This month, our blogging group is participating in an Upcycle Challenge. I love giving thrift store items makeovers, so this challenge was a fun one. We could spend no more than $20 for the item and the materials needed for the makeover. If you’ve seen any of our thrift store makeovers, you know that $20 is quite a bit more than I spend to get new looks for old items. For the challenge, I’m sharing Sea Shell Shadow Box.
We encourage to you visit our blogging friends and see how they met the Upcycle Challenge this month. We can’t wait to check them out!
When I spotted this shadow box at Goodwill, I knew it would be great for a makeover. It was priced at $3.99. That was well under the budget for the challenge.
The box was well put together and I could see the possibilities for it.
I had to pry the back off of the box. I think this was probably someone else’s DIY project at some point. The silver paint caused the pieces to stick together. I used a paint can opener to take it apart. The flowers were glued firmly in place. I used jewelry pliers to remove them.
After I had it apart, I saw that there were a lot of tiny nails without heads holding the box to the frame. I used jewelry pliers to pull them all out. These weren’t necessary because the box fit snugly into the frame.
Since I was going to use chalk paint, I didn’t need to sand the box. I used TSP to clean it and some Windex to clear the glass. I gave the frame and the box two coats of Arts Mind Chalk Paint in Sea Foam.
The sea foam color is great for coastal decor. To continue the coastal look, I used sea shells that my brother has collected from area beaches. I decided to make this as a gift for him. He has a lovely gazebo that has a lot of coastal decor pieces. This shadow box will look great there.
I used E 6000 glue to hold the shells in place.
After putting the box, glass, and frame back together, I added a strip of rope along the glass. I used hot glue for the rope.
To cover the ends of the rope, shells were added at the corners.
I added one more small shell on the center of the frame.
We tried it out in several spots in his gazebo.
This was both an easy and quick thrift store upcycle project. The $3.99 price tag for the shadow box, a little paint, and found shells kept the cost low.
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Sea Shell Shadow Box Upcycle Challenge
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