Herringbone DIY

Last week, I mentioned that I was on a mission to make this home more homey. One of my first tasks was to get something other than dog toys on our mantle.

I found this to be quite difficult as our mantle has a huge window directly behind it. I love the extra light the window puts in our home, but I really wish it wasn’t there. After weeks of contemplating what to do with the space I finally decided to make a little something after being inspired by pinterest.

Since last year I have seen multiple DIY’s on painting a herringbone print on a canvas….such as this one.

I decided to make my own twist on this simple DIY with wood rather than canvas.

The first step was to make a quick cut with a big piece of wood we had leftover from one of the husband’s previous projects.


Next I used a stain to liven this thing up.


Then, during a couple of Elli’s nap times I used Frog Tape to make a herringbone pattern on the wood. I didn’t have any particular method to doing this…I liked the idea of it not being all the same, so I made the lengths of the tape vary piece to piece. Simply start in one corner and keep going till the end.


{This is when I was introduced to the A Beautiful Mess photo app}

Once all the tape was in place, I took a roller brush and some white paint and rolled over the tape. About 10 minutes after painting I took the paint off and ended up with this lovely thing…


I then quickly painted the edges of the piece white, and put it up on our mantle along with some other items laying around the house.


What do you think? It’s certainly better than dog toys and dog food.

{the canister on the far left has dog treats in it…shhh…don’t tell}


Have you done any Pinterest inspired projects lately?

Or perhaps you are more creative than myself and found inspiration elsewhere 🙂


4 thoughts on “Herringbone DIY

  1. anselmsattitude says:

    I love that! Wood was a good choice–it adds rich texture.

    And I really like the window over the mantle 🙂 The wall on top of our mantle stretches too high. All of my ideas for filling the space thus far are too expensive or too time consuming :/ wah, wah.

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