Most of you know that the primary decor of our home is Southern and Coastal in every single room. No two rooms are alike and I've been slowly but surely sharing updates on the changes we've made since we bought our home a year ago today!! I can't believe it's already been a year! I've still got so much to share, and I promise I will as soon as I get things situated in each room.
As for the oyster shells...I just love everything about them. We both love eating oysters, and I love their unique shape, color texture. These are the primary reasons I chose to do these specific projects using oyster shells. You could certainly use other types of shells if you prefer! The mirror is over the mantle in our Keeping Room and the chandelier is hanging in the Foyer. Here are some close ups of the mirror and the chandelier:
Here is a simple and easy step-by-step on how to do this process. If you've just got the shells with no meat inside, you'll only need to follow steps 7-10!
You will need: power drill with a 1/16" drill bit (or you could use a dremel), at least 20 gauge galvanized wire, wire cutters, and patience!
This is a picture of the chandelier before, which was hanging in the dining room. We replaced it with a real chandelier. I decided not to change the color of the chandelier because all of the fixtures in our home are oil rubbed bronze. If you are not pleased with the color of your chandelier, then by all means spray paint it! For this project I decided to remove the globes from the fixture and store them away.
Dixie Delights also has a similar tutorial for this project. Who knew oyster shell chandeliers were so popular?!
You will need a mirror with a flat or smooth frame, enough oysters to completely cover your frame depending on what size mirror you are using, and several packages of Liquid Nails clear adhesive.
The mirror was super simple to make. You'll need to lay your mirror flat to do this project. Basically you just arrange the oysters shells in a pattern depending on your taste until the entire frame is covered. This may take a few tries and it's similar to putting together a puzzle. Once you've arranged your shells, you begin gluing them onto the frame and onto each other with Liquid Nails. You want to try to keep the glue underneath the shells so that it's not visible. Once you've glued each and every shell you have to let the mirror sit for 24 hours. Then you'll need to go back and check each and every shell to make sure the glue held. I had a few stragglers that I had to go back and add more glue to and wait another full 24 hours. The waiting was the most agonizing part of the process for me!
Once that beauty was hung on the wall it was so worth it all. I'm not sure that my husband agrees, but he does love the mirror.
To see more of the Foyer and Dining Room Before & After photos, click here!
Also, if you want to see more DIY Tutorials head over to Kelly's Korner DIY link-up!
Finally, don't forget to enter my giveaway: 2 tickets to the Pearl Event, a women's faith mini-conference! Have a fabulous weekend, loves! xoxo