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Striped Coastal Fish Decor

Striped Coastal Fish Decor

This Striped Coastal Fish Decor would look fantastic on the wall or mantel of a beach or lake house or even just in a room with a similar theme. You will use a wooden fish-shaped object from a thrift store as well as learn an easy painting technique to make the fish look distressed. This nautical wall decoration could be a great gift for a fisherman or an ocean-lover. You could also use this unique piece of art as an accent in a child's room or nursery.

Primary TechniquePainting



  • Fish shape wooden dish or wood plaque
  • Sandpaper
  • Masking tape
  • Cosmetic sponges and/or paintbrush
  • Acrylic craft paint: white, light mocha, light sea green and light blue*
    * I used Americana paint colors Cool White, Spa Blue, Sea Glass and Driftwood
  • Acrylic sealer spray, matte finish


  1. Sand surface of wood and dust off. Mine was a wooden serving tray I found at a thrift store for 25 cents.

  2. Paint the surface of the fish with white paint. Apply a second coat and allow to dry.

  3. Add a piece of masking tape to section off the head area. Use a cosmetic sponge to apply a thin coat of light sea green paint to the head. Use a paintbrush to add a second coat. Remove tape.

  4. Use tape to section off stripes along the body of the fish. Vary the widths of the stripes for visual interest.

  5. Using the same method as you did with the head, apply thin coats of paint with a cosmetic sponge and use a paintbrush for the second coat. Vary the colors of the stripes between light mocha, light sea green and light blue. Remove tape and allow to dry.

  6. Use sandpaper to distress the surface of the fish, giving it a weathered look. Dust off.

  7. Apply a coat of sealer and allow to dry.

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Well no, I have not made this as of yet. But I certainly have plans to! Heck, I have plans to complete lots and lots of projects that I have found here! This sea colored pastel fish would look equally interesting in a nautical themed colorway- red, yellow, blue and white!


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