Master Bath Wall Art

If you don’t already know, I’m up past my eyeballs in renovation/decorating, trying to finish up my bedroom. I’m hoping to enter it in a couple linky contests (Imagine the Impossibilities, and Whisperwood Cottage’s, First Projects of 2012) located on my sidebar.
My project, for the past couple nights, was to make some wall art for my bathroom. It has never had been decorated AT ALL, (besides a couple mismatched towels). 
I purchased these two frames at Hobby Lobby a couple years ago. They were on the 90% off rack and totaled to about $4 each. I think they are nice frames, but as the house has evolved, they never seemed to have place to go. 
Fronts and backs.

When I saw this wall art below, (she sells these in her Etsy store) at Grand Design, the backs of my frames popped in my head, and I knew what I was going to do with them!
By painting the backs, I can still use the front part of the frame if I want someday.

Ok, so my stencil (that I made out of a cereal box) was too narrow, so I painted two zigzags rows at a time with the same color to make them thicker. 

Carpe Diem means “to live for the day”. Growing up I was told it meant “Seize the Day”. 
I thought that would be an appropriate thing to see in the morning! 
I hung a little branch and used one of my $ store birds (wish I would have bought 20 of these birds, but that’s another story). 
and … I’m basically done with the bathroom in my room! Just a little bit of window treatment left (to be seen later this week).

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  1. So cute and I love that you painted the backs. That was brilliant!

  2. “Well, ain’t you somethin'”! As they say down here. Those are darling! And what a great way to start the day…you’re right! I love the branch and bird too. It sets off the art work and softens the graphics. That branch is beautiful. Did you varnish it or stain it? I have some branches I’ve collected for projects but they don’t look like that! Mine are not that pretty but maybe I should try a little sanding and varnishing even if that’s not what you did. See how one inspiration leads to another? That’s why I love my blogging friends! You motivate, inspire and give wings to our creative sides which we all have…even me! LOL!

    • Thanks Sam I Am,

      The branch is from my neighbor. It’s a curly willow branch. He son has his own landscaping company and she gave me lots of them. I have a bunch in a pot and the rest I’m hoarding in my basement! lol


  3. Just found your blog and I’m loving it! So excited to see more projects. (and go back and read the rest!)

  4. I like your bird 🙂

  5. Perfect! And genius to use the back….Good luck in the contests:-)

  6. Very cute! I like the other extra touches also such as the twig and bird:) Thanks for sharing!

  7. This is a great idea to use the backs of the frames for now!! Super cute! I would love it if you linked up to Take it on Tuesday blog hop!!

  8. These are awesome, Katie! Looks like it was a lot of work and well worth it!

  9. I am totally in love with this!!

  10. Great tutorial! We have so many of those similar wall hangings that were given as gifts and I just don’t know what to do with them…PERFECT project! Thanks for sharing!

  11. I found you on Not Just a Housewife. I love this project. I’ve been wanting to paint some frames with chevrons. Consider this pinned

  12. Oooo, I love the chevron! I would love if you stopped by and linked this up to my new linky party!


  13. i think that looks fabulous! i would like to try something like this, too, especially with the big background and the smaller print. great job!

  14. Very nice. I love the colors you’ve used too!

  15. Love the chevrons! And the grey! Reminds me why I love my blog theme so much – so why not bring it into the house?!

  16. WOW! I love it! What a great way to use some old frames 🙂

  17. love the look very stylish come see what I shared at

  18. Hi Katie, stopping by from What we wore and made wednesdays link party. I love your frames, they turned out great, and such a good idea to paint the backs in case you want to use them someday, I also love the sentence, I have a ring with it embossed and it’s a good thing to remember!
    Greetings from Spain

  19. Very cool. Way to repurpose a clearance item. Love it!

  20. Love these! LOVE them! I think that I could even attemp them with your simple diy instructions. Thanks so much for the inspiration!
    Have a happy week and good luck on your final project!


  21. Wow I love these! Thanks for sharing!

  22. This turned out so cute! I love the chevron! Such a great idea to paint the back!

  23. So pretty and such a great reminder! Thanks so much for sharing with us!

  24. I love the chevron pattern! They look great! I’m also hosting my first giveaway…come by and enter to win a free My Memories digital scrapbooking program.

  25. I love this idea! I have so many picture frames packed away that do not go with my house decor. You definitely inspired me. I’m your newest follower. Thanks for posting and hosting.

  26. Great idea! L.O.V.E. it! Pinned, and your newest GFC follower.

  27. Nice job on these these! I love the chevron and the branch above.

  28. Love your Chevron art….great job 🙂

  29. Very unique and elegant. Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)


  30. This is so awesome!! I’m in love with chevrons…I might just have to copy you :D!!!

  31. It looks awesome! I love the chevrons, but drawing out the pattern scares me. Was it hard? lol

    Visiting from Sew Woodsy!

  32. I think they turned out amazing. I love chevron and I love grey. Plus it’s brilliant you didn’t have to paint the front! Win win 🙂

  33. Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday – you were featured today! TWICE! – – Mandy,

  34. Super cute project! Nicely done!

  35. I can tell that this took a lot of time. It looks great!

  36. What a cute and creative project and I love the little bird on the branch! Thanks for linking to the Open House Party this week. Hugs, Sherry

  37. Very nice…. looks great. You are very crafty! :o)

  38. This is adorable. What a great idea to use the backs of the frames. Love the message too. I’m your newest follower!

  39. You are so smart! Love that pattern too! You definitely turned something Drab to Fab! I would love if you would consider linking this up to my “Drab to Fab” Link Party this Friday 🙂 The theme is turning the ordinary into extraordinary using a little creativity. This post embodies that, so I know my readers would love to see it! Here’s a link for more info on the party.
    Hope to see you Friday!

  40. How very clever!! I love that you painted the back and can still use the front if you ever want to! I would LOVE it if you would be willing to link up to our party going on now. Thanks

  41. The the wall art! Such a cute idea! Thanks for linking up at my linky party! I’m going to share it on my fb page and twitter! Have a great day!

  42. What a great idea! I would have never thought to jsut turn them around lol!

  43. VERY cute! I love how you used the back of the frame…genius!! And they look so cute!

    I would love it if you joined my weekly Friday link party if you are interested:

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Simply Designing

  44. really nice! it turned out lovely!! I’m gonna follow you!

  45. You’ve been busy! The frames are amazing! Thanks so much for stopping by and linking up to the Tuesday To Do Party!

  46. Beautiful! I love the idea of the branch and it is exactly what I have been looking for to finish the wall in my daughter’s room. Thank you for the inspiration!

  47. Very cute art! I’m featuring it in the PoPP Spotlight this weekend. Thanks for linking up.

  48. Oh I love these so so much! Not only the colors and chevron pattern but love this saying. Thanks for sharing at this week’s BFF Open House!

  49. These are fabulous! Thanks for linking up!

  50. These are perfect!! I just love them! Great job.

  51. Love how these came out! I think it was so clever that you painted back so the front is still usable. I am a new follower visiting from Family Ever After. Vicky from Mess For Less

  52. Thank you for sharing at Link It Up Thursday. I LOVE these!

  53. Thank you so much for linking this up. You have such great ideas. I’m so glad I found you – my hubs and I want to get into doing re-purposing and restoration as a hobby together so I’m glad I have your blog to be a great source of tips and information. (I have so much to learn) 🙂

    Amy @ Sugar and Spice

  54. Great idea utilizing the back of the frame. Love it!

  55. Love them! I saw the original post in Etsy too and have been dying to make it myself. Thanks for the inspiration!

  56. LOVE it!! Seriously! The whole process… that you got the frames so cheap, that you used the backs in case you ever wanted to use the front, that you used a cereal box stencil, that you improvised as you went… I could go on and on, but I’ll be featuring this tonight in my Sunday Spotlights! Great job!

  57. This is beautiful. I would love to know more about the twig. It looks like the bark has been stipped and it has been polyurathaned? You are very crafty. I will be adding you to the blogs I follow. Congratulations on all your achievements.

  58. These are so cute. I especially love the little birdy on a branch above them. Nice job!

  59. These are awesome! Love the chevron and the little birdie.. and such a clever idea to use the backs! I am your newest follower and I hipe you will stop by and share with my Pink Hippo Party @

  60. Wanted to let you know I featured this as part of my link party wrap up!

  61. Thank you for sharing your lovely post at Potpourri Friday!

  62. This is a beautiful idea! Thanks for sharing at my party!!

  63. I LOVE your project!! I wanted to let you know you were featured today. Stop by and grab a button if you would like. Feel free to link up anything you would like.

  64. Hi from your newest follower from Saved By Love Creations! I saw these awesome frames on there and just had to stop by your blog!! I love, love, love what you did with these frames!! Really awesome! 🙂

  65. I’m in love with chevron, but that branch and bird really makes it special. So pretty. Thanks for linking up to Refresh Your Nest Friday over at Making Lemonade, and hope to see you back tomorrow!

  66. Hi Katie Just found your blog tonight. You’re sure a busy Mom and all the other hats you wear. It helps to be young too. lol Love the frames and the way you made do and will have the fronts for another project no doubt. I sure enjoy seeing how you make something out of anything. To me that’s half the fun and I try to forget I’m doing it cause my budget screams when I even think of spending any money on anything. I’m 71, married 43 yrs., 4 kids, 6 grandkids. My husband was in Air Force when we married on Nov. 30, 68, he left for Nam on 12/26/68. Our 1st. date was Oct. 18, 68. We didn’t waste any time. We’ve moved alot but not due to service requirements, I’m part gypsy I guess. I really enjoyed finding and reading your blog, seeing your project. Gives me ideas for alot of frames I have. Happy week.

    • So glad you were able to stop by! Sounds like you know all about all the moves the service give s you! They can be a lot of work, but it’s fun to move to new places and meet new people! …I guess that makes me part gypsy too 🙂

      Hope you had a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by!


  67. The final prints is really looking great, you have done nice work, and performed good creativity with unique imagination, every person can not perform it. I want to say thanks for sharing this easy framed wall art making idea.

  68. Just came here from your Use Junk in 2013 post. (beware, I may be commenting on a bunch I missed from you this year).
    I absolutely love the idea of seeing Carpe Diem each morning. I’m pinning this for when we do our bathroom remodel later this year.

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