Thanks for hopping over and checking out our Spring edition of Inspire Me DIY where I and some pretty amazing bloggers inspire you to DIY and love the home you are in!
I guess by now [if you follow me on IG] you've probably figured out what my IMDIY project is? That's right...new shelving for that pesky, dull and boring wall of ours in the dining area of our home.
I've wanted to do SOMETHING to this little spot for almost a year now since our move into the cottage in July but just haven't been able to get around to it. This is really what the Inspire Me DIY Challenge is all about. We want to challenge not only ourselves but each and every one of you to knock a project or two off of your TO-DO list and learn to love the home you have with a little encouragement and help from each of us!
Anyhow, this post may be a little heavy on the image side as I won't be posting how-to's or a tutorial today.
I will, however, give a general explanation of the process and how it took me FOREVER [well, maybe more like a 10 hours that certainly felt like forever] to decide on how I wanted to have these sweet little things styled for the space. Oh, decisions, decisions.
Here is where we started with it all:
This is obviously the work in progress shot. I am sure we all think so but I have the best hubby in the world. He dedicated a lot of his time to the technical side of this project. Measuring, leveling and exercising his mad math skills to execute my vision. Best DIY partner, ever.
I picked up some wooden brackets from IKEA. Eh, hm. The wrong amount actually which is why this window framing may look a bit lopsided to you. Well, I didn't realize it until it was a bit too late that I'd only picked up a 3 sets instead of four of these lovelies and when I attempted to go back and pick up the additionals, well yep, you guessed it...they are out of stock until Mid-May. Thank you, IKEA.
In the world of DIY, "two brackets don't stop no show" and so it went on. We made the most out of it and decided to "complete" the project without the last set and that we'd add the those next month when the stock was replenished.
These boards are salvaged wood pieces I picked up from my sweet friend Melaine over at My Sweet Savannah. [pun totally not intended cause she really IS sweet]. I've had them sitting around here at our place for a while with the intentions of putting them to good use...for months.
They have such a great natural patina so I didn't need to do much to them except brush them off and sand a bit and place them on the brackets.
After all of the brackets had been leveled and hung, I began to dig through all of my goodies and spread out all over our dining table. These sites always make me a bit anxious for some reason but it really is an amazing process and a truly beautiful mess, isn't it? Yummy.
I think I pulled everything out to try and figure out what kind of look I wanted to go for on these shelves. It wasn't easy and I ended up sleeping on it. I woke up the next morning ready to style and snap some shots of our hard work.
I decided I wanted a bit of a VINTAGE COLLECTED look with a bit nature sprinkled in for texture and movement.
As many of you know, I'm not exactly one for following styling rules in my place. I like what I like and I go for the looks I love. I fiddle around with things until I love it. I know I've broken the "rule of odds" here but I'm not sure that I care too much.
I started out with more of a minimalist look but just couldn't do it. I ended up adding layers until it was just right and this is what I ended up with.
I'm admittedly not always the best at this but my third born came downstairs and started watching me make decisions through the process. I decided I'd get him involved by letting him pick three things that he thought the shelves needed. I was reluctant but promised to try them all. Well, the paint by number lighthouse piece stuck. I do love the subtle hint of color and personality it adds and think I may play off of that as we begin to add more accessories to the other side of the room. Good job, Logan!
If I had my way these walls would get a slap of dark grey or maybe even a deep navy but no such luck in this space of ours. Not even wall treatments of any sort are allowed...yet. For now, I'll just keep DIYing it in any way I can to make it more cozy and give it more of a "homey" feeling.
As I began the styling of the shelves I really wanted to tell a story [I'm a thinker, what can I say?] that encompassed our family's life and my personal style but I also wanted to make them functional of course, so I used this lower shelf to store some of my current favorites in dishware as well. A few pops of life in greenery and voila. Done.
And here's the other side of the window.
Unfortunately, I somehow missed taking a full view shot of the area so I will have to share that later on.
Now, to get to work on a plan for this pesky blinds.
The list never ends.
I sure hope you all are feeling inspired to add some sass to your own space and maybe to knock a few or a dozen things off of your lists as well.
The coolest thing about just DOING IT is that, for me, it just gets me more motivated to start the next project.
I really enjoyed this process and cannot wait to see how you all are being inspired to DIY as well! Now hop on over to see what some of the other IMDIY girls are up to and continue the inspiration!
"I'm too inspired.", said no one ever. Ha!
Happy IMDIY Monday, loves!
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Get more inspiration for #inspiremediy from these lovely gals:
Alice | Thoughts from Alice
Jen | Migonis Home
Melaine | My Sweet Savannah
Anissa | House Seven Blog
Summer | Simple Stylings Blog
Anneke | This, That and Life
Jennifer | City Farmhouse
Collette | Through the Front Door
Lucy | Craftberry Bush
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