Hello beautiful friends! I’m back today with another thrifty makeover! Is there really anything better?
Today’s project piece is this shelf I picked up at the thrift store for $6:
I almost always grab pieces like this as function sells!
To make it easier to paint, and for the idea I had in mind for this makeover, I removed the backing. Then I was able to get straight to painting!
I was hoping one coat of Fluff first would make it so that I only needed one coat of the Cotton, but I used a newly rinsed brush and I think that thinned down the paint a bit, so I still needed two coats of the Cotton.
For the shelves, I did one coat of each:
I knew I wanted to add something pretty to the back, and I first looked through my fabric stash, but it’s quite minimal at the moment.
Adding a transfer
Then, I looked through my stash of transfers and found this oldie:
I have a bunch of transfers that I’ve been holding onto and this one was the perfect fit for the back of this shelf! This one is called L’amour et des Reves by Prima, but I cannot find it available anywhere! HERE is a similar one on Amazon.
This one comes in four pieces total. I lined them up where I wanted them and then started with the first piece.
You simply remove the backing and position the transfer (it will be tacky), and then use the included tool to burnish the transfer to your surface:
Once you have burnished the transfer to your surface completely, peel away the top plastic layer. If any of the transfer remains stuck to the front clear plastic layer, just lay it back down and burnish some more.
I applied it going in the same direction as my paint strokes. You can see how I apply sealer with a sponge in the video below:
If you have trouble viewing, find it on YouTube HERE.
I sealed the shelves with the Clear Coat also.
Reattaching the back was the last step to this makeover and I reused the original hanging hardware.
I really love how this sweet shelf turned out!
Yes? The transfer fit perfectly!
It doesn’t even look like the same shelf!
All of the ironstone came from thrift stores…
And this shelf is ideal for displaying them:
Here it is without anything on the shelves…
Still pretty! “A house is walls and beams while a home is built with love and dreams.”
I love this transfer, and I’m so bummed it isn’t available anywhere at the moment.
I have a bunch of older transfers in my stash that probably won’t be available by the time I use them!
I really enjoyed seeing this one come to life!
I hope y’all enjoyed it too!
If you liked this one, you might like this one too:
See how this one turned out HERE!
And I get to cross another project off….SO satisfying!!
See any you might have missed at the links below:
I’ll be back on Tuesday with these chairs!
Ya’ll were really excited about these, so I hope I do them justice!
UPDATE: You can see if I did them justice HERE now!!
Have a great weekend!
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