Mosaic Shell and Mirror Art–{Creative Juices Décor}

Hello Infarrantly Creative Readers!   I come to you from Creative Juices Decor as one of those crazy bloggers who buy odd things from the thrift store (while I continually have my husband shake his head at me) and turn them into something fun and exciting.   Below is my latest adventure, I hope you enjoy and your creative juices are stirred!
I found this old 60′s picture for $20.00 at the thrift store – it was HUGE and I knew I could do something with him if I stared at it long enough ;-)

 

On a separate thrift store adventure I found this LONG seashell hanging piece.   It was all ratted and tangled so I cut off half the shells and just kept the top. I had a TON of shells leftover so what better than to try the extras on my huge canvas!!!
At first I just started laying them out on the canvas…..
I was worried that I wouldn’t have enough seashells to cover the entire canvas (but alas, I had PLENTY) so I put a frame in the center that I picked up for $1.00. I liked the look but could NOT figure out what I wanted to do in the middle. I thought about a monogram, maybe a moss covered letter? I also thought I could paint something just in that spot…..
I couldn’t think what to do until I took the picture above and I thought huh, what about a mirror! I LOVED all the texture that was going on so I thought, what if I did a MOSAIC mirror (that and the fact that I was never going to find a mirror in the size of 13”x16!!!!)
Now that I had seashells and a glass mosaic I wanted the frame to go from a traditional brown wood to something more pearlescent or soft. I found the spray paint color by Krylon called Carmel Latte (the name sold me Winking smile) and loved it’s soft, slightly shiny latte color. I also added some distressing by sanding the edge and adding some brown paint in spots. Really I just fooled around with the trim until I got the look I wanted.
And the BIG REVEAL is…….. BEFORE: (sorry Mr. Kinkade, you just weren’t doing it for me anymore)
AFTER! Ah, looooove
Another angle:
What do you think?? I had no idea if it would turn out BIZARRE or great.   But I adore it.
I’d LOVE it if you readers would stop by and say hi! Smile I have a few fun pottery barn knockoffs and before and after home pictures I know will get your creative juices flowing!
Thank you Beckie for hosting me!
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  • http://www.adaywithlilmama.blogspot.com Mindy

    great! very unique too

  • http://twicelovely.blogspot.com Ann Marie @ Twice Lovely

    I LOVE that!! It totally looks like something very expensive from one of the High-End stores!

  • http://www.lucydesignsonline.com/ Lucy

    love it, just beautiful!

  • http://froufrugal.blogspot.com Suesan

    What a unique and beautiful result! I love how you put it all together.

  • http://www.kenandhaven.blogspot.com Haven

    Love it! It looks great! Thank you for the inspiration!

  • Carmel

    AWESOME! So unique, and yet def looks like something you’d see in one of those crazy expensive catalogs! LOVE IT!

  • Erin

    Gorgeous! What adhesives did you use?

  • gina

    Oh my goodness that is GORGEOUS!!!

  • Deb Westbury

    I am mixed…from a distance the shells make it look like the mirror is nestles in ruffled silk…and I like it, but close up, I just am not sure that I like it…I feel that there are too many shells, and the mirror is not big enough…but it is a great idea…

  • http://www.kadburyis.blogspot.com Kristin

    Good golly, that turned out awesome! I love it when I start out with no plan and then an idea that works falls into my lap : )

  • http://www.creativejuicesdecor.blogspot.com Selina@CreativeJuicesDecor

    Reply@Deb LOL I am just glad you don’t think it looks like Pringle Potato chips! Ruffled silk is much better. I was wondering myself what it would turn out like during the entire process, but once I laid on the final shell it I let out a big PHEW because I think it came out just how I pictured it. I couldn’t capture just how it looks on “film”, or the way it feels when you walk into the bedroom. (dumb cameras!) Thanks for all your comments!!! I am glad most of you liked it. Come stop by and say hi! ~ Selina

  • http://madiganmade.blogspot.com Madigan at madiganmade

    LOVE the texture of the two mediums in this piece. I am always a big fan of DIY wall art. So pretty.

  • http://www.auntpeaches.com Peaches

    DANG GIRL, that’s awesome. Love how the shells and the mirror pieces play off each other all textured and shiny and stuff…sort of reminds me of those old signs made out of oversized sequins….there is a word for those….I’m rambling…bottom line: Good work and cool beans!!!

  • http://withlovebyrach.blogspot.com Rachel

    That is a really cool piece, I love it! Now if I could just find some shells like that.

  • Trish

    In case you wondered, the shells are from the Phillipines, my ex brought back 2 shell lamps made from them back in the 1970′s. They usually had a dome at the top and then tiers of shells tied on nylon “string”. We had two of these lamps, one 2 tiered, and one three tiered in blue. Just a “memory moment”.