Oyster Shell Upcycling
Last week, I stopped by ABC Carpet and Home in New York City on my never-ending hunt for a dining room table for my house (3 years and counting…folks. 3. Years.).
I spied some interesting mirrors that took oyster shells and upcycled them into beautiful decorative borders along some vintage mirrors like this guy.
Closer inspection shows these dried shells add a soft coloring of creamy whites and grays…. and their organic texture was really left untouched after being cleaned. Just simply glued in place all over the frame.
Or flip the shell around and just show the pearly white side….
I’m thinking I could work with a local seafood restaurant and ask them to save me the oyster shells. Yes, it will be slimy and it would smell crazy bad… but if you scrub, boil and thoroughly dry them, you can have a whole collection to re-create a project like this at home at no cost. Or you can eat 1000 oysters. I choose the free route.