Saturday, July 2, 2011

Nautical Theme Decor

As part of my stash liquidation mission I finished painting a display piece for our bathroom. I originally purchased it at a thrift store last year (for $1.50) and thought it had a lot of potential but the colors just did not say ocean/beach/nautical to me in any way! (Except for maybe that touch of red)


I started out by painting the background blue, the boat white and attempting to paint the frame white. But no matter how many layers I painted (with craft paint or artists' acrylic paint) the black would always soak through! It was so frustrating I just put it aside for many, many months.

But a couple days ago I got it back out and decided to finish it, one way or another. Then I got the idea to use the leftover thinned gray/brown paint that I used in my weathered wood shelf.  I used a foam brush and did one light coat over the white of the frame.  I thought the brush strokes gave it almost a faux wood grain kind of look.  I blended just a touch of gray/brown into the background and added a few red accents with a tiny detail brush.





Now I love it! It looks great hanging in the bathroom (especially with our rich red, vintage, damask towels)

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! To all my Canadian readers -- Happy Canada Day! (A day late) And all my American readers -- Happy Independence Day!

I'll be linking up to these fabulous parties!

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  1. It turned out fabulous. I love the blue and the frame is perfect. Great touch with the red. Hugs, marty

  2. Terrific transformation! The frame really does look like weathered wood, and I love the bright touch of red on the boat. Thanks for sharing.

  3. How creative. I love the transformation. This color combination is so in now, too. Thanks so much for sharing.

  4. It looks so clean, fresh and stylish now.

  5. The frame looks perfect! I think it even looks better than a white frame! :)

  6. I like how the frame turned out.
    It looks almost like it was make from old drift wood.

  7. Pretty! Love the bright colors!

  8. Greetings from Southern California

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  9. I love this. Nautical is so in right now. I would love for you to share this project on my Inspiration Board.

    carolyn | homework

  10. I so appreciate you linking up this wonderful post at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)

  11. Very CUTE!

    I'd love for you to share it at my link party.

  12. Wow, this turned out AWESOME! Love the new colors. Great job!

  13. very colorful "new" artwork! :)
    nice job!

  14. wow! I really love how you gave the decor a nice facelift. thanks for sharing. we are featuring this today. grab a featured button if you fancy so ^^)

    Have a lovely weekend!



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