Nautical Anchor Art

10 Summer Projects & Recipes Today is the last day of school for Gray (Ash’s was yesterday) so summer is officially starting at the Dolen house today! To celebrate I’m kicking off summer with some of my favorite blogging friends with a Summer Projects & Recipes Blog Hop!

Nautical Anchor Art {Dolen Diaries}To kick off the hop I’m sharing my Nautical Anchor Art because what’s more summery than nautical décor!?!

I picked this MDF anchor up at Hobby Lobby.

Painted it with Craft Smart’s Robins Egg Blue.

While the anchor would have still been cute simply painted blue I wanted to give it a bit of a rustic look. I started adding Americana’s Bittersweet Chocolate with a foam brush in spots I thought would be sure to rust on a real anchor.

I added a little of Americana’s Fawn to create a little depth to my rust and then dry brushed some more Bittersweet Chocolate over the top of everything.

Next I took a wooden frame {click here for a full tutorial on how to make these frames}

and lightly spray painted it with Rust-Oleum’s  Heirloom White. After it dried I scuffed it up a bit with a very fine grit sandpaper.

To attach the anchor to the wooden frame I used hot glue. If you don’t have access to a saw or have the desire to build your own frame you could glue together wooden shims or use a canvas as your background.

I quickly put lots of glue all over the back and popped it onto the center of the frame.

I think this bad boy is going to add a little summer flair to my hall bathroom. I may have finally found some bathroom art!

Now that you’ve checked out my Nautical Anchor Art hop on over & check out the rest of these fabulous summer projects & recipes!
Summer Blog Hop Collage

DIY Weathered Summer Pallet Sign – I Should be Mopping the Floor Tropical Fruit Salsa – The Benson Street Clay Anklet – Seven Thirty Three

Homemade Yogurt Berry Popsicles – Practically Functional Mason Jar Beach Decor – Here Comes the Sun Triple Berry Pie – Made to Be a Momma

Summertime Sign – Crafting in the Rain Nautical Anchor Art – Dolen Diaries Grilled Fruit Kabobs – Just Us Four

Ombre Painted Mason Jar Silverware Caddy – One Krieger Chick

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