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#RookieDIY Challenge Loop Winner!

Like we said yesterday, we were blown away and so inspired by the DIY talent in the Challenge Loop’s Rookie DIY Challenge. Because each project was so fabulous, choosing a winner was way harder than we ever imagined it would be. After some serious deliberation, we are more than proud to crown @LaurenK the #RookieDIY Champion. Congratulations Lauren… you’re rockstar girl!! 
Not only is she $50 richer, but she also has a glamorous bathroom to show for it. Let’s take a look at her winning project, shall we?  
And the best part?! She provided a step-by-step tutorial so all of us can start adding some glam to our walls! Take it away Lauren….
Just like every other girl out there, I spend a lot of time scouring Pinterest and pinning a million of different ideas on how to make our house my DREAM home.  One day, I finally decided to take things a little more seriously.  I decided that our powder room would be a good start.  It’s small enough that if I messed anything up, it would be the easiest to re-paint and it’s also a room that most guests will visit so they can admire my hard work.
Pretty standard.  Not terrible, but nothing special either.  It was really lacking SOMETHING!
Back to Pinterest.  I arrived at this blog through one of my pins.  I bought the exact Moroccan Dream Allover stencil that was pictured from www.cuttingedgestencils.com.  The blog had a lot of pictures but not a lot of tips on how to actually perform the project but I was determined to make it work.  I found a video tutorial on YouTube from authors of Young House Love that worked wonders!  I watched this video and made my husband watch it too so we would be 100% prepared.

Now for the hard (actually quite easy) part…Starting the project.  First, we removed everything (rug, tissue box, garbage can), took the toilet paper dispenser off of the wall, taped off the ceiling, surrounding walls and the baseboards so there was no chance of getting white paint anywhere we didn’t want it and covered the floor in tarp.
Then we just followed the steps on the video.  The Martha Steward Stencil Adhesive spray WORKS WONDERS!  We barely had to use any painter’s tape to keep the stencil up since the back was sticky!  It was a little tricky lining the stencil up, but once we did it a few times, it was much easier to get the hang of it. We re-sprayed the stencil after every second use because it would lose some of its “stick.”  You don’t need very much paint at all.  We tried to get as much excess paint off of the roller as possible so when we rolled it over the stencil, paint wouldn’t seep through and ruin the clean lines that we were aiming to achieve.
We decided to paint two stencils lengths across before starting a new row because #1) it allowed the paint to dry a little and #2) the third one crammed into the corner and required us to bend the stencil in order for the pattern to flow.  I wanted to have a little more experience before giving that a try. 
I did smudge a little bit of paint in one of the corners.That was one of my only mistakes throughout the entire project.  I was getting a little too confident and overzealous, and wound up rolling paint over the edge of the stencil!  Ugh! Since the walls were painted this gray color when we moved in, we had no idea as to what color or brand of paint was used on the walls.  This resulted in two trips to Home Depot to pick up paint card swatches in attempts to find the matching color to touch up my mishap.  Luckily we found something close enough, bought a $3 sample can in two colors (just in case) and were able to fix it! It’s still noticeable to me, but to anyone else, I doubt they will spot our mistake! So JUST GO SLOW to avoid any unnecessary trips to a crowded paint store on a Sunday afternoon!
Once we pulled off the tape, we put the toilet paper dispenser back on the wall and headed to HomeGoods for some new towels. I picked up that white bath towel from the clearance section for $4.50 and added a yellow hand towel I already had for the extra pop of color! It also helped to tie in the yellow and white rug that was already in the bathroom (from Target last year). Eventually I want to put something very simple up on the wall, but I haven’t seen anything I have fallen in love with just yet. 
Overall, this project was pretty easy as long as you take your time!  It probably took us around 2 hours from start to finish and I was sipping my morning coffee by 11:30 a.m. that morning!  Completed before noon! SUCCESS! I have never painted ANYTHING before so I was quite impressed and proud of myself for taking on this project!
Can we get one more round of applause for our All-Star #RookieDIY-er? To think Lauren, a fellow rookie, took on an intimidating DIY right from the start and lived to tell about it…we feel more motivated already!! We love the initiative, keep it up girl. Congratulations on your big win… thanks again for sharing. 

Another huge thank you to Challenge Loop, for inviting us to host this amazing challenge! And, most importantly, a bigger thank you to all of YOU who participated in the #RookieDIY Challenge. We were honored to host this challenge and even more thankful for all of the DIY inspiration we saw from our readers. Thank you!! We always love to see what you are busy creating, so if you feel like you knocked a DIY project out of the park (like Lauren)… email us! We’d love to share your expertise with the rest of Playbook’s rookies. Until then, happy weekend! See you next week; we have lots of summer fun on the way.     
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Chevron Bookcase

Chevron bookcase

Sometimes an old piece of furniture seems like it’s so ugly or plain that it has no hope for a successful DIY make-over. Take this bookcase for example.  

bookcase before

This bookshelf was a staple in my teeny-bopper bedroom. It held things that awkward pre-teen girls loved back then; like picture frames, Michael Jordan books and bug cages (yea… don’t ask).

Thankfully, this poor bookcase escaped the misery of being called home to grasshoppers and earthworms and graduated to my classroom. In my classroom, this shelf served as a place for my students to store their binders and any other supplies they needed during class. Although this shelf has had an adventurous life, it just hasn’t been able to find its inner glam.

I know she doesn’t look like she has a lot of potential, but don’t be fooled- looks can be deceiving. To bring out the inner glam that I feel like this old thing deserves, I decided to add CHEVRON to the backing.

To kick off the project, I removed the backing. Just like many successful make-overs, the poor thing had to strip down and start from scratch. #allinthenameofglam

chevron template

1. Stencil a Chevron design on a piece of paper. I used wrapping paper because the grid made creating the chevron lines much easier.
2. Cut the chevron design out of the wrapping paper, this will be your “chevron template”
3. Using the Chevron Template, trace the Chevron design on the backing of the bookshelf using pencil.

chevron DIY

4. Tape every other chevron (warning: this part is tedious and a little time consuming)

Rookie Mistake: Make sure your tape is tightly secured to your surface… no one wants paint sneaking onto any areas it’s not welcome.

5. Spray paint (I needed 3 coats because of the dark color)

Give the paint ample amount of time to dry. You don’t want to start peeling the tape until you are certain that your piece is completely dry.

6. Take off the tape and admire your work!

DIY chevron

I was amazed at the pop of glam that these chevron stripes provided. I was even more amazed that some of the navy spray paint seeped onto the white chevron. With some tedious scraping, I created a more crisp, clean line.

6. Nail the backing back onto the bookshelf, dress her up and enjoy!

chevron bookcases

Who knew that this teeny-bopper bookcase could turn into such a masterpiece? I can’t wait for someone to come over and say… “Oh my goodness, I love this!”

I will reply modestly, “Oh, this old thing?” …and I’ll really mean it.
Chevron bookcase

This “old thing” had far more potential than it originally appeared to have. Don’t underestimate the potential of your “old things”. With a little creativity and lots of spray paint, there is no piece of furniture too ugly or too plain to makeover.

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  1. Jan O'Halloran

    I have two of these old bookcases in my basement bedroom. They used to be in Liz’s teeny bopper room. I think you just gave me my next DIY project, Bridget. Love it!

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  2. ejm852

    Ok, this may be a dumb question, but how did you get from drawing a chevron on the back of wrapping paper to having it on the back of the bookshelf? I’m stumped. But I want to do this project! Love it!

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  3. DIY Playbook

    Oh my goodness, definitely not a stupid question… I should have been more clear.

    1. Stencil a Chevron design on a piece of paper. I used wrapping paper because the grid made creating the chevron lines much easier.

    2. Cut the chevron design out of the wrapping paper, this will be your “chevron template”

    3. Using the Chevron Template, trace the Chevron design on the backing of the bookshelf

    4. Tape every other chevron and spray paint the backing

    5. Remove tape to see your newly painted chevron backing

    6. Nail the backing back onto the bookshelf and enjoy!

    I hope this helps. let me know if you have any other questions. And the most important part…. send us pictures if you create one!! We’d love to see your work. (diyplaybook@gmail.com)

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  4. Maggie

    I’m staring at a random white bookshelf that I recently inherited but have no clue what to do with. This is perfect! I’m wondering why I never thought to paint the back. Cute idea!

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8 thoughts on “Chevron Bookcase

  1. Jan O'Halloran

    I have two of these old bookcases in my basement bedroom. They used to be in Liz’s teeny bopper room. I think you just gave me my next DIY project, Bridget. Love it!

    Reply
  2. ejm852

    Ok, this may be a dumb question, but how did you get from drawing a chevron on the back of wrapping paper to having it on the back of the bookshelf? I’m stumped. But I want to do this project! Love it!

    Reply
  3. DIY Playbook

    Oh my goodness, definitely not a stupid question… I should have been more clear.

    1. Stencil a Chevron design on a piece of paper. I used wrapping paper because the grid made creating the chevron lines much easier.

    2. Cut the chevron design out of the wrapping paper, this will be your “chevron template”

    3. Using the Chevron Template, trace the Chevron design on the backing of the bookshelf

    4. Tape every other chevron and spray paint the backing

    5. Remove tape to see your newly painted chevron backing

    6. Nail the backing back onto the bookshelf and enjoy!

    I hope this helps. let me know if you have any other questions. And the most important part…. send us pictures if you create one!! We’d love to see your work. (diyplaybook@gmail.com)

    Reply
  4. Maggie

    I’m staring at a random white bookshelf that I recently inherited but have no clue what to do with. This is perfect! I’m wondering why I never thought to paint the back. Cute idea!

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Stenciled Bookcase

So, I’ve had this white bookcase for years now. I think I must have purchased it way back in college for about $30. It has since moved all over with me, but has somehow always been a part of my bedroom decor.

For the past year, it sat in our bedroom looking like this…

Pretty boring right?


Sure, it holds lots of crapola, and I try to make it look purty…but let’s be honest. It’s white, bland, and lacking the spunk that our bedroom deserves.

So after finding some gorgeous inspiration via the blogosphere and pinterest…

 

 

I knew it was time to give this boring snoring bookcase a new life, with a little stenciling!

I drove out to the burbs to the closest Michael’s (c’mon St. Louis…let’s get some more craft stores in the city!) and came home with all of these goodies.

2 pieces of foam board (20 x 30 x 3/16in.) They were a whopping $2.89 each (cue happy dance!)
Martha Stewart stencil (A little pricey at $16, but my coupon brought it down to $8)
Martha Stewart stencil brushes (This woman knows what’s up, $7)
1 bottle bright green acrylic paint (already owned)
Razor (already owned)
Painter’s tape (already owned)
TOTAL COST: $21 (but the stencils and brushes will benefit many future projects)

The first thing I did was take out all of the shelves and measure the bookcase. The 2 pieces of foam board were a tiny bit big for my bookcase. So I had to cutpull offchew off, saw off a little over an inch. (*Disclaimer: Anyone that knows me, knows that I’m a wee bit dangerous when it comes to cutting. Being a lefty, I pretty much suck at it. So if you see me with scissors ever..run, run fast my friend!)

Once my two pieces of foam board were the correct size, I got ready to stencil.

Being new to the stenciling world I did a little practice beforehand on a piece of paper. Once I was more confident in my stenciling skills, it was time to attack the foam board.

Now let me tell ya…this was a loooooooooong project. I thought it might take 30 minutes tops to stencil each foam board. Wrong-o! The first foam board took me about 2 hours to complete. Luckily, the boy was nearby to entertain (a.k.a. refill my vino) and encourage (a.k.a. “Wow, that doesn’t look terrible, Case.”) So the time flew right on by…

I did my best to keep the stencil flat with tape and I tried not to use much paint on the brush so it wouldn’t seep under the edges.

I did make a few mistakes along the way…

Smudgy…

But I just put a book here, a photo frame there, and mistakes be-gone!

In the end I think it turned out beautifully!

I’m officially OBSESSED with stenciling. I keep looking around our loft wondering what may be the next victim of my stenciling ways…muahahahaha.
Happy Stenciling!

 

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