As you know I live in Central Texas which is about 3 to 4 hours to the closest beach. However, I love, love, love the beach! So when Graphic 45 came out with the By The Sea Collection, I was totally inspired to create!
Last night, I was looking through some Google images of beach huts and came across this one from theguardian.com....I love architecture and totally love tiny houses be it treehouses, writers studios, or tiny cottages...So this caught my eye and gave me the inspiration...
To know me, is to know that I like things that I make to be functional. So to just make a beach hut to just sit there...not so much...What if I made a few beach huts and added a bit of functionality to them...HOOKS! Something to throw my keys on when I come in the door or to hang small things on to keep them up off my work surfaces!
Here's what I came up with...
Now, I made a video of how to make the beach huts, but darned if I can get it to upload...So please check back either on this page or a new post for this video when IT decides to load...Sorry about that!
Here's how I made the backing board for the huts....
1. I purchased the wood piece from Hobby Lobby. It's 6 x 18-inches.
2. I painted the wood piece with Tim Holtz Broken China Distress Paint first. I let it dry.
3. I then went around the edges and a few places on the front with some candle wax.
4. I then painted over the Broken China with a mix of some white and ivory craft paint. I allowed it to dry.
5. The candle wax acts like a resist. I took some fine sandpaper and went over the entire piece pulling up sections of the white/ivory craft paint.
6. I wiped the piece clean with a dry cloth, getting all the little paint pieces off the piece and my work surface.
7. I also purchased some hooks...It's long story about the hooks so let me just say, I went to the Dollar Store. I found these little jobbies in the department with the kitchen towels. They had an adhesive padded back to them. I wanted them to be flat, so I took the heat gun after them. While they were still a bit hot, I pulled the padded adhesive off.
8. I found the center bottom of my wood piece and marked it at 9-inches. I then applied Glossy Accents to the disks back and adhered it to the center point.
9. I applied Ranger's Matte Medium Glue and Seal to the backside of one of the huts and adhered it centered over the hook. By The Way, don't be stingy with this stuff...give it a big gloppy coat!
10. I went over 5-inches from each side of the center and placed another mark. I repeated the steps above to the disk and hut and adhered the remaining two huts and hooks to the left and right of the central hut.
11. Last, I added (2) saw edge picture hangers to the back of the wood piece so that the Beach Hut Hook Unit would hang on the wall..
VOILA! That's it!
Hope you can find some inspiration from this. It was a fun and functional piece to add to my house. Hope you give it a go...
Have an awesome weekend!
The Gentleman Crafter