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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Decorating a bathroom on virtually no budget

In the last post I showed you some artwork that I made for one wall in the newly decorated front bathroom. The final cost was under $3.00.

Last year I found these great Martha Stewart shadow boxes on clearance for $1.00 each. I didn't have a project in mind at the time but snapped them up.

Fast forward a year later~ I took a hot glue gun and a scrap of leftover shower curtain fabric to conceal the cream satin backing in the shadow box. I then added two photos that were taken of Sweet Boy a few years ago in Florida. As I wanted my boy to feel like this was indeed his own space I got him involved by selecting a few shells from our collection to place inside the shadow box.

Ok the hated bathroom mirror. This current form of concealment came via a net table topper I bought at Pottery Barn on clearance for $1.98. I then proceeded to cut it into long strips and then joined the sections together with raffia ties. (Yes, I am INSANE.) Using handy dandy command strip hooks from 3m I twisted and hung the net above the mirror. (Sorry for the glare~there is no window for natural light photography.)

I then added a few shells collected from our recent trip to Florida. The starfish came in a pack of 5 for $6 at TJ Maxx.

In the other corner I hung a lantern that belonged to Great Grandpa Gunn when he worked on the Panama Canal.

Sweet boy deemed the existing bathroom accessories "too girly". What is a decorator with no budget to do?

Add a bit of twine and add a few more seashells and we're in business.

Have you ever crafted with shells?


Shelia said...

Hi Laura! You are the most creative one! I love your sweet boy's bathroom. The use of that netty table cloth is just wonderful. I know he must love it!
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

The shadow boxes are so pretty and your bathroom is just gorgeous. What a great job. Hugs, Marty

The French Bear said...

You are soooo clever, that is a great idea to "man" up the accessories!!!!! He he ...... love it!!!
Margaret B

jewelstreet said...

I have not crafted with shells ever though I used to have inordinate amounts of them from collecting.

LiLi M. said...

That rope and the shells totally unwomanize the accessoirrees, very clever! I love to search for shells, it's so relaxing. And of coure I have to bring them home, much to dislike of my husband. You can glue a shell onto allmost everything; boxes, mirrors. tables, mantles, you name it. But I like them best in a glass vase, in water, keeps the flowers in a bouquet and the colors of wet shells are so beautiful. Thanks for your nice comment on my monument tour, I'm affraid you haven't seen the last of my home town yet. Have a great day!

Lisa Anne said...

No, however now because of you I want to!! Great job I love seashore decorated bathrooms. I think it makes them so peaceful and relaxing.

Blondie's Journal said...

Laura, The shadow boxes and mirror look fabulous. I hope this inspires more people to decorate with the netting. It's so cool and versatile!

I just started painting and glittering starfish for the lakehouse. Not sure what I am going to do with them!!


Barb said...

Oh so very creative!!

Great job and very cute.
barbara jean

Karen said...

Laura. You did awesome! Just look at it all! I love the idea of the "net" on the mirror. Who would've guessed? I can just picture you standing on that counter - balancing, trying so hard to get the twist "just right" and then making those hooks KEEP it right!
LOL. Well - it worked. It all looks just wonderful.
Thanks for sharing.
Karen - Some Days Are Diamonds

Craftymoose Crafts said...

I am continually inspired and amazed at what you can do with so little!
He has to be loving that bathroom now!

I did recently use sea shells in one of my treasure boxes--coincidentally, it is scheduled to be tomorrow's post on my blog!

Tanya said...

You did such a beautiful job. I absolutely love the lantern (for the sentiment and the way it looks)!

Jill Elaine said...

Very Very cute. You should check out She has used shells for stuff and is great at decorating on a nonexistent budget!

Morgan said...

That is a really cool bathroom! I really like the netting you arranged over the mirror.

Debbie said...

I have the biggest mirror in the world above my bathroom vanity. You have inspired me to try something fun with it!

Mieke said...

Ilooove the 'seashell-accessories', what a brillant idea !

honeysuckle said...

You are quite the bargain shopper! Love the lantern.

Its So Very Cheri said...

I love it all. Yes I have done projects with shells, we live by the beach so we have access to a lot of them.
Love your blog. I am signing up as a follower and hppe you will do the same.


laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Laura, I declare you to be brilliant! What fabulous ideas, and what great execution of those ideas. laurie

Shimmy Mom said...

That all looks SO amazing! Thanks for all the great ideas.

{ L } said...

You have really good vision! Everything turned out amazing. I really like the mirror.

Willow said...

I love those ideas. I don't know how you come up with them.


Carly said...

Great makeover. You are so creative, just look at the netting around the mirror! The bathroom looks gorgeous. Have you thought about adding a couple of decorative boxes around the sink? I think it would look real pretty to decoupage maybe some wave-looking scrapbook paper on an old box, and glue a sand dollar to the top.