26 Apr 2013

Tribal Twigs?

Are they really tribal? I'm not sure...maybe a twist on tribal??  You'll have to tell me after you see the finished product.

Remember the totally awkward space in the basement bathroom?  It's the bathroom with VERY poor plumbing planning, which resulted in the toilet being unnecessarily squished against one wall with a big space on the other side, which is pretty much useless wasted space. 

Basement Bathroom

What am I supposed to do with that space?  I tried to fill it with the toilet paper holder and clearly that wasn't working.  Clearly. 

And, do you also remember that my budget to finish this bathroom is $50?  That means that whatever fills the totally awkward space has to be basically free.

Thankfully I had a big silver vase hanging around and a lot of deadfall near our house.  The 2 collided, along with some Frog Tape and a bit of paint, and now the space is looking a little better.

Twigs in Basement Bathroom

I couldn't just have plain old twigs, now could I?  Plus, the still somewhat-stern-looking owl needed to feel more at home. 

This project was insanely simple.  I basically just gathered up some big twigs during one of our walks.  I pulled off as much bark and debris from them as I could just with my hands.  Then I used Frog Tape to tape off some stripes and painted them white.  The next night I peeled off the tape and then re-taped and painted aqua stripes.  The aqua is Behr's Sweet Rhapsody - the same as is on the mirror.  Peel the tape off...and done.  2 nights and about 20 minutes of total work. 

Tribal Twigs - easy DIY

I did consider adding a few more stripes in different colours, but since the bathroom is teeny tiny, I didn't want it to start to feel like a big kaleidoscope.  

Tribal Twigs - easy DIY

Done like dinner!

So now all that is left in this little bathroom is a few accessories and dealing with the mirror above the sink that is off-centre.  I am still perplexed on what to do with the mirror, but thanks to some of your suggestions I think I at least now have a starting point.

Have a great weekend!  We are kid free for 3 days....yippie.  I love Fin to death, but man am I looking forward to some kid free time...and sleeping in....ahhh, sleeping in....I hope I remember how to do it!  What are you up to?  Do you get to sleep in too?  


  1. I don't know if they are tribal either but I really, really like them.
    Have a great weekend.

  2. i think those are so cool! i also love the antlers i have seen around blogland painted like that!

  3. Haha, I sure hope you remember how to sleep in too... if not just lounge with coffee and listen to the quiet! ;) Love what you did with the branches! And I spy Fin's mirror on the back wall, very cool! Looking awesome!
    ~Laurie @ Vin'yet Etc.

    1. Yes, lounging with coffee is also something I don't do very often, so it will be a luxury. Last night we watched tv while eating dinner....now that felt like something we hadn't done in 2 years! haha.
      And yes, that is Fin's mirror on the wall. Double duty dresser!
      Have a great weekend.

  4. I know this post is about the twigs...while they are really cool.
    How about that mirror?!?
    I love everything about it.
    ...and from the looks of the last few posts...that little space is perfect!
    and a perfect spot for that mirror.

  5. Oh my, LOVE this idea. I have an awkward space beside my off-center toilet too - guess what is going there now ;)

    1. hahaah...yay! Glad I could help. Why do builders do that? Toilets shouldn't be smooshed against the wall!


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