new (old) lighting for beach house bath project
new (old) lighting for beach house bath project

I’ve been scribbling project lists in my little black note book for 2016.  It is kind of a dream catcher of sorts – some ideas may never see the light of day and others have a pretty good chance of making an appearance in this new year.  I love doing it and thinking about all the cool things I could create. My little black book of ideas and chicken scratch actually helps me to push that much needed refresh button and get myself to the “create” stage.  So just to keep me honest – I’m showing you a couple of projects that I actually will complete in these first brand new months of the year.

Up first, is a gentle renovation of our beach-house master bathroom.  By gentle I mean upcylcing some of my vintage finds and installing them in our builder’s grade bathroom to add warmth and character and a beach-y vibe.

no frills master bath
no frills master bath

As you can see in this picture I’ve got some work to do. My plan is to wrap the bathtub area walls in shiplap to give that area more presence and warmth.  I think it will give a more rustic beach vibe to the room for little money and a bit of elbow grease. That big chippy (Brimfield-find) mirror leaning against the wall, will end up being our vanity mirror and the vintage mechanic’s lights at the top of the post will be our vanity lights now that my friend Scott from Vanderhoofs Hardware has rewired them for me.

makings of an art installation
makings of an art installation

This may look like some old junky wood in a basket but to my eyes it looks like an art installation waiting to happen.  I’ve got plans for this old stuff and those plans might translate into a pretty sweet art story to appear in the newly refurbished beach house bath.  Stay tuned – this could be either really great or really tragic but either way, I’m excited and the wheels are turning.

chippendale secretary
Tim’s Chippendale secretary

My brother-in-law Tim gifted me with this gorgeous antique Chippendale Secretary.  It needs work and love and I’m more than happy to provide that. It too is heading to the beach once it is beach-body ready (just like me ugh).  This petite beauty has lived in one house for a very long time and most recently was covered up in the basement just waiting for its makeover. I can’t tell you how excited I was when my husband pulled up and brought this out of the back of the car.  I’m already losing sleep over it – despite my sitting here typing a blog post.

"La Fleur" new work
“La Fleur” new work

And last but certainly not least is my non stop project of creating new artwork.  This is my piece in process as we speak.  It is called “La Fleur” and is inspired by a french botany text that I found.  More to come but this is number 1 in the 2016 groupings of original artwork by “moi”.

Wishing you a happy and creative New Year. Can’t wait to share some project “afters” with you,

xo

Ellen

 

 

Ellen McHale

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