Thursday, March 4, 2010

Mon Petit Coquillage

Ever since Maya over at Completely Coastal did a post about the art of attaching shells to objects entitled It's Called Coquillage, I was anxious to find an object suitable to use with my collection of tiny shells.





Most of these shells were given to me by a little neighbor girl named Jewelia, when she moved away a few years ago. See that tiny little starfish in the center? I just found that in this collection today, and it's a wonder how it survived in one piece with all the others.



I started on this project right after dinner last night, and added the tiny starfish when I came across it today.




I only added shells to the areas that you would not need to grab when installing this sconce.





I thought about adding some wired sea glass to hang down from the lights, but I had some extra chandelier pendants that were a lot quicker to hang.






Although this sconce is still wired for electricity, I just tucked the wires into the back and hung it on my wall.





This is what the sconce looked like before, when I found it at a local thrift store for just $2.50.






All I did was coat it with a layer of creme colored latex paint and as soon as it was dry, I applied just a few shells with a hot glue gun.


In case you want to do this too, it only took me about 5 minutes to paint, and about 30 minutes to apply the shells.



I bet it would take longer to have it installed to use with electricity though, so I'm calling this one complete as is.

12 comments:

Sandy, Sisters of Season said...

Hi Lili,

This is gorgeous . . I love the idea, so pretty. No way here in California would I be able to find something like this at thrift shop for 2.50, amazing. Good job!

Teri said...

Now how cool is that!? Love it!!

Oliag said...

I have boxes of collected shells that I never know what to do with...now you have me thinking...

Piecefulafternoon said...

What a transformation. Just lovely. This weekend we are going searching the thrift stores for end tables for the living room - hope they don't need too much re-doing.

Gigi said...

Lovely! I often pick up vintage pieces of coquillage, and one of my friends makes amazing pieces, but I've never done it myself. Yours is wonderful, and I love that little starfish!

Fabulously french said...

Bonjour Lili, it looks fabulous, tres, tres joli.

A bientot,

Leeann x

Ange said...

Lili that would look wonderful in anyone's seaside home. It's gorgeous! I paint sconces too but haven't thought of adding my collection of shells to them yet. One I will keep in mind...

Queenie said...

As usual, you have outdone yourself. Now I will be scouring thrift shops and yard sales for a similar sconce. You are so inspiring!

Anonymous said...

Love it, love it!! And I hope you don't mind if I'm going to feature that on CC too!!! Now you inspire me to (blog less) and do a little coquillage myself!!!!!

Have a wonderful weekend Lili, and thanks so much for the link. I love your blog!!

Maya said...
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Maya said...

Oh gosh, got it wrong..., the Anonymous is me, Maya!

Lamp Tramp said...

Lili, this is just amazing. I love it. That tiny starfish is so adorable. I'm kicking myself since I had a pair of brass sconces like yours and I think I got rid of them. I'll have to check my attic!