Sometimes you need a little challenge to get your creative juices flowing. A few weeks ago, I was in the midst of redoing my kids’ bathroom (still working on it, too!), and I was having one of those days where everything just felt blah and boring. I couldn’t shake the feeling that I needed to take a little time off to focus on something different. So, Emma and I hopped in the truck and went to Home Depot, where we walked the aisles looking for inspiration.
And then it struck.
I Instagrammed (is that a verb now?) this image from the parking lot. I’m sure those of you who follow me thought that I had really fallen off my rocker this time. In fact, I only got a few likes because y’all were so scared. That’s okay. I wasn’t.
I took my cheesy rug home and almost immediately decided to cut it up into pieces. My first thought was to cut it into strips and do a modern looking treatment on my concrete slab patio (which may still happen), but then I realized that a little alcove in my entry way was calling my name. I cut out a vinyl zig zag on my Silhouette and used it as a template to cut strips of a chevron stripe from the rug. The rug sheds slightly, but I was really surprised at how well it held up to beng cut.
I only cut three strips since they were going to go behind my antique sideboard. Any more would have been a waste of time, since they wouldn’t really be able to be seen. And now I still have about 3/4 of the rug left for a future project.
To hang on my wall, I tapped a small finishing nail in each point of the chevron with my hammer. I used a ruler and level to get the spacing as close to straight as I could.
The end result is really cool, if I do say so myself. That bright green is one of my favorite colors in the world. And even more, it created a quick, cheap feature wall that I can remove in about five minutes when I’m ready. My kind of project!
I even repeated the zig zag edge on the artificial grass runner that I laid underneath my dipped paint birdhouses. I think it’s an unexpected thing to use as a table runner and really makes the bright colors pop. I think it would be so cute on a table for an outdoor party, too. Maybe I’ll do something cute like that for the neighborhood party we are planning in a few weeks!
What do you think? Does this give you any ideas for an unexpected wall treatment?