Beautiful friends, can you believe I’m almost done with this huge haul?? I can’t tell ya’ll how good it feels to work through these pieces I’ve been hanging onto for forever! Let’s get to today’s makeover, shall we?
I’m always drawn to things that serve a purpose when I visit thrift stores. One such item I see all the time are shelves. I always hate to leave them behind, but they don’t exactly make for the most interesting blog content.
I caved and bought this one because even though it was a bit pricey at $6.98, it had an interesting shape, and it appeared to be handmade. That’s a bonus in my book:
However, I never could come up with a plan for it so there it sat…mostly because the brackets that supported the shelf seemed like they were too close together, and it just bugged me. I couldn’t move the brackets because they had been secured to the back of the shelf with hand carved notches, so I had to work with it the way it was. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
It’s one of the last items from this haul that I chose to redo because I was putting it off as long as possible.
I finally decided to do what I often do when I am feeling unmotivated about a piece…I just started painting!
I wanted to try this gorgeous blue/gray by Dixie Belle called Savannah Mist:
It is such a pretty color! It has excellent coverage, but I gave it two coats.
Then I decided to add part of a stencil I had to the back of the shelf:
I used spray adhesive to hold the stencil in place and then used a small brush and white acrylic craft paint to color in the stencil, trying not to brush against the edges as much as possible. It took three coats. You can see in the photo above that I just covered the parts of the stencil that I didn’t want to use with FrogTape.
I removed the stencil as soon as I applied the third coat. Once the paint was dry, I sanded across the stencil to smooth it out and all over the rest of the shelf as well with 220 grit sandpaper. Then I sealed it with Clear Coat in satin using DB’s blue sponge applicator. (You can see a video of how easy that is to do in this post.)
I added D-ring hardware to the top of either side of the back of the shelf to hang it.
And now I have a sweet new shelf:
The curves and the blue along with the stencil give it a cottage vibe don’t you think?
The stencil really adds a fun detail…
And I don’t think the shelf support brackets look too close together anymore since they sit just inside where the stencil ends…
I love this pretty blue against all the white!
Now I’m looking around to see what else I can paint with this color!
I was so hesitant to start on this shelf, but now I love it! If you are stuck on something and don’t know how to get started…just start painting and hopefully ideas will come!
You can revisit any of these makeovers at the links below:
The final piece is this small silver tray I picked up the last time Nancy and I went thrifting:
I forgot all about this one until I looked at the photo to see what was left. I’ll be honest, I have no idea what I’m doing with it yet…guess I should just start painting!
UPDATE: See what I did with this little silver tray HERE now!
Have a great weekend! 🙂
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