My Faux, Faux Coral

Remember the Beachy Decor in my Guest Bathroom?   I love the little touch of coral in my Apothecary Jar. Wanna know where I got them, because they are not real.  In fact, they are not only faux but they are “faux, faux”.   Have you seen how much it costs to even purchase fake coral at catalog prices?  It’s not cheap.



Sale 29.99
Sale 79.99 Really???!!!???


Backing up a bit on the blog, here is my fall mantel.  I just LOVE decorating around our honkin’ huge TV (with sarcasm in my voice):


Here is my summer mantel, much whiter and brighter to put us in a more summertime mood:
I’m no decorating diva but I like they way it looks and more so the fact of the price of the shells and coral.


I wanted to share with you the quick solution that I found last year (pre-blogging again) from one of my daily reads, Home Stories from A to Z.   I like Beth’s cute home and her Faux Coral Post got my attention quick. I have some similar brown leather couches and occasionally stalk look to her blog for decorating advice to help liven up the room without the dark brown weighing it down too much.
What a cute vignette on her shelves and take a look at her coffee table.
Notice the coral?


I am not going to rehash Beth’s whole tutorial since it’s pretty self-explanatory, but can you guess what she did to make her very own faux coral?  She headed over to Walmart (my kind of girl) and picked up some brightly colored fake coral from the pet and fish department.  Brilliant Girl!!!


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I was not as in luck last year because our Walmart only had red and orange and dark blue, so with inspiration from Beth I sprayed my pieces with Rustoleum Heirloom White Spray Paint and they all came out super.  They look great and so real!

(real enough that I am pleased I didn’t spend  $80 bucks!)


Perfect for summertime!
My Mantel


My Guest Bathroom




Thanks for checking out my Faux, Faux Coral.
I hope you give it a try!


  1. Jeanne

    I had to laugh out loud when I read your coral was from the fish department!! I LOVE that!! This is why I love to visit your blog. I am soooo going to get myself some coral! Take that Pottery Barn!

  2. -Kelsey Coghill

    no. way.
    that is AWESOME!!! I want to pin this…. but then again I don't b/c I don't want all my friends to steal this idea too! hahaha

  3. It’s All Connected

    Thanks for the great idea! I'm soooo copying you on this one. ~ Maureen

  4. Rosemary@villabarnes

    They look great. Always think outside the box, or fish bowl. lol

  5. Michele

    Hey, whatever works and yours looks great. You can thank PB for their inspiration and Beth for getting the same look for much, much less.

  6. Junky Vagabond

    LOL! We spray paint everything, why not fish stuff? 🙂

    Visiting from Meet Me Monday 🙂

  7. Laurel @ Ducks in a Row

    I never shop the fish department – brilliant!

  8. Mrs. Handyverger

    What a fantastic idea! I'm definitely going to have to swing by Petco's fishy department soon and try for myself. 🙂

  9. Brooke @ Inside-Out Design

    I love it! So much better in white! It looks beautiful on your mantel.

  10. Wendi Wachtel

    Tami…that's a wonderful idea! I can't wait to try it. Our place would look great with some faux coral Because it was so expensive I didn't give it a second thought. I'm checking out Walmart today. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  11. Angel E.

    brilliant idea!

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