‘Seas and Greetings’ Wooden Sign

Twas 2 days before Christmas, and I still have a holiday project to share with you, so here goes:

This was another project that kinda just came about one day, and was inspired from a few other coastal Christmas things I’ve seen on Pinterest and around town.  I originally bought the piece of wood to possibly use for my side tables in the guest room (more about those soon), but found something else, so had this piece sitting in my garage, and my wheels started turning…

Seas and Greetings Wooden Sign

What you’ll need:

  • Piece of wood
  • Driftwood wood stain
  • Paint brush
  • Clean cloth
  • Sander
  • Oyster shells
  • Starfish
  • Liquid cement (Goo)
  • Pencil
  • White acrylic paint
  • Small paint brush

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The piece of wood is from Lowe’s, and it’s ~16″ x 30″.  I like it because it’s actually made of several 1 inch pieces of wood, so the grain is more interesting than a basic piece of oak.  The first step was to stain the wood and give it a more worn, rustic look.

I still had some driftwood colored wood stain leftover from the stocking holders I made last year, and thought it’d be the perfect color.  The first step is to stain your wood.  Apply the stain, let it sit 1-2 minutes, then wipe the excess off with a clean, lint free cloth.

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seas and greeting 03 I repeated this step 3 times before I was happy with the color of the wood, and how the original wood was coming through.

For more of a rustic, and weathered look, I sanded down the edges some so it wasn’t perfectly straight.  Yes, I knew this was going to remove some of the stain in those areas.. That’s the joy of going with the flow, and coming up with your own way of making something!

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After sanding the edges, I ended up not wanting to add another coat of stain – I liked the worn look.  I ended up completing all of these steps before December got crazy, so this was just sitting in the garage for a few weeks, waiting to be finished (cue more weathering, maybe?).

Next, pick out some oyster shells to attach to the board, and arrange them in a Christmas tree shape.  Then I attached the shells, one by one, with liquid cement (I found that hot glue wasn’t strong enough to hold them), and the starfish on top!  Using flat shells is key here, otherwise they will be harder to attach to the wood.

Since I was doing this on the ground, Cleo had to investigate..

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The last step was to paint a holiday saying on it.  I always like the Christmas phrases with a coastal play on them, so I opted for ‘Seas and Greetings.’  First, I sketched out the letters with pencil…

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…Then I painted over the pencil with white paint and adjusted as necessary.

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Since it’s kinda large, it doesn’t really fit anywhere in our house, so I decided to add it to the Christmas decor by our front door!
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I wanted this to be done in November, but it took longer than I expected to finish, and that’s okay (such is life, right?).  Now it’s done and looks great outside, and I’ll have it ready to go out early next year 🙂

Merry Christmas!



Shower Towel Rack

One of the things that bugged me the most in our master bathroom is how the previous owners just spray painted the fixtures black.  I love me some spray paint, but not when it’s peeling off of the towel rack I’m using, and an ugly brass is showing through.  While Hunter was out of town, I decided I had enough, and was going to get rid of all the peeling black pieces in our bathroom, starting with one of the towel racks.

This particular towel rack was hanging kinda high on the wall opposite the vanity, and when a towel hung from it, it covered the light switch (so much wrong that I was sick of).  I saw inspiration at Nadeau, and decided to make a wooden back piece, with shower hooks screwed in it, to mount on the wall and replace the terrible rack

Shower Towel Rack

IMG_2951What you’ll need:

  • Thin piece of wood
  • Chop saw
  • Wood stain
  • Paint brush
  • Sander
  • Hammer
  • Drill
  • Shower hooks (4)

Start by measuring your wall and deciding how big your new mounted rack should be.  Then you’ll need to cut your piece of wood to that length.  Since Hunter was gone, I thought it was a bad time to pull out the huge chop saw we now own and learn how to use it, and opted to go to Jake’s house and have him help out instead.  Thanks Jake and Lexie!


Once the wood was cut to my desired length, I attempted to distress it some.  Using a hammer and sander, I banged it up to give it a little character.  Surprisingly enough, this wasn’t as easy as I thought.  Then I applied my driftwood wood stain to the piece, making sure to get the ends and sides too.


After the stain had a few hours to dry, I measured out the placement of the hooks, drilled my pilot holes, and then screwed the hooks into the wood.


Now the only thing left is to get it on the wall!  I’m pretty sure I’m going to use some D hooks to do this, but wanted to show Hunter before completely changing the bathroom — we’re a team updating the place, right?  Normally I would have just hung it and called it a day… We’ll call that progress.

More bathroom updates coming, and a finished pic of the rack on the wall!


Unfortunately this towel rack never made it on the wall 😦  The wood was a little bowed, and we decided we wanted one the same color as our floating shelves… so we made a second version of this that turned out GREAT and is now happily mounted in our bathroom!

Driftwood Candle Holder Centerpiece

On one of my walks on the beach I picked up 2 pieces of driftwood and saved them for future projects.  The biggest piece seemed like a good option to recreate these wooden centerpieces Hunter’s cousin, Brooke, had at her wedding last year.  The centerpieces were long pieces of wood with cutouts in them for tea lights.  Well, I had found my next project..

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What you’ll need:

  • Piece of driftwood
  • Drill
  • 1.5″ Speedbor drill bit
  • Tea lights

This is a great example of a project I started, and then it basically sat in our garage for awhile while life took over… And finally had time to finish it!  Such is life, eh?

The piece of driftwood I found was filled with sand, so first I rinsed it off with the hose to get the excess sand off, then I let it dry off for a few weeks on our back patio and in the garage.

Once the piece was dry, I was ready to drill!  So when I got to this point and started drilling, Hunter and I realized that I had the wrong drill attachment to complete the project (a hole saw wasn’t gonna work).  I’ll blame this mishap on the delay in finishing the project, but eventually we went to Lowe’s and got the right piece –> a speedbor.

When you have the right tools, figure out how many cutouts you want to make and where they will go.  I decided on 7 tea light cutouts.


Then use your drill and slowly cut out the wood until it’s the perfect depth for the candles.  This was about 1/2″ – 3/4″  for me, so the tea lights fit in without anything sticking up.  By the way, the 1 1/2″ bit is the perfect size for tea lights.


Once I drilled all 7 holes, I let the wood dry a few more days since the inside of the wood was still kinda damp.  Then it was time to bring it inside and put the candles in!


driftwood4The holes aren’t perfectly lined up, but it matches the imperfections of the driftwood.  Now I just need to find the perfect place for it!  And find more pieces of driftwood…

7 Favorite Projects of 2014

Mid January still counts as a time to look back on the past year right?  I feel like I’ve progressed a lot in my crafting this past year and tried more challenging projects in 2014… so thought it might be time to reflect and pick out some favorites!

7. Yard work

I’ll be the first to admit that actual yard work is not exactly fun, but you see results almost immediately.  Although this wasn’t just one project, yard work made the cut because we have done a lot in our yard this year, and it’s been legitimately hard work, but I’m proud to see the results.  Plus I have learned soooo many things about plants that my sister thinks I’ve turned into Pegs.  Maybe I have since I can play the plant name game now…


6. Wine Cork Crafts

Between letters, corksters, picture frames, trivets, and more, I have made a lot of crafts with wine corks this year — guess I’ve also drank a lot of wine too!  It’s been fun to find and create different crafts with all the corks and I’d love to try some new ones this year.


5. Repurposing Trophies

As I went through boxes of my childhood things that my mom sent home with me, I ended up having a whole “sport display” theme of projects.  My favorite project was figuring out different ways to get rid of my boxes of trophies, while keeping some of the memories associated with them.  Spray painting the tops, framing the plaques, and stacking the bases for bookends let me consolidate my stuff, but repurpose how it was used.


4. Stocking Holders

Obviously something from Christmastime had to be on the list.. When I couldn’t choose any stocking holders to buy, I decided to make my own and couldn’t have been happier with the result.  I’m excited to keep these around for years to come!


3. Oyster Shell Wreath

Once I found the oyster recycling place near our house, I wanted to collect some oyster shells and make a wreath.  Luckily Erin’s engagement party gave me an excuse to, and then it was time to make another for myself!  The wreath is still on our door, and it’ll stay in the ‘front door wreath’ rotation for awhile.


2. Family Recipes / Boat Cleat Picture

This wasn’t a challenging project by any means, but I loved the family feel it added to our walls.  It’s become a conversation piece in the kitchen, and it’s nice to look up and see our grandparents handwriting and feel them here.  Plus it started my obsession with using boat cleats for different things..


1. Driftwood Curtain Rod

This was an easy choice for the #1 spot because I was looking forward to completing this project for so long, and then the finished product with the curtains made such a difference in the look of the dining area and overall living room.  Yay for finally completing the project!


2014 was a good year for me, and I hope this year will have some fun projects too!  What are your favorites?


A Driftwood Christmas

I know it’s not Thanksgiving yet, but I couldn’t help myself at Celadon’s sale this past weekend, and I bought a few Christmas items…and then immediately put them out.  When I was there with Mom a few weeks ago, I fell in love with this angel made out of driftwood, so when I heard that all accessories are 20% off, I had to get it.


And I had to have these cute driftwood reindeer… I mean, they’re adorable!



… And a big, woven basket to help cover up the cords under my entry table.  Thanks to Pegs for bringing me a bag of long leaf pine cones last weekend to fill my basket!celadon4

Good thing I’m on a budget, otherwise I could have kept shopping and bought everything in there..  The sale lasts until Thanksgiving, so there’s still time to take advantage of it.

Pegs also got some great pieces for her house from Celadon that I got to see over Thanksgiving break — a driftwood wreath and woven tray for the coffee table.celadon5


I’m still waiting until after Thanksgiving to put the rest of my decorations out, but these few things are starting to get me in the Christmas and holiday spirit!  Thanks Celadon!