This was not the year for me to be spending time at the water’s edge, wiggling my toes in the soft warm sand.
Yet, my heart was yearning for the beach. What’s a girl to do?
Create a coastal vignette!
It all started with my glam clam that had a makeover.
She looked mighty fine on the sideboard sporting her new color combo along with a sea of shells and beach glass.
There was one missing element, though. A seascape on the wall.
My stash did not include a lovely painting of a lake, beach, or sea.
But, my stash did include a picture that I picked up at my favorite thrift store for no more than $2, almost a year ago.
I didn’t choose it for its picture. But, because it was well constructed and had nice detailing on the frame.
So, I did what any gal desperate for the beach would do. I painted my own sea. With some acrylic paints, right on the picture, after disassembling the frame and glass, with my 3-inch angled trim brush.
I also used what was left of the nickel-colored spray paint and freshened up the frame. What a terrific complement it now makes to the painting. Someday, maybe, I’ll get something to make the detailing a bit more dramatic. But, right now. It works.
Just for the record….I don’t consider myself a painter. This is my first painting.
I think my husband was a bit amused by me as I stood in the doorway between the kitchen and the dining area and remarked, “You know, that almost looks like real waves and water.” “Seriously, I can’t believe I did that.”
And just so you don’t think I’m bragging. I’m not. I surprised myself.
If you’ve been wanting something similar for your decor….surprise yourself.
If you’re like me and you’re more comfortable with a trim brush than an artist’s brush. Go for it!!
You’ll never know what will happen unless you try.
It helps to have a few shells and some sea glass to throw around your coastal vignette.
If you don’t have a giant clam shell on your neighbor’s wood pile waiting for you to give it new life….choose a clear bowl or tray from your cupboard to hold some shells.
Most of my shells came from a trip to Florida where I walked the beach as my husband was speaking at a conference. But, if you don’t have any shells….ask your friends if they have some stashed away or do a little garage “sailing.”
If you haven’t walked the beach or wiggled your piggies in the sand, there’s still time.
Summer isn’t over.
So what is it that you’d like to do but haven’t tried your hand at it?
Go for it!! You might surprise yourself!!
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