I've been working on a silly project the past couple of months, and since my fella Chris has been gone, I've been able to implement it as a surprise for him. I'm certain his reaction will be something along the lines of "You're so weird." He is not wrong.
Behold, the piratification of my boyfriend's bathroom! It's cheese-tastic in many ways, and I may add a few more touches, since he won't be back until sometime next week. However, I'm really pleased with what I've done so far. It's been fun!
Most of the stuff came from Archie McPhee, my favoritest store in the world. Nothing was really expensive; I think I've spent about $100 total, something like that.
I'll just link to photos of stuff I didn't make. The recon part of this project is at the end.
The door to the bathroom. The Pirates Code poster came from an online retailer which shall remain nameless, because they suck hard and I don't want anybody to give them any business after they jacked me around so badly. I made the small sign on the wall on my computer, with a treasure map background, and "The Head" in piratey script printed over it. Stuck it in a cheap wood frame. The hook is a finger; it just screws into the wall. I added red nail polish to make it look bloody.Door.
Here's looking into the bathroom from the doorway. The washcloth hanging from another finger hook is from McPhee, as are the shower curtain, trash can and pirate skull "nodder" on the back of the toilet.
The two posters are printed on paper that looks like old parchment, and those are just cheapie poster frames with black posterboard for matting. I think they look really good. Here's the treasure map
and this is the pirate weapons poster.
Both very informative, and nicely done. I highly recommend this company! They have a lot of cool flags and other stuff, and their customer service and pricing were top-notch. I bought two copies of each, as well as two copies of their version of the Pirates Creed of Ethics.
Did you know pirates were sort of unionized? It's true!From the doorway.
I used the extra copies of the posters to decoupage the covers for the lightswitches and outlet. I think they turned out really cool! I especially dig the outlet cover. The lightswitch cover was a bitch to piece out, because I didn't really have sizable images to work with, but it turned out fine. I used lots of the weapons, 'cause Chris is a bit of a gun nut.
I burned some of the edges to nice effect. I used Mod Podge decoupage glue, and then sprayed the hell out of them with about four coats of acrylic, to seal the Mod Podge so it doesn't get tacky in the damp bathroom. Sorry for the too-much-flashness in the photos. I should've scanned them. Oh, well.
Here are a silly plastic pirate ship and cheapo action figure.
I dig that this guy has a mace along with his sword.Bathmat from McPhee, too.These doors hide the washer and dryer and water heater.
On the left is a nylon flag, and on the right, a What Would A Pirate Do? spinner. I mounted it sorta low, so the boy could occupy himself while sitting on the throne.
This is clearly not a large bathroom, and it was tough to take photos. Looking back toward the door.
I hung the Blackbeard and Anne Bonney action figures from McPhee on the wall in their packages, rather than taking them out. The packages have interesting blurbs on them. Bonus action shot of my right elbow.
Next photo: Shot glasses from McPhee. Why he'd do shots in the bathroom, I don't know, but I guess he can use 'em for mouthwash. Also you see here the most complicated and involved part of this caper, and I daresay the most GENIUS! Feast your eyes on the skull toothbrush holder!
I got the skull from McPhee
a couple years ago, as a freebie when I gave blood during their annual blood drive. It's plastic, and looks pretty realistic, too, with "antiqued" coloration and such. I was going to just stick it on the counter as decoration, but then I got the bright idea to carve out a hole in the top of the skull and put a plastic tumbler in there to make it a toothbrush holder.
This was not an easy task. I hadn't realized it had this weird foam inside, which I had to gouge out and which made a big ol' mess. I was delighted to get to use my brand-new Dremel tool set that I got for Christmas. YAY power tools! YAY trepanation! *grin*
After digging out enough of a hole for the cup, I inserted it and then ran a bead of silicone caulking around the outside, to seal out water. Then I took some cotton clothesline cord I had laying around, dyed it with tea, and when it was dry, I hot-glued it around and around the cup to hide the silicone sealant and disguise some of the shinyshiny acrylicness of the cup. I made the coil with the tail end, and then glued on a fake jewel thingie I've had for umpteen years.
But I wasn't done. Noooooo! While having way too much fun with the Dremel, I got the bright idea to ream out the eye and nose sockets, and then to cut out the area between the upper and lower teeth. I also made some of the teeth broken and jagged looking.
I took myself to Radio Shack and bought a battery-powered blinking red LED module.
OK, I got two, because I'm sure I'll find a use for the other one at some point.
Then I cut a hole in the bottom of the skull, and removed enough of the foam so that light would shine through all the facial openings.
I inserted the module in the hole, then used a piece of an old leather watchband, a couple of screws, and some stickum putty to hold it up inside the skull. It's jerry-rigged and it ain't pretty, but it works, and nobody will see it.
Really, it's the piece de resistance!Click to see the blinkiness! (teeny Quicktime clip)
So that's it so far! I do think I need to find a wee treasure chest and fill it with fake coins and Mardi Gras beads. Might go to the craft store tomorrow. Also, I saw a few days ago in the "saucydwellings" LiveJournal comm that another person had done a pirate themed bathroom
. Hers is far cutesier than I wanted, but she has some good ideas. I like the fishing net tied around the tub curtains. She cleverly used wooden cutout letters to spell ARRRR on the wall. I believe I shall do this as well. Only I think mine will be distressed black, rather than gold. This bathroom is waaaayyy too beige. And if I can find a parrot, I'm so sticking that in there, too.
I hope you have enjoyed my piratification project!