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Six Ways to Bring the Beach into your Home

The beach is my favorite place and I’ve decorated my house to reflect that. Here are six ways you can bring the beach into your home with links to six DIY projects.
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Beach Signs

Beach Lover DIY wooden sign project. Distress weathered painted wood.
A sign says it all! Learn how to make the “beach lover” sign here.
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Pops of Color


Grab some spray paint in blue, turquoise, aqua, or sea foam green. Paint a wooden coffee table, lamp, or a few picture frames.
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Fabric

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Add beachy prints and colors wherever possible – pillows, window panels, etc. Lightweight, breezy window panels and sand colored textured rugs also help create a summer vibe. Click image for details.
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Beach Wall Art

Aerial Beach Canvas DIY acrylic painting project
Create a canvas to hang on your wall, like the simple beach painting above. Learn to paint one here.
Aerial Beach Canvas DIY acrylic painting project 
Learn how to create the “by the sea” cabana striped canvas here.
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Framed Beach Art and Photos

Six Ways to Bring the Beach into your Home Six Ways to Bring the Beach into your Home

Smaller framed art pieces, prints, and photos look good on a wall or placed on a shelf. Want to paint your own beach watercolor? Learn my step by step process here. Frame your beach photos. Mix family shots with landscapes.
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Beach Vignettes

   
Group your treasures together to create beachy vignettes with shells, starfish, driftwood, beach glass, rocks, etc. Learn how to create a beach diorama like the one above here.
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Beach Pin – 1″ soft enamel pin with rubber clutch
Beach Pin - 1" soft enamel pin with rubber clutch
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Cabana stripes on canvas

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I painted these stripes and plan on adding the words “by the sea.” The stripes make me think bleached/weathered wood, beach, cabana. I was inspired by a small sign I have. I’m going to experiment with layouts and transparency on the computer. Once I have a layout, my plan is to print out the letters and make a stencil. I’ve never really painted letters before. I’m glad I can play on the computer before touching the canvas!

Here’s how I created my stripes.

  • I used a ruler, to make sure the stripes were somewhat straight. First I added the base color of the stripe.
    cabana1
  • While, the base color was still wet, I blended in a lot of white (to make it look bleached) and a little light brown (in streaks). I also added the a thin stripe of the light brown on the edges of the colored stripes.
    cabana2
  • I made the stripes different widths. I wanted it to look like different sized slats of wood
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Read Part II – Creating Stencils to add lettering to a canvas