Howdy, friends! Today I’m back with a quick and inexpensive DIY project. But first, a bit of its backstory. A while ago, I hung a shelf in my upstairs hallway. I used some old corbels and a piece of wood for the shelf. Here’s what it looked like.
Not terrible, right? Still, it never worked for me. Maybe it was because the shelf stuck out too far or it was too high (The placement height was due to the built-in bench below.), but I always found it impossible to style. It was dark and awkward and has been bothering me for quite some time. (I should also mention that the bench is built-in. It actually used to be a laundry shoot.)
Then about a month ago, I stumbled across the image below via Pottery Barn. (I’m really impressed with Pottery Barn’s latest offerings. They definitely are in touch with the times.)
Anyway, I fell in love with this picture rail and thought it was something I could easily DIY.
So, I headed out to the home improvement store, picked up 2 – 1x3x8 and 2- 1x6x8 pine boards. I cut them to length and then glued and nailed them together.
I did this project late at night and only snapped one photo with my phone. My apologies. However, it’s literally just gluing and screwing two boards together. Super simple.
After that, I pre-drilled some holes and screwed the ledges to the wall. I then painted them the same color (Sherwin Williams Gauzy White) as the wall. And that was it.
While it’s looking better already, I clearly needed a few accessories to make this space come alive and feel a bit more like home.
To be honest, I didn’t have a plan for what I was going to put on the new ledges. I want them to come together over time so they have a collected look like the inspiration image. So, I sourced my house for a few items and brought in a couple new things to come up with a cohesive and colorful look for the time being.
Pretty cute, right?
These vintage amethyst mason jars, which I had just found on eBay, were the jumping off point for the display. (I actually bought them for the little shelf in my basement stairwell, so they might not stay here.) Anyway. Moving on.
Of course, gold and brass made an appearance as I have WAY too many of these accessories.
I also included a touch of fall. Remember those gourds I painted the other day? I’m happy to say they found a home and are adding a fun pop of color.
Yes, that’s one of Annie Baily’s photographs (the same artist in my wanderlust gallery wall). I’m obsessed with the colors of this print. Her photographs are amazing. And she’s still offering 20% off to IBC readers at her Etsy shop. (use “CHARM20” at checkout, valid through 9/21/14).
Other than that, most of the frames are from Target. The patterned pillow and “love” heart print came from HomeGoods and the “let it be” pillow and “Let’s go on an adventure” plate are from RedEnvelope. I bought the wood vase when I was in Ireland this past summer. And the round brass ashtray was purchased at Goodwill.
I’m also considering a little table or stool in front of the bench. I love these sheepskin stools from Nate Berkus’s new collection, and I think one of those in front would look so perfect.
Once I get a few permanent pieces for this space, I’m going to hang some pictures on the wall just above the ledge to allow to me to layer things a bit more like the inspiration picture.
While it’s nowhere near complete, I think the whole display came together nicely. Now, if I could just make a little progress on my bedroom, I’d be a happy guy.
And for those of you who are curious, here are two labeled images to help explain the layout of my upstairs.
There’s one bedroom that you’ve never seen here on the blog. That is one of next projects on my list. Other than the bathrooms, it’s the only room that I haven’t yet repainted.
So, that’s my latest DIY / decorating adventure. What do you think?