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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

A Seaside Shelf

In Sweet Boy’s bathroom there was a space above the towel bar that cried out for a bit of art.

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Mr. Decor was replacing part of our fencing and we were left with some nicely weathered boards.

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I grabbed the miter box, saw, hammer and nails and created a shelf of sorts.

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It’s hard to see, but I painted the outside edge “Glass Bottom Boat” by Martha Stewart.

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I then googled “vintage shell images” and found a few prints that I loved. After printing the images out on cardstock I lined the back of the shelf in a sort of wallpaper fashion taking care to line up the center image.


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I hung it above the hand towel and had Sweet Boy pick out a few favorite shells to display. Inexpensive and interactive artwork perfect for a young boy’s bathroom.

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“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” Albert Einstein

How are you living?



Lidia ZuniReds said...

WOW!!! I love them!! good ideas :)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

The box turned out super. What a great idea. I love it. Hugs, Marty

Donna said...

Hi there Laura,
This is awesome! I love anything beachy, and the shell prints are gorgeous. What a fun and creative idea! stop in & check out my giveaway if you get a chance! $25 towards anything in my etsy shop :)

Michelle said...

Love the Einstein quote! And your seaside shelf, of course. ;)

Here's another quote I love,

"Yesterday is history.
Tomorrow is a mystery.
Today is a gift.
That's why it's called the present."

Laura, may you continue to be blessed with MANY "presents" in your life! :)

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

I can tell you are an early bird like me!! Love the shelf! I also like the new blog header and colors. Matches the shelf!! Have a great day and I will continue to vote!

Alison said...

That is perfect for the bathroom. Just the right size for above the towel rail

April said...

this is a great idea. we saw a little shelf at goodwill the other day that reminded me of YOUR "blast from the 80's" shelf you featured a couple of weeks ago. it had shells glued into it, but what was SO FUNNY was that the shells were glued into the shapes of a tub, sink, and toilet complete with paper holder and towel bars. some miniaturist gone slightly awry, i'm afraid(though i suppose if one were into mermaids. . .)! we had a good giggle and i thought "laura would likely take this little shadow box home and make it beautiful."
you've done it again!

happyhome said...

I'm rocking and stalking! I've added VOTE to my daily to-do list. The world needs more beauty and your new show would certainly bring that. Whether or not you win, I'm proud of you for trying. Found you through Lisa at The Pennington Point and so glad I did.

spindlecottage said...

Nice, I like it! I actually thought the pics were part of the real shells!

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

Love it! The perfect addition! You are a genius;)!


Craftymoose Crafts said...

I love anything with a sea theme! Very nice shell display box! Have been voting away!

Carrie said...

Great shelf. Looks great.

French Basketeer said...

Clever clever! You are so European, repurposing those boards; the shelf looks great and it looks ideal for rotating a display of little treasures. Have a wonderful day....

Sherrie said...

What a great project! How crafty you are to make the fence boards into a box!

OneCraftyFox said...

This looks fantastic, you did such a wonderful job!

Blondie's Journal said...

I love this look!! Great idea!


Something Nice and Pretty said...

Love it great idea, thanks so much for sharing!


Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Cute idea...happy 4th!

Housewife Bliss said...

I love it-- stunning and so creative as well.

Val Reaves said...

Thanks for checking in with me. When things slow down and I can breathe, my blog will be updated.
Until Then,
Val :-)

My Cottage Charm said...

VERY cute Laura! :) I went shopping today at a local peddlers mall and found a basket of many pretty shells!
I love the quote...I believe everything we see, hear and touch is a miracle. God made it all, so it's miraculous to me. :)
Have a blessed week my sweet friend!
Missy :)

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Wowwwwwwwwwwww!! Laura!! You are simply amazing! This is GORGEOUS! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

wow, what a great use for that box. I never would have know it was the same one..


Sam said...

Look at you go! That looks great!

*Come on over - I'm hosting my first giveaway!*

Bringing Pretty Back said...

That is why you have 32,000 votes!

Mimi said...

YOU ARE truly amazing!!!!
YOu can make anything and everything!!!you are one handy dandy MOM!!!!
great job!!!!!
I bet he loves it!!!!

Krista@thegatheringplacedesign said...

Love that quote. I love your table cloth in the above post and I voted on Oprah! You go girl...I admire you so much for putting yourself out there like that. Thanks for being an inpiration and wishing you the best of luck!

Jacqueline said...

I voted and voted! I spent some time perusing some of your other posts too. I am a wife,mother and grandmother first and foremost in my life. I got my masters in child psychology, but I have done interior design for my husband and his work for 28 years now. I agree with you whole heartedly, the Lord is the most fantastic designer, decorator, landscaper that ever could be. When we bring beauty to the world we bring joy. You should see my 5 year old granddaughter come to my house, get in the ribbon door and decorate. I should do a post on it. Right now my front porch has pink and green ribbons tied all over it. Grandma recognizes her creativity and leaves the decor up. Thanks for sharing your heart. God loves beauty.

Beth said...

Laura, Thanks for stopping by and inviting me over. Your tablecloth updates look beautiful! So creative and festive and honoring to your grandmother. I adore your red transferware plates, too, Laura.
Happy 4th of July,

Jami said...

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving such kind comments. I love your blog and definitely voted for you (multiple times) (and Zach, too!)Will go back and vote again tomorrow! The best of luck!!! You would be a fantastic host!
Smiles from Texas!!

Vanessa said...

Love the shelf and the Anthropologie inspired tablecloth. What patience with those strips of fabric! Also voted for you on Oprah - good luck!
Vanessa (The 31 Lady)

malia said...

looks great and i love the tablecloth too... amazing!

Jami said...

I'm so impressed that you made that box!

Alida L. said...

Very pretty!

Joy @ Thrifty Parsonage Living said...

I love anything with the coastal theme. Very cute!