Two weeks ago I was searching at yard sales for items to use in my "beach bathroom makeover". I found some cool coral and some shells and a nice mirror. I already had a whole wall of black mirrors in the bathroom, but anytime I find them at yard sales I usually buy them.
This was my wall of mirrors a few years ago in my bedroom at my old house. I've added to them since, and kept painting them black.
After the decision to re do the bathroom into a beachy look I knew the black would not really work. I repainted all the mirrors white.
I got a box of waverly wallpaper at a yard sale last year for FREE...and tucked it away and forgot I had it. When I re-discovered it a few weeks ago it started my mind twirling about putting it in the bathroom. I knew there wouldn't be enough for the entire room. I also didn't want to hang it the traditional way, which is vertical. The stripes are SUPPOSED to go up and down. But me being me, I like to ask "what if?" and do things totally outside of the box. So I hung it horizontally.
The walls in this bathroom are really damaged and need lots of plaster work. I'm not into plastering so I just slapped the wallpaper right on top of the damaged areas. Also....all those mirrors are meant to hide MAJOR wall damage where a big ugly bathroom mirror once hung.
Then I stopped at the Habitat for Humanity re-store and discovered a GIGANTIC warehouse full of every possible item you'd need for a home remodel. I found some white shelves perfect for my beach bathroom, for only $2.00.
So I started bright and early Saturday Morning wallpapering. By myself. With no air conditioning. With one and sometimes two dogs under my feet, in and out of that tiny little hall bath. I often asked myself why on EARTH did I start all this nonsense on a holiday weekend when I could be laying in the hammock drinking diet coke.
I also let my mind wander to a few weeks ago when I found a bunch of old dirty wood down in the barn on this property. Because I have decorating ADHD I ran down there to re-discover the old dirty wood. It was PERFECT for shelves! So forget about the cute white ones I just BOUGHT!
Then I went back in to do more wallpapering.
When I got sick of that, I went back out to find more wood. And play with spray paint. I found these hooks (what I thought were hooks) at the Habitat Re-Store. My husband laughed and thought I was SO CLEVER to use the braces meant for a stair rail as hooks! (I confessed that I thought they were hooks and had no idea they were for a stair rail!)
I also rediscovered the dock buoys that I dragged home from my parents house a few weeks ago. I thought they'd be perfect in my beach themed bathroom!
The one on the left belonged to my parents, and it was personalized with their names on it. They had it hanging on their dock. A woman at the yard sale tried to buy it and told us she was going to "slap a coat of paint on it and hang it on her dock" well....my sister said "oh sorry, we can't sell that" then made me take it home. I had no idea I was doing a beach bathroom at the time and knew it would be jammed in my basement never to be seen again. I'm glad I have a place for it now.
So back inside to finally finish the bathroom wallpapering. Reminding myself to never do this again. ever.
Then I looked up and saw that ugly light fixture. YUCK. What on earth can I do with this thing?
I bought these shades at the Habitat Re Store for $1.50 each.
I wanted to use them long ways to cover the fixture, but they are meant to be used vertically. Again, I was thinking outside the box. So I removed the white round thing at the bottom so it was an empty shade. I then built a little "frame" around my light fixture
I went from a plain white bathroom with no charm or character at all to this- (and let me tell you....everything was FREE except the shells from the yard sale and the $4.50 I spent on the shades
So here you go
Don't you just love the FREE shelves I found in the barn? I coated them with poly acrylic so they wouldn't peel or flake. Check out the towel bar hanging Vertically on the wall....it's an old flaky board that I scrubbed, varnished and added my "hooks"
I just love the horizontal stripes. So unpredictable. How do you like the light fixture now?
And I think the buoys look really great stuffed into this old dirty crate....
I just love this bathroom now. It went from completely DRAB to totally FAB! My daughter is the primary user of this bathroom. She was completely against a "beach theme" and wanted to keep it black and white. She was afraid it would be "too beachy" When she returned home she ran in the bathroom and could.not.believe.it! I think by using the "found wood" it makes it a lot more natural looking and not like I was "trying too hard" to make it beachy.
Another old board, that was already chippy white. I used a piece of rope off my clothesline that has weathered for two years to tie the starfish on. They were a souvenir from my Ocean City Beach Trip last Summer. I just screwed the hooks right into the wood after I had cleaned and varnished it. This wall is the one I left white since I didn't have enough wallpaper.
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