Monday, May 16, 2011

Fun Faux Coral

I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend!
The weather has turned on us here and it has been raining and cold all weekend!
Hopefully the sun will come back soon because I was so loving it!!

My friend Kindra from At Home With K sent me this post that Beth from The Stories of A to Z did on faux coral.

They are in the pet section at Walmart and are only $8.88 each which is far less than what I have seen in other places.

So, I ran to Walmart and picked up my little goodies!!!

I was so excited that I forgot to take before pics and after the first coat was applied I quick snapped a picture. :)

The faux coral were red, green and orange.


I already had the paint, lots of white spray paint...LOTS!
(sorry about the picture, I painted in the basement and we do not have great lighting there)

After about 5 or 6 coats of white primer and white paint I placed them on my mantel.

However, I was not digging them there or the bright white so I took them back downstairs and gave them a couple coats of a creamier white that I had on hand and this time found them a new home in the kitchen under my cloche.

Much better!!!

The Keep Calm and Carry on sign I won over at Blessedmom's Simple Home a while ago. Marcia is so sweet and her blog is just beautifully filled with her photography, family and love.

I also wanted to wish my mom a very Happy Birthday today!!
I won't tell you how young she is but I will say that I am praying that I look this beautiful when I grow up. :)

Thank you for all that you have done and all that you continue to do for me.
I couldn't have accomplished what I have with out your guidance, support, friendship and love.

I LOVE YOU!!!!!!



tinajo said...

That looks totally cool - love it! You and your mama look sweet together! :-)

Ann said...

Your faux corals look better than my real corals...
mine became a little brownish and yellowish in color, but thanks for the spray paint tip maybe I should just buy a white spray paint.

The pic with your Mom is lovely,
you're blessed to still have her around. Mine passed away a few years back and my life was never the same without her.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

GOOD MORNING GORGEOUS! First of all, what a great BUY! Secondly, your choice to repaint them a softer white and put them under the cloches like old specimens REALLY ADDS AUTHENTICITY!!!! I LOVE THEM THERE! AND THEN....your mom. Oh dear, what a beauty!!! She is stunning indeed and exudes that YOUNG confidence that I want too!!! We had RAIN, WIND and COLD on Saturday, but yesterday the sun did come out but with a breeze. WE REBELLED AND JUST WENT OUT ANYWAY to the lakes and enjoyed the sights!

Have a peaceful and fruitful day dearest Michelle! Bises, Anita

beachcomber said...

the faux coral is a great the photo with the keep calm print! happy birthday to your have good genes.
cheryl x

Jessie Saxton said...

What a great idea! You found the perfect placement for your new trasures:)

Have a great week Michelle! And happy Birthday to your mom!

Erin said...

Those look perfect Michelle!!! That is an awesome idea and I think I will try to borrow it:) Happy Birthday to your mom!!!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

I saw that post too. But our Walmart did not have any good shapes. I'll wait until they get more in. Happy Birthday to your Mom!

Seaside Style said...

Hey Doll! How cool! I am off toWalmart to do this! Great idea!!! How beautiful are you and your mom! Happy Birthday to her. Have a beautiful day sweetie.

Brandi said...

Happy Birthday to your mom! Such a beautiful picture of you both! The coral idea is excellent! They look perfect in your home!

Comeca Jones said...

Your mom looks great! The coral idea was perfect adds to the feel of your home!

Tricia said...

Great idea with the coral Michelle! I love how you placed them under the cloche...good thinking :)

Happy Birthday to your mom! That's such a cute photo of the two of you.

hugs ♥ tricia

Finding Home said...


The coral looks great! Love it under the cloche. And the pic of you and your MOm, gorgeous! And I have to ask, where did you get that adorable top? Hope you are well and Happy Birthday to Mom! Take care, Laura

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

I was actually at walmart a while back looking at the fake coral, but I thought it would never work, so I didn't buy it. I'll have to try it again, though. Beautiful pic of you and mom! Have a great week mein Freund.

High Street Cottage said...

Michelle, what a cool idea. Growing up my Mom had this huge coral we sat on the coffee table, who would have ever ever known it would be so popular now. And it was white. I can't recall where she got it, but she loved things like that.

Kelle Dame said...

I would have never thought to look for them at walmart!! They look great under the cloche! Love the keep calm and carry on sign too...I could use one of those!
Hope you're having a great Monday!

Tonya @ Love of Family And Home said...

The weather turned on us here too girl!! Rainy & cold all weekend!! Yuck!! Today the sun is shining though & its supposed to warm up as the week goes on! Loving the faux coral!! It looks great!! Also LOVE your keep calm & carry on sign! And you won it? How cool is that?! Great pic of you & your momma too!! Have a good week girl!!

At The Picket Fence said...

I LOVE what you did with those faux corals my friend! I may just have to head to Wally world and pick me up some too. :-) I was thinking how cute they would look in my kiddo's "beachy" bathroom. You and your mom are 2 gorgeous ladies and I hope she has a wonderful birthday!

Seawashed said...

Your mom is beautiful. YOu both are! I believe you will follow after her. Your coral looks wonderful. I liked it white white too. And love your sign from Marcia. Lucky you! Happy May. ox

Tanya said...

Wow, how clever is that! I may just have to borrow that idea from you =) Thanks for the tutorial, you're decor always looks so cute. LOVE IT!

Anonymous said...

Awww... Happy Birthday to your sweet mom. Great photo of you both. I love your hair up, Michelle.

I'm really digging the coral with the cloche. I liked the first go but the second attempt is spot on :) You have a talent, I tell ya!

Hope the weather clears up. We had the same and are due for rain all week. UGH!

Completely Coastal said...

Glad you found the perfect spot for your sweet corals!! Love the cloche!

NanaDiana said...

Great idea with the coral! Before I started blogging I never realized there were so many others out there that spray painted. My friends would kinda look at me with a raised eyebrow when I said I spray painted something! You have taken it to a whole new level..uh..guess that would be SEA level!

Your Mom is beautiful~ Wish her a Happy Birthday from me! Hugs-Diana

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Happy Birthday to your beautiful Mom!
Love how the coral came out!!

Val said...

Wow, you hit the gene lottery. Amazingly gorgeous you and your momma. I hope she had a wonderful day.

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Your faux coral looks really great! Hmmm, might have to see if I have a spot to put some in my house!
I hope your mom has a very very happy birthday!!

The Coastal View said...

I love that picture of the coral, with the cloche and Keep Calm sign. I could just sit back and stare at that scene for hours!

Happy Birthday Mom!!!!

Cynthia@Beach Coast Style said...

Happy Birthday to your mom and i might have to run over and pick up a couple pieces I love faux items I have a pair of faux antlers I picked up at Khols and I love them. Thanks for sharing.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Michelle dear! Thank you for coming over. The day is over and I am that much closer to ending school....June 10th!!! AND IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL DAY TODAY and I am so looking forward to more sunny days spent in the garden. Enjoy your week ahead, and I so love how you put those corals under the cloche; isn't it fun to try different things until the right combination finally hits?


Pam Kessler said...

Happy Birthday to your beautiful Mom! I really like your coral idea. I may have to run over to Walmart tomorrow.

Cassie Bustamante said...

those are soo pretty!

Claudia said...


Beautiful picture! What a great find and especially like the cloche with the coral.
Great inspiration!
Have a good week.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I love how the coral turned out...such a great idea! Happy birthday to your mom!

Libbie said...

You guys are gorgeous! HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!!! :)

Isn't white spray paint amazing...I am not even going to the beach this summer...I am just going to camp out at your house :)

Jenni said...

Hello Michelle! I love your faux coral! They look amazingly real and I love how you put them under a cloche like you did. {very inspired, I think!} I am so going to Walmart. {My excuse will be that I need to return the sundress my oldest daughter did not like, lol} :)

I hope your mother has a wonderful birthday! You are both absolutely beautiful, and that is such a sweet picture of the two of you together. :)



Anne said...

What a lovely picture of you and your Mom! and I love the faux coral, its such a great way to get the look without spending tons of money.

Restoration House said...

Such a great idea with the faux coral, so much better for the oceans and it looks fantastic! The pic of you and your Mom looks pretty great too!

Martina said...

So pretty your faux corals - and i love the little stillife you arranged here - it looks perfect! And so do you and your mum! Happy birthday to her from me! xx

Alison Agnew said...

happiest of birthdays to your mum and yes...that coral was a steal and looks lovely in its new coat of white!

Deborah said...

Hi sweetie!
First of all, I LOVE this photo of you and your Momma!!! You are the prettiest girl ever!!!
And your Momma is absolutely stunning too!
The faux corals are gorgeous!! I love how you've painted them and displayed them here! What a great idea :)
And the Carry On sign is beautiful too.
Have a fun day today hunny and talk to you soon!!
Thinking of you..and will be heading out for chai sometime today with my sweet sis! We'll have one for you my sweet!

Deborah xoxoxooxoxoxoxoo said...

Love the picture of you and your mommy. You're both gorgeous. Love your idea of faux coral from WalMart of all places. I'm going to have to check that out!

Anonymous said...

Your coral looks great with the spray paint!!Your mom is gorgeous. Happy Birthday to your mom.


Eileen @ Cottage Beach House said...

That really a nice touch under the cloche.
I like them all pristine on the mantle too. Happy Birthday to your Mama. You look so much alike. You are both beautiful.

Low Tide High Style said...

Ok, first of all, Happy Belated Birthday to your gorgeous Mom! Oh my gosh, you two should both be models...and I'm being completely serious!

Second, I love the coral, and what a genius idea! They look beautiful painted the creamier white and I love the vignette you created with them!

Kat :)

koralee said...

Oh my goodness...I love this Summer like...I am going to check our Walmart out...keeping my fingers crossed.

You and your mom are adorable!!! Hugs. oxo

Leo said...

You did a great job with the coral. I am going to go check walmart out!! Looks great. And so does your Mom. Hope she had a wonderful birthday.

Loretta Fontaine (EcoHappy Blog) said...

Michelle- Wow, how BEAUTIFUL both you and your Mom look! Great photo!


The Feminist Housewife said...

What an awesome idea!!!! It looks gorgeous! = )

Bel said...

oh WOWWW That is beautiful!!! Great job!! :D Amazing what a little white paint can do.

<3 Belly B

Heaven's Walk said... I know where you get your beautiful looks from, sweetie! :) Love your coral - it's just perfect for your house! And that photo of you and your mom is so sweet! ♥

xoxo laurie

Unknown said...

Thank you my friend...thanks for your words, for your sweetness, for the way you are!!
PS: you are beautiful!!!!

sandra said...

Hi Michelle,
Love the faux coral, it's gorgeous! I brought some real coral back with me from Mexico this year, black coral...I was amazed they let me bring it into Canada. Last year they confiscated the coral I tried to bring back. Luck of the draw, I guess. Now I know why you're so gorgeous!
Just like your Mom!

the fishermans cottage said...

That coral looks great, loved it in both settings, we used to have a shop that sold coral and I do wish I had bought some now for its wonderful texture...Happy Birthday Michelle's Mum,

Noble Vintage said...

dang! I wish I would've seen this before last week when I spent $18 on coral!! : / Oh well, I'm sure it won't be the last time. Now I know!

Joseph P. said...

I am pretty traditional, love wooden pieces and candles all over but will this year decorate with coral and feather too.

Kitchen Benchtops


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