Hot Summer Projects: It’s a Shore Thing


Beauti-Tone brings lakefront style without the cottage commute

Ahh Summer. Sandy beaches, pristine lakes, warm winds and long days. Want to create the carefree and relaxing charm of a summer getaway year-round in your home (without the blackflies)? Beauti-Tone has created a collection of projects, many using colours from the Colour Comes Home collection, to help put your own spin (or oar) on your home or cottage haven.

“There’s nothing like the natural beauty of a Canadian summer to bring out your inner artist,” says Bev Bell, Creative Director, Beauti-Tone Paint and Home Products Division, Home Hardware Stores Limited. “These projects combine the old, the new, and even some blue and might have you saying, bring on the rainy days, I’ve got work to do!”

In a Row Headb-oar-d
A random collection of colourful row boat and canoe paddles will create all the right kind of waves.image009


  • A collection of paddles (queen sized bed took 16 paddles). You can easily use old or new paddles and especially garage sale finds.
  • Beauti-Tone Colour Comes Home colours shown: Wild Blue Yonder, Buoy Oh Buoy, Nautical & Nice and Pier Pressure, and we left some au naturel.
  • A 2”x4” cut to the width of the bed.
  • #8 wood screws


Remove any finish on paddles you will be painting. Paint oars one-at-a-time, and with a damp rag lightly wipe off some of the paint for a soft worn look. Lay paddles out in a desired pattern; fasten to 2”x4” board with screws approx. 8” from the handles. Pre-drill holes in paddle first to prevent them from splitting. Attach to the wall for added security.

Bobbing for Compliments
With a few simple cuts, some sanding and easy paint application, 4” x 4” spruce posts become attractive buoys that won’t sink your decorating budget.


  • 4” x 4” spruce posts cut at desired heights. Shown 10”, 12” and 15”
  • Beauti-Tone Designer Series Exterior Suede – Colour Comes Home colours shown: Beachy Keen, Message in a Bottle, Red-y. Set. Go!, Wild Blue Yonder and Nautical & Nice
  • 1” drill bit
  • Painters tape
  • Sisal rope
  • Stencil
  • Stencil brushes


Cut 4” x 4” desired heights. With a saw taper the 4 x 4 either on 2 sides or 4 sides, ensuring you leave a 1’ – 1 ½” at top. Drill a one-inch hole at top approx. 1” down from the top. Paint desired base coat. Paint contrasting stripes by masking off with painter’s tape. Stencil numbers on. Thread rope through hole at top and tie.

Hello Sailor!
Combine the simplicity of textured, natural materials to create art with rustic cottage charm. No wind required.image004


  • 1” x 12” boards of rough-cut spruce
  • Beauti-Tone Wood Shield solid stain. (From Beauti-Tone’s Colour Comes Home colour collection we used: background – The Sky’s the Limit, boat and flag – Redwood, sail – Fuzzy Mitten)
  • Course/medium sanding sponge
  • No More Nails
  • Rope
  • Dock cleatimage013
  • Eye screws
  • Sanding block


Cut sailboat pattern from wood (pattern below). Stain each piece the appropriate colour. Let dry. Sand backboard edges with coarse sandpaper to achieve a soft, time-worn effect. Attach the two backboards together with 3 strips of wood bridging them together. Assemble and glue sailboat pieces to backboard. Attach eye screws to back. Insert rope, and knot to hold in place. Hang from cleat that has been securely attached to the wall.

Retire in Style
After a great day in the sun, relax and get roped in. Believe it or not, this comfortable ottoman is a recycled tire embellished with rope and deck finial for feet.


  • An old tire
  • ½” Plywood
  • ½” Sisal rope
  • Wood screws
  • Liquid nails adhesive
  • Four wood post finials
  • 1 litre of Exterior Designer Series


Cut two circles from plywood to sit in the centre of the depression in the tire to create a near flush surface top and bottom. Screw plywood to tire with wood screws. Drill a hole in the top centre of plywood and insert one end of the rope. Working with liquid nails, do a 2” wide squiggle design at centrepoint. Start laying the rope in a circular pattern ensuring you snuggle it tight as you work. Continue this until entire top and sides are covered. Paint finials desires colour and attach to bottom of ottoman.

For more great projects using Beauti-Tone’s new Colour Comes Home colour collection visit here. For lots of other great cottage and home projects, visit Bev Bell’s Beauti-Tone project page here.

Manufactured in Canada by Home Hardware, Beauti-Tone is the top Canadian-owned and Canadian-made retail paint brand and is available exclusively at Canada’s own Home Hardware, Home Building Centre and Home Hardware Building Centre stores. Over two years in development, Beauti-Tone’s new Colour Comes Home colour-inspiration program was developed to give both new painters and design-savvy consumers the right combination of tools to help them realize the look they want for their home. Colour Comes Home contains four key components:  a new 1,228-shade full-spectrum Colour System; a collection of 42 Essential Whites; eight design-inspired whole home collections; and loads of DIY décor project ideas. “The rest of the world knows how unique and special Canadians are, so in designing this colour system, we honoured this uniqueness by focusing on colours and colour palettes that allow us each to draw from our own personal style,” says Bell.