Retail Operations Update & COVID-19

Here is the latest on our plans and operations during December for our Newport, Bristol and Cape Cod locations. During the pandemic, please consider calling ahead for hours and inventory. We continue to experience disruptions in the supply chain and adjustments to operations because of COVID related restrictions. Please call 401-254-1166 to reach us in Bristol and Newport, and 508-775-3569 for Cape Cod. You can also message us on Facebook at or by email to

Sea Rose Cottage, 223 Spring Street, Newport, Rhode Island


We are excited to finally be OPEN in Newport! Sea Rose on Spring will be open for face-to-face retail sales (masks required) in December on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10-4 and Saturdays from 9-1. Hours have been shortened to allow for required cleaning and also to limit exposure now that infection rates are rising. During the Governor’s “Pause” we will be limited to two guests at a time in our shop. Please observe social distancing measures when visiting. We are happy to accept grab + go orders by phone for in store or curbside pick-up. We can also ship orders via UPS Ground. Please call ahead.

Sea Rose Cottage, 21 Constitution Street, Bristol, Rhode Island


We will be limiting public facing retail operations in Bristol to contactless porch pick-up for the winter. The size and configuration of the retail shop and working studio make it difficult to achieve social distancing in the near term. Same day porch pick-up will be available Tuesdays and Thursdays when we will be in the studio. All other days please call ahead so we can get your order ready in advance. We are taking this opportunity to refresh and reimagine our space in Bristol and update our website and online shop offerings.

Sea Rose Cottage at Simply Vintage of Cape Cod, 161 MA-6A, Yarmouth Port, MA


Our Cape Cod location is open for face-to-face sales Wednesdays through Sundays in December. Masks and social distancing are required. Please call ahead (508-775-3569) to confirm hours as Governor Baker is considering further pandemic-related business restrictions in Massachusetts.

Thank you for your patience and support during these unprecedented times. We wish you peace and health this holiday season and in the New Year.




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Limiting Retail to Online + Curbside Pick-up

As of Monday, March 16th we will be limiting in-person retail sales at our Bristol, Rhode Island location through the end of April. We are taking these steps to achieve social distancing in light of the Corona virus and the steps that are being taken statewide to contain the spread of the virus and the Governor’s order to close non-essential businesses.

Our Cape Cod location, Sea Rose Cottage at Simply Vintage of Cape Cod in Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts is also closed to the public during this time.  The opening of our new location at 223 Spring Street in Newport, Rhode Island has been delayed until non-essential businesses are able to open in Rhode Island. We will update our website when conditions change.

We will be taking telephone orders from our Bristol, Rhode Island location that can be picked up curbside or, in our case porch-side if you prefer. Please call ahead so we can take your order and payment by phone (401-254-1166). Phone orders can be shipped via UPS Ground as well. Our online shop will be available during this time. Please note we do not have all of our brick and mortar store inventory available online so if you are looking for something, please call us to place your order.


We are also offering once a week local deliveries in Rhode Island every Friday for orders $100 and up with a delivery fee of $10 per order.  Pick-up and local delivery orders must be place by phone. We will continue to fulfill online orders via our website with shipments made via UPS Ground.

We are also happy to continue to answer your product questions by phone (401-254-1166), email ( or messaging via Facebook (

We understand that undertaking painting projects can be a great creative distraction during this time. We have some fun and unique paintable surfaces in the shop and would be happy to put a custom kit together for you to meet your needs.

Wishing you and your family health and peace during this watchful waiting period.

Be well.

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Tybee Island Inspired Weathered Saltwash Finish

I have so much fun using Saltwash® as I shared in an earlier post here.  SALTWASH is a powdered paint additive that helps you achieve a layered and weathered coastal look.  I especially like to use it on decorative surfaces.


For my latest project, I used SALTWASH to create a colorful textured finish on reclaimed wood pallet art by Rhode Island Artisan Guy Lemione.


My “seahorse” color palette was inspired by the exuberant and colorfully painted Tybee Island cottages in Georgia.


Source: Visit Tybee

After playing with different color combinations,  I settled on a soft pink for the base coat, with a top coat alternating stripes of  lime green, turquoise and coral pink.


My pink base coat is SALTWASH mixed with Antoinette Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan.  The folks at SALTWASH created a helpful guide for mixing different types of paints with the additive and the ratios of each to use.  They recommend 12 ounces of Saltwash® to 16 ounces of Chalk Paint® or roughly 40% additive to 60% paint.  Don’t get too hung up on being exact  —when mixed it should have a thick “icing like” consistency.


I applied my basecoat to the wood by pouncing the surface with a brush covered in a generous helping of the mixture. Don’t be stingy or you will be rewarded with having to do a second pass over the surface.  When it starts to dry you can gently knock down the peaks with your brush  —avoid smoothing out the texture completely.


Once dry, apply a thin layer of contrasting top coat. I created three custom colors for my top coat using Chalk Paint® but you can keep it simple using one contrasting color or stay in the same color family to create a subtle tone-on-tone effect. White over gray is a great neutral option! It really depends on the surface you are painting and the look you want to achieve.


After the top coat is dry, sand the surface to reveal the Saltwash® layer.  I use an orbital sander for larger projects, but for this one I simply sanded gently by hand with 100 grit sandpaper. I find it helpful to use a tack cloth and wipe off the surface as I go so I don’t take off too much paint.


For this rustic wood surface I used a Hemp Oil Wood Finish  —it brings the color to life and provides water-resistant protection.  I simply brushed the oil on following the instructions. Miss Mustard Seed’s Hemp Oil is solvent-free and food safe —a definite favorite!  The type of top coat you use (if any) depends on your paint of choice and also if the piece is to be used indoors or outdoors.


I love how these Tybee Island inspired Sea Horses turned out!


They are now ready for a happy home or home-away-from-home!  Follow the link to find out more about SALTWASH and to purchase products here.

SALTWASH, Annie Sloan and Miss Mustard Seed products can be purchased from Sea Rose Cottage online or in our brick-and-mortar store in Bristol, Rhode Island.  We also carry Guy Lemione’s reclaimed wood wall art and other paintable surfaces.  We are happy to take orders for custom work or put project kits or gift sets together for you or the DIYer in your life.

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