Tuesday, May 24, 2011
As I was strolling the isles of the Dollar Tree a few weeks ago I stumbled upon the tackiest plastic luau shell bikini top you can imagine. Looking a little something like this.
Needless to say I didn't buy it (and it's two cousins) to wear (although it might work in the bedroom?). The shells were pretty nice looking - bright white and with all the right shell textures on the front. So I also grabbed six black frames and a roll of brown craft paper before I checked out.
(Total of $10. Shells - $3, frames - $6, paper - $1. I had scotch tape, foam board scraps and hot glue on hand).
Here's how it looked before I started out.
I removed the strings on the bikini tops, leaving me with just the shells. I don't mind the holes in the shells but if you're anal you could always fill them with white caulk or something similar.
I removed the back of the frame along with the glass front. I used the glass for a template to cut out a piece of foam board to fit into the frame since this is going into the kids room. If you don't have any foam board (or kids) you could just use the glass pane that comes with the frame.
I then cut a piece of brown craft paper to cover the front of the foam board and wrapped it like a present, taping it to the back of the foam board.
And popped it into the frame. I had to kind of squeeze to fit the backer back on as well, but it worked. I only put the back back on since the hanger was attached to the back and not the frame itself.
Some hot glue later the shell was in place as well.
seahorse roller blinds are partway up here so it looks a little funny.
faux capiz shell chandelier in the shot as well :)
This room is finally starting to come together. I spent the last week or so cleaning up and de-cluttering in here. Rearranged some things, added some cool finds from the thrift store. The major thing I need to do in here is paint the walls, it's not going to look cohesive until I do. But it's starting to look decorated now and it's even feeling "airy" with all the new changes. I found myself sitting in here and just enjoying the surroundings the other day and that would not have happened in the past.
Yet the kids really like the new look and since it's all kid friendly and there's room to actually play in the room now it's like they have a whole new space :) Success on all fronts, both mom and kids happy!
(And if you think I seem to be avoiding the wacky curtains in the living room like the plague you're pretty correct. But just you wait, I'll get them done one of these days :)).
Ps. Linking up with
The Thrifty Home
Blue Cricket Design
Homemaker on a Dime