Saturday, October 27, 2012

Feeling Beachy

Today there is a hurricane of the coast of Florida- Frankenstorm Sandy-. Luckily we have not received much from it in Orlando and hoping all will be safe wherever the storm heads next. I have been busy lately with some beach inspired projects and thought I would share a few today.

This little beauty was created from a pallet. I paint it with white and a seaside blue color-  Words are painted in a coral pink color. Hooks were added for hanging your hats and towels. The bottom is open for storage of beachy things. I also spray painted the bottom with "STONE" spray paint, but if you do it lightly it looks like sand. Palm tree is made from metal and spray painted, it just adds a little something to the piece.

This next little piece started out as 3 pictures frames that were picked up at garage sales or thrift stores. I can't help myself, when they are a good price I always buy a few. I knew I wanted to create a chalk and cork combination piece that was not to big so the frames were the perfect size.
Two of them were a purple color that I didn't like and since I was on a roll with the blues and corals I went ahead and changed them. I removed the glass also since I didn't want to really use it. I did switch out the green frame in the picture since the two purple were a better fit with the white one.

I simply hot glued the corks onto the backing of the frame ( glass removed ), some of them did have to be cut a little in order to fit. Yes I have been saving all my corks for some time now just waiting for projects to come along. It gives me a good excuse to buy more wine and of course drink more too!!

The finished project came out well, I just screwed all the pieces onto a scrap wood board
to combine them all together, sorry I don't have a picture of the back but I'm sure you can image how this was completed.

My last project was a shabby beach chic side table. I made this one from scrap wood left over from other projects at Mike's work. I get ALOT of wood from there. It is a shame they just throw it out and not reuse it but then again it becomes FREE supplies for me.

I have never made a table before but the pieces were pretty much all the same size. I didn't have to cut to many of them. The legs were made from spindles that were left over to. I also put them on the wine crate table from a previous post. These I decided to leave white and used the same blue and coral paint colors. I also added a darker blue color to break it up.

The table top was painted with the dip and drag method use by Linda at Lake Girl Paints- see her tutorial here.
Linda has alot of great paint techniques and this one was so easy to do. I think with a little practice it will turn out better the next time. I did tape off and paint every other board white just to break it up a little.
All of these projects were completed when the weather was warmer -who am I kidding it was down right HOT outside. I guess I just was in a beachy mood and had the colors out so I did a few pieces to all match. This might be  the end of the summer projects for now since the weather has finally cooled and the holiday season is here.
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  1. Great ideas and I love the colors! The instructions are so good, I think I could actually do this. I love the corks - they just give a unique atmosphere on their own. Reia of

    1. Thanks for the nice comments. Appreciate it. Working on a few more things this week also. Susan

  2. your table turned out beautifully! i saw that technique over there as well and just love it!

  3. Thanks Cassie for the nice comment and for letting me link up with you.

  4. Ohhh how pretty. Loving the happy color schemes too. Thanks so much for joining and sharing in on the party. I love your dog Murphy too. We have a pug named lucy:)

  5. Thanks Debbie- Im glad I found your link parties for us NEWBIES- So much to learn in getting started. We have 2 pugs Murphy and Molly and they are the best. Love them.

  6. These boards are such a great idea. This is such an awesome post. I would love it if you would share this post at our WIW linky party. Hope you can join us. :-)


    1. Thank you for the comments and the invite to your link party. Being a new blogger Im always looking for new and different people to follow and gain inspiration from. Susan

  7. Hi Susan! I am visiting from the Newbie Party and am your newest follower! Love your table and I think every home must have a chalkboard! Have you tried the chalkboard markers? They are terrific. Would love for you to visit Still Woods Farmhouse and follow me! Have a great weekend!

    1. Thank you for the nice comments and following. You have a new follwer too! I havent tried chalkboard markers yet and am new to DIY concepts but will look into it. Im also open to new ideas and inspirations. Susan

  8. Love the beachy DIY projects, Susan! The table, and the technique you used, turned out perfect!

    1. That was my first time with the technique, but I love it, Thanks for commenting

  9. Lovely projects. My favorite is the table. Those stripes look so happy and cheerful.


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