I have always loved the look of these giant clamshells from Ballard Designs. They are elegant, earthy, and interesting to look at. They fill up the empty space on the center of a console perfectly. I just haven't been able to bring myself to pay $100 for one. So, when I was in Goodwill the other day inspiration struck. I saw a giant plastic clamshell bowl and figured I would give it a little makeover to mimic the Ballard one. If it was a total bust I'd only be out $3.99. If you want to try this just do a google search for "buffet clamshell" and you'll find lots of different places you can buy them online for about $10-$15.
I needed to figure out a way to mimic the texture of the Ballard clamshell. I think that's part of what makes it so cool. So I came up with the idea to use some drywall putty. I had some on hand and figured it was worth a shot.
I used my finger to rub it on and create grooves similar to the inspiration clamshell.
I waited for the first coat to dry and then went over it one more time. Once everything was dry, I spray painted the whole thing with white spray paint. I thought about going over it with some stain or something to create a little more variation in color, but for now I'm liking the white.
I was a little worried it would end up looking like a seafood buffet in my entryway, but I actually really like how it turned out. Especially for the price!
The only downside of this version is that it is not waterproof. So you can't put any live plants in it, not that I'm great with those anyway. Thankfully, Hobby Lobby has some pretty realistic looking faux succulents. I had these three on hand, and plan to grab a few more the next time I'm there to fill it out a little more.
This orchid was on super clearance at Aldi the other day so I grabbed it for this vignette. Hoping I can keep it alive!