Coastal Decor

Coastal Decor – Mason Jars and Bottles

  • 07/15/2013

 I LOVE All Things Coastal/Tropical!!!

Including our decor which is a combination of Coastal and Tropical with the main colors of black and white.  We started looking for furniture for our townhouse and had trouble finding what we wanted in white…and did not have furniture to paint.  We found a table, chairs and bedroom furniture in a Caribbean styling infused with a rich blending of natural materials like woven Abaca and Lampakanai, shell, leather-wrapped bamboo, and woven rattan.  The dining chairs have black fabric seats set against our pure white walls.  So our black and white Coastal/Tropical style emerged.

Slowly we have been decorating…we are both very picky…and I think it will be an on going process.  I wanted to showcase our Coastal/Tropical style…starting with some items that I have painted and placed around the house.

As a little girl my mother had me in art classes on Saturday mornings where I enjoyed painting and being creative.  Since that time I still love being creative as I have worked as a professional sign painter and later as a house painter plus graphic artist…so I’ve always enjoyed dabbling in paint including painting furniture.  I have drawn inspiration from lot’s of bottles, Mason Jars, tins, wood pieces and furniture on Pinterest, websites including Dream Factory, facebook and catalogs…and from Doc, my husband who has a PHD in Art Education.


This was an old cider bottle that I painted black then white and distressed.  Then I placed a Hibiscus flower decal on the bottle.  I had picked up the decal when we were in Hawaii on one of my trips.  I held onto it until I found exactly what I wanted to do with it.


D-1050603The candle stands I purchased from Frontgate a couple of years ago.  They were made to be filled with water and floating candles but I decided to put in white and black sand, shells and candles.  I had received one of the candles from my daughter-in-law and son for birthday or Mother’s day.

D-1050606I have always loved Longaberger baskets…so there are several throughout our home.  I decided to paint a few of my old ones…black, white then distressed.  I had been given a Scentsy warmer in beige…so I painted it matte black.  Here I painted one bottle in Distress Crackle Paint black soot…another bottle received S X D…and the last glass jar in the black, white and distressed look I am lovin’ right know.  The glass container in the back came from Partylite years ago…filled with white, black sand and shells… then in the silver tray on top…tealights.  Coconut Bay from Yankee Candles was my favorite…discontinued.  I love coconut…and the candles were white.  The Yankee Candles in coconut are now black…which works…prefer white though.

D-1050609Here all three bottles have been painted with Distress Crackle Paint black soot or picket fence.  I have plans to add some embellishments to these bottles…some time soon.

D-1050607This is my centerpiece for our Tropical table. The Mason jar and white bottle are from the previous photo.  Then I have a Love Bottle…picked up at the Whole Foods Store.  The candle holders are little sand pails from Yankee Candle.


Another view of our centerpiece.  Aren’t the little sand pails adorable?

Mason Jar Oil LampsHere are three Mason Jars…two as oil lamps…one as a solar lamp.  I painted two mason jars with black chalk paint and sealed…Doc drilled the holes and we used extra wicks with brass holders we had for our patio torches.

Thanks for stopping by…MORE to come!

Hope you enjoyed my Coastal/Tropical Decor.

I’d love to receive your comments below.


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