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Thrift Store Find Makeover for Coastal Decor
I’m always looking for new ways to add coastal decor to my home. Not long ago, I spotted a coastal shadow box at Home Goods. While it was very reasonably priced, I knew I had all the materials at home to make one of my own. I didn’t try to replicate the one I saw, but it did give me the inspiration I needed.

Posted by AcrosstheBlvd from Charleston, South Carolina, United States • Published See AcrosstheBlvd's 7 projects »
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  • How to make a shadow box. Coastal Shadow Box - Step 1
    Step 1

    Gather supplies. This velvet lady in a shadow box was something I bought a couple of months ago at Goodwill. It was about $3.00. At some point, someone had made this velvet lady and stapled it onto the backing. While I can appreciate the effort, it’s not my style and since it was at Goodwill, apparently, its owner had grown tired of it.

  • How to make a shadow box. Coastal Shadow Box - Step 2
    Step 2

    Disassemble the shadow box. I removed the back panel and the wall paper that it was covered with. I then gave the entire frame two coats of white chalk paint.

  • How to make a shadow box. Coastal Shadow Box - Step 3
    Step 3

    Tape off the glass and paint the frame with white chalk paint. Because of how old the shadow box is and how the glass was attached I didn't want to risk breaking the glass to paint the frame.

  • How to make a shadow box. Coastal Shadow Box - Step 4
    Step 4

    Cover the back panel with burlap. I pulled it tautly, wrapped it around the panel and stapled it in place.

  • How to make a shadow box. Coastal Shadow Box - Step 5
    Step 5

    Hot glue the rocks and sea glass to the burlap in a slopping pattern.

  • How to make a shadow box. Coastal Shadow Box - Step 6
    Step 6

    Run a bead of hot glue along the inside ledge of the frame as shallow or as deep as you want it and immediately sprinkle sand over the glue. Shake off excess.

  • How to make a shadow box. Coastal Shadow Box - Step 7
    Step 7

    Paint a wood letter for a monogram. Attach a star fish with hot glue to the letter. Using hot glue, attach the letter to the burlap covered panel.

  • How to make a shadow box. Coastal Shadow Box - Step 8
    Step 8

    Reassemble the shadow box. I'm displaying it using a photo stand. I was a little worried that the weight of it might be too much to hang it on the wall.

    Buying inexpensive thrift store items that you can makeover is such a budget friendly way to get the look you want for less.

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