DIY Sea Fan Art Work

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DIY Sea Fan Art Work

Welcome to Week 5 of  the One Room Challenge: Guest Bath, we are making DIY Sea Fan Art Work this week!

This is Week 5 of the One Room Challenge Guest Bath upgrade. Since we have been afforded a little extra time, for our friends and colleges to recover from the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.  This week I plan to show you a fun little craft project I am doing for this bathroom you could recreate in any room of your home. We are making DIY Sea Fan Art Work, which if you have ever priced is ridiculously expensive.  So I decided to make my own and save a little dough.

Just to recap this happens twice a year, April/ October, the designers only have six weeks, from start to finish in order to complete a full room transformation.  Each week the guest designer’s will link their progress to the ORC host page Calling It Home , and share their room’s progress. The best part you will be able to follow along with JENRON DESIGNS and all the participants progress just by clicking the ORC . This season for the first time ever, the ORC has extended the REVEAL date to seven weeks, to help accommodate  our fellow designers in Texas, Florida and California effected by all horrific the hurricanes and fires (updated in WEEK 4). So now the final completion date and big reveal of our Jack and Jill Guest Bathroom makeover will be on Thursday, Nov. 16th!


WEEK 1     WEEK 2    WEEK 3     WEEK 4     WEEK 5     WEEK 6    REVEAL

INSPIRATION BOARDGuest Bathroom Inspiration Board Pin JENRON DESIGNS


Okay so as we start in on WEEK 5, I am going to come clean with you all. LOL, thank god because I am in the bathroom, right?  I am  finished….yes I said it, I am actually done but in the spirit of supporting my fellow ORC participants. I am stretching out all my posts one more week so my final reveal will be in 2 weeks with everyone else. Whew, now I feel so much better getting that off of my chest.

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This week we started a few of the finishing touches like the shower curtain rod. Keep in mind this is a simple tension rod that we placed above the tile, which adds a little bit extra stability by having a tile lip below. I really like to use tension rods when possible. In our other home we had a very small bathroom and we used a curved shower curtain rod to create more space in the shower. However it had to be drilled into the wall, which after pulling the curtain open and shut became loose. There was no way to tighten it back down since it had loosened from striped holes in the sheet rock. Now imagine this same idea but with tile, thats going to be a bad day later down the road.  Especially if you have little ones that might be a bit rough on a shower curtain.


Please  keep in mind that this will mean you need to order a longer shower curtain. Most in stock shower curtains you can buy in a store are 78″ long.

Designer Tip: I personally think it gives a bathroom a more expensive look when you have a longer shower curtain. One that  goes up to 12″ below your ceiling height.  You can order shower curtains in 84″ , 96″ 104″ heights easily online. 


So, for about 3 weeks now, I have teasing you with the secret art project. Since we have an extra week I was able to do a post on the DIY of this art project. My inspiration was a large piece of sea fan/coral art I saw at a local Antique Market. I fell in love with it; however, it was too large for the space and carried a $1,500 price tag. I decided I would recreate that art in a more budget friendly fashion, plus I would be able to make them in a custom size to fit the room.


A secret art project can only be made in one place in my home, welcome to what I lovingly call my secret “Bat Cave”, LOL. This is where all the magic happens. You need a last minute floral centerpiece, bam here I am in the closet. You have a birthday party to go to and need to wrap a gift, poof it all happens here. So I need to built a secret piece of art work for the ORC, well step right inside and once we are finished I can close the door and it appears to be an ordinary closet….LOL

The Bat Cave of Crafts JENRON DESIGNS

Okay so enough about my secret closet of crafting, I have the glue gun all plugged in a ready to go. Below you can see these great Pottery Barn table top sea fans, which were on clearance close out at our local outlet store for $12.00, score!


So I cut the sea fans from their spool bases (which were pretty cool so I reused the spools on a front entry table) Then I trimmed up the sea fans so they would each have their own unique shape and not look so manufactured. Plus this would help them to fit perfectly inside my frames.


The frames were purchased directly off the shelf from my local Hobby Lobby at 50% off of course. They were regularly a $40 frame but got them for $19.99 each after the discount. Also while I was at Hobby Lobby, I had the framing associate cut some gray matte board for the 11×16 frame opening.  I plan to use the matte board as my backer board seen above.

Designer Tip: This is a great tip to remember; find a great frame with precut mattes, like these beautiful linen ones to make a shadow box effect.  Than just add a complementary colored matte backer for a custom look. 

Completion Sea Fan Art JENRON DESIGNS


Then all I did was line up the sea fan and hot glue it to the matte board. Once dried I closed up the frame, added picture hanging wire to the back  loops and voila, a beautiful set of sea fan art for a total of $70, that is $35 each, for art. I think it looks just like the expensive ones you see everywhere and I am very happy with the way this project turned out. It was super simple and really makes that wall stand out. Plus it is the perfect size to fit between the Board & Batten and the ceiling.


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Week 1- Introduction, Inspiration Board,  & Plan of Action

Week 2- Order All Items, Buy All Supplies, & Frame Out Mirror

Week 3- Start/Finish Board & Batten Wainscot Mill Work

Week 4- Paint Board & Batten Wainscot 

Week 5- Install New Lights, Towel Bars, &Homemade Robe Rack

Week 6- Shower Curtains, All Final Touches & The Secret Art Project 




  1. Love the artwork and have filed your sweet tips away to copy later. Your space has me so intriged. Can’t wait to see more! XO ~~ Susie from The Chelsea Project

  2. those sea fans are SO PRETTY! what a great idea to frame them you really made them look expensive.

  3. I LOVE me a good DIY project and these look amazing! They look like something from Restoration Hardware but at a tiny fraction of the cost! Beautiful!! And fab tip about getting the matte cut for an especially custom look.

  4. How sweet are these! I love how they turned out. Can’t wait to see your finished space. Libbie

  5. AntiIice Crimanenta

    You are so creative, I love that these look just like the ridiculously expensive ones from Restoration Hardware. Your knock off DIY is sheer perfection my dear.

  6. Courtney Gruntey

    These art pieces turned out so good, I would have never known that your made them, they look so expensive. I have seen wall art at several high end retailers that look just like this but for 100’s – 1,000’s of dollars. Good job lady, keep it this incredible work.

  7. These look amazing!! I love love love that Hardware.

  8. Justine Hueber

    I think your website has some fresh content. I know that writing manually takes a lot of time, so keep up the good work, we appreciate it!

  9. These are beautiful – and look completely high end – I love them! I am also insanely jealous about your bat cave!

  10. Good for you for being through 😊. I should be through tomorrow. Your art looks like it was purchased at a high end store and it’s beautiful! Very clever way to save money.

  11. The artwork looks so expensive and custom!

  12. Ohhh! I love how those pieces turned out! They are beautiful and perfect for the space!

  13. What a great addition your secret art project will be in the space! And girl, I wish I had a bat cave like that!

  14. neat! I thought they looked pretty sweet on the spools, but in the frame they won’t get in the way now 🙂

  15. Kimmy Leonard

    This project is going so swimmingly, and you gotten a lot done so far. I really love the wall art you created and the Diy on how to do it. They look just like something I saw at Restoration Hardware recently for a ton more.

  16. cassiarolfs1

    Oh my I love the peak you gave us into your craft room that is really very cool. I hope you plan on giving us a better tour of it soon. I really love this idea a lot.

  17. Dot Roberts

    Gosh I am off the net for a week and you have so much more content I can not even find where I left off. Great job my friend you are really embracing your new found passion. Also wanted to say I love how you art project turned out, it looks great in the bathroom.

  18. Gayle Curtis

    Jen, these turned out so nice and really add character to your bathroom. The mere fact you made them, makes it that much more special.

  19. Maurine Micheals

    I had a quick minute to continue reading your ORC posts, and I gotta say this one blew me away. First I love your bat cave, and second what a great DIY. Thank you so much for sharing all of your many talents with us.

  20. Beth

    Oh I love these pieces you created. You have so much talent! Seriously, a hot glue gun, clearance pieces from Pottery Barn and Hobby Lobby frames you create a set of art I would think you paid top dollar for, but you only spent pennies. I want to be like you when I grown up 🙂

  21. Louise Tate

    This is a great post, the room is really starting to take shape now. I love that your shared a DIY art project too. This is fun and looks like a million bucks.

  22. Ally Bernard

    I love everything about this post! It may be my favorite ORC post so far. The wall art turned out perfect just like a Restoration Hardware piece. Also I am crushing hard on your bat cave, which is such a funny name for it. I can imagine you calling it out as your bat cave on a daily basis, which makes me giggle. You are too cute!

  23. This is a great post on how to make your own art pieces. I for one am shocked at how easily you created such a nice piece of art, out of such random items. You have a lot of talent, so I am book marking you to read during my down times. You are such a nice way to relax on work days.

  24. The Busy Bee

    Great job on your bathroom upgrade, I love the art work you created. Also I would like to hear more about that craft room you created in the walk in closet. What a great idea.

  25. Southern Sassyfrass

    I really like your art work and the diy you posted. This really looks like a expensive piece of art, that I have seen around those expensive home stores. Love this idea, so I am pinning for later.

  26. Debbie Does DIY

    I love that you created these from scratch. They look just like the expensive ones At RH, I bet they are not happy about this DIY, to bad for them!

  27. You are such a great designer and I am so glad I stumbled upon you through the ORC site. I find some of the best accounts to follow this way.

  28. Pippa’s Parade

    I love the way your are part of such a fun group of designers. The art your company has created is very nice for the theme of your loo. Nice work.

  29. NVMD

    Thank you for supplying those warm and helpful, tips on making your own art work.

  30. Caiden

    I’m not easily impressed. . . but this post is impressing me! 🙂 I love how you chose to make your own version of the art since what you want is overpriced. You don’t pick something else you just make it. That is dedication there.

  31. Gwendolyn

    It is exhausting to find knowledgeable individuals on this kind of subject. However judging by you pictures and diy’s you sound like you really know what you are talking about! Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

  32. gigi58

    I must shower you with thanks on the DIY topic for this bathroom design. I have been reading all the posts and my head is still reeling from all the advice and tips. Thanks a lot very much for your high quality and amazing guide. I won’t hesitate to refer the blog to anybody who needs and wants support in the design world.

  33. the cheap jordan’s

    Thanks very much for the specialized results-oriented guide to making great thing happen. I won’t be reluctant to endorse your blog to any person who needs to have support about this matter.

  34. Land of Nod

    Thanks for all of the effort on this web site. I am really loving this entire ORC round, can not wait to see the finished room. As Always you are conducting a fabulous job.

  35. Ashley Meaurs

    I just could not stop reading the ORC posts. Now you are making art work, clearly you are a wonder woman. Amazing. Your talent exceeds all expectations.

  36. April Helmsworth

    We all can now fully grasp how talented you really are. We have got a writer that wants to give back to here readers and I thank you because of that.

  37. Urban Farmgirl

    I don’t suppose I’ve read anything like this before. So good to find someone with some authentic thoughts on this subject. Really thanks for starting up this blog, you are somebody with a bit of originality and you are bringing something new to the web!

  38. Georgia Gal

    Wow you really have so much talent. I love how those sea fans look, and that you framed them yourself. That is really very cool.

  39. Home at Mimi’s

    I love that you made you own art work, this along shows the power of your creativity. I would not even know where to begin to make something like that, yet you just do it and make it happen. Such a impressive post.

  40. Chantel

    Thank you so much I hope that you really know what a powerful job that you are accomplishing educating people via your blog.

  41. Mulberry Farms

    I am loving this post and your awesome craft project. You have so much talent.

  42. Home with Jan

    Thank you a lot for giving my such great inspiration for bathroom design.

  43. The Delightful Farmhouse

    Hello, just checking back to see those light fixtures again I really liked them and wanted to verify the manufacture.

  44. Terry Haide

    Hello, the whole project has been so inspiring to me, I love the robe racks and everything so far, great job!

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