Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Art for Jace’s Bathroom

I posted here last week about how I wanted to finally decorate Jace’s bathroom. In that post I had high ambitions of painting the bathroom right away. I thought about doing it. I planned it in my mind. I even visualized taping it off and then rolling the paint on. I thought through where all the supplies are. And then I didn’t do any painting.

But I am motivated. Really. I am. So I got to work on some of the art for the room so when I do paint it (soon, I really will), everything will be ready to hang up! I really like the vinyl decal I have on the wall right now:

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But it’ll have to go when I paint. So I took the idea, looked through all the unused frames and decor in my home, and got to work!

When I was young, probably six or younger, my uncle and aunt made this frame of my name for me (my uncle literally made the frame… it’s stamped on the back even that he crafted it):

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This has sat in closets for years now since it really doesn’t match any of my stuff anymore, and at some point something fell on it and the glass broke. I’ve been thinking of painting it for a few months now (although my mom really thought I should keep it as is for memory’s sake). Finally, I had my inspiration! A few coats of red paint, a few coats of spray on varnish, which then left spots of the frame lighter than others (maybe it was too old?), another coat of red paint, and a coat of Mod Podge to seal it, and I loved the look! I also didn’t want to have to get a new mat, so I just painted that too. Then I printed off my letters (using these wonderful fonts), and absolutely LOVED the outcome!

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I used the red and yellow to match the sign I painted to hang above the toilet.

I also wanted to incorporate the rest of the words from the vinyl (relax, soak, enjoy). So I pulled these out:

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They were a wedding gift and came in a set with a picture frame. While they were beautiful and nice, they don’t match anything in my house and have just collected dust for four years. I roughed them up a bit with sandpaper, and gave them several coats of paint. For some reason, and odd yellow color kept showing up in some spots on the paint (maybe from the original stain?), and then when I sprayed them with varnish (a different one than I used on the red frame so I thought I was safe) it was like the varnish started eating the paint in spots and you could see more of the original wood showing through in brush strokes (I’m guessing all this indicates I didn’t properly prepare my project). So I then roughed it up a bit more with sand paper to give it an aged look. I was happy with that result. I then printed off my words (adding “rest” so I’d have four), Mod Podged a red pattern paper to the back and attached the words in the middle, and ended up with this:

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I’m so happy with how it turned out! Now I’m really feeling motivated to paint the room so I can hang these up. They’ll look much better on a wall than sitting on my floor. Maybe next I’ll come up with a fun towel rack or something!

Also, I have a fun idea in my mind for how to use the wire tub. Oh, and guess how fun it was for me to discover this evening while giving Jace a bath that his rubber duckies are blue and yellow?

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I’ll be linking up with these really cool link up parties… you should totally check them out! :)


  1. These all turned out great!!! Love the fonts and how all the colors came together:)

  2. Very cute!!


  3. These are SO great...and I agree with Empty Nesters...love the fonts!

  4. So clever! The fonts and colors are so cute. You really did a great job. I love using printables as my artwork. I've been doing that a lot lately!

  5. I just love the pale blue and red together! I am hosting a link party on my blog this weekend about words/quotes (The Weekend Word Search). Please consider stopping by! Your project would be a great addition.

  6. What a difference paint can make! Your shelves and picture look great!

  7. Great updates, it's always nice to repurpose something and give it new life. Plus then you have exactly what you need and want. The bathroom is really coming together. It's a total bummer about that decal, are you sure you can't save it somehow? Thanks for coming by A Crafty Soiree!

  8. Everything old is new again! Looks great! What a creative way to change it up!

  9. Love what you did with the words and frames.

  10. These are so cute. Thanks for linking up!

  11. I love both of the projects! Thanks for linking up to Show and Tell Saturday!

  12. Hello! Thanks for linking up to the Weekend Word Search this month. I featured this project (and some of your others) today.
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