The creator: Deborah Rossman, for her mother Shirley Lumm of Sand Key, Clearwater.
The job: Covering the walls of a bathroom with painted seashells.
How project was done: Seashells, collected from the beach across the street from their home, were washed in a bleach solution. Deborah then painted the shells with colored nail polish and leftover paint. She applied Z-Ment to one small area at a time and pressed the shells onto the wall. The final step was spraying varnish on the shells.
Cost: The cost was minimal for the Z-Ment and spray varnish. Nail polish was bought on sale. The shells, collected at the beach, were free.
How long it took: The work was completed, working several hours a day, over the course of a summer.
Materials: Seashells, epoxy resin suitable for the type of wall, nail polish, leftover paint and spray varnish.
Biggest source of help: Family and friends who pitched in and helped.
Advice for others: The project takes patience, and you have to stick with it. Expect some of the shells to fall off during the application process. They can be easily replaced. Dust occasionally to keep the shells clean.