Monday, September 9, 2013

Colorwash Bathroom Wall Art

I was feeling a bit inspired to add some art to my master bathroom.  We had a large empty space, in the wall above our tub and I wanted to do something to fill the space and was fitting for an otherwise unglamorous room.  I love white in bathrooms because it just looks so clean, and feels relaxing!

This mini-project was so incredibly easy and made a difference in adding some decor to our otherwise empty wall!  I chose to white wash, but you could easily have each one a different color, or you could have two sets of coordinating canvas.

You'll need:

  • 4 square canvas (I used 10x10, but 8x8 would be perfect)
  • Wood letters
  • Wood glue (and tiny paint brush)
  • Spray paint 
  • Museum puddy to help keep them on the wall

1. Layout all the goods and place the letters on the canvas.  For the bathroom I chose the worlds "BATH RELAX CLEAN WASH"
2. Carefully using wood glue and a tiny paint brush, glue on letters.
3.  Let letters sit for 15 minutes.
4. Put a drop cloth or old newspaper and spray paint the ENTIRE canvas (letter and board).  Don't forget to paint the sides and bottom!
5.  After the paint dries, carefully measure out how you want your frames setup.
6.  I wanted mine in a perfect square, so I cut out 4 10x10 pieces of paper so I could put the nails in the exact spot.  After I hung up the pictures, I also added some museum puddy on each corner to ensure they didn't move.

I had everything on hand, except the canvas - so my project was pretty cost effective AND I love it!

Hope you find a way to decorate this too - kids bathrooms, hallways, even an office!   I think in our guest bathroom I may get a large crosses and do the same thing, in white and brown (to match the guest bath decor!)


Monday, September 2, 2013

Hawaiian Cookies!

I have really enjoyed using oats in my cookies lately - it offers such a great texture and adds just a hint of flavor!

After making some awesome/tradition oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, I decided to make a remix (based what I had in the pantry!).  They turned out amazing, and I have dubbed them "Hawaiian Cookies" ... not really sure why but with the coconut it seemed right.

You'll need:
1 stick of butter (room temp)
6 tablespoons os sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1 egg
1 cup of rolled oats 
3/4 cup of flour
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1 cup of white chocolate chips
1 cup of coconut  (if you don't like too much coconut, use 3/4 cup)

1. Preheat oven to 350 2. In a medium bowl beat butter (at room temp), sugar, and vanilla.  Beat in egg.  Slowly add in the oats.3. Add dry ingredients on low speed, until just mixed.4. Finally add in the white chocolate chips and coconut.  Mix slowly! 5. Shape dough into 1 to 1.5 inch balls and drop them onto cookie sheets (with either a baking sheet or parchment paper).  Using the back of a spoon (or your hand) slightly flatten out the top of each cookie.6. Bake for 10-12 minutes 7. Leave cookies on cookie sheet for about 5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.