Framing Sea Fans

Oh I do love sea fans. They are just stunning aren't they? When I look at these soft corals around my home they remind me of my days scuba diving not only here in Australia but particularly of my time spent while living & working in the dive industry in Costa Rica many years ago. 

It was only late last year when I started following Em @beachhousehames on Instagram (IG) that I decided that I would actually love some for my own home. Em has been renovating an old home by the sea and in between renovating & raising a family, she is also a beachcomber. Fortunately, for her followers on IG she sells what she finds and when she has a sale, you've got to get in quick, otherwise you miss out! 

In this blog post I've decided to show what I have done with one of the large ones that I was lucky to score.
First I bought a shadowbox frame that had been made specifically for this type of thing. However, I found that the sea fan was a tad big.

So what to do? Rather than trim the sea fan, I thought I would discard the mat. 

Now it looks rather dull against the brown backing doesn't it?

So I painted the background white with Annie Sloan's chalk paint, then sanded it and waxed it.

I then put it back in the frame. Although it looks great framed, it still looks a little bland against my white walls in a white frame. It would really stand out on a dark coloured wall. However, I'm not quite ready to change the colour of the walls in my abode as of yet. (we only just moved in a few weeks ago)

So instead, I decided to paint the frame in the colour Aubusson Blue.

And  after a couple of layers of paint, I then sanded the frame and waxed it. 

I choose the darker wax rather than the clear wax to give it an aged look.

And here it is. I'm still undecided as to where to hang it, but I think it looks quite nice on my sideboard alongside the paintings I picked up in the Caribbean a few years ago and my favourite piece of vintage coral (see earlier post) 

What do you think?

I would love to hear your thoughts.

And, in the next blog I will share a few ideas on how I have styled some of those other sea fans I have and other beachcombing finds.  This photo is of my home office shelves filled to the brim of all my favourite coastal vintage things and sea treasures. 


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