Monday, October 19, 2009

Nautical Bathroom on a Budget

M and I share a lake "place" with M's brother and his family. They also have four kids, so it's a full house (but fun!) when we are all there at the same time. To call this place a lake "house" makes it sound too nice. To call it a lake "cabin" suggest that it is cute and quaint. And it is neither. It is basically a 70's style home with bare bones - no charm, no personality, no "cuteness." When I started decorating this "place", I knew that it needed to be both kid-friendly and budget-friendly.

The first place I started was in the upstairs bathroom. I found the red and white ticking at Wal-Mart for super cheap. I then cut a very thin piece of plywood the width of the bathtub. I printed off the nautical alphabet and using a ruler and a pencil (and a bowl for the blue circle!), I drew some of the nautical letters onto the plywood. I then used regular acrylic paint and a foam brush to paint the flags. I sealed it with a coat of polyurethane and attached to the wall with right angle brackets. Total cost: under $10.00.

I've always felt like "nautical" should be used at the beach and not at the lake, but I've always loved the bright, cheery, nautical colors and I really wanted to use them in the lake "place". I'm glad I did- it's happy and fun!

Happy Tuesday!!

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  1. That is Darling!!! Love it!

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