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Coastal Decor: Painted And Stenciled Seashell Mirror

Create fun coastal decor by stenciling a seashell onto a painted mirror.

thirft store decor project Petticoat Junktion

I bought this mirror at the thrift store just up the street from me for less than a dollar.

Krylon Waterfall chalk spray paint project Petticoat Junktion

The mirror needed a new look, so I decided on spray paint. I usually spray the backside of frames and mirrors first, then flip them over and paint the top side.

Often, when a mirror or framed picture is hanging on a wall, you can see the sides of the frame, and sometimes, they don’t get painted completely unless you spray the back side.

The beautiful paint color is from Krylon—Chalky finish in Waterfall.

Martha Stewart Crafts stencils Petticoat Junktion project

I wanted to do a coastal design, but I had a hard time deciding which one to use. It was a toss-up between the starfish and the seashell.

stencil project Petticoat Junktion

I cut the stencil up so I could lay the shell flat in the frame. I chose three whitish shades from FolkArt for the stenciled design.

stencil a seashell Petticoat Junktion

Without seeing the shell in just one white shade, it’s hard to tell how three different colors of white add dimension to the stencil…but they do.

Stencil one color, let it dry, stencil a dab of the second color here and there….let it dry….stencil your third color in random spots. Now the stencil doesn’t look “flat”.


Framed Seashell Stencil Art Wall Decor

It was a very easy project, and it was no problem to spray paint the mirror. I like how perfectly imperfect the stenciled design looks.

She Stencils Seashells But Not By The Seashore

The chalky finish paint adheres to glass. That’s what it says on the can. I distressed the frame using 150 grit sandpaper.

paint and stencil a mirro

That’s it. Are you ready to spray paint something? You don’t have to stencil. I could have painted the mirror frame only and that would have been a cool update too.

Thanks for being here, Kathy

Kathy Owen founder of Petticoat Junktion
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Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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