Sunday, 8 July 2012

DIY Decor: Pastel Shells



 I am always looking for DIY ways to create decor for my bedroom without spending a fortune. Growing up near the sea has given me a love for the beach and all things seaside-y, although it doesn't really fit in with the rest of my room decor, so I wanted to come up with a way of incorporating the two together. 

My dad often goes fishing, so I got him to pick up these scallop shells for me (although I expect you can pick them up in shops, or even restaurants) which I gave a coat of paint. I didn't have the exact colours that I wanted and didn't want to go and spend lots of money on cans of paint, cough...when I could be spending it on makeup...cough! which I would only use a small amount of. So, I had a rummage through my cupboards and found lots of old tubes of paint from when I was younger and had much brighter- hot pink brighter, bedroom colour taste than now, where I just tend to stick with white. I mixed all the bright colours with a white to mute them down into these lovely pastels. I gave the shells a couple of coats just to make the colour completely opaque, but still allow the texture of the shells to show through.

I absolutely love how these have turned out, the pastels don't exactly match my white and silver shabby chic inspired bedroom, but as the colours are so muted and pretty, I don't think it matters, and it does actually add a nice pop to my room, and by deciding to include white and silver in the colours I was using, allowed it to flow a little better. These are such an inexpensive way of creating colour and cute decor, and could work in any room in the house (I think they would work beautifully as a stand alone piece in the bathroom, or somewhere to store your soap!) and can also double up as a piece of storage, I may store some of my rings or use them as candle holders!

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed and got some ideas for decor in your own home :)

11 comments:

  1. These are gorgeous! And I like how you've not just used them for decor and managed to get some utility out of it. One day, I shall try this out.

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    1. Thanks! You should its super quick and easy :) xx

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  2. This is an awesome DIY! They look great with the candles and look super useful for storing jewellery or spare change.
    The Undercover Dress-Up Lover x

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    1. Thankyou! I love the idea of using it for spare change, a great way to jazz up anything really xx

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  3. This is a great idea! Am now following, you have a lovely blog xx

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    1. Thankyou! Am following you too :) xx

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  4. Love the sea shells they look for decoration

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  5. such a cute idea
    http://big-brown-eyed-girl.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. This is such a good idea, I love how they look! :)

    Grace x

    http://littlefashionstudent.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. Hello! Just found your blog and I love it i found it through the blog hop :) I really like this DIY cause I haven't seen anyone do it before! Id love to try it out :D Im following you now :)
    http://somethingaboutsophia.blogspot.ie/

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