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Countertop Review

This time last year I was packing up our house to prepare for our down-to-the-studs renovation in our kitchen, family room, and master bath as well as the addition of a screened porch. The family room wasn't originally part of the plan, but that's a post for another time. The kitchen was where I really had to plan and scheme, and, yes even fret, to stay in our footprint and budget and to get the function and look I wanted. I love a challenge like this, though, so despite some occasional frustration with my client (aka me! ), I enjoyed the process. A key "want" of mine was honed marble countertops. There are dozens--maybe hundreds--of blog posts, articles, and showroom sites that compare various types of countertop materials and their pros and cons. I read most of them and took notes from a lot of them in the months leading up to our start date. One of the most helpful things was visiting a sweet friend's kitchen, where I was able to ask questions about cleaning, a

Silver Shells, for a Few Clams

Every now and then, I get a little bit obsessed about some thing. Maybe I saw it on Pinterest.
kaboodle silver shellKaboodle
Or in a catalog.
pottery barn shellsPottery Barn
Or in a shop, or even in someone’s house.
silver-conch-shell from completely coastal                                                  Completely Coastal

And so I begin to see if can find the object of my obsession. In this case,  it was silver shells for the dining room. 
Of course, with just a few quick clicks,  I can find what I was looking for and with a few more clicks, it can be mine. Or not. Because somewhere in the midst of those  mouse clicks, my brain begins to click. The first click usually sounds like That’s it! Where’s my credit card? The second click says You do not need more stuff to dust and store. The third click, which comes quickly behind the second says, How much? Wait, that’s like a great dinner out or a cut and highlights or—lacrosse cleats. Then, sometimes, the fourth (and cutest) click pipes up and says, I bet you could make something similar. It might be kind of fun. And that’s how I came to find myself in Hobby Lobby looking for sterling silver spray paint. Krylon sterling silver paint
Enjoying my collection of shells throughout the house, I decided some sterling silver shells would be perfect for the dining room. I didn’t want to paint any of my collected shells (sentimental, I guess), so I bought a bag of mixed shells from T.J. Maxx.
bag of shells
The sack yielded lots of scallop shells, a few whelks, a few conch, one nautilus, some quahogs, and some clam shells, all in varying sizes. I spread them out on newspaper in the drive, and sprayed them well. I don’t know what is in that sterling silver paint, but it was like but-tah. Seriously.  I so wanted to paint something else just for the pleasure of watching the paint coat and cover. Thankfully, I was able to control myself  because, of course, I had to flip the shells over and spray the other side an hour later.
Phone photos really don’t do them justice, as they turned out great. The paint unifies them, and at the same time highlights the beautiful textures of each. I think these could be spectacular for a beachside (or even beach-themed) party or event.
Total cost for this little project?
Not a lot of clams, around $12.

Have you taken on any fun, do-it-yourself projects this summer?

I’m linking up to Savvy Southern Style's Wow Us Wednesdays, to Stone Gable's Tutorial Tips and Tidbits, and to At the Picket Fence Inspiration Friday, where you can see tons of amazing projects and tasty recipes!


  1. OMG, they look absolutely marvellous!!
    You have inspired me and have already pencilled in a trip to the craft store tomorrow morning for some silver paint!

  2. Beautiful! I might just have to give this a try... :)

  3. What a great idea. My little "decorating fads" tend to come and go rather quickly and this one would certainly not break the bank.

    1. Yes, the price is definitely right--about 90% less than actually buying a few silver shells! Also, I didn't even mention that the total project time is about 15 minutes, not counting shopping or drying time, which is two hours.

  4. I love all your decorating tips. You're house also looked wonderful for the 4th. I tried to comment but was having some problems on my end. I hope you are doing well. :)

  5. Those are amazing! The voices in your head sound quite a bit like mine, and you certainly are knowledgeable on your shell varieties. I just may have to give this craft a try. Thanks for the "how-to!"

    1. Thanks, Kelly! Yes, funny about those voices. Vanessa over at The Picket Fence has a similar story of a coral topiary.

  6. Great knock-off! Such a simple and easy solution! I have a bag just waiting for a little spray paint!!
    Your project would be perfect to share at TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS, my new weekly linky party going on now! Come on over and join in!

  7. The painted seashell are so pretty and elegant looking.


    1. Thanks, Dee! And thanks for becoming a follower!

    2. Thanks for posting this! I have a new office, and wanted to do something new that didn't cost a highlight!

  8. Love these and love the price!! Thanks for sharing ~ now I'm off to find my oldest collection of shells to see if there's any I might part with.

  9. I LOVE silver shells too! Never thought to do it myself.

  10. I love this project! And I hear those voices, too, especially voice number two.

    1. I know! That second voice is really a spoil sport sometimes! ;)


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