd, 2014.

Our Cape Cod location will be moving over the Holiday break and we will have limited hours in late December and then closed through our re-opening scheduled for mid-January (details below).

Our Online Shop will be open for the duration but please check our shipping policy for any revised time frames.

Wishing you a peaceful and joyous Holiday & New Year!

01_South_Elev_1Sea Rose Cottage, 21 Constitution Street, Bristol, RI 02809
Tel: 401-254-1166

Sea Rose Cottage in Bristol, RI will be closed for the Holidays starting Tuesday December 23rd.  We will reopen on Friday January 4, 2014 from 10am -5pm.  We will also be open Saturday, Jan 5th from 10am-5pm and resume normal business hours the following week.

Our online store will be open for the duration.  Please check our shipping policy for any revised delivery time frames.

simply vintage entrance

Sea Rose Cottage at Simply Vintage of Cape Cod

Current Location (December, 2013):
5 Main Street, Cotuit, MA
Tel: 508-420-3500

New Location (Opening Mid-January 2014):
1600 Falmouth Road, Centerville, MA

We are so excited to announce our new Cape Cod location—Sea Rose Cottage at Simply Vintage of Cape Cod is moving to Bell Tower Mall in Centerville, MA!  It is a larger and more convenient location in terms of parking and amenities and we can’t wait to share the new space with you.

Over the Holiday Break we will begin the move and are looking forward to a fun re-opening sometime mid-January.  We will keep you posted!

In the meantime, check out the pre-move sales event (excludes Annie Sloan Products) at our Cotuit, MA location.  Special Holiday Hours include Friday & Saturday December 27th and 28th.  Call us at 508-420-3500 for the details!

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Painted Subway-Car Dresser Tutorial

Feeling nostalgic for all things Boston (my hometown), I hatched a fun plan for a makeover of a waterfall-style dresser to look like a Boston Subway Car.

Dresser Plan Workbook

The dresser I sourced had some issues with the finish making it a good candidate for painting.

Waterfall Dresser Before

Waterfall furniture was mass-produced from the 1920′s-1940′s with new plywood construction techniques that made it affordable to introduce curvilinear elements into furniture construction.

Waterfall Dresser Before Side

I usually avoid painting waterfall style furniture at all costs! That was until I came across a vintage postcard of a Boston Street Car when a more playful plan for the dresser came to life.

Trolley Postcard

Seeing this postcard evoked so many happy memories for me!  Growing up in Boston, the MBTA Green Line was a lifeline to many activities in the city.  My favorite green line station is KENMORE or Kenmore Square– home of Fenway Park and the Boston Red Sox.  Images of the big green wall, the iconic CITGO sign and the hustle and bustle of this vibrant section of the city immediately came to mind!

Dresser Plan WorkbookP2

Once I had the subway-car inspired design plan mapped out in my Workbook, I used Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan to paint the design onto the surface.  I started with an under-painting of Graphite and Paris Grey.


I also planned on using Annie’s Sloan’s Old White but needed to get into some mixing for that signature subway-car green.

Antibes + Florence          Custom Green Mix
An equal mix of Annie Sloan’s Antibes Green and Florence did the trick.

Taping Off

I taped-off areas of the dresser as I went to keep the lines more clean.  At this point I decided to forgo adding the mirror and back support.  The mirror was in pretty bad shape and the support just didn’t look right without it.


For the lettering, I made my own stencils– printing them on card stock and cutting them with an X-Acto knife.

Stencil Print Out             Kenmore Stencil

I did some dry brushing of Old White and Graphite on the windows and headlight to add shading and dimension.  A script liner brush was used to free-hand the curved lines.


To add character and grittiness to the piece, a wet distress technique was used to reveal some of the Graphite under the custom green mix.   A wash of Graphite was also used to add to the effect.

Graphite Wash

Once the trolley was all detailed, it was finished with Annie Sloan’s Clear & Dark Soft Wax.

Subway Car Dresser After

Just in time for its maiden voyage…

Subway Dresser Sideview After


This dresser is for sale at Sea Rose Cottage – proceeds to benefit the One Fund Boston.  Please contact us for more information.

Linking up to:
Furniture Feature Fridays

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Go with the throw this Holiday Season!

Go with the throw & give the gift of coziness this Holiday Season with Dash & Albert 100% premium cotton woven throws–now available at Sea Rose Cottage!

They make great gifts and are a wonderful way to add warmth and personality to your home for the Holidays–adding color and style to any room.

 dash throws

Source: Dash & Albert

We stock a cheery collection of colors and patterns.


Lucky for us the throws are hand-loomed for added durability, so why not take them on the road? Dash & Albert throw blankets are great companions for that car ride to ski country and in warmer weather perfect for the nap on the hammock, picnic at the lake or day at the beach!




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