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DIY Agate Slice Art

If I had to choose a DIY project that represents me the most. This one would be it. Ever since I was a kid, I have have had an obsession with geodes, rocks and especially Agate slices. You might have noticed them scattered all over my home…

dining room diy buffet

I was thinking of replacing this large mirror in the dining room, which I love, but I don’t love that every time I look in it reflects our messy kitchen and as a former home stager I was taught to only use mirrors if it reflects, light or something beautiful.

When I hang art in my home I want to mean something to me. I generally don’t just purchase art or pictures because they’re pretty, it has to resonate with me somehow. That’s when I thought of a large Agate slice piece that would make somewhat of a statement.

I already have two small pieces…but have you seen the price of larger ones…$$$! So I decided to DIY it.

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Supplies for DIY Agate Slice Art

I used a precut piece of underlayment that was 4×2 but you could get any size or cut your own.

I white washed it with 2 coats. I wanted to see some grain but after the first coat, the wood looked slightly pink. So I did a second coat. White washing is basically watering down white paint. Use more water for a lighter look.

For the frame I cut my 1×2 to size. Cutting the sides first and then the top and bottom. I put the top and bottom in between the sides so you need to take the length of the board minus the width of the sides.

I stained the 1×2 with Classic Grey by Minwax.

Using my nail gut I nailed the 1×2 together at the joints. I then flipped it over and nailed the underlayment to the back of the frame.

Now I was ready to attach the Agate Slices! I used this Epoxy that worked great. You have a 30 minute work time to make any adjustments and then it cures in 12 hours. So I just left it over night.

I used two saw tooth picture hangers on the frame to hang it up.

I just love the way it came out. I could not be happier! Just think, you could do this for so many collections like seagrass, seashells, trinkets etc.

What would you frame?

dining room pictured with links to projects

You might have noticed that I also added a beautiful new rug to our dining room! I have been waiting 8 years to do this and I finally did it! I should have done this sooner because it just pulls the whole room together! You can find my rug and many other beautiful rugs at Boutique Rugs!


Tuesday 25th of January 2022

Such an inspiring idea! I have a big collection of large shells my kids collected on a vacation and this would be the perfect way to display them. Thanks!!

Mamie Quinn

Monday 17th of May 2021

I love the Buffet where is it from? Also where do I get agate slices? Thanks in advance. I love this project!


Monday 28th of June 2021

I made the buffet! The agate slices are from Amazon and linked in the post.

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