Monday, April 11, 2011

My Beach Wall - Shadowbox Love

Aloha!




I told you I'd be back shortly with some actual posts for my blog!

If you took a minute to vote over at One Month to Win It, I hope you were able to pick out my project "Bathroom Wall Art". I was in a rush to send it over and neglected to enlarge my photos, so sorry for the craptastic-ness there. What a bummer!  But luckily, enough people saw through the horrible pics and voted for me, so I'm moving on to round two this week. :)

Since I'm not limited to three pics here, I'll be separating all of them to give you a better view of everything! Sweet.  I know you're excited, right? ;)

Our downstairs half bath has been mostly finished for about a month now. I still had to paint the door and get new hinges and a door knob installed, and I just printed out and threw up some random pictures of a sea turtle and a yellow hibiscus (ya know...since we live in Hawaii and all). I thought the bright colors would be a good contrast to the gray wall and flooring and would liven up the place, but mostly they just didn't feel quite right, and I didn't have the "oh, wow" feeling when I walked into the room that I was looking for. Just kinda lack luster.

Then as I was flipping through my latest Ballard, I came across these:




Cute! And beachy! But a little bland with ALL shells, and at $39??  Not gonna happen. But it got my wheels turning...

I've had these shadow boxes for about 7 years or so. I originally purchased them at Michaels to display some of the small trinkets we brought back from Africa. I painted them browns and greens nad glazed over the inside. We have plenty of large trinkets up, and I was bored with the display, so I haven't even bothered putting them up in our last three moves since we knew we'd only be there a year (or much less in some cases). They were just sitting in my garage begging to be used.



I moved them around a bunch and measured the wall to see which ones would fit where, yadda yadda yadda. Then brainstormed things to put in them. My daughter loves shells, so we've bought a few sets of different shells along with some starfish at the Aloha Swap Meet here. I know they sell shells at Wal-mart and other craft stores for fairly cheap also.

In box 1, I knew I wanted to display sand from a few of our favorite beaches here, and I found these perfect little glass bottles at a dollar-type store here. They weren't quite fitting well in any of the boxes, though. Because the display of three is much wider than it is tall, it looked funny. So I thought I'd give them some height by using a few old books from my bookshelf (by old I mean some of my favorites from junior high...Sweet Valley Twins have never been sweeter). They stuck out way too far, though, so I may or may not have also cut them in half up the center in order to make the depth fit!  Don't worry...I'll donate to a local library to pay for my sins. ;)





This next one is real seaweed that my husband collected while doing research at Hopkins Marine Station where he took a semester and did marine biology research. He collected about 8 different samples and dried them out himself (this was a month before we even met, ladies...he thought this out all on his own)! But then he just left them all on a piece of paper all dried out. I found them in a trunk about 4 years after we'd been married and thought they were pretty awesome, so I cut them out, ModPodged them to paper and put them in small frames and hung them in our bathroom. The little frames were a maroon color to match the seaweed. But again...I was sick of the display but still wanted to salvage something from it. So this one little guy stayed, and his frame got a new coat of paint and some distressing. Mahalo to Scott for his foresight into decorating our beachy home 10 years early. ;)



I LOVE clocks. Can you tell??  Just check my sidebar and popular posts or visit my Home Tour page to see just how many clock make-overs I've done recently. I think all rooms should have clocks. And I had a favorite watch I once wore for about 1.5 years straight (showered and slept in it and everything) during my first pregnancy and just after. It eventually died, and I was never able to find another one as awesome or as comfortable or that matched all my outfits as well, so now I resort to my iPhone and clocks everywhere in my house.

The guest bath is no exception. But I needed something small, and I wanted vintage feel. I found an awesome pocket-watch-style clock at Pottery Barn and knew I could find a cheaper one as the concept isn't original to them. Ebay had quite a few options, but shipping to Hawaii kicks my butt. So I resorted to driving across the island to Wally World where I just knew I'd find something. Sure enough...a perfect match!  It had a weird handle-thing on the top that I just removed, but other than that, this is the Wal-mart $9.99 clock in all its glory. I truly love it. I think it finishes the wall perfectly!



The starfish was one we had laying around from one of our bazillion trips to the Aloha Stadium Swap Meet. It was kind of a no-brainer for the space...





And finally, we're back to the Ballard knock-off. The shells. Also another Aloha Swap Meet find, but I've seen them at craft stores and Wally World as well. We have quite the collection at this point, so I just sorted through to find matching white ones, and one lovely orange-ish coral one to match the wall art on my other wall I'll be showing later this week.

The idea of cutting glass didn't scare me off, and that was what I was originally planning to do. Until I came across an old box made out of stiff plastic. You know the kind. It's found on the front of kids' toy packaging all over the world. Barbies and super hero action figures, etc. If you have kids, I'm sure you've had your fair share of them around your house. But I found it's the perfect cheap and easy alternative to cutting my own glass!  It was thick enough to hold in the shells just right, thin enough to be cut with scissors or a razor, and hot glued like a champ!  I just layed it right on top of the shadow box, cut around the edges with scissors (I moved the edges out just slightly to cut, so that when I moved them back, there wouldn't be a lip from the thickness of the scissors). Then I put one small dab of hot glue in each of the four corners. I didn't want the obvious hot glue streak across the entire front, and you can't even see it! I was thrilled with myself and my cleverness. ;)  (It's my blog, and I'll brag if I want to.)







And there you have it!  My beachy shadowbox wall art!  I honestly love it. It fits the room so well. Has just the right amount of variety, color, personality, and sentimental touches. :)


Aloha,

25 comments:

  1. Very cute...love the beach theme! You're so cleaver to create the plastic "glass".

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  2. I absolutely love this! Thank you so much for sharing it!

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  3. I love the ripped up book display!! Awesome!

    ps. good luck this week ;)

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  4. This is fabulous! I especially love the little sand bottles {I was a HUGE Sweet Valley High fan BTW!} I'm off to look around the rest of your blog! :)

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  5. I love the box idea. They're deeper than your usual shadow box..., will definitely include this in a future post. It looks awesome!!

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  6. These all look wonderful, even more so than the Ballard version. A great collection displayed beautifully, thanks for sharing!

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  7. Very cool! I'm a beach girl and now living in the Mid-West...so we're creating a "beach" guest room. I might be using a few of these great ideas...especially the sand bottles!!

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  8. Fabulous project and it turned out great! Glad to find your blog today (from Coastal Charm) and am a new follower. I invite you to come over and say hi sometime: http://SallyLeeByTheSea.com

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  9. Love the one with the books and the 3 bottles with sand in it! This is way better than Ballards!

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  10. Beautiful, creative display. ~~Sherry~~

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  11. You are the ballard knock off queen!

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  12. Love it!!! Love how you used the plastic to keep the shells in! Great idea!

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  13. This is a great idea. Love the box with the shells. The little piece of dried seaweed is awesome. I never thought of drying it. I will look at it more closely next time.

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  14. Don't you just love everything about Ballard's except the prices??!! You did a great job on these! Love them all!

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  15. Great idea. I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com tonight.

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  16. How beautiful is that? I would love to do this for my daughter's 'beach' bedroom :)

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  17. cute gotta make some of these!!
    http://lesleygraingerdesign.blogspot.com/

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  18. Great idea! I like yours better than the ones Ballard sells....

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  19. I love these! They look so easy to make and you can put anything in them!

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  20. This is a wonderful collection. Don't you love when you get inspired by something in a store, and end up with something even better you have done yourself?!

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  21. I love these! We are beach-lovers too, and recently re-did our powder room with a seashell theme. Wish I'd have seen this idea sooner! Nice work!

    Amy
    oneartmama.blogspot.com

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  22. Oh I am so going to copy this. I have been wanting to add some shells to our bathroom and the shadow boxes make it more substantial. Very pretty - thanks for the great idea.

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