Just stick a feather in my
cap bathroom and call it macaroni art. I’m a regular old Yankee Doodle Dandy. But seriously now…I did a little bathroom art upgrade. Enter the feather art stage right.
Do you remember a week or so ago when I got the windmill print from Etsy? Then I hung it and didn’t really like how the waterfall photograph next to it didn’t play nice with the bright white frame and colorful art. Here’s a reminder:
It’s not that I hated the frame or the picture. I kind of liked both of them. The picture/frame was one of Colby’s mom’s yard sale finds that she bestowed upon us. We both love the pic, which is a professional photo of a waterfall near Colby’s hometown in central Vermont, and we intend to use it in a gallery wall elsewhere in our home, but for our bright bathroom, I was digging white.
So while I was aimlessly walking around Hobby Lobby on Saturday, which is my cardio these days, I came across a tiny 2-pack of pink feathers for a whopping $1.39. I immediately grabbed them, whispered sweet nothings to them, and brought them home with me. Hey…when the husband is away…. My other supplies for this little craft project included some leftover Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White, watercolor paper for the feather background, a little Miss Mustard Seed furniture wax, and other necessities like sand paper, glue, and a paint brush.
I love chalk paint these days. I am 100% addicted to the stuff…somebody find me a 12 step program. I have been walking around the house lately mentally adding things to my “oh…I can chalk paint that” list. The picture frame just happened to be my latest victim.
Here’s what I really love about this picture frame, and why it makes such a fabulous chalk paint/distressing subject, the texture! Look at those dangerous
I slapped on two coats of paint…like literally slapped on two coats of paint (another reason I love chalk paint) and barely cleaned/sanded/prepped the frame other than a quick little dusting (yet another reason for my chalk paint obsession). And then let the frame dry for about 20 minutes.
In the meantime…on the other side of the desk…I cut down a piece of the watercolor paper to fit the picture mat, taped it to the mat, glued the feathers to the paper, and put a few heavy items on the feathers to hold them down in place while the glue dried.
And then it was back to the picture frame. I gave the frame just a light sanding using a piece of 100 grit sandpaper. I just tried to hit the high spots…exposing the dark wood on the tops of the ridges while the valleys on the frame remained white.
After a quick waxing and a bit of assembling, this quick and easy DIY feather art project was done.
With the upgraded frame hung, the toilet nook is feeling much more polished and more importantly much more intentional than what we had hung there before. Now this is what I had envisioned! Maybe not necessarily feather art, but something light and airy to balance out the windmill art. And nothing says light and airy quite like
Anna Faris in House Bunny feathers.
And is it me or are feathers trending right now? Like those gold glitter tipped feather craft projects you see all over Pinterest, or the vessels filled with feathers, and the feather tipped arrows…oh the feather tipped arrows! I’m dying for a set, kind of like these.
With that, I think my noodling around with the bathroom toilet nook is complete. At least for now. I give it about six months before I’m back in here switching things around yet again. But what’s the fun in letting things be?! Half the fun in decorating is moving things around.
Oh yeah…and what blog post around these parts would be complete without a Goose photo bomb.
It’s been really fun these days working around the house because it feels like we’re nearing the end of all the major renovations. Granted we still have a complete kitchen reno along with other pseudo major tasks like flooring our bedroom and building in a closet. But with our home pretty much out of the construction phase it’s been a blast doing little craft projects and taking some time to think about art and accessories.
Pssst…what noodling (of the decorating variety) have you all been up to? Any easy art projects? I have to shamelessly plug one of my bloggie friends, Charming Zebra, for one of her latest little projects, a snakeskin duct tape planter. Seriously…go check it out!
This week has been one of THOSE weeks. You know the ones. The oh-my-goodness-I-can’t-believe-I-waited-until-a-few-days-before-quarterly-taxes-are-due-to-work-on-shop-accounting-and-year-end-stuff. Never again…never again. Now that I think about it, it’s actually been one of those WEEKS. An Excel and TurboTax overload kind of week. But it’s done. I’ve officially maximized my refund and taxed my brain (pun 100% intended). So I needed a little relief. And during one particular taxing section (did it again), I needed a break. So I turned to art and performed a little switcheroo in the bathroom art department with a brand spanking new print for behind the toilet.
Remember when I was talking about “Intentional” being my word of the year? And how I “intended” to do something different for above toilet art in the bathroom? Well folks, this is more like what I had in mind.
And for refresher’s sake, this is what we had hanging above the toilet before…trivets. I liked them…I just didn’t LOVE them.
Anywho, no sooner did I write my little post about being intentional, in both life and in general and decorating our home, I hopped on that trusty laptop of mine to a site I’m all to familiar with and purchased a print I have been drooling over for months.
The print hails from a little shop called Laura Amiss located in the Netherlands, and was relatively inexpensive art clocking in at $20 (broken down at $14 for the print and $6 for shipping).
No sooner did the print arrive, I hopped in the truck and scooted my little butt over to target to pick out a basic, white, $16 frame for my new art. Like I needed an excuse to go to Target. The truck is pretty much in auto pilot once I get behind the wheel. He’s all “must…go…to Target” which, for the record, I’m envisioning in a robot voice with human intonation kind of like Rosie’s voice in the Jetsons.
loose in the wall later and we had an updated toilet nook.
EXACTLY what I had intended. I love how the larger print/frame combo is so much more substantial than the previous four trivets. Having one larger piece really helps ground the nook and prevents it from looking too busy with four pieces on the wall behind the toilet combined with objects on the back of the toilet. Another view from the vanity area where you can just get a slight peak of the print:
Nothing like hanging a little art for a therapeutic yay-I-finished-our-taxes moment! Now I’m itching to do a little more noodling around in the bathroom. Mind out of the gutter people. I’m talking about possibly chalk painting the old, wood frame to the right of the print. Or maybe some craft up some Valentines Day art since it’s the one day a year I can away with pink glitter in our home. Ooooh….ooooh…GLITTER!
Pssst…Any big weekend plans for you guys and gals out there? I’ve got a couple of craft projects that I’m dying to work on, along with a couple other bathroom refreshes. That is, if I can get the other half of Casa Campbell on board.
I don’t know what it is. Human nature perhaps. But these days, I have buckets of motivation to spontaneously rip down sheet rock to expose an old wood wall, a project that took nearly half a day and is still under construction. But when it comes to doing a little decor project that would take 30 minutes…tops….it takes me nearly two months to get around to it. Enter project DIY deer postcards stage left.
Throughout the Christmas season, something always felt odd to me to have hula girl postcards up on the postcard ledges. Actually, it started way back when, before Thanksgiving while Colby was “upta” deer camp with his family.
I thought to myself, “self…you can’t keep these hula girl postcards up here throughout the holidays. Heck…you probably shouldn’t have them up there throughout winter. They’re just gonna make you all sad and depressed like because A) the sun sets around 3:30 pm everyday, B) it is precisely 30 below frigid outside and C) the dog keeps disappearing in the mountain of snow that is the back yard. It’s not hula girl season.” Self is so smart! That’s when visions of
sugarplums kraft paper deer postcards danced through my head.
It was a quick and simple switcheroo that I tackled intermittently during one of those 2 hour long episodes of Downton Abbey, which I’m currently catching up on and just finished season 3 and WTF mate?! The ending?! Really?! Anyway, the postcard project all started with a quick search of free deer sketches. Thank you Google images.
I dumped all those images in a folder on my desktop and then proceeded to drag and drop them into a little 8.5″ x 11″ template that I put together in Photoshop, complete with some cutting guidelines down the middle. Side note….if you don’t have Photoshop, Microsoft Word works too. I’m just an Adobe dork.
I ended up making about seven different sets of deer sketch postcard sheets, all of which I exported as a pdf since our printer doesn’t play nice with Photoshop. Then I printed a couple of each set out on some kraft paper card stock paper that I had hanging around the house, leftover from wedding projects I believe, and cut out each postcard utilizing those handy cut lines I drew out in the Photoshop file. Side note #2…if you don’t have kraft paper card stock hanging around your home, you can get a stack of it at any craft store. We got ours from Hobby Lobby in the scrapbook paper section for about $3 after using one of their mobile coupons.
Then I just swiped all of the hula girl postcards off the shelves and replaced them with the DIY deer sketch postcards for a way different look to our living room.
It’s definitely gives off a different vibe for the living room. I can’t say that I love them (or hate them), it’s just different. I think it’s just a bit too muted for me. I love color…lots of color and I really miss that vibrant corner behind the couch that was the hula girl postcard collection. But I am appreciating the more muted corner over the holidays so the Christmas tree and other holiday sparklies can really shine.
Pssst…You know how sometimes when you see a picture of your room (rather than just looking at your room in person), you have one of those “aha” moments? I’m experiencing that right now! I think the coffee table needs to go black…maybe a black polyshades stain? Thoughts? Am I crazy? Would that work?!
I kid you not, a mortar and pestle has lived on the back of our toilet since since early August. See:
And a closeup for the cheap seats in the back:
I told you so. For the record, mostly so you don’t think I’m the weirdo with a mortar and pestle on the back of her toilet, I picked it up and the tissue cover at Home Goods shortly after returning from Haven in early August. I came back from the blogger/DIYer conference inspired to accessorize our home more. I’m a chronic under-accessorizer and was bound and determined to course correct and rectify the situation, starting with our bathroom. I thought the mortar part of the combo would make a cute little succulent pot for the back of our toilet. It just took me three months to get around to it. Truth be told, I really had no motivation to plant the succulents and accessorize our bathroom until I came across these beauties at the flea market.
They’re old trivets that were made by a shop here in Maine, Screen Craft in Yarmouth. They went into business back in 1952 and are still in business making beautiful trivets. You can find Screen Craft online here. The going rate on their new trivets is $69 each but we scored our stack of four for a whopping ten dollars (holla!). We found them at our favorite flea market during an end-of-season coastal shopping trip extraordinaire on Labor Day weekend and knew immediately. From the moment I clutched them to my chest and vowed to adopt them, I knew they should hang in our bathroom. And after careful consideration (aka…Colby holding them up in various blank bathroom wall locations while I yay-ed and nay-ed), decided for the nook above the toilet.
As for hanging the trivets, we went the super cheap and easy route by using some Velcro command strips.
And just tacked them onto the back of the trivets, pressing down firmly for optimal adhesion.
And hung the trivets in a four square grid above the toilet.
Being a card carrying member of the under-accessorizing club (we even have secret handshakes), I thought the trivets-as-art addition was a bit on the crazy town side. I wasn’t quite sure it worked. So naturally, I decided to dive deeper into crazy town (and way outside my comfort zone) and added more art, since the trivets seemed a little off balance with the big, blank space above the laundry basket on the right. I dove into our stash of misfit
toys decor and came up with a Vermont waterfall framed pic, which was a freebie from Colby’s mom, and added it to the wall.
Now we’re balanced. The waterfall art really helps balance out that empty space above the laundry basket and makes everything make a little more sense. And after actually putting tissues in the tissue box cover and planting the succulents, our toilet nook was looking a bit less naked and a lot more interesting.
Although, every time I come into the bathroom to go take care of business-es (the term we use when it’s time to let Goose outside), I get spooked when I turn the corner and see the art and accessories. Every time. Good thing there’s a toilet nearby for those pee my pants out of scared-ie-ness moments.
My favorite “moment” of the accessorized nook is the addition of the succulents in the mortar. Now that’s an appropriate way to utilize a mortar in the bathroom.
The added bathroom accessories definitely add a bit more interest to an otherwise boring nook. Our bathroom is pretty much the most finished space in our home. It is oh-so-close to done. It just needs a little bit of noodling around and a little bit of editing. Maybe I’ll lock myself in the bathroom until it’s done. Although, that might be weird. You know, when guests come over to visit and need to go pee and I’m locked in the bathroom until after I choose just the right accessories and finish painting those open shelves (which I shamelessly still have yet to do). I’m not certain our guests would ever come over again. Awkward!
Until then, I’m reveling in my small accessorizing VICTORY! Any Entourage fans out there? Do you also channel your inner Johnny Drama and shout “VICTORY” in your strongest viking voice?! And maybe throw up your hands and your head back in dramatic fashion as you yell it out for all the Viking Quest fans out there at Comic-Con?! And maybe even sport that horned hat?! Just me? Okay. I believe the term you are searching for is……anyway…one final shot of our bathroom accessories.
Pssst…So what odd object have you had sitting around your bathroom? Any mortar and pestles? Or anyone else want to join our under-accessorizers club? We’re not terribly exclusive. We meet on Thursdays. Bring wine.
For their Threshold picture frame sale. Seriously, now through Saturday (me thinks) all their Threshold frames are buy one, get one (of equal or lesser value) for 25% off. And perfect timing for me since I discovered the sale while I was on a mission for not one, but two wooden picture frames for a little living room sprucing. It was like Target was having a sale just for me!
Pssst…Next up in project world, some porch demo and work. It’s about time we got cracking on the space. We’ll be spending our loooong weekend taking down old bead board panels, repairing porch windows and maybe even painting it up. What’s on the project docket in your neck of the woods this weekend? Or are you planning on soaking in the last few days of summer?