Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Guest Bathroom Facelift: Part 2

Next up in my little Guest Bathroom Facelift, is the artwork. Because what powder room would be complete without some fancy-shmancy DIY art on the walls?

To read the eternally exciting GB Facelift: Part 1, scroll down or click here.

Step One. Find some random art pieces on clearance at TJ Maxx. These babies fit the bill:

Step Two. Lurk around in bloggy-land and find yourself some inspiration. I've always loved the work of this talented lady. (She's even doing her own bathroom makeover right now. Ack! Pressure!) I especially love this and this. Both are on my project to-do list, especially since she has been so kind as to offer up step by step instructions!!

I also came across a PB canvas piece a long time ago that was very graphic and used only numbers, which is ultimately what I went for..

Step Three. ¡De Colores! :) I couldn't resist. Translation: I painted. I had to do multiple coats to cover up the old artwork and just mixed my own formula of paint with both acrylic craft and interior wall paint. I'm sure that's against some sort of artistic rule, but I'm not losing any sleep over it.

Step Four. Print off some numbers in varying sizes, cut them out and lightly trace onto your art piece. Then paint some more. I decided to personalize it a bit by adding our wedding date: 5.3.08.

Step Five. Hang the pictures and then turn 180 degrees and realize you need something on the opposite wall. Right. Now.

I picked up these Vintage Keys from Pottery Barn last fall. I wasn't sure how/where I was going to use them, but I loved them and for 19 bucks, I figured I could splurge and use one of my year and a half old wedding gift cards. So I did.

Step Six. Get crafty. I finally decided what I wanted to do, so I hit up the Goodwill and found 2 sets of matching frames with ugly pictures for a total of $8. I ditched everything but the frames and cardboard backing and once again broke out the paint. I decided to distress the frames by sanding the edges and giving them a little Ralph Lauren Smoke Glaze love, thanks to the inspiration of these ladies. Next comes burlap and the hot glue gun, and after about an hour and a couple of burned fingertips, I ended up with this:

Step Seven. Stand back and admire your handiwork. Go poke your husband in the ribs and nod in the general direction of the bathroom until he goes in there and checks it out and showers himself with praise for marrying a crafty lady.


(Of Part 2)

Edited to add: I've linked up to A Soft Place to Land's DIY Day and Today's Creative Blog's Get Your Craft On! Go check out some other great projects!


  1. What a great idea! I love how the art pieces turned out!

    That song, De Colores, reminds me of my childhood :)

  2. Seriously, love, love, love. Your next project can be my mantle : )

  3. Both projects turned out great! I love the keys and burlap.

  4. These pieces are THE best DIY projects I've seen in a long time!! If you don't mind, I'd like to link to these in my blog "Links I Love" sidebar. So inspirational, thank you!

  5. I LOVE the art work in here! So cute!

  6. I love it! I'm also on the lookout constantly at Goodwill for interesting shapes and sizes of picture frames, since you never know when you'll need one :) And I'm especially glad you mixed that latex and acrylic paint - I've wondered about doing that and now I'm going to forge right ahead.


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