Today I am excited to be participating, for the first time, in a fun new feature The Inspired by DIY Challenge organized by my good friend Jess of Domicile 37. Each month, we find a piece from a store or designer that we find inspiring and create our own version, DIY style. This month’s inspiration is the amazing designer Eddie Ross. If you pop over to his site or have caught a glimpse of the cover of his new book Modern Mix you’ll know right away what inspire this weeks DIY.
This aqua mantel display that graces the cover of Modern Mix is bold and breathtaking but I admit the idea of taking it on was just a little bit scary. The Eddie Ross mantle has lots of amazing details and looks very expensive.
My builder grade mantel looks like this, I was a little nervous about how it would translate.
but when I went to scout paint colors at Lowe’s and found a $5 can of oops paint in the perfect shade (Olympic Paint: Bermuda) I knew it was a risk I could afford.
The first few strokes were scary…
but by the time the full paint job was done, it was really growing on me.
Now, how could I pull off the gold accents?
I found the perfect solution in this foil washi tapes I found on clearance at Micheal’s for $5. The two different widths of solid tape would be my accent bands.
By applying the tape along a few details of the mantel and cutting the edges with an Exacto knife I got just the look I wanted with minimal effort.
While my mantel doesn’t have as many fancy a detail a little gold tape sure made it look like it did.
When I started this DIY I was concerned about how the red brick would look against the blue. I loved Eddie’s black brick but because we are in rental I can’t do anything that can’t be reversed.
In the end I didn’t mind the red at all and once I painted our vintage style wood grate to look brass everything seemed to come together.
Now all it needed was a little collected styling full of color and whimsy a’la Eddie Ross
Fortunately, I’m a collector too so I had that covered. Me and Eddie, we see eye to eye! (Okay grammar police I know that is not grammatically correct but “Eddie and I” just doesn’t work in that sentence.)
and there you have it my friends Inspired by DIY, Eddie Ross mantel styled and colorful!
Okay and I may have added a little Eddie to the coffee table too.
What can I say?
Eddie Ross, you are a genius!
Do you want to see more Eddie Ross inspired DIY? I have a few friends joining in the fun so be sure to stop by and check them it out!