My stenciled tree branch apron rack is the first thing I see each morning, cup of coffee in hand, as I walk into my office. It doesn’t just look good, it’s practical too. I recently realized I’d ruined more than a fair share of good clothes while painting. I figured if I had something pretty and fun to wear, I’d be much more inclined to use it and save my clothes.
Earlier this month I shared that I was writing for Royal Design Studio’s blog, Paint and Pattern as a monthly contributor. It’s a huge honor to be included on their team of extremely creative ladies! Each month I get to create something new with their products. I can’t begin to describe how awesome that is! I scour the Royal Design Studio website and about a million…or at the very least, several dozen DIY ideas spin in my head!
Here’s a list of what you’ll need to make a stenciled tree branch apron rack like mine.
- large Birdy Border stencil by Royal Design Studio
- stained wood board cut to 10″ x 24″
- white paint
- Royal Design Studio stencil brush
- painters tape
- 3 coat hooks or branch pieces
- drill with a flat spade drill bit to make holes for the branches (only needed for the branch hook option)
- wood glue
- picture hanging hardware
Begin by stenciling the birdie pattern onto your board and let it dry.
Next, take a spade drill and make holes for the tree branches on your board. A spade drill is a flat looking triangle drill bit with a point on the end 🙂 I made a test hole with each size of spade drill that was close to the branch size I wanted to use. I fit the branch ends in my test holes to see which spade bit to use on my tree branch apron rack.
It’s a good idea to attach your hanging hardware before putting on the branches. The holes I choose were just big enough that I had to gently tap my tree branch sections into each hole. I used a little wood glue in the holes also for added strength. Looks great doesn’t it?
I’m having no problem remembering to put on my cute little birdie aprons when I paint now. They are so fun and cute I almost forget they’re practical too!
If you’d like to see the step by step details of this project, see my Paint and Pattern post.
Not only am I saving my clothes from landing in the “painters clothes” pile, I’ve added something unique to my new office/studio. I’ve been working on redoing my office/studio for a month or so and it’s not ready for the big reveal…yet. But, I can share a little peek of what it’s starting to look like:)
It’s coming together nicely. I spend hours and hours each and every day in this room. I’m working on styling it to be a place that I enjoy walking into in the morning. It’s wonderful to have my own space, one that I can make all my own, especially in a small house!
Two other projects I’ve finished and shared in this new space are my gorgeous turquoise blue metal bakers rack I upcycled, and of course my awesome old world inspired DIY wood shutters you see part of it on the wall in this picture. I also think my DIY coastal whale coat rack would make a great apron holder as well. If you don’t have much wall space, you might prefer a Live Edge Wood Coat Rack. I’m looking forward to finishing the rest of my space & the big reveal…hopefully soon!
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