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Attempting Aloha: Three Board Coral Wall Art - Take Two

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Three Board Coral Wall Art - Take Two

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This project is not for the impatient. Unless you're really trying to learn patience... 

"So why did you try another one of those if the last one took so dang long, and you're really impatient, Charlie?"  Is that what you're asking yourself?  You're probably remembering my P.S. I Love You sign and how it took for-freaking-ever.  Truth is, I LOVE IT.  It took me a really long time, took lots of planning and then painstaking cutting and then painting, but I adore it. Every. Single. Day. 

If you read about my Ballard-inspired beachy shadow boxes, you know that I had originally put boring old photo prints on the walls, and they mostly just made me yawn when I went in the room (despite my attempts to find fun and bold colors). I don't know when or how the idea for the three-board-coral pic popped into my head, but it was originally colorless. I had no idea what color to do it in, but I went ahead and cut my boards out of a scrap piece of wood found in the free bin at Re-Use Hawaii.

Then I sanded 'em down, primed with some Zinsser water-based primer, and painted with some white acrylic craft paint.

I'm no artist. My kids ask me to draw animals all the time, and I get a lot of, "MOM!! That's not a lion! That looks like a horse!" ((child stomps off in disgust...I hang head in shame and go to YouTube to see if I can find a tutorial on "how to draw lions for dummies"))   My maternal grandmother is an amazing artist. Yeah...definitely not genetic. I'm also here to tell you that my mom's mad cooking skills are not genetic, but we'll save that for another day.

BUT...I can look at basic pics and pencil them out (and erase and pencil and erase and pencil and erase and erase and erase).  I took my inspiration from my sweet friend, Ashley over at A Blonde's DIY Life and her amazing pillows.

I set the boards down how they would be on the wall, and did my best to pencil them out. Kinda took a long time, but I finally got it to look decent.

((WARNING--Crappy picture ahead--My bad))

((Pretend you can actual see the pencil marks in that pic and that my lighting isn't just heinous, k?))

Then it was time to decide on a color. I tried to mix my own coral color (say that 5 times fast!), but each one just looked a little off. I thought of browns or tans or beige, but as much as I love Ballard, I need a little color in my life. Maybe yellow?

It was okay, but I still just didn't love it. I took it down to show my neighbor/Hawaii bff, and she wasn't feeling the love either. Hmmm...  So I quit for the evening 'cause I had to go to the DMV and register my car. With three kids. Boo.  But there's a bright side!  I went to a DMV in the mall and walked through Sears to get there. As I was passing through, I saw some towels in the perfect shade! I bought two hand towels for $4 and skipped through the mall and smiled all the way through the DMV. :) 

Then I mixed my own colors at home until it matched the hand towels just using my collection of craft paints. Awesome. Love me some grade-school thinking  and color-matching. "Little bit of orange...little bit of pink...maybe some red...OOPS...too much red...little bit of white..."
I ended up doing two coats, so I painted this beast a total of three times. Barf.

To save you some time, I've found a coral acrylic craft paint on Amazon that matches my final color to a tee.

Then I distressed it with my sander and gave it a coat of Minwax Polyurethane. I knew it would yellow the white paint, and that's what I wanted in order to give it a good aged look. If you don't want the yellowing, go for Minwax Polycrylic instead.

I'd let this dry overnight if you can. If you're impatient, take the hair dryer to it. ;) 

I kept a slight gap between mine and connected these ones with paint sticks and screws! Cheap and sturdy.

I think it turned out quite lovely! My bathroom is no longer a boring, ho-hum half bath! It's a shabby chic, beachy but fun bathroom! Yippee!!!

Ready to get your paint on?  You can do it!



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At April 13, 2011 at 5:24 AM , Blogger Tammy said...

I love this. How clever you are. I am always impressed by your wonderful DIY's. Thanks for sharing.

At April 13, 2011 at 5:37 AM , Blogger luciane said...

Que surpresa boa receber seu comentário em português!! E muito bom português! É tão raro estrangeiros se interessarem pela nossa língua.
Adorei seu blog e seu trabalho.
Um beijo

At April 13, 2011 at 6:28 AM , Blogger donatella said...

wow! I have a coral obsession (http://inspirationrealisation.blogspot.com/2011/03/ocd-obsessive-coral-dependency-pt1.html) and I am so going to do this ... wow. wow. wow! love it ! found you on someday crafts

At April 13, 2011 at 6:30 AM , Blogger The Loops said...

This looks amazing! Well worth the extra time. I'm a new follower! I'd love for you to stop by.

At April 13, 2011 at 6:38 AM , Blogger Andrea said...

LOVE it!

Just what I need to make to go with my bathroom re-do I'm working on!

At April 13, 2011 at 7:14 AM , Blogger Prudently Painted Vintage said...

Bookmarking this and I am your newest follower! Thanks for the great tutorial. LOVE it!

At April 13, 2011 at 7:44 AM , Blogger TC said...

Fantastic! Just found you through BC. I will have to try this work of art.

Tamara, Bella Boho

At April 13, 2011 at 9:20 AM , Blogger Tanya said...

Love this idea....so cute. You did a great job =)

At April 13, 2011 at 11:17 AM , Blogger Andrea said...

I LOVE THIS!!! I'm going to find a place for this in my house! Thanks for sharing! =D


At April 13, 2011 at 11:23 AM , Blogger Carly said...

love this charlie! the coral color is great.

At April 13, 2011 at 1:25 PM , Blogger ker said...

So as creepy as this sounds, because I know it does, I linked your blog up at Vintage Revivals! I just couldn't resist! It's a linky party for all blogs cute, fabulous, funky and favorite! Your's just had to go in there.
BTW, Lovin' the coral color in this project!

At April 13, 2011 at 2:42 PM , Blogger The Rentschlers said...

I love it! I have been trying to think of a theme for my kids room. I needed a unisex theme and my daughter already has a beach beadspread and a light shade to match so now I know. Hawaii theme. Works for both. I going to attemp the picture. Hope my husband helps :)Thanks so much for the idea!

At April 13, 2011 at 6:35 PM , Blogger michelle said...

I love it Charlie, it is beautiful!! I am glad that you didn't give up. The coral color is perfect and adore your p.s I love you sign too. :)

At April 14, 2011 at 2:43 AM , Blogger Yolanda @ Miss Refashionista said...

Just looking at the coral is relaxing enough, I want one but I surely am impatient! :)

At April 14, 2011 at 8:45 AM , Blogger Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Love it! And so clever how you attached the boards and hung them with the painters sticks!!

At April 14, 2011 at 9:56 AM , Blogger Tammy @ Type A said...

love this! i have a party going on right now, would love it you shared this. http://typeadecorating.blogspot.com/2011/04/anything-goes-party-12.html

At April 14, 2011 at 11:56 AM , Blogger Tammy @ Type A said...

thanks for partying with me! this is such a neat piece.

At April 14, 2011 at 1:40 PM , Blogger Ty and Whitty said...

I am so in love with this! Great job. I found this through the someday crafts linky party. Come and say hello I love visitors


At April 14, 2011 at 1:49 PM , Blogger radn said...

Love your projects! This turned out great! Now following you.

At April 15, 2011 at 8:02 PM , Blogger Sailing with bare feet said...

Love it !! Super cool !!


At April 16, 2011 at 7:27 AM , Blogger Crystal (theweekendhomemaker.com) said...

I really, really like this and have been looking for some fun, diy art. I think I'll try this!

At April 17, 2011 at 7:05 AM , Blogger Rachael said...

LOVE THIS!! It's seriously awesome. Thanks for sharing. The paint stick idea is genius! http://www.lovelycraftyhome.com

At April 17, 2011 at 9:55 PM , Blogger Lolly Jane said...

Super cute! We would ♥ for you to link this up :)

:)Lolly Jane

At April 18, 2011 at 8:49 AM , Blogger Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

This is awesome. Great idea-I love coral.

At April 18, 2011 at 9:09 PM , Blogger The New Witty's said...

what a grand idea!!!

At April 18, 2011 at 10:32 PM , Blogger Mel the Crafty Scientist said...

This is so pretty! I love that it's on wood too so it looks super-fancy-boutique-chic! : )

At April 18, 2011 at 10:44 PM , Blogger Debra said...

Very nice! I love it. :)

At April 19, 2011 at 5:27 AM , Blogger Life with Lucy said...

SO cute! love it!

At April 19, 2011 at 9:42 AM , Blogger Amy Gilman and Emily Lee (Sisters of the Wild West) said...

I absolutely LOVE this. It turned out AMAZING. I now officially will be doing a beach themed bathroom. I would love for you to link it up at my link party going on now!

At April 19, 2011 at 10:00 AM , Blogger Robin said...

love love love this!

At April 19, 2011 at 6:49 PM , Blogger Tammy @ Type A said...

i featured you this week! http://typeadecorating.blogspot.com/2011/04/anything-goes-party-13.html

At April 21, 2011 at 7:41 PM , Blogger kelly said...

i love that!!! i have some coral prints in my living room that have faded in the sun and this would look great! don't think i could freehand coral though:)
i live on oahu, had no idea there was a reuse hawaii, have to check that out!
glad i found your blog on A to Z!

At May 10, 2011 at 8:13 AM , Blogger Jenny @ DIY Newlyweds said...

I love this! I'm featuring it as on of my favorite projects on my blog! http://www.diynewlyweds.com/2011/05/my-favorite-projects-april-2011.html

At September 20, 2011 at 7:46 PM , Blogger Merissa Cherie said...

Looks great! Such a pretty idea!
I will have to try this someday :)
I love your crafty-ness!

At December 7, 2012 at 10:22 AM , Blogger Michelle (michabella) said...

OMG I LOVE IT!!!!! Just found your blog. I arrived to Oahu in August... so I am attempting Aloha too ;)

At May 29, 2013 at 5:37 AM , Blogger Lisa Codina said...

I just found your site on Pinterest...saw the coral piece on your home page and HAD to find it! What a great idea!!! I absolutely LOVE coral! I'm definitely going to keep checking in to your Blog ;-)


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