$2 Thrift Store Shelf Makeover

Hello, amazing friends and welcome back! Today I’m sharing this shelf that I found for $1.98 at the thrift store:

I found it on the same stop as the headboards I shared on Thursday, along with this gorgeous mirror:

I believe this is an old Home Interiors piece. I made one over just like it several years ago, and I decided to do something similar to what I did the first time…I love the crisp look of the black and white together:

$2 Thrift Store Shelf with Paris Stencil

This makeover had a lot of little steps to get to the end result. I realized that when I was attempting to video how I did it. My tripod took a tumble and broke while I was filming so, unfortunately, I was not able to finish videoing the process. That also means I didn’t get quite as many step-by-step photos as I usually do. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love. 

To start, I measured and cut a piece of hardboard to fit the back. Then I took the shelf apart by removing a few screws. I knew I did not want the gold color on the brackets to show through when I distressed, so I gave them a quick spray of Rustoleum’s Espresso..

Then everything got two coats of Dixie Belle’s Cotton:

Everything got two coats of Dixie Belle Cotton

I used a rag and some water to wet-sand the brackets just as the second coat of paint was dry to the touch. Using regular sandpaper would have taken too much paint off and I did not want the shiny metal to show through. Then I sanded everything else with 220 grit sandpaper.

I knew I wanted to add a stencil to the new back piece I cut and chose this Paris Stencil. Anything I add french graphics to sells pretty quickly in my booth, so that is one reason I reach for them often. After adding the PARIS part, I used parts of the rest of the stencil to add a small flourish to either side:

Stenciling French graphics

My favorite paint for stenciling is Ceramcoat craft paints by Delta. I sprayed Loctite spray adhesive to the back of the stencil to hold it firmly in place first, and then I used a small brush to paint in the stencil, brushing away from the edges as much as possible.

Then I went back with a liner brush and connected the breaks that give it away as a stencil. This video shows more on how I stencil:

When my stencil was dry, I lightly sanded across the surface with 220 grit sandpaper.

Thrift Store Shelf painted in Dixie Belle Cotton and stenciled with a PARIS stencil

I sealed everything with DB Clear Coat in satin using their blue sponge applicator. Then I reassembled the shelf and added the new backing with small finishing nails.

Thrift Store Shelf painted in Dixie Belle Cotton and stenciled with a PARIS stencil

I added sawtooth hardware to the back for hanging. I get the ones with screws instead of nails.

Thrift Store Shelf painted in Dixie Belle Cotton and stenciled with a PARIS stencil


Thrift Store Shelf painted in Dixie Belle Cotton and stenciled with a PARIS stencil

The faux lavender came from Hobby Lobby. This is about $20 worth when it was 50% off…

Thrift Store Shelf painted in Dixie Belle Cotton and stenciled with a PARIS stencil

I replaced the original cup hooks with these pretty white ones from Hobby Lobby:

White distressed hooks

These came just like this already distressed and are much prettier than what was originally here.

Thrift Store Shelf painted in Dixie Belle Cotton and stenciled with a PARIS stencil


Thrift Store Shelf painted in Dixie Belle Cotton and stenciled with a PARIS stencil


Thrift Store Shelf painted in Dixie Belle Cotton and stenciled with a PARIS stencil

Thrift Store Shelf painted in Dixie Belle Cotton and stenciled with a PARIS stencil

It’s a long way from where it started, yes? The hooks were $10 for all five and the shelf was $2, so $12 wasn’t too shabby at all for a cute new shelf! I just dropped it off at my booth yesterday. There are a few of ya’ll who like to know what I price things for…I have this at $38. If that seems a tad high, I was considering that I had to buy $10 worth of new hooks.

If you missed the first shelf just like this one that I redid, you can see how that one turned out HERE!

I’m excited to cross another piece off the list!

If you missed any of these makeovers so far, you can catch up here:

Grandma’s Footboard Repurposed

Drawer Front Repurposed

Stinky Dresser Makeover

Cottage-Inspired Drop Leaf Side Table

$10 Glass Cabinet Makeover

Cabinet Door Upcycle

$2 Flatware Box to Halloween Prop

The blue bookcase got a quick redo for my booth here

$12 Thrift Store Headboards

I’ll see ya’ll on Halloween with a tour of our outdoor Halloween display! Then I’ll be moving right into a Christmas project on Tuesday using one of the items I have left in my Fall Haul! Have an amazing day!

UPDATE: Visit my Halloween Tour HERE now!! 

If Halloween isn’t your thing…skip to what I did with this mirror I score for $7!

See it now HERE!! 




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  1. Mary Kaiser says

    That turned out so good! That is an old home interior shelf, I use to have one and I wish I still did. I love that you put a backing on it and totally changed the look of it. Great inspiration, now to just find one for my own!!

    • Thank you, Mary! These sure were popular because I come across them quite often…so you might be able to find one too! XOXO

  2. Sheila DelCharco says

    Ooohhhh! I love how the stenciled scroll matches the scroll bracket! Beautiful!

  3. Thanks so much for starting to include prices in the booth!

  4. Janice Holt says

    Beautiful shelf and looking forward to seeing your Halloween decor Thurs. Never seen anybody decorate as well as you do for Halloween.

  5. Carole Larsen says

    Very sweet little shelf. You are the best Christy.

  6. Beautiful! I’m glad you shared the booth price. I was wondering, because of the hooks. Can’t wait to see your Halloween display!

  7. Mary Ann Camillo says

    Love what you do! Especially like this shelf. I live on Paris Street and hope to find a shelf I can do up just like yours for my enclosed front porch. What fun!

  8. Love this piece. Great work. You always inspire.

  9. Paris items in our area are no longer wanted. Odd how in different areas different looks are desired. Great makover! Can I ask where you got your Apothecary jars?

  10. Cheryl Atkinson says

    Hi Christy! I have this same shelf at home waiting for a makeover. I didn’t know what to do to make it special but now i know. Buy some hardboard and stencil. See, what would i do without your blog? Thank you sweet lady.

  11. Great job as always! It turned out very pretty.

  12. So pretty! I love those hooks!

  13. Nice! I always like these kinds of hangers. I prefer them in a bathroom and by front door!

  14. Nice update as always!!!! I could use that in my bathroom…send it out!!!
    i love when you show the “X’s” on the finished items…..you are one busy girl!!!
    Keep up the good work!!!!

  15. Christy, I look forward, with anticipation, to each and every Tuesday and Thrift Store makeover. I am never disappointed. Today’s $2 shelf is appealingly French, Mon Amie. The stencil was a fantastic idea; the finishing touch to another good makeover. Keep them coming, Christy. My crafts file is bulging with your ideas.

  16. Marcie Lovett says

    Wow, that was a lot of work to take it all apart and rebuild it (and yikes that gold is shiny!). I don’t think your price is high, especially considering the amount of time you invested in it. People don’t realize it’s not just the cost of the materials that goes into determining a price. A shelf like that would cost much more in a specialty store. You wouldn’t even find something mass-produced at Target for that price. I say – charge what you’re worth, Christy!

  17. So Clever, Christy – I love what you did. You always inspire me! Thanks as always for sharing! Sue

  18. Oh my goodness it’s really lovely – and that stencil is gorgeous – just what I need 😀 xo

  19. Robyn Wright says

    I can’t even…I love it!

  20. KATHY BINKLEY says


    I just love how frugal you are but then the piece comes out beautiful. I have a booth and you’ve given me alot of ideas. Thanks for including the price as sometimes I think i may be underpricing myself. I really have a hard time with this. I never miss any of your post. Thank you for sharing.

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