Every month myself along with a handful of home decor bloggers share our interpretations of our favorite designers and retail stores in a series called Inspired by DIY. This month our focus shifts to Kelly Wearstler. Kelly Wearstler is one of the coolest, edgiest, and chic designers out there. She is well-known for hotel design and has designed properties for a handful of celebrities, such as Gwen Steffani and Cameron Diaz. She has also won a plethora of awards and was also a judge on the show, Top Design. For this Inspired by DIY, I am creating a graphic pattern trinket box inspired by Kelly Wearstler’s graphic tray.
Have you ever purchased a thrifted item and planned on creating the most beautiful thing with it and your plans go down the drain? Well, that happened to me. I purchased this trinket box from the thrift store and wanted to ceruse the hell out of it using liming wax. I was inspired by Kelly Wearstler’s quatrain tray, but it all went to the wayside when I slathered chalk paint on it. When you properly ceruse furniture you are suppose to dye the wood and I did not do that. I decided to turn that fail into a success by creating something a normally do not use much of in design…Geometry or anything geo for that matter. Quite frankly my dear, I love the way it all worked out and I hope I can inspire you.
Materials needed to create graphic pattern inspired by Kelly Wearstler
Black and white paint
Steps to create graphic pattern inspired by Kelly Wearstler
- Paint base either black or white. I painted my trinket box black with chalk paint and I applied lime wax on top of it to pick up some of the grain work. *This is optional, but I would NOT recommend it. You can try to do a marbling technique to try and make it look more similar to Kelly’s.
- Once dry, with your painters tape apply vertical lines going down your base. Make sure they have the same amount of space in between them.
- With your second paint color, paint the vertical areas of the box not covered with painters tape.
- Remove tape while paint is tacky.
- Once dried completely, apply painters tape horizontally over the vertical lines you just painted.
6. Remove tape while tacky and let it dry completely.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and I can guarantee there will be more Kelly Wearstler home decor inspirations coming to the blog. I absolutely adore her style and how she takes it up a notch when it comes to styling. If you love Kelly Wearstler, check out these other Inspired by DIY Kelly Wearstler projects from Kathy from Up To Date Interiors and Ariel from PmQ for Two.