Thinking About a Little DIY

Noticing a lot of chatter lately about the hot summer trend of all things nautical - which is so fun for summer.  Here is one great piece I've had my eye on . . . 

I think it is so chic and would add just the right amount of sparkle to my coffee table.  But, I can't justify $185.00 for a trendy accessory.  I know, it's really great.  Isn't it? 

So, I was thinking (my husband says he dreads that phase more than anything in the world) . . . What if I took this shell (at $24.95).

or this one at $25.00 (it's resin). 

And painted the interior gold (since brass/gold accents are still hotter than hot).  There are so many options for how to add the gold accent.  You could do gold leaf which would add a lot of texture to the inside. 

or craft paint - this one feels aged to me which is a great thing . . . 

or even a little metal (anything called liquid metal, I'm in!) . . .

You've got yourself a nautical/gold chachkie for a fraction of the price!  With a deal like that, I really wouldn't feel bad moving on when the trend is over.  M.


  1. I love this idea Mandi! I did something last Summer - painted some regular shells with silver spray paint and I love them, for a fraction of the price. But I think I'm liking the gold leaf idea, on a bigger piece like you have here, even more...!! I had to laugh about your husband and that "I've been thinking" comment...we have the same around here! Good luck with the project - would love to see the results and hear your tips before I dive in. ;)

  2. The perfect solution Mandi! I can't fathom spending 185.00. I know your's will be just as beautiful.

  3. Mandi, this is a fantastic idea! I think I would use paint. Oh yeah, I pinned it.

  4. This is fabulous! Have a delightful weekend, Kellie xx

  5. Very cool. I even already have a couple of those big shells I found at an estate sale for a couple dollars. I think the leafing might look richer, but the paint would be fast and easy and I'm sure just as elegant.

    I'm doing a giveaway, so pop over and check it out.


Thank you for thoughts on my post! M.