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!



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




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!