I’ve had rope on the brain all day, so it was perfect timing when I heard from the team at One Kings Lane. Their special projects editor Megan Pflug just started doing some great fashion-inspired DIY projects and was kind enough to share my favorite here on D*S today. Inspired by Proenza Schouler, Megan created these gorgeous hanging rope shelves that would be perfect for the kitchen or a bathroom. Those climbing ropes come in some seriously great color combinations, so this is a great way to work with them if dangling from a rock isn’t really your thing. Thanks so much to Megan and One Kings Lane team for sharing this with us. You can check out more great rope projects that Megan did for OKL right here. xo, grace
One Kings Lane Exclusive Rope Project for Design Sponge
This shipshape shelving is made out of two precut wood planks, rope, and a little nautical hardware. This piece looks especially chic when placed in a utilitarian space like a kitchen or a bath.
All you need are:
- four 6- to 8-foot lengths of 5/8-inch rope
- four 6- to 8-foot lengths of 1/2-inch rope
- 2 wooden shelves (mine were 8 inches deep and 24 inches long)
- a drill
- a 1/2-inch spade bit
- 2 hooks (I used diamond pad eyes, each with a 3 3/16-inch ring)
- a lighter (singeing the ends of the rope after you cut it will prevent fraying)
Use the 1/2-inch spade bit to drill holes in each of the four corners of the shelves. Then paint the shelves on all sides.
Take one length of thin and one length of thick rope, and thread them halfway through the ring of the hardware. Then tie two knots about 12 inches from the ring in each direction.
Thread the rope ends through the holes of the first shelf, and knot under the shelf to secure.
Separate the thin green ropes, and knot them together to form the X on the side of your shelving.
Rejoin the thick and thin ropes, and knot both sides about 13 inches from the bottom of the top shelf.
Thread the ends through the bottom shelf, and tie a knot underneath to secure. Trim the ends to the desired length. Repeat on the opposite side.
Resources: diamond pad eyes with ring from West Marine, rope from Home Depot.
Below is a summary of this week’s highlights:
- Contests: Color Day 2013 Winners, Your Dream Summer Party Pinterest Contest: Winners!
- What We’re Talking About: The Luxury of Time Off
- After the Jump: Lynn Casper
- Biz Ladies: 6 Steps for Launching an E-Course
- Biz Ladies Profile: Matt Armendariz of Matt Bites
- City Guide: Aspen, CO UPDATE
- Human/House/Harvey: Glass
- Sneak Peeks: In Chicago, An Apartment with a Sartorial Approach, A jewelry maker’s home in Provence filled with art, books and silk ribbons, Best of: Beach
- Living In: Ghost World
- DIY Projects: Faux Scrimshaw Hardware, Constellation Votives
- In the Kitchen: Felicita Sala’s Stuffed Calamari
- Before & After: A Midcentury Desk Gets A Fresh New Look, A Glossy, Glam Office Set Makeover
- Misc.: Shale is the new walnut?, Hand Painted Florals for Textiles, Rugs by Pattern Society, Nautical Flag Bracelet, Soapbox: Flat-Pack Furniture Made (Super) Easy, Whirlwind Jute Rug, Page Turner Placemat + Runner, Knots, Things I’m Eyeing
Credits: Project by Megan Pflug; Photography by Manuel Rodriguez