Sunday, September 11, 2011

Silver Shells {tutorial}

There are always a lot of home decor items using shells, especially here in Southern California. They are found on frames, mirrors, vases, etc...I needed something to dress up my guest bathroom and had seen shells dipped in silver that I thought would be a really nice addition. At upwards of $200 each they were not in my budget. I thought it would be pretty easy to spray paint ordinary shells using metallic spray paint, and I proved to be correct. Here's what you'll need:
1. Metallic Spray Paint {I used silver but gold would be pretty as well} $6.50 at ACE
2. An assortment of shells
3. Newspaper

And here's the process:

1. Lay shells out on newspaper in well ventilated area {you can see I did not do this inside below}
2. Spray paint evenly over one side and wait about 15 minutes to dry. Flip shells over and paint the other side.
3. Wait another 15 minutes until paint is all dry and put you're all done! Super easy.

I put mine in a glass jar but they would be really cute on a picture frame or around an old mirror.

And my personal favorite were the sea urchins:

1 comment:

britt said...

YAY! I'm so glad you tried this out! It's on my to-do too :) They look great!

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