DIY Scallop Shell Mirror

Well it all started last week when I ventured to Home Goods in search of a full length mirror. I found a great white easel mirror there for $39.99, and wasted no time setting it up in a guest room I’m redecorating.

It wasn’t until I stood it up that I noticed a huge blemish in the upper right hand corner. What to do? Inspiration kicked in later that day while I was walking on the beach. The particular beach I was on in Cutchogue had tons of beautiful scallop shells in all colors, shapes and sizes.

I decided right then and there I would use the shells to make over my damaged mirror. I was able to fill an entire painters bucket with shells, and get to work.

Seeing as the mirror is full length, I knew I’d have to enlist help. My daughter and I laid every shell out and sprayed them with Painter’s Touch Gloss in Crystal Clear.

When the shells are on the beach, they have a sort of salty, muted color. By spraying them with gloss, the beautiful natural color and pattern returns to the shell, after being covered up by sun and salt.

Then came attaching the shells to the mirror. For this I used E6000 craft glue. This is a great glue for crafting. It’s EXTREMELY strong and will hold your project together indefinitely. I created a shell pattern that involved three layers. I won’t lie, it took many hours between the two of us to get the whole thing done.

Mirror before I attached the rope

Finally, I visited the local marine supply store in my town to find natural manila rope to trim the edge of the mirror, and attached that with the E6000 glue as well.

I am SO happy with how it came out. It was painstakingly hard work, but it really is beautiful, and well worth the time and effort. I couldn’t have done it without the help of my daughter, as she really is a crafting queen. I hope you all enjoy it! I’m happy to answer any questions to help you make your own scallop shell mirror.


Bunk Room Fun!

Bunk rooms meant just for kids are a thing of the past! One of the latest trends in home design is the installation of built-in bunk beds. They’re a great way to save space, and add more sleeping room by building vertically. I just love the whimsical and nostalgic feel of climbing a wooden ladder and nestling into a built in bed.

One of the most exciting projects I’ve worked on recently is a nautical bunk room meant to host guests of all ages. The space was rather large, which gave me the opportunity to section it off into two sitting areas, a study area, and of course, sleeping area.

My vision for this room was to create the feel of being on a ship. The bunks and beautiful wooden ladders were designed by Fred Weber, and built of mahogany by Burger Construction in Cutchogue, NY, and I chose a red, white and blue “Americana” theme to run throughout the room.

To further the feel of being on a ship, I had nautical sconces from Suffolk Designer Lighting installed at the head of each bed. Shelves were also installed at the head and foot of each bunk, which I filled with nautical/americana trinkets, books, and other accessories.

One of my favorite parts of this room, is the painted striped walls. I chose Benjamin Moore paint in the color “Old Navy,” number 2063-10. The color is a matte, dark navy that adds warmth and detail to the room without being overpowering.

I love the idea of putting a bunk room into a home. Pinterest has been full of beautifully designed bunk rooms recently. Here are a few of my favorite designs: