Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Pinterest Challenge: Book Tree

There's nothing like a Young House Love and Bower Power Pinterest Challenge to get you moving on a project that's been hanging over your head.  I was actually really excited when they announced the winter edition of their fun little challenge.  Mostly because it was an excuse to do a fun project in the midst of painting {more} trim.  The trim painting has taken over my life and I want it back. 

Ever since I made this mood board for Charley's playroom, I've been anxious to get a move on it.  I decided to do just that.  My project for this challenge was to create a book tree inspired by this one floating all around pinterest.

This amazing tree shelf by Layla Grayce would set me back $850.  Um yeah, that's not happening.  Hence the word inspiration.  I've not ventured into the woodworking world so I'll tell you right now, my book tree isn't even in the same league as this one.  Mine involves paint and picture ledges. 

Here's the corner before I got to work.

I sketched a tree on a sheet of paper and then used that as a visual when I drew it on the wall.  There may have been an eraser involved.  Ok, two erasers.  I had a hard time getting a picture of the pencil drawing, but you get the point.

I mixed some left over charcoal paint from our fireplace project with some white paint until I had a light gray color.  I love the white shelf but half our wall is white so that wouldn't work.  Next best neutral?  Gray.  Painting in those lines was somewhat tedious but not horrible.  I used a one inch brush which made it easier. 

From here my plan was to find small picture ledges, like six to eight inches long or so.  I wanted to put one on each of the lower branches and paint them gray.  That way they'd blend right into the branch.  Well, friends, sometimes plans change.  I couldn't find ledges that size so I went with ones from Ikea that were 21 inches long.  I bought two and left them white. 

Without further Charley's book tree!

Obviously the shelves don't blend into the branches the way I had envisioned, but I'm really happy with the result.  Honestly, this project wasn't as time consuming as I thought it would be and it makes a big impact in the room.  Here's a sneak peak at another big impact in the room...chalkboard paint and white trim! 

Things are happening in here, people, so stay tuned!  Be sure to hop on over to Young House Love, Bower Power, Decor and the Dog, and The Remodeled Life, to see what the hosts of this fun little challenge have been busy doing. 
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  1. What a great twist on the inspiration piece! And What a cozy little reading corner.

  2. I found the same Layla Grace tree when I was pregnant...of course it was also not in the budget. I love your tree! Such a simply way to create the look. I also like the grey.

  3. I love your take on this bookcase. It's a great effect!

  4. Thanks, Ladies! Charley found it yesterday and loved it!