Monday, March 21, 2016

Island Related Wall Décor

I spend a lot of time (still) trying to ready my shop to open. Including days just stripping a hand rail that was painted white. It leads upstairs to where I have three bedrooms that are currently being used for storage and need a good painting. I've painted the sides of the stairway walls and some of the upstairs hallway. They were all in poor condition, yellowed from smoke, and needed a good covering primer before I painted them.

This is a "before" photo, I haven't taken an "after."

Because of this time consuming and uncreative work, I need to stop every now and then and make something to sell in the shop. If you are creative, you will know what I mean!

Because my store will be in an area that gets tourists from late May until late September, (and that's being optimistic)  I need to have some tourist type products that relate to the beautiful island I live on.

So, I've been working on mermaids, lobsters, anchors, boats, lighthouse, cottage and beach themed items. I'll just show one today, because although I have photos, I really haven't much time these days for blogging, so they aren't organized yet.

I got this idea from seeing something similar but larger, on a couple blogs and thought I'd try it.

I cut three 15 1/2" long pieces out of a 1" x 4" board and painted one piece light blue, one darker blue and one beige/brown. As you can see, I didn't paint a solid colour, rather some variations and purposely visible brush strokes:

Then I sanded each piece:

And then put a liquid stain over top and wiped off most of it:

After that dried I added a top coat of polyurethane:

It was fun and easy to do, and a distraction from painting walls, but I feel it needs something else... a lighthouse or boat maybe?  (Or even the letters PEI in the bottom right corner for Prince Edward Island.)


  1. I really like this! Beach, sea, sky!
    I totally hear you about wanting to add some other detail (though I like it the way it is). Maybe some text - either the PEI or is there some quote about the place you could transfer on there? Just a thought.

  2. It totally looks like beach, sea, and sky. Love it. Even though I live in a cornfield. :)


  3. A fish jumping out of the water?

  4. I love it just as it is.... but I think change is good too. Keep us posted.


  5. What a cool idea... I really love its simplicity as is, but I also love the idea of something on it... driftwood sailboat? Sea shells? I'm super inspired to drag out some wood now... :)

  6. What about a little dingy made of scrap lath wood? Nice colour tones.
    Side note: I typed in "color" and it told me I spelled it wrong. Those silly Americans.


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