Do you ever get that itchy feeling to re-decorate a room that you’ve lived with for a long time because you want a change? (Unfortunately for Rob I normally get that itchy feeling, even if we’ve not long decorated but that’s a whole other story!) Anyway, our downstairs toilet is one of those rooms. Don’t get me wrong, I love it .. but it needs some serious TLC (I’ll show you the “before” and “after” one day soon!) Unfortunately I can’t seem to find the right wallpaper for what I want and so it keeps being put to the back of the list. I’ll get round to doing it eventually. Hopefully in the not too distant future because I’ve got BIG plans for the smallest room in the house 😉 . BUT, once we do redecorate, I know we’ll keep the beach theme going!
Which is what I had in mind when I picked up the items for this craft. Well, we can’t live near the coast and not have some sort of “beach feel” in our home!
Here’s pretty much what I started with:
What you need for your beach frame
A picture frame (mine was 7 x 5 inches). I thought I bought mine from The Range, but it was from one of our local shops. However, I think this rustic one would be perfect to use (just take off the little hearts and glue the rope on the outside)
Some sticks (I used these willow sticks from the Pet section in The Range)
A large shell
Some hot glue or E6000 (probably even better!)
White acrylic paint
A paint brush
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If you want to see me do this, you can catch the replay of my Live video right here. But of course I’ll talk you through the steps too!
Side note – I used hot glue on the Live to glue down the rope, but later attached it more securely with some E6000. Especially as it’s going to be in fairly humid conditions at the moment, I wanted to make sure it stays!
Making your beach theme frame is so easy!
After you’ve popped out the glass and replaced the backing, making this little project is so easy!
Glue the rope onto the side of your frame. Try to find a fairly flat and wide frame so you’ve got plenty of space to glue the rope. I did use hot glue for this initially, but went back and glued it down with E6000 for extra security!
Cut the willow sticks to size and hot glue them straight onto the backing of the frame. They fit perfectly in the gap to create your background.
With some acrylic white paint I very lightly brushed the rope and the sticks to create a softer feel. Load your brush with a very small amount of acrylic paint and dab off most of the paint onto a kitchen paper towel. Lightly brush the desired area and build up the colour if needed. It actually gave the willow sticks the feel of drift wood (which ideally I would have like to have used anyway so that was a win/win!!).
Once that’s done, all you need to do is hot glue the shell in the middle and you’re finished! The shell I went for was probably the last perfect out of all of them. But it’s got heaps of character!
I did contemplate gluing more shells around the outside of the frame but kept it simple this time. Where it’s going to go (eventually!), will have LOTS of shells and beach themed decorations so having a bit of neutral is best on this occasion.
Until the toilet is ready, I’ve popped it in our bathroom. It may or may not stay here, depending on what I’m doing with our bathroom next. (Told you I always have plans to change things around!)
I actually love how it goes with the rest of the colours in the bathroom!
See the storage jars on the window sill? We made them last year from some ordinary glass storage jars. You can check out the post here.
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