Sometimes you end up doing something spontaneous and crazy and it’s so totally wonderful that you’re willing to do it again. My friend Kassi wanted to surprise her hubby with a bathroom makeover while he was away camping. When we finally sat down to go over the elements in the room, it turned into something kind of ambitious for a 24 hour period. But, we did it!
After thinking it through, we knew we wanted wide planks with no breaks or cracks or multiple planks per row. We used two 4’x8′ boards of back board wood and had Home Depot rip them down to 8″ widths and about 62″ long. I just put them straight on the wall with my brad gun using a penny to keep the cracks even. It probably took 2 hours to get the planks up with all the back and forth of cutting the boards down to fit since the drywall wasn’t an even 62″ up the wall.
Then, putty time. I ended up doing this twice because the first time I just used wood putty and it wasn’t quite strong enough to withstand the pressure of my paint sprayer. The painter’s putty worked perfectly.
After the paint was dry, up went the shelves!
These chunky floating shelves were built following this tutorial. However, I found that her measurements weren’t quite right. I plan to make a full and detailed tutorial for those soon. I have a lot of people asking me to build them some. I stained with my favorite Minwax stain, dark walnut and they were first screwed into the studs on the wall and then nailed together again with my brad gun. We thought we’d have to fill the holes from the brads, but it turned out you couldn’t even see where the holes were and it kind of fit with the rusticness of them.
To finish off the surprise, I ran through Target and Hobby Lobby like a crazy woman putting everything I thought would go in my cart. By the time I got back and started staging I only had like 20 minutes before her husband got home.
The colors go perfectly with this month’s design collaboration. I tried to find the exact sources for the products we used:
Here’s what Janie from Finding Fabulous said about this month’s challenge, “The inspiration photo I chose for May has warm colors that I love in teal, orange, brown and cream – and I immediately thought these colors would be fun on a hip outdoor patio or deck. This overall design makes me think of Summer in Southern California! It’s chic, comfortable and just the perfect place to relax on cool and breezy Summer evenings with family and friends.”
Lizzie from Living Pretty also did an outdoor space, “I went for an urban patio, and mixed in a lot of indoor elements to create an outdoor sitting room. I am in love with that rattan hanging chair!”
Sarah, from This Sarah Loves, says she “had a bit of fun dreaming up a relaxing patio. Our backyard needs a lot of TLC before we’ll be ready to decorate out there, but a girl can dream right?”
linking to these fun parties!