Hello amazing Friends! Remember the 80’s? Remember 80’s décor? Why did hearts cut into every home décor accessory and furniture piece seem to make so much sense back then?
Thrift stores are filled with these unfortunate pieces and there are very few ways to update them, but every once in a while I get lucky.
I found this shelf complete with heart cut-out for $4.98:
By get lucky, I mean that the piece with the heart can be whacked off…
That is usually not the case, but this time I got lucky. 🙂 I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
I filled in a few holes with wood filler and sanded the whole piece smooth before painting.
Sunken Pool by Behr made into DIY chalk paint (Find recipe HERE.) freshened this tired shelf right up!
As you can see I added a piece of beadboard to the back as well. I cut it with my Ryobi circular saw (Find it HERE.):
This is a nice petite size so it’s not too intimidating. This is perfect for cutting the hardboard I use for chalkboards as well. I just propped my piece of beadboard up on two containers I had and cut right down the middle.
I painted the shelf and bead board separately then waxed them both, and attached the bead board to the back with small nails.
I decided not to distress this shelf like I normally would because I love to see white coming through this pretty blue instead of dark wood. To give it that effect, I used a very dry brush with just a tiny amount of white paint.
I was sure to hit up all the edges and then ran the brush across the sides and back panel.
It gives it a pretty, coastal feel.
This would be perfect in a bathroom for a little extra storage. This color is the same color I used in our guest bath, and I just love it. (See that makeover HERE if you missed it.)
You can see a little of the dry brushing on the shelf here too…
Next time you come across one of these unfortunate victims of the 80’s, be sure to see if the heart can be removed before passing on it!
This little shelf is totally updated now.
I’ll be back on Thursday with my Furniture Fixer Upper Crew and this bed set:
Now go check all your old 80’s pieces to see if those hearts can be whacked off! 😀
UPDATE: See how I turned this bed into a sweet bench step-by-step HERE!
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