As you may (or may not) recall, Hubster and I finished up our front bathroom remodel earlier this year (you can see that post here). After we finished the remodel, I was trying to be frugal and decided to put the rugs we had prior to the remodel back in there. They were in great shape and they are very soft rugs, but, they are tan. Just as the walls are tan, the floor is a tan-ish (we used ceramic tiles that look like wood), and the vanity is….. yep, you probably guessed it, another shade of tan/brown (espresso coloring to be exact). The rest of the bathroom was white (the ceiling, the tub, the toilet, and the baseboards). So, my entire front bathroom was some shade of brown or white and although the fixtures we put in there were very nice looking, the bathroom needed some splashes of color! So I decided to splash it!
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I have recently fallen in love with string art (I previously did a string art project to hang in my master bedroom, click here to see that pretty project!) I love the 3D look of the nails and the string, it really pops out at you! So, I decided I was going to make a matching set of string art boards to hang on this wall to give it some pops of color! Here is the awesomeness that became my new bathroom artwork:
I also bought some blue bath rugs and some blue hand towels so the bathroom looks oh so pretty now!
Here’s how I made the three string art boards:
DIY Bathroom Wall Art – String Art Materials:
|3||1″ x 4″ @ 8′|
Tools and Supplies:
|Miter Saw||Drill/Driver||Kreg Jig||1 1/4″ pocket hole screws|
|Wood Glue||Wood Stain||Nails ( lots & lots of ’em)||Embroidery String (need 3 colors)|
|3||1″ x 4″ @ 14″|
DIY Bathroom Wall Art – String Art Instructions:
1. For each string art board you plan on making, cut four 1×4 boards to 14″ each.
2. Using your Kreg Jig, drill three 3/4″ pocket holes in three of the four boards. (See my instructions on using a Kreg Jig here if you are unsure how to use one, the instructions are for the R3 model, I now use the K5, which I must say is AWESOME – a huge time saver if you have multiple pocket holes to drill).
3. Use wood glue and 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws to attach the four boards together, you should now have a 14″ x 14″ square board. Here is a pic from another project showing an example of how the boards should be attached.
4. Sand the board until smooth and then stain with a color of your choosing (I used Minwax Dark Walnut stain).
5. While the stain is drying, print out the wording in the font and size of your choosing (I chose the words “Wash”, “Relax”, “Refresh” since this artwork was for the bathroom).
6. Once the stain has completely dried, place the printed lettering over the area of your board where you want the wording to be. Using a pen, trace over the printed letters, making sure to press hard enough to leave indentations in the wood below. Unfortunately I didn’t get pictures of the first few steps of this project, but here is a pic from a previous project where you can see the indentation in the wood.
8. While the white paint is drying, print out the designs you want to use for the string art. I found some flowers that I liked using the Microsoft Word image search tool, and made each flower as large as it would fit on one page, and then printed them.
Design #3: Nails placed in board following pattern
10. Once all the nails are in place, just let it rip!! (The paper, that is. 🙂 ). Tear the paper away from the nails so the paper is completely off of the board.
11. Now, time to start stringing! (Not sure that’s a word, but hey, it works!) To do this part, I disassembled a pen so all I had left was the bottom portion, where you grip the pen, and the inside was hollow. I ran the string from the top of the pen grip and then down through the opening where the ink usually comes out. This makes it much easier to run the string around and between the nails! Once the string is out the bottom portion of the pen grip, tie the string around one of the nails on your design, where you want that particular color to be. (For my designs, I always started with the center of the flower). Wrap the string all the way around each nail you are stringing to before moving on to the next string, creating a pattern of your choice as you run the string. Continue until you have filled in the area with that color, and then cut the string and tie it in a knot around the last nail you ran the string to. Continue this process with each color of string until your artwork is complete.
I chose to do a combination of white string, light blue string, and dark blue string on my three boards, so each design was different, but color coordinated!