Bathroom makeover - after

Bathroom makeover - before

With a wall-mounted sink and no storage to speak of, my small bathroom needed a little help. Paint isn’t an option, and the neutral tile colors limited my color choices, so I decided to go with natural wood and the colors of seashells. I found the spacesaver on Craigslist, the jars at Ikea, the waffle-weave shower curtain at Kmart (Martha Stewart’s line), and the basket at Michael’s. The seashells are strung with twine through holes drilled in each shell. I sewed a canvas cover for the wicker tissue box and attached it with wooden buttons. I also made the seashell shadow box.

How to make a seashell shadow box


  • unfinished pine shadow box (I found mine on eBay)
  • polyurethane varnish
  • two picture hangers
  • seashells
  • hot glue
  • wood glue
  • fine sandpaper
  • 2 nails


  • hammer
  • foam paint brush
  • hot glue gun
  • drop cloth
  • level
  • ruler or tape measure

1. Lightly sand the box, then cover your work surface with the drop cloth. Apply a couple coats of polyurethane varnish with the paint brush, sanding in between coats. The varnish will protect the wood from moisture.

2. Nail two picture hangers to the back of it.

3. Arrange the shells and hot-glue them into place. Then assemble the box, place the glass, and glue it shut with wood glue.

4. Measure, mark, hang it on the wall with nails. Use a level to make sure it’s straight.

Click here to see another seashell shadow box I made—plus learn how to make seashell candles.