Pottery Barn Inspired Sea Shell Mirror Tutorial

I can browse a Pottery Barn day and night.

 It sits on my night stand,
and my mental list of “things I WANT” grows each time I look.
Sometimes though,
there are things I can recreate for less.
Their sea shell mirror was one of them.
{sorry Pottery Barn}
Here is my step by step Sea Shell Mirror tutorial:
{mine was frameless but a framed one will work too}
assortment of sea shells
(# of shells varies on size of mirror)
hot glue gun
A LOT of glue sticks

Let’s get to work…
1. To begin, I lined the portion I wanted to remain mirrored, with paper to protect it from glue.
2. I then began lining the inner border with smaller sea shells to create an even frame. 
Once my frame of shells were all lined up, I began hot gluing.
I simply lined the perimeter of the shell with hot glue. 
Begenerous with the glue.
3. Once my mirror was framed with shells, I began placing my larger shells in a puzzle like fashion.
It does NOT have to be perfect. In fact the more random the shells and placement, the more character your mirror will have.
4. When the entire frame is covered in shells, you can go back and fill in any gaps with any remaining smallshells.

5. Project Complete!

Wasn’t that easy?
It’s A LOT of gluing but the end result is so fun!
I hung my mirror in my bathroom and it’s a fun reminder that the beach isn’t far away.

I am linking up to theseparties!
Thirty Hand Made Days

Pottery Barn Inspiration {Fall Decor}

I was browsing my current Pottery Barn catalog and couldn’t help but drool. This magazine sucks me in every time. I promise myself every year I won’t visit their magazine as to prevent the envy that goes on. Well this year, I compromised and recreated some of their fall looks.
Pottery Barn’s dining room center piece
MY dining table center piece
Pottery Barn
My inspiration
Pottery Barn at $16 for 4 ROCKS
MY chalkboard painted rocks
Where do you go most for decor “inspiration”?

I love my…

shown Pottery Barn $69 and $49

I LOVE my Pottery Barn inspired Apothecary Jars…
Home Goods $14.99

Michaels $9.99

TJ Maxx $16.99

…at a fraction of the Pottery Barn price! Filling them with fun things is the best part!
A little decor inspiration for today! Happy Wednesday!

Chalkboard Fun

via Pottery Barn
After seeing all these DIY chalkboards out in blogland, and swooning over Pottery Barn’s piece, I decided to put myself to the task. Instead of THIS framed version, I painted my white kitchen cabinet (Thank you to one of my favorites Taylor for the inspiration) with chalkboard paint From Rustoleum.

after 2 coats of paint

All it took was two coats and then I took chalk and drew over the whole project to “season” the board. Easy breezy! It adds character to our kitchen and I love it! Oh and it was super cheap!
Ta Da! (please ignore my circa 1980′s appliances that are the next thing to go)

Rustoleum Paint $9.99

Chalk $ .99
I am linking up to Wendy’s blog over at the Shabby Nest. It’s frugal Friday and if you haven’t already, go visit! Wendy is one of my decorating inspirations. She’s brilliant.