The last couple of weeks have been great project wise! The creative juices have been flowing and things seem to be on a roll. When it comes to projects, I typically don’t have multiple irons in the fire at once. But I’m multi-tasking and juggling 2-3 projects at once, right now. When inspiration hits on something and a light bulb goes off in your head, it’s hard to put it on the back burner when you’re being drawn in a direction. So although tackling multiple projects at once is not my usual style, I haven’t felt out of balance. It feels like this is how it’s supposed to be (except for the fact that my downstairs is in a consistent state of disaster). I’ve felt like I’ve been on a constant high these past couple of weeks. Getting into a groove with furniture redos and DIY projects makes me happy.
My most recent project involved some reclaimed wood. I had some sitting in my garage that was left over from the industrial pipe shelf that I put up in the bathroom renovation, here.
The left over pieces weren’t quite wide enough for the shelf. At the time I wasn’t sure what I was going to use them for. But when someone asks you if you want some reclaimed wood for free, this girl always says “YES, PLEASE!” This week, I saw something on Pinterest that caught my eye and scream, “this is what you can do with your reclaimed wood.”
Being the impatient woman that I am, I immediately texted my best friend’s husband to ask if he could cut the wood for me. The chevron arrows in the example that I saw are made up of 4 boards each. But the wood used for those arrows were much skinnier than the ones I had. The reclaimed wood in my garage was 1X6” and were approximately 5’ long. I sketched out some different lengths on the wall to figure out how long I wanted the sides to be and if I wanted to use 4 pieces per arrow or just 2.
I decided on 2 boards per arrow and that each board would be 2’ long. I wanted them to be large-scaled so that your eyes to be drawn to the arrows on that wall.
I found this tutorial on Pinterest that showed how to assemble them. I bought some mending braces from Lowe’s and used 2 braces per arrow and strung a wire with some screws, to hang them up on the wall.
I contemplated adding an “L” bracket on the top for some hardware detail or painting some stripes on them for a little extra character. But decided against both options, for now.
I put the arrows up on the TV wall in the living room. I’ve wanted to add some kind of art on this wall for a while, but didn’t really have a vision for anything in particular. This was a fun, quick, and easy project that only took a couple of days to complete. From start to finish you could get it done in a couple of hours on the weekend. Here’s before and after of the wall (don’t mind the “Say Yes to the Dress” that’s on the TV in the background):