Home Decor Crafts: Black and White Checkered Wall Shelf

A great way to add a touch of style to your space is by using unique pieces of furniture and/or shelving. This black and white checkered wall shelf is sure to draw attention from guests and is fairly easy to create.

For this project, you will need:

– One unfinished wooden wall shelf in any size (available at craft supply stores)
– Medium or fine grit sandpaper
– Tack cloth or other type of soft cloth
– Krylon Indoor Outdoor Primer in All-Purpose White
– Krylon Indoor Outdoor Paint in Satin White
– Krylon Indoor Outdoor Paint in Satin Black
– Krylon Easy Tack Repositionable Adhesive
– Ruler
– Pencil
– Craft paper or dissembled paper bag
– Scissors
– Newspaper and/or a large drop cloth

Due to the painting process of this project being so messy, it is quite advisable to first cover the space where you will be working with several sheets of newspaper and/or a large drop cloth. To begin, carefully sand the outside of the unfinished wooden shelf with medium or fine grit sandpaper. (If the shelf has a drawer, remove it to sand the outside and repeat the following steps to the drawer front.)

Spray the entire shelf with Krylon Indoor Outdoor Primer in All-Purpose White. Wait an hour before painting with Krylon Indoor Outdoor Paint in Satin White. Apply additional coats of white paint, if desired. Dry for three to four hours before continuing. Using a ruler and a pencil, dissect the entire project into two inch squares by marking lightly directly onto the white painted wood.

Lay the sheet of craft paper and/or dissembled paper bag flat. With a pencil and a ruler, create similar two inch squares onto the paper. Carefully cut out the squares with scissors. Spray the backside of one square using Krylon Easy Tack Repositionable Adhesive. Place the paper piece onto one of the squares on the shelf. Repeat this, covering every other square on the shelf in a checkerboard pattern until the entire shelf has been covered.

Paint the exposed areas using Krylon Indoor Outdoor Paint in Satin Black. Wait thirty minutes before adding a second coat of paint. Add additional coats of black paint, if you wish. Let the shelf dry overnigh before peeling off the paper pieces to expose a black and white checkerboard pattern. Hang the shelf, as desired.

TIP: This project also looks really cool when done in colors. Consider black and red, black and pink, or white and purple fun alternatives.