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i’ve been waiting weeks to post this new DIY! natalie, arian and I teamed up with ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape

again and made these three patterned shelves and a cool how-to video. they came out so beautifully, i can barely contain my excitement!

we spent one day sketching and painting outside and the other day styling up the shelves inside with beautiful treasures. above are some of the instagrams i snapped along the way. and here’s what you will need to do to make them all for yourself!

the supplies:

• pre cut wood boards (we used 3 ft. birch boards)
ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape

in various sizes
• glossy white and gold spray paint
• aqua craft paint
• shelving hardware
• paint brush

watch the video and follow the steps below!
• sketch designs, linear and geometric are best for this project. we decided to use 3 colors, white, gold and aqua as an accent. make note in your sketch which areas will be painted which color.

• tape out design, on both sides of the board, paying attention to the edges to be sure your design wraps around.

• tape over all areas that you have designated to paint gold.

• spray exposed areas with glossy white paint on both sides and edges. allow to dry completely, the longer you let the paint dry the nicer your final results will be.

• peel tape to expose area to be painted gold and tape over the areas now white. we love the ScotchBlue delicate surface tape for taping over freshly painted areas.

• spray three glamorous layers of gold paint on exposed areas and allow to dry.

• peel off all tape to reveal entire board.

• pick some small areas within your design to tape off and paint Aqua using a paintbrush for accuracy.

• peel last layer of paint to unleash your beautiful new shelf.

• install shelf according to the specifications of your chosen hardware.

it’s time to hang & style these up!

ever since then i’ve been thinking up fun patterns and shapes that would look good in our new home office. i really loved that natalie made three different designs all with the same color scheme. i think it made the project extra special and three of the same style might have been overkill.

shoot days are my favorite. it’s so rewarding to work with such talented people and think of new ideas on the spot. i always learn so much and each shoot goes a little smoother than the last.

i really hope you guys make these shelves, they were SO easy and add such a nice touch to your ordinary wooden shelves.

project by: natalie shriver for designlovefest
video by:
photos by: kimberly genevieve + designlovefest’s instagram
more DIY projects here

this project was sponsored by ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape



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  • 1. lesley graham  |  July 19th, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    we just put up similar shelving in my daughters’ room and this would have been such a fun detail. looks great!

  • 2. Cori Magee  |  July 19th, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    holy crap, i love that!

  • 3. Hey Sweetie!  |  July 19th, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    This is incrediballs! Love.

  • 4. Fabiola  |  July 19th, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Wow beautiful DIY and styling!

  • 5. natalie / half asleep studio  |  July 19th, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Ahh! Beautiful! Never would have thought to paint a shelf anything but a pretty solid color, but this is much more interesting.

  • 6. mallie  |  July 19th, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    awesome, bri! that aqua just pops!

  • 7. Jamie | Julia's Poppies Design  |  July 19th, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Love the colors!

  • 8. C.D. Beatrice Clay  |  July 19th, 2012 at 1:37 pm


  • 9. Alexis S.  |  July 19th, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    So pretty! I want to make these now! I wish I could put shelves up in my rental.

  • 10. Bonnie  |  July 19th, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    love the scotch arm candy @natalieshriver, sucha fun post!

  • 11. Justyna  |  July 19th, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    Incredible! I love the patterns and the decor! Great work

  • 12. lydia {ever ours}  |  July 19th, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    love this!

  • 13. LARY @InspirationNook  |  July 19th, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Love these!!!!

  • 14. Alison  |  July 19th, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    These are gorgeous. I am sold on these for the next time I get to do some redecorating. Perhaps in our new apartment!

  • 15. Courtney  |  July 19th, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Very cute!

  • 16. Victoria Smith  |  July 19th, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    amazing. y’all are single-handedly going to put ad agencies out of business. ;)

  • 17. Cyn | decyng  |  July 19th, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    Nice idea! i really like it.

  • 18. Mailinh  |  July 19th, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    LOVE this! Definitely have it on the DIY list. And I love how you guys look so fashionable when putting it all together. Side question: What is the song you used in the video? Love the tune.

  • 19. Jaclyn C.  |  July 19th, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    AHHHH! This is amazing! So cute!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  • 20. Piper  |  July 19th, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    These are so beautiful, I would consider just hanging them flat on my wall side by side-well done! Can’t wait to give it a try:)

  • 21. Maria @ All Things Luxurious  |  July 19th, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Wow, these look so great — I love the colors! Thanks for sharing the tutorial! :-)

  • 22. Sarah  |  July 19th, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    So very cool! Bri, you sure know how to do partnerships seamlessly!

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  • 24. Ashley Brimeyer  |  July 19th, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Never stop doing these videos, please :) There’s something very special about them. You’re the coolest, Bri.

  • 25. Queen Mother  |  July 19th, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    CUTE CUTE CUTE!!!! : )

  • 26. Cari  |  July 20th, 2012 at 12:47 am

    These shelves are the coolest. The patterns, colours and overall styling are spectacular. Love, love this DIY. Thanks Bri, Natalie and Arian.

  • 27. Dear Demoiselle  |  July 20th, 2012 at 2:02 am

    This is just gorgeous… I’m going to apply this to our small coffee table. It has seen better days, and I was going to get rid of it, but you made me reconsider. Thank you =)

  • 28. Jeran  |  July 20th, 2012 at 4:50 am

    Awesome! Love this idea and you photographed it so beautifully. Well done.

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    Oh how fun! What a great way to add creative design to your space! looks so fun!

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    This looks awesome I am wondering though where you go the shelves?? We have been looking for a set just like this??

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  • 34. Mfree  |  July 20th, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Great patterns! I really love the long stripe on the edge. Awesome work!

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    a perfect DIY!! thanks for the idea!

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    wow!! my favorite DIY yet!

  • 38. Sarah  |  July 20th, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    These are so amazing! I can’t wait to try and do something similar :)

    Xoxo Sarah

  • 39. Ruth  |  July 20th, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Ooooooo these are cute!!

  • 40. stephanie  |  July 20th, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    wow. Great work ladies!

  • 41. Meg  |  July 20th, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    This is a beautiful project but I’d imagine that if you want this to keep, you should put some kind of final sealant over everything – in my experience, paint alone will eventually peel off onto objects left on top for a longer period of time. Not sure how it’d affect the texture of the gold but I’m sure there’s a way around that.

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    Fantastic video……..I loved the editing of the styling of the shelves!

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    love it love it ….LOVE IT!

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    Love the idea for my studio and my daughters bedroom! I’m going try using gold & silver leaf instead to add texture and depth.

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    I completely LOVE these shelves, are gonna make this weekend….can I just ask (for a complete diy NO CLUE person ;) the birch..does it need to be treated/untreated/varnished/plain? Any feedback would be greatly appreicated! Thanks from London!! :)

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