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I did it! I finally finished redecorating my beach themed bathroom. And just in time too! My dear friend Annette will be visiting us next month and she'll be using this guest bathroom while she's staying with us.

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

I've been working on this bathroom for the last couple of months and sharing my projects with you!

Most of the decor are things I made by upcycling old glass vases , stenciling a plate, vase, and soap dispensers I got on clearance, and signs I made with wood I bought from the craft stores. If you missed those projects just click on the links for instructions and free templates!

But I saved the best for last! I needed a new cabinet above the toilet, the old one was rusting. It was a cheap metal one I got at Walmart several years ago; it's now in my garage waiting for a makeover; I'll be using it in the upstairs spare bathroom. Yes, I've decided to redo the spare bath upstairs next!

Anyway, I replaced the metal shelf unit with this cheap cabinet I found at Walmart. It cost $54. It was perfect for what I wanted. I stenciled it with sea shells and the words to a child's nursery rhyme. You know, “she sells seashells…”. It's perfect for my beach themed bathroom!

This over the toilet shelf/cabinet unit is just the pressed wood furniture found at the discount stores. It comes out of the box and you put it together at home. Kind of generic looking so I spruced it up with a bit of paint and turned it into a unique piece. It's so simple and inexpensive to to. Literally an extra buck! Yes, that's the cost of the craft paint! (Well it cost me a bit more because I also changed the cabinet pulls. It came with plane silver toned ones, I got these glass ones at Walmart too. They cost about $6 for the pair.)

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).

I used those little plastic bottles of acrylic paint I found in the craft department of Walmart, I think they cost about .97.

I'm sharing the templates for the rhyme and shells with you here! Just download it, save it to your desktop, print it, and cut it out.

If you have an electronic cutting machine you can upload the file to your app, like the Cricut Design Space and have the machine cut it out for you. If you don't have a machine, a printer and craft knife will work just fine. Should you need to resize the template you can do that in the Design Space or pop it into a photo editor, like Photoshop or Picmonkey (free online editor) before you print it.

Once you have it printed and cut you just place the stencil on the cabinet doors and the crossbars and fill in the stencils!

By the way, stencil before you put the shelf together, it's easier that way! Just be sure the pieces are facing the right way and are right side up!

If you're not sure how to stencil check out this post about stenciling a glass vase, it's the same idea!

Here are the other decorative items I used in my beach themed bathroom: click on the links for free templates and how-to's

I upcycled old glass vases to use on the vanity. Amazing what a little paint can do. By the way I used the same bottle of paint to stencil this vase as the cabinet. That dollar went a long way!

Stenciled glass vase filled with guest soaps

Painted glass vase filled with toiletries

Shell & Ting-Ting Arrangement

Stenciled glass soap dispensers on clearance from Target

beach themed bathroomStenciled Sandcastle Plate – I got this plate on clearance from TJMaxx for $2.50

Beach Pallet sign

Wooden Shell Plaques

I hung the sign and plaques on Metal Boat Cleats I got at Home Depot

Blue towels from TJMaxx

I hope my bath redo inspires you to spruce up your bath!

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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