Sunday, June 30, 2013

Coastal Art!

coastal decor
You may remember my pledge to decorate our home in a Louisiana coastal style….at least for the summer, them it may go to a Louisiana French Country style!  I don’t know, maybe!  Anyway, I then shared the pelican painting, then the DIY oyster mirror.  Well that left the side wall empty!
crab art
I searched around for some coastal art but everything I wanted was just too expensive!  I decided to look at posters.  I have used Zazzle quite a bit in the past for invitations and business cards so I decided to try out some art.  I chose this crab…
oyster art
and a larger oyster print.  The oyster print is really what started it all!  I’ve seen several that I just loved and thought it would tie in well with the oyster mirror.
coastal art
Hunter made the frames for me after he cut the mats using the mat cutter that I found at Goodwill.  You can read about that here.  It took me awhile to decide what color to go with.  I finally decided to go with a blue.  I lightly painted, allowing some of the wood to show though.
coastal art
After it dried, I applied a coat of clear wax followed up with a dark wax.  I finally discovered that applying a clear coat before the dark allows you to work the wax better.  Duh?!  It took me long enough!
coastal decor
I finally found a vintage clock!  It joined the BHG reproduction clock!
coastal decor
Now, here’s my question for you!  I also found a narrow but long Audubon print of sea gulls that would fit perfectly above the oyster mirror BUT do you think that will be just a little too much?  Let me know what you think!
Sharing with:
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll thru Life
Open House @ No Minimalist Here
Tuesdays Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
The Scoop Link Party @ The Farmhouse Porch
Tuesdays at Our Home @ Our Home Away From Home
Show Me What Ya Got @ Not JUST A Housewife
Project Inspired @ Artsy Chicks Rule
Be Inspired Friday @ Common Ground
Saturday Nite Special @ Funky Junk Interiors
Fabulously Creative Party @ Jennifer Rizzo
Tweak it Tuesday @ Cozy Little House
Tips, Tutorials, & Tidbits @ StoneGable
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From My Front Porch to Yours
Share Your Creativity @ It's Overflowing
Seasonal Sunday @ The Tablescaper


  1. Love the new art Tammy! They look perfect! As for the art above the mirror, maybe you could show us a picture first of the print? :-)

  2. I love it all so far! I am envious of your husbands ability (willingness) to make frames and your mat cutter. I can't tell you how many times I have wanted to do this. We have a large lake map in my husbands office that is an odd size that really needs a frame. I have been searching for just the right size and price for one for years to no avail. Maybe I will show him your post to get him motivated to just make his own. I love the coloring you used on the frames as well. As for the other picture, it's hard to say without seeing it. I know whatever you decide I will like though!

  3. Oooo... posters instead of prints? Smart lady! Love the look!


  4. Love your vignette and the art is perfect too. Great job. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  5. Tammy,
    love what you've done so far! Can't believe you found a mat cutter at the good will, very cool! The color on the frames is amazing! I'd try the print over the mirror and then you'll know for sure if you like it or not. I love using posters for art, they look good and can't beat the cost.
    Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Love it! Coastal is one of my fave decorating styles. :)
    Thanks so much for sharing on Project Inspired, pinning!

  7. Love the the whole area! So pretty!!

  8. The watercolor crab and shell are beautifully done! I like the compositional dynamics of the crab especially.


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