DIY Coastal Inspired Bathroom Art

Then I used this method to transfer my letters and painted them in using acrylic paint:

I’ve been working on my boys’ bathroom since 2011. We pulled everything out except for the tub surround,  and replaced it all. It was just before Christmas and I had my sister and her family coming to stay with us, so I rushed to get it finished. I’ve tweaked it a bit and redone several things for it like this stool, and this shelf, and this chair.  However, it needed just a couple more finishing touches.

Today I’m sharing the DIY bathroom art I made to match the coastal feeling of the room.

I started with these sad-looking framed pictures that at $2.25 each, I paid way too much for:

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I was looking for a set of three small frames and these fit the bill.

I took them apart and painted the frames with my new MMS (Miss Mustard Seed) Milk Paint in Ironstone.  I just bought it and was excited to try it on something. It comes in a powder form which you mix with water, one part powder, one part water. Super simple. It’s suppose to chip and flake here and there unless you add a bonding agent, but this adhered pretty well…probably because the polyurethane was all worn off and the finish soaked up the paint.

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I settled on three words for my art: Wash, Brush, Floss;  subliminal messages for my boys as they get older and stinkier typical words you might find in a bathroom.

Since I was going for a time worn, but cool coastal feel, I went searching the garage for inspiration and found this:

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Perfect! (But not really not really as you’ll see soon)

I painted it just like I did the trays I made out of the same old fence pickets. I painted, then rubbed the paint off to create a whitewashed feel. The paint on the right side has been rubbed off:

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Then I used this method to transfer my letters and painted them in using acrylic paint:

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I painted the mats using Country Chic paint in Elegance:

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Here’s where I hit the “OH NO!” train…I went to assemble the frames, add the glass, etc., but even though the fence pieces were super thin for fencing, they still stuck up off the back of the picture! I guess I hadn’t thought this idea through very well.

I ended up duck taping them in place. Then I cut a piece of cardboard to cover it in the back and duck taped that too. Classy, Christy.

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{Update} I actually called it a day and posted this as is, but I just couldn’t do it.  So tonight, I found some felt I had in my stash and stapled it with my staple gun all the way around. So much better!

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Now I can sleep at night. The tape was starting to pull a bit as well. I thought duck tape was supposed to be strong?

DIY Cosstal Inspired Bathroom Art

They are exactly what I wanted for this space.

DIY Cosstal Inspired Bathroom Art

They do sit off the wall just a bit, but it really makes no difference. They still look great.

DIY Cosstal Inspired Bathroom Art

I like the aged feel of the milk paint. I sanded the edges since it didn’t really flake off and topped it with AS soft wax.

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It’s not easy capturing a good photo of a piece that has glass. I’m trying really hard not to be in the reflection. 🙂

DIY Cosstal Inspired Bathroom Art

Here’s a tiny bit more of my bathroom. I always felt like that space on the wall could use a little something.

Then I used this method to transfer my letters and painted them in using acrylic paint:

So for around $7, not including the paint which I already had, I was able to make the perfect art for this spot. You could very easily purchase scrapbook paper with a weathered wood pattern and print your words out on it and frame them for the same look. I just like to do things the hard way sometimes. 🙂

UPDATE: See the complete before and after of this bathroom here!



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  1. Nice job! Way to reuse the frames. I love projects like that. They look great!

  2. Those are awesome! Who cares what the backs look like! 😉


  3. Love these Christy – so pretty! Great idea using old wood and white washing it. CCP Elegance is such a beautiful color (I’ve been playing with it lately).

  4. Ummm…hey there missy…those are fantabulous and everything, but you forgot the most important word:


    Now you have to make another one. =D


  5. JaneEllen says

    Hey the hard way gives us more satisfaction of job well done doesn’t it? Works for me anyway, lol. Love how you compensated for thickness of boards, gotta do what ya gotta do. However you did it they turned out great, love beachy/rustic look. And boys do get stinkier. Just telling you from personal experience, have two boys 16 months apart who are grown now. Happy Spring days

  6. Glad you linked these at the DIY Sunday Showcase Party – I’ve pinned them to our DIY Sunday Showcase Board!

  7. These are awesome! So cute & clever! Thanks for sharing on Monday Funday!

  8. These are adorable! Love them!

    We would love for you to come and link up at Your Designs This Time, Mondays 8:00am EST.

  9. Looks gorgeous Christy!! I love the weathered wood background – and perfect ‘subliminal’ messages. I think we need some subliminal (or perhaps, overt) messages around our house:)

    • Thanks, Krista! I was just thinking about you today and hoping your vacation went well! This bathroom could use more signage like…”seat down”, “wipe dribbles from seat” ha ha…the joys of boys! 🙂

  10. These look so great! I love the driftwood patina, fabulous!

    Gigi @ Old World Patina

  11. Lady, I love how you can take something old and dingy and make it look classy. 🙂