Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Shell Chic and Giveaway


Today I am linking up to Faded Charm Cottage for White Wednesday. My project has a lot of white; mostly white and at different points a long the way was all white.

You will want to check out all the whiteness. If it's your first visit to White Wednesday, prepare to be amazed!

There is something about white that soothes and calms, unless your little doggies are gnawin' on bones atop your vintage white chenille bedspread.

They are looking all innocent at the moment!

I am really into the shabby-coastal-cottage look. I have shells and sea glass; so far, just as bowl fillers.

A few weeks ago my children indulged me with a trip to the flea market after church. They really don’t enjoy thrift stores or flea markets but they were kind enough to tag a long. I found this wood doll house for $15. It was the ugliest, stomach churning crackle-brown finish stamped with mustard yellow country stars. It was soooo ugly that I didn’t even take a picture; I should have, but I immediately sprayed it with the famous Heirloom White to ease my nausea. It was all white for a couple of days until I glazed the roof with ocean blue.001

003 004 I had no business starting this project tonight with so many other pressing needs; like dirty dishes, dusty furniture, weeds to pull-you get the idea. But sometimes you just have to do it and when you do, you end up feeling so much better. You’ve got to be creative to survive!

Grabbed my glue gun and bag of Goodwill shells. I used low temp glue sticks and attacked the roof with shells. I tried to apply the shells somewhat equally. If I put a shell in the upper left corner, I put the same on the upper right. 005 008 011 013
I remembered my collection of shells in the glass jar with the candle and dug into those, too. By the way, low temp glue bonds the shells to the wood super fast. Once you squirt a little glue on the shell and place it where you want it, it is there to stay in 1 second.014 020 I kept adding more shells and sea glass. It worked to place the larger shells and fill in the gaps with the smaller shells and sea glass. 023 026 This was a lot of fun, easy and super fast. I think it looks best with all the spaces filled, so, I will be adding even more shells and sea glass in the tiny places.

Now, I am looking at picture frames, trays, plates; whatever I can use to create my shell chic decor. 027 035 034 033 037 036

Click here to get the details of my combination Pink Saturday/4th Annual Cottage Charm Giveaway. The 3 stamped bracelets are just a part of the loot!012


McCarthy Designs said...

What a great buy and what a lovely family you have to indulge you! It is a shame you didn't get a before photo of the house, the after looks great! I love the shells and sea glass! xx

Faded Charm said...

Very pretty. I love the aqua added in with the shells. Great color combo.

Take care,


Katie said...

The shells look great!

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

How gorgeous is this? The shelf looks great and the combo with the blues is just wonderful. Love your little doggies, too.

Dee@FrenchBleuVintage said...

Oh Man!!! Now I know what to do with all my shells ~ you have to checkout my post ~ too funny. The shelf is fabulous ~ Im so excited to start this project. Thanks

Cindy Geilmann said...

What a darling doll house. So cute with the shells. I've heard of that spray paint before, where did you get it?

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Raspberries and Rose Petals said...

Love what you did with the dollhouse! What a great way to showcase your pretty shells!

Donna said...

What a clever idea!!!

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