Make A Thrifty Seashell Container
Tutorial: Thrifty Seashell Container
Do you go to the beach on vacation? I bet you have a bunch of seashells and need a great way to display them. Vacation memories!
The project today is a thrift store décor makeover. Nothing makes me smile like turning an inexpensive find into something pretty. My Thrift Store Decor buddies have projects today too. The links are at the bottom of the post. Be sure and check out their makeovers.
Thrift Store Find With Gold Foil Lettering
The glass container/jar/whatever was marked $2.48 but of course I got my “Being Older Is Better” discount. I didn’t care for the lettering on the container and I wasn’t feeling the aged metallic brassy classy look either. Not my style.
Removing Gold Foil Lettering
I took a putty knife (dirty but usable) and scraped the lettering off of the glass. I’ve also done this with older china cabinets that have the gold detailing on the glass doors. There was a faint film where the lettering was removed, adhesive or something although it wasn’t sticky. A little scrubbing with Simple Green and it came right off. The container needed a good cleaning anyway.
Next up is the spray paint. The color is Heirloom Satin. My favorite off-white from Rustoleum. I used FrogTape and brown packing paper to keep the glass free of paint.
Once dry I distressed the paint with 100 grit sandpaper.
I planned to leave the paint as is but when I added seashells to the container the paint looked too white. A coat of dark wax, Howard’s Golden Oak, and the seashell filled container was perfect.
I can think of all kinds of uses for the pretty container. It would look nice filled with limes, or a tall white candle, or a tiny succulent plant sitting on top of glass beads.
What else could I put in my newly painted container?
Before & After, Thrift Store Decor
See how easy it is to distress home decor in this video tutorial I made...
Painting and Distressing Home Decor
I have another cool seashell holder display thing for you to check out here....Decorate A Clay Pot.
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Products used in this project:
FrogTape Painters Tape
Howard's Wax in Golden Oak
RustOleum Spray Paint in Heirloom Satin
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Author: Kathy Owen (Petticoat Junktion)
Kathy is the founder of PetticoatJunktion.com, a home décor blog focused on repurposing and upcycling furniture, old hardware, rusty stuff, and thrifty finds into unique home décor. Kathy’s projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Read more about Kathy here.
This turned out really really nicely. It looks like a good size jar, what a great thrift store find. Love it.
The transformation looks great! Isn't it amazing what a coat of paint will do? Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday this week! 🙂
That turned out gorgeous! And to think.....I would have passed that item right on by at the thrift store! My mistake!
Thank you for the invitation! Hopefully I'll remember.
Love the shells! A smaller container could hold cotton balls in the bathroom. Thanks for sharing.
This is fabulous! thanks
Broken Bit Mosaics
I like it better this way. Anything will work in it as you said.
Wow, that jar turned out great! What a find!
Can you put chocolate in that before I stop over?
You come over Bliss and there will definitely be chocolate in it and hot coffee in the pot.
What a very cool find and a great make-over! I think you could put lots of things in it, but I love it with the shells which are one of my favorite things anyway. Thanks for the tutorial! And for sharing your glass-cleaning method.
You know I love those before and after redo's from the thrift store and this one is fabulous!! I would call your container a cloche and it's gorgeous with the white paint and sea shells. Thank you for brilliant ideas <3
Maryann @ Domestically Speaking
So pretty! You know I love any shell display!
Christy @ Our Southern Home
Wow! That turned out to be so pretty. Major improvement minus the lettering. Love it with the shells!
This turned out so pretty, love it with the beachy feel with shells!
Wow, what a huge difference. Great idea and thanks for showing us how!
That turned out so pretty.
Wow! Kathy--you had vision. That's an amazing makeover on that thrift store container. I love the new color.
Marie|The Interior Frugalista
This looks great, Kathy. Gave me an idea for getting our seashell collection out of the plastic tub stored in the bottom of our china cabinet and on display!
I think that container makeover is perfect especially filled with shells....LOVE IT
I like it with the shells!
This is so pretty, I love the seashells and starfish inside!!!! I have a similar container, currently in a flat black paint, that will look beautiful refreshed like yours! Thank you for sharing!!!
Claire | Heart Handmade UK
Ooooh, this is absolutely gorgeous! The Mister spent a summer helping fit windscreens and says that a little soap and water and a single edged stanley blade and scraper will take almost anything off of glass. He's hates "sticky stuff" and has become quite adept at getting rid of it, so I'll trust him on this x