Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Entryway Shelf Finale

When I left you last, the entryway self looked like this:
(if you missed it, look here)
I knew I wanted to do something different with this little shelf--something I hadn't tried before but had admired. Sunset Magazine had a tutorial on their website about how to update furniture using chevron, and the pictures really stuck with me. 

To be honest, at first I wasn't a fan. But as I saw chevron pop up more and more.
Nicole from Making it Lovely has a gorgeous Madeline Wienrib rug in her living room similar to this:

And this post/tutorial from Design*Sponge:

So can you guess what I did??
Yes, that's right. Chevron. 
I started this part early on a Saturday morning. I started by drawing the pattern on some graph paper, and then drawing a grid on the shelf. After the grid, I used a straight edge (in this case, some left over trim from another project... What can I say? I'm thrifty like that) to draw in the diagonal lines, and then added tape.
This part took a long time. I needed my coffee to be with reach, and I had HGTV on while I was working. This really took me like 90 minutes-2 hours to get done. 
Then I started painting. For the stripes, I decided to use some leftover paint from my bedroom, as I am a use-what-I-have kind of girl.

After a second coat, I pulled off the tape to see how it looked. 

Not so bad!!

I put it down near the door, and Franklin tested it out. I staged the shelf a little, and it stayed like that until recently, when I decided I wanted to jump on the yellow and grey bandwagon. So, enter some yellow spray paint and a pot for the fake plant:



Do you like it as much as I do? What do you think about chevron in decorating?

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  1. this is fabulous! i love chevron and i love gray and white! it's like everything i love rolled into one lil table! thanks so much for joining my party.

  2. The gray and yellow is totally what caught my eye about your post, so good job being on trend. This looks like something I would want in my entry way for the new year. It just says "fresh start" to me.

  3. I love it, what a great little statement piece to greet people! It must make you smile every time you walk in!

  4. Thanks everyone! I am very happy with it. The entryway area is really feeling put together now and the rest of my apartment is not far behind, I hope.

  5. You did a great job with the chev!


  6. Oh, I love the chevron design and the GRAY. Well done.

  7. Love the gray and white chevron! I think you might've inspired me to do a future project.

    Love it.

  8. This is so great, plus I love how your kitty always has to steal the show!!