Remember this open shelf beside my desk, yes I am here to share how I got there. This project has roots back to those days when I first embarked my path to blogging. At a trip to IKEA I had seen this shelf “Hyllis” and pointed it out to my mother “look this one is awesome I should get it” then my mum laughed at my choice. Not fond of its industrial look being a believer in a mix of modern and traditional style, I left the aisle with a sigh. But in the hearts of my hearts, I knew I wanted that shelf no matter what. Fast forward an year and half, thanks to pantone’s release of pastel pink as color of the year and the trend of half painted rooms, I was inspired to purchase this shelf and get it done half pink and white which would have looked so much cooler with half painted pink wall in the same shade alas I wasn’t that brave. On the other note, as the year is soon coming to an end I hope Pantone blesses us with yet another fantastic color palette, as I don’t want to be loathing for marsala again.
Now transformed into this beauty, my mum can’t stop talking about it. It all ended good.
+ Hyllis shelf
+ Pink & white spray paint
Its not so much about how many things to purchase for the project but the design and application of the paints. Being an amateur I took refuge in spray paints rather than a pint or two paint because I thought it would be easy and cheap. Little did I know I took the long wait out. Anyways, here is the procedure with spray paints if you might will. I started out by painting only the top of the shelf racks white, coating it twice. Came back tomorrow morning to get two racks pinked! I was doing this in my small balcony one at a time which was painstakingly long. Next day, I lost patience and lined out the shelf stands all one place and painted them from there, if you like me would be taking this way make sure to keep your cool,go slow and don’t lump it as you will end up with the much scorned “drip effect” ( not to mention you will have to spend more time sanding and redoing it ) flip them all to the other side and paint them white.
Ok, I realized I won’t be getting away with the underneath of the shelf racks as they are freaking see-able ( what was I thinking ) so took some more time to get them painted as per the color of the rack. I screwed them to one piece and had them styled with some random things from the kitchen ( yes that antique bowl I mean ) and things that I use to normally style my shoots and some boxes to hide clutter which was the main reason behind the purchase of this shelf? Next thing you know priorities change, welcome to the real world. And of course, I can’t keep the plants away, that luscious lipstick plant with red flowers had its place at the top ( me just waiting for it start rotating against the shelf stand, just like an ivy )
It did come out beautiful and I find myself filling the seemingly empty spaces every now and then when I get hoarding. And yes, it never had a permanent location, you saw it next to my desk here and later I placed it next to my bed ( which necessarily may not be approved by interior designers) but I must say it was a nice to bombard it with my empty glasses of coffee and tea when I was playing weekend in the bed instead of sitting straight on my desk.
For this seemingly easy looking DIY, I just passed 600+ words I am telling you I am in good mood and overexcited and it doesn’t happen all the time. Now I leave you here to contemplate and decide if you need a shelf for storage or storing keepsake and decor items and go half pink or just pass on.
If you do take the challenge, do let me know how it turned out. I must say unless you have the patience and big space to go wild spray painting, you will be better off with pints of paint and brush. A sneak from my little working nook