Thursday, May 5, 2011

Thrifty Throwdown Thursday-What the "shell" are you doing?

Ha, ha! I made the Thursday deadline...with fifteen, err fourteen minutes to spare.

I guess this post could almost qualify as a "mock off", because the inspiration for my thrifty project is this:

White Narcissus Mirror from Anthropologie. It retails for $328 just in case you were wondering {did you just throw up a little, cause I just did?}.

BUT, because it cost me under $20 to complete, I'm gonna go ahead and post it as part of my Thrifty Thursday Throwdown.

Wanna see what happens you take a {semi-pornographic picture I found at the thrift store for $7, that I actually think is kinda adorable, but was still a little embarrased to buy}.

and combine it with a couple bags of seashell's that I found at Ross for $5 a piece.

Voila!!! A chic looking message board.

It's pretty self explanatory, but here's a quick run down of the steps I followed:

I removed the picture from the frame, and hot-glued seashells to the top left hand and bottom right hand sides.

Then I spray painted it white.

Distressed it.

Then antiqued it further using a little paint I watered down.

I just brushed on the paint

then rubbed off what I didn't want.

I ended up reusing the nudey picture. I spray painted over it with chalkboard paint {I must admit, it was a little difficult watching those cute little baby buns get covered up with black paint} . The carboard the picture was mounted on was really stiff and smooth...and already cut to size so it was perfect for what I needed.

Here it is in it's new home.

Ya, ya, I know it seems a little unconventional to put a message board in a bathroom, but trust me I have plenty of things to say to the kiddies..."wash your hands-with soap this time", "get back there and flush the toilet", "I don't care, wipe again".
See, beautiful and functional all at the same time...and even better, I saved myself $308 off the origional.

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  1. Wow, you've done it again, how beautiful! I just love that it's a chalk board:) I may need to steal your idea about hanging a chalkboard in the bathroom too, my sons and husband can use a daily reminder about leaving the toilet seat up!!!

  2. I love this! The transformation looks great! And it saved you a ton of money!

  3. I've been in love with that mirror from Anthro and am amazed at how well you recreated it. Could you tell me which colors of paint you used for this project and what you used to do the distressing?

    1. I'm seriously bad at this replying idea arent' I. Better late than never, I suppose. I used Krylon brand, white spray paint. I didn't prime, just went ahead and painted it. I used a fine grit sandpaper to knick up the edges. And then finished it off with a little bit of watered down brown paint. I simply brushed it on then wiped it off, until I achieved the desired darkness.


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