I’m always looking for new ways to add coastal decor to my home. Not long ago, I spotted a coastal shadow box at Home Goods. While it was very reasonably priced, I knew I had all the materials at home to make one of my own. I didn’t try to replicate the one I saw, but it did give me the inspiration I needed.
This velvet lady in a shadow box was something I bought a couple of months ago at Goodwill. It was about $3.00. At some point, someone had made this velvet lady and stapled it onto the backing. While I can appreciate the effort, it’s not my style and since it was at Goodwill, apparently, its owner had grown tired of it.
The frame wasn’t in the best of shape, but it was sturdy. The back of it was taped on because it didn’t fit inside of the frame. From the looks of the aged tape, this was done a long time ago. I removed the backing and then pulled the dress away. The backing was covered in wall paper and wall paper glue.
After cleaning the frame with TSP, I used Waverly Chalk Paint in Plaster to give it. a fresh look. Even after pulling the staples back that held the glass in place, it didn’t budge. Rather than risk breaking it, I taped over the inside rim before painting.
I didn’t want to spend the amount of time it would have taken to remove the wall paper and wall paper glue so I covered the back with burlap. I stapled the burlap to the back side to keep it taut.
Once that was all done, it was time to start decorating it. I used small decorative pebbles across the bottom of the backing. I ran beads of hot glue in small sections and sprinkled the pebbles on to it.
I continued in a sloping pattern all across the bottom, adding bits of sea glass along the way. I shook the loose pebbles off and then added more glue and put them back on.
I seem to always have a stash of wooden letters. I had this unfinished R that was just the right size for this. I used Waverly Chalk Paint in Celery to paint it and I hot glued a starfish onto it.
Adding sand was a little bit messy. I ran some hot glue along the inside rim of the frame and sprinkled the sand on, shaking off the excess and then adding more.
To assemble the back to the frame, I used hot glue along the rim.
I love how it turned out! It’s so much fun to see something in a store and then create your own version of it.
Because of the weight and the off-fitting backing, I decided to use a stand for this to display it instead of using it as wall art.
Thrift Store Shadow Box
I’ve learned to go ahead and buy inexpensive items like this when I see them at thrift stores because I just never know when or how I can give them a makeover.
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