With Spring in the air, I knew I wanted to do a Bedroom refresh that included a Restoration Hardware DIY dupe. While I do enjoy certain aspects of the “Restoration Hardware” aesthetic, I’ve never been a fan of their prices. A particular piece of artwork that I’ve long admired is their Sea Coral Fan Shadow Boxes. But, at a whopping $595 for one piece of this artwork, I knew I had better love them from afar and create my own DIY Restoration hardware Sea Fan shadow boxes. So let’s see how to get the look for less.
HOW TO CREATE DIY SHADOW BOXES
To create the shadow boxes, I used plywood and 1″ x 2″ x 8″ trim to make 3 shadow boxes measuring 24″ x 24″. If you have an electric miter saw, you will get better results when you cut your 45-degree angles. Unfortunately, I had to resort to using a cheap miter box I picked up at Lowe’s. It did the job but we were off ever so slightly on the angles.
Once we had all of our plywood and 1 x 2’s cut, we used wood glue to attach the frames to the plywood. Once they were completely dry, we nailed the plywood to the frames to ensure a tight fit.
I sanded each of the DIY shadow boxes before applying a coat of primer and sanded them once more before applying 2 coats of black spray paint. After the paint had dried, I attached the sea fans to the boxes with hot glue. My thought with applying them this way was that if and when I get tired of the sea fans, I can remove them easily and replace them with something else.
Mine looks very similar to the ones from Restoration Hardware and I managed to create all 3 of mine for less than $75