I have been longing to decorate this wall in our dining room for so long. It is a big wall with a vaulted ceiling and is open with the living room. It felt very plain and needed some love.
I decided to start by painting the wall an accent color. I chose Roycroft Pewter from Sherwin Williams in a flat finish. I was a little hesitant to use such a dark color on such a large wall, but we have so much natural light in our house that I thought it would be alright. And I it is so pretty! Sometimes it has a bluish tint to it.
Next, I decided to try my hand at open shelving. I found these that I loved on Shanty2Chic.
I like how big and chunky they are. I wanted to have a place for wine glasses and things on the bottom shelf and decorations on the top shelf.
So I got started! I built the frame and attached it to the studs on the wall (with the help of my 13 year old son).
Then I built the 3 sided box. This part was harder than I thought it would be because I didn’t anticipate having to fit a drill inside a narrow box in order to insert pocket hole screws at the proper angle! (Trust me…it was frustrating!) Once that was done I sanded and roughed up the edges and stained them using a mixture of equal parts Varathane dark walnut and weathered gray.
Then I slid them on the frame and attached them with wood screws.
They are extremely sturdy and have lots of room on the shelf for all kinds of pretties! So I got started decorating.
I love this winter scene against the dark gray wall. I bought it on Etsy and had it printed at Office Depot. I will leave it up all winter and then change it out with another scene in the spring. It ended up costing me around $25 not including the frame, so it is an affordable option.
This wall is such a focal point now and the shelves really open up the space. Such a fun project!