May 20, 2011

DIY Pottery Barn Silver Seashells


Finally a small break in the rain to do a little spray painting- I was REALLY hoping it would last longer and I could end this project drought...but no such luck. I only had time to spray this one.
 
In the mood for silver seashells anyone?

After lusting after looking at some from Pottery Barn I did a little searching around and it seems they are quite popular.



And mine:

Prices range from $20 for 4 or  $345 for 6 {silver plated}!

I experimented with a few techniques for silvering my own seashells.
I tried acrylic paint, "Rub n Buff" and Enamel Craft Paint.

I wanted a highly reflective silver and one that didn't have a lot of black in it, like in my PB inspiration.

Based on these criteria I settled on Krylon's Chrome as a far and away favorite.

For now I put a bunch of them in a large mason jar in the bathroom. There' s no bathroom window, so this is with a flash...but the other pics show the color better.



This was the bathroom before it's makeover- you can check out how it looks now right here.

I'm pretty happy with the result, I think it looks pretty darn close to the original. I hope you all are having better project weather than I am! 

If you liked that knock off, then these others may be right up your alley!



 Make sure you check out these awesome blogs that decided they like this project!
- Becca -

Linked up at these great PARTIES, here
and here.

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54 comments:

  1. I love, love, love this idea, Becca--I'm so glad for your trials that saves us from all of the experimentation :P.

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  2. That's an awesome idea, they look so nice!

    Hi, I'm your newest follower over from the hop!

    I would like to invite you to post this on our Crafty hop. Here's the link: Purple Froggie Clay Stuff

    Have a wonderful Sunday!

    Cindy

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  3. That is awesome! I spray painted some shells silver for last Christmas' tree. Yours look very chic.

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  4. looks better than the original ;) i'll have to try this soon! found you over at mad in crafts, stop by for a visit sometime

    Jackie
    http://jaclyndesigns.blogspot.com/

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  5. Awesome, they look great, thanks for sharing!

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  6. Awesome! I'm definitely doing this! Thanks for the inspiration! http://homesandbabies.blogspot.com

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  7. Very pretty! I love your jars too, thanks for the idea. :)

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  8. Pretty!! They'd look lovely in my bathroom too.

    Found you via Tip Me Tuesday.

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  9. Ok now here is an excellent idea and I'm going to borrow this one! I love these beautiful shells, silver is my color and I can't wait to try!
    Susan

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  10. Gorgeous! I just love them. Thanks so much for the tip. :-)

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  11. Totally cool. I love the jar in the bathroom!!!

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  12. oh i love this...i have some of this paint!! i just bought some shells for another project!! thanks for sharing :)

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  13. love the way these shells look in the jar. im going to have to write this one down on my todo list.
    lauren

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  14. Oh, this is fabulous, through and through! I love them! Thank you so much for sharing!

    MJ @ MD School Mrs.

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  15. They turned out great! I love the richness of silver look.

    Happy Memorial Day weekend :O)

    Hugs,
    Marie

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  16. I absolutely LOVE how the shells look in the jar!

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  17. What a great idea!! Love how the shells look in the jar!
    Thank you so much for linking up to {nifty thrifty sunday}!
    I hope to see you again tomorrow!
    xoxo,
    Vanessa

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  18. I love this project and will be doing it soon!
    Jeanne
    www.buildingitonpennies.com

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  19. stoppin by from Petite Hermine and I LOVE this! thanks for sharing! I'm a new follower and love the cleaning supplies as well :)
    ~ Jill from 'Just Dream, Jelly Bean!'

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  20. Came across your stunning project from Craft-O-Maniac. Love your idea and thanks for sharing it!

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  21. I'm visiting via "It's So Very Cherry's" party
    and I find i love what you do I will follow you too. love the silver shells! Im a beach lover that lives in Ohio (NO Beach) But I love the coasts of the USA sand, water...seagulls shells I love it so
    KAT Griffin

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  22. I did these for Christmas and made a ton of decorations with them! In fact, they're still around as accents. Great job, and they look just stunning in the jar.

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  23. I'm loving the silver shells~so pretty! I have just a couple big silver shells in my bathroom and they really do add charm. I love yours in a jar- thanks for sharing this at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

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  24. What a fantastic idea! I have tons of shells lying around and these are a perfect, more modern solution for my nautical bonus room. Thank you for sharing! I'm visiting from At Home With K Link Party.

    repurposedlifedesigns.blogspot.com

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  25. I love silver coated shells! I've used them for so many different projects to give it a little bling! Thanks for sharing this tutorial, your shells turned out great! I am visiting you from coastalcharm link party and am your newest follower.

    sherry

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  26. Super Sweet! I am back from a Beach trip with a whole lot of seashells! I will be using some of those pretties and give this a try. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  27. I think you just gave me another good reason to take a trip to the beach! Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us.

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  28. It looks great! Thanks for sharing!

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  29. I have done this also and have loved the result! I hadn't figured out a great way to display them - love them in the jar - thanks for the inspiration!

    http://bjdhausdesign.blogspot.com/

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  30. great idea and great color! i love these!

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  31. wow that is awesome. thank you so much for the tutorial. I found your shells through the little luna linky party. Come and say hi back I love bloggy friends. And please Vote for me on my blog thanks it only takes 2 seconds I promise

    A mommy's life...with a touch of YELLOW
    tyandwhitneyulrich.blogspot.com

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  32. What a great idea. I love it.
    http://suburbsmama.blogspot.com/

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  33. Those are beautiful. You have great tastes. I am highlighting these at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my "featured" butotn.

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  34. My post is about shells too!!!! And I am bonkers for them... Your idea of painting them yourself was divine & now I know the best product since you did all the research... THANK YOU!!!!! Love the shells... good luck on the weather & send some of that rain down here as we're burning up!
    Charlene

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  35. I just found your blog today & am obsessed with shells & sea shore goodies this season! Thanks so much for the idea!!! Your blog is officially my favorite!

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  36. Hi Becca! I love this idea!! I used your tip and made my own shells...check them out if you have a minute!
    http://www.freestylinbeth.com/2011/07/718.html

    Thanks so much for the tip!!

    www.freestylinbeth.com

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  37. I am shocked at the power of spray paint! Lol. I am your newest follower. Thank you so much for linking this up to My Favorite Things Friday Link Party! You have earned a spot in the Stay At Home Nation Spotlight this week! Come by & check it out! I can't wait to see what you link up this week! Have a great weekend!
    ~Iffy~
    aka Cameron

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  38. Here is an excellent idea and I am going to make this one! These beautiful shells, silver are my favorite.
    I am really very glad after read here and I appreciate for the information that you presented here.

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  39. This is great! I came back from vacation this summer with a trash bag full of shells. You could paint them as you did or possibly different colors to match your decor. Never thought of that!
    Thanks for sharing!

    Deanna@DeelitefulCreations

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  40. I love the silver shells. You have given me the inspiration to do something similar. I was thinking about doing them in shades of watery blues and greens for my bathroom. Thank you.

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  41. Great idea! I have a jar filled with shells from our first summer vacation and this would make idea would create a lasting decor! Hope you can link up at my Homemaking Party :).

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  42. Now I know what to do with all the shells we have. Thanks for the tip on which spray paint to use. Pinning this.

    Visiting from Clean & Scentsible. Following you now. :)

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  43. Love this..great Pottery Barn Knock off..I get their catalog all the time just to see what I can DIY to match their stuff!
    Sarah
    www.budgetfriendlydecorating.com

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  44. beautiful!! I have seashells in my bathroom right now - - and now I am tempted to spray paint them!!! These look great. :)
    I'm pinning it now! lol
    Hope your weather clears up!
    Carla
    Mrs. No-No Knows

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  45. These look so pretty! I have not seen them before. Love it for a beachy decor. I am a new Pinterest follower visiting from Passionately Artistic. Vicky from Mess For Less

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  46. Thanks for the great tip! They look like silver to me!! Thank you for sharing your lovely project at Potpourri Friday!

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  47. This is a great idea. I love all things beachy. I'm going to pin this!

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  48. Love them in that jar!!!

    Thanks for linking it up!

    --Katie
    @ Creatively Living

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  49. Love these! they look great in the cracker jar! thank you for linking up to our Uncommonly Yours party! Bonnie ;)

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  50. I have not tried the chrome paint yet (surprise!)...These are gorgeous.

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  51. Gorgeous idea my friend! I love this color/finish of spraypaint!! Great idea to add the shells to a jar for display! xo Heather

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