I am very picky about my style. Often, I don’t know what I want, but I’ll know when I see it. People hate that. I rarely ever see something that is “cheap” that I like. The decoration for the back of the toilet is no exception. In my reference picture there was a faux orchid on the back of the toilet. Apparently, fake orchids are pretty expensive, one similar to my reference picture was about $150. F that. So I went looking, and I found an arrangement that I had to have. Only, the new arrangement, with water lilies, was $400. That is correct, $400 and the place that was selling them was “out of stock”.
I decided to make the base of the arrangement out of a chunk of walnut left over from the coffee table(free) I made my mother. I found some cheap vases ($2.99 each) and laid out how they would fit.
Next I filled the voids in the walnut, and I will admit I didn’t do a great job. I have been using cheap 5 minute epoxy and I had some left over so I used it. I need to invest in some good boat epoxy.
I drew out the outline of where I wanted the vases to fit. I decided to use my tray bit.
I pretty much just freehanded out a tray in the block with my router, I didn’t bother making a template.
Then I cut the outside, and sanded it down, and oiled it with my my top secret oil mixture.
Next I hot glued the vases down. Then I filled them with some white stones. And tied down some green bamboo.
The last step was I had to cut the water lily stems and then fill each vase with with that fake gel water stuff. The lilies and fake water killed me. Each lily was $11 and each box of fake water was $12.99 and it used two boxes.
and here it is, it almost looks like I know what I am doing.
this is a picture of the $400 one. I actually found those exact vases, for cheap, but decided to make it a little less modern.