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Gone Fishin’

Our master bath renovation is a slow work in progress… and I can assure you it’s not getting any faster. So far we have added new colorful towels, organized Noah’s bathing supplies, and added a touch of color. The other week I was cleaning out and organizing the bathroom cabinets and found this little guy.

He lost his spot in our bathroom a year or two ago when I decided he didn’t really go with anything and he was just collecting dust on the floor. So I stuck him in the cabinet. His blue outer “shell” had even chipped off in a few places. My feelings for him had not changed too much since then. But the more I looked him the more I thought he may not be so bad if he just had a fresh coat of paint.

Since I had nothing to lose and some leftover paint from this project for Valentine’s Day, I decided to go for it.

One of the great features of this paint is that it is an indoor/outdoor acrylic, which means it will hold up well in the humidity of a bath room. I also love that it is a gloss paint.

Before I started painting my little fish, I wiped him down. When I turned him upside down to see if anything had fallen in his mouth, this fell out.

I’m not sure what it goes to or how it got there. I’ve had this fish since college, so no telling when I put it there. I have always been really great with coming up with super secretive hiding places and passwords and then forgetting them! Is anybody else like that? There was probably some point in history when I searched frantically for this key. Oh, well!

Update: ML just informed me it is the key to our fireproof safe. He had hidden it there and forgot about it.

After I got him all good and clean, I applied my first coat of paint. It’s a little bit of a challenge for me not to get too paint happy and apply too thick of a coat. Paint works best if you apply thin even coats.

So coat after coat, I painted.

Slowly (after four coats), I got a good solid white coverage. I even painted around the opening of his mouth because truth be told all the darkness has always been a little scary to me. Maybe if it wasn’t so dark, I would have known there was a key hidden in there.

This little guy was starting to grow on me. Before I began painting him, I debated whether to paint him white or aqua like some of the other pieces in the master bath. Obviously, I ended up picking white. Aqua would have worked as well, but I didn’t want him to be too much of a statement piece in the room. Plus if I ever change my mind, I can always paint him aqua. No biggie.

Once he was all good and dry, I brought him inside. (I took advantage of the beautiful weather and painted him outside!)

For now he is sitting beside our sink. He may move (or swim) to another place in the bathroom eventually. Who knows? I do like him now that he is all glossy and white though. And the best part is that this little transformation didn’t cost me anything!

Now we are one step closer in our bathroom renovation!

 

Have you done any bathroom renovations on the cheap lately? What have you been doing to take advantage of the beautiful weather?

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Rockin’ Robin (Tweet Tweet)

Yay!!!  The artwork is finally up!  What do you think?

I love it!!!  I love all the color and the three birds (momma bird, papa bird, and baby bird).  I think my sister did an excellent job.

First, I should share how we decided on this for the artwork above the crib.  Back during the summer when I was still brainstorming for the nursery, I knew I wanted to use a lot of color in the room, but I needed something for the basis of the color palate.  At first I thought of using an enlarged piece of photography, but I couldn’t ever find anything that stole my heart.  We toyed with the idea of doing a Chronicles of Narnia theme (hopefuly Aslan wouldn’t be scarry above a crib), but that never planned out.  On a side note, I can’t wait to read the Chronicles of Narnia with our little girl someday!

However,  that did lead us in the direction of wanting to use some artwork with animals in it.  Wanting to keep the budget down, I turned to Etsy and started searching.  In case you have never checked Etsy out, they have a lot of great stuff and at reasonable prices.  That’s where I found this piece. 

I think it was originally around $250.  I am not sure though because it is listed as “sold” now and doesn’t give the price anymore.  $250 was not what I had in mind, but I loved the painting.  The medium used was acrylic, so I felt like I might could replicate it.  The more I thought about it though, the more I realized I didn’t have the supplies or time.  So I sent an e-mail to my sister with a picture of the painting attached and asked if she thought she could paint it.  She said yes!  She had the supplies, but I am not so sure about the time.  But she did manage to work it into her busy schedule, thankfully.

With the artwork secured, that’s when I knew I had a color palate to base everything off of.  The painting helped us determine what color boxes to select, the color for the chair, rug, dresser, and even curtains.

Hopefully, I will be able to get the rest of the artwork up in the room soon!  (As soon as I start making it.)  It is so exciting to see everything coming together.

What about  you?  Have you painted any artwork lately?  Or used artwork as the basis for the color palate of a room?

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