Day two saw black and white stripes (and an unhappy man)
Day three won't deviate from this winning combo, so you'll get stripes, black & white AND beach. Somehow, I sense you are not surprised :)
Since I started with a few little projects for the mantle, I reckoned that I might as well go all the way and finish it up, glitzy style.
This was my inspiration. Kind of.
See those chevrons? Aren't they cute? Yeah, I think so, too, guys.
But they don't look very nautical, really. When I think nautical decor, it's stripes. Stripes like those on any given pseudo- sailors' shirt.
And when I think mantelpiece, I automatically disqualify stuff that can shatter into too many pieces, so plates were out, too. Don't get me wrong, I DID window- shop for plastic plates, but they were either too expensive or too tacky. And the whole point is to be a cheapskate and still get the look!
So what does a clever gal do?
Exactly. Shop the house.
I found a shedload of plain, white IKEA picture frames in one of my drawers and immediately, an idea took shape, requiring nothing I didn't have in the house already, namely:
black spray paint
white spray paint
plastic nautical critters (admittedly, I bought these for the CraftOff, very cheaply off eBay)
I shall let the photos speak for themselves.
What do you think? Too tacky? Too much?
By the way- the last two pictures were taken with my almost- back- to- normal camera! I just couldn't leave well enough alone and woke her up to see if maybe we could be friends again.
She's not back to her normal flashy self, but cooperates quite nicely, given I treat her gently.
Tomorrow is another day...
Her project turned out a major fail, I am afraid- but see for yourselves.