Monday, August 24, 2009

DIY Beachy Bathroom Art

My miter saw's been seeing a lot of action in the garage lately. While I wouldn't have had to use a miter saw for my latest project, it's just way to tempting to resist. So sorry table saw, chop saw, and jig saw. You all are a feisty bunch.. but your shinier sibling won out on this one.


I've been wanting some medium-scale, natural, beachy-chic artwork for my bathroom lately. I don't really know how these things happen.. but an idea popped into my head.

I wanted my backdrop to look a bit like worn wood paneling, so I started out with two pieces of rough-cut 1 1/2" wood. I then cut it into as many sections as I could get out of the two pieces. Each piece either 14 inches, a little less, or a little more. This way, none of the pieces were exactly the same.


Once I'd laid them all out the way I wanted them, I glued them all together.


See how they're all jagged and raw? Loove it.


Then, to secure everything and give me a place to mount hanging hardware on the back, I glued down two strips of 3/4" screen molding.



The whole shebang got a couple coats of white spray paint. I used Rustoleum's Blossom White. Once dry, I took one of Z's wire brushes to it. I had to stop myself from getting carried away.. distressing is so fun..


Then I sketched the word "Relax" on in pencil. Can you see it??


To embellish, I used some 4-ply jute, hot glue, and faux starfish (which I grabbed at the Christmas Tree Shop - 6 for $1.99).

I glued the jute over my sketch in small sections, and trimmed off the ends, leaving a half inch to fly free.


After slapping a couple star fish on the corners, all that was left was getting it hung. I used two small sawtooth hooks, mounted onto the screen molding.


By the way, have you all seen these things yet?!?


I tell ya, they're sheetrock's best friend. No more using giant anchors and leaving nasty holes in your wall! The hole's the size of an itty bitty nail, and holds the weight that a screw & anchor would. Anyway.. here's the finished product:


Total cost? Roughly four bucks. And I'm totally okay with that. :)

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This post is linked up at Maman Tatoo's Projects under $15 & The Shabby Chic Cottage's Beach Party.

26 comments:

Katie said...

its so beautiful! i love it! you're always an inspiration ;)

Domestic Princess said...

Cute Idea

SnoWhite said...

love it! makes me wish I had a beach room :)

DeeDee said...

Great job...I love it..the cost is awesome too...

S. said...

amazing! you blow me away! i am restoring my dresser soon. and will be using your tips to get done right!

Embellished Bayou said...

You have been a busy gal lately! This looks great, and you can't beat the price! I think the Shabby Chic Cottage blog is having a beach party on Wednesday, you should link up this post!

A Touch of Country said...

wish you lived near me we could craft together! You do a fabulous job.

Six in One Hand said...

Awesome job!!! Very cute!

Rachel said...

Very neat!!

New England Girl said...

Wow... so cute!! :)

Maman Tattoo said...

It looks really good!

Thanks for entering the party!

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

What a great job! Love it!!

Blessings,
Sandi

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

Love me some power tools and I love your sign! Great job.

Thanks for joining me today!

Ashley @ AshleysBusy said...

Love it!!

Vintage Junky said...

Love your sign!

Smiles!
Michelle

Marie said...

Hello C - love your Relax sign! What a great reminder to have in the home. Love it. Thank you for sharing!

Blessings,
Marie
http://emmacallsmemama.com

Maya@Completely Coastal said...

This is great! LOVE it.

Jane said...

Super cute! Thanks for the tip about the picture hangers too.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Very pretty!

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

This turned out SO GREAT! I love it. Great tutorial too. YOu did a wonderful job. I would love to see more!
Blessings,
Debbie

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

It was so fun to see your project materialize with each photo!

Love the results...

Blessings & Aloha!

(finally getting around to some more beach parties...) (mine was incredibly long, so I separated it into 2 beach posts :o)

cherry said...

Love it! hugs,Cherry

Joyce said...

I am going to make this for my beach house. Thanks for sharing your wonderful idea!
Joyce

Kim said...

I love it!!!!

How-To Gal said...

What a perfect example that beautiful things don't have to cost a fortune! Love it!!

P.S. why have I never heard of the one piece picture hangers before today?? I am stopping by Lowe's first thing tomorrow :)

foobella said...

This is a great project.

Those picture holders are now on my shopping list. Thanks!