I know it's December. I know that everyone is talking about getting their Christmas mantels together and their outdoor Christmas wreaths and lights hung. I know it's a big deal to show off your beautifully decorated Christmas trees this time of year. I know it's Christmas time, and I'm the odd ball talking about my Beach theme bathroom. I know. And just to add further doubts about my Christmas sanity, I'm going to let you know how I put that cute surfboard shelf together. Why not? I'll share all about my Christmas decorating with you soon, but for now, lets head back to the beach!
I officially revealed the Beach Bathroom last week, but I didn't get to share about one of my favorite parts in decorating the bathroom. It's this surf board shelf.
I bought this surfboard many months ago at my favorite thrift store for just $4. It was actually a clock and looked like this.
I think someone with DIY skills made this some time ago. It had alot of scratches on it that don't show up in the pictures, and the clock didn't really work. I really wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it. I just figured it was a surf board and it went with my beach theme. Something was bound to come to mind, right?
Then I saw these beach shelves from Pottery Barn Teen and inspiration came a flowing!
I love them, but at Pottery Barn prices, it wasn't going to happen....unless....I make my surf board a shelf. Yes. Yes. My $4, thrift store clock surf board would just have to be converted into a shelf. I'll call it the Lewisville Barn surf's up shelf. I know. I should be in marketing.
The first thing I did was take apart the clock unit. It left a gaping hole in the middle of the board, but that would be easily fixed. The surf board got a good sanding, both by hand and by using my orbital sander.
Next, I used my wood filler to fill that gaping hole. The board was actually made of beautiful wood, but the varnish on it was really thick. I had to keep sanding it down. And sanding it down....
I sanded a little to much! The original DIYer of this surf board cut a huge round hole in the back for the clock unit. It started showing through the more I sanded.
So I stopped sanding and stained my surfboard, careful not to stain that middle lighter line.
I used Dark Walnut stain from Minwax. I love the dark, rich color.
I always use a sponge brush when I stain, wait about 1-2 minutes, then wipe off the excess with a clean cloth.
I also protected my work on the surf board by brushing on a coat of polyurethane on it and letting it cure for a day.
Finally, it was ready to be hung in the bathroom...or so I thought. I bought these L brackets from ACE hardware for just a few dollars. I confess, I did try to just glue the surf board to the "metal" L brackets.....are you done laughing, now? Wood glue does not work on metal, just in case you were wondering.
So I went back to the garage to find a piece of wood that I could screw into the L brackets. I still had a little wood left over from the box that I made my Beach Sign with the week before. Of course, I had to cut it down to fit the surf board. Again, a hand saw works, but it sure would be nice to have a power hand tool...oh hey, and Christmas is right around the corner! Wow, funny how that works out with timing...maybe.
So there it is, wood screwed into the L brackets. This is already taking longer than I wanted it too.
Now, I can add the wood glue...ahem, and the surf board on top of that.
And it fits securely on my home made, jimmy all girl style, L brackets! And it looks good!
By the way, I like my surf board shelf more than the above mentioned store.