Welcome back, beautiful friends!! Today is one of my very favorite days of the month: Trash-to-Treasure Tuesday!! Not only do I have a trashy makeover for you, so do four of my favorite blogger friends! That’s FIVE makeovers in all. You’ll find links to their projects at the bottom!
I had finished just about every piece from my last day of thrifting, but there was still this extra drop leaf I removed from this table I shared a couple of weeks back:
I thought it was the perfect candidate for a trash-to-treasure kind of makeover, so I was determined to use it up.
I already shared what I did with the other drop leaf. I used it to build the box for this thrift store drawer:
You can see more of that project HERE.
But this one got an entirely different repurpose.
How about as a brand new shelf for our living room?
It seems ya’ll really enjoyed seeing me work through my last thrift store lot, and it helped me stay focused as well. So I am starting a new load of goodies! How does that sound?
Friends, meet my new thrift store haul:
This is three days of hard core thrifting! There still wasn’t much in the way of larger furniture pieces out there, but I did find a few smaller pieces. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
When I was deciding what I wanted to do with that extra leftover drop leaf, these corbels I just picked up (right in the center of that photo above) gave me the idea to turn it into a shelf:
I rarely pass up a set of corbels and these were only $4.25 for both!!
What a steal, even if I had no earthly idea what I was going to use them for. I knew they would eventually find a purpose.
After measuring the drop leaf, these were the perfect size to help turn it into a unique shelf.
I cut 7″ off the side with the rounded edge to create my shelf, using my mini circular saw:
This is one of my favorite saws because it is small so it’s easy to handle, and if I use a straight edge to run it along (Here I used a 1 X 6 I had and two clamps to secure it to the leaf and the cabinet below it.), I get nice straight cuts.
Here I did a test fit and it was just right…
I decided it would be easier to paint everything separately and then assemble the shelf. I used my favorite white, Bit of Sugar by Behr, made into DIY chalk paint. (Recipe HERE.) It took three coats.
Then I used Dixie Belle’s Satin Clear Coat to seal. When Country Chic Paint sent me some products a few months back, they included a sealer of their own and at the bottom of the box was a sponge applicator to apply it. I just found it as I was cleaning out my garage this weekend. I used it to apply the Dixie Belle Clear Coat and can I say game changer?? It made applying the sealer SO easy and quick! Update: I now use this one…it’s even better! 🙂
Before painting the corbels white, I gave them a quick coat of brown first so that when I sanded, brown would show through the white paint instead of gold:
I used Rustoleum clear spray sealer to seal these since it was easier with all those details.
I used my mini Kreg Jig to help attach the shelf to the top of the other piece. The Kreg Jig helps create pocket holes which makes attaching things at a 90º angle so much easier and super sturdy. All you need to use it is a drill:
This drill by Black and Decker is my favorite. Again it is small, so it’s easy to handle. Combining it with the Kreg Jig leaves behind perfect pocket holes:
I used wood glue and then the drill bit and screws that were included with my Kreg Jig to secure the two pieces together:
I’m keeping this shelf for our living room so I cheated and left the back unpainted. Shhhh.
I added D-ring hanging hardware to the back to hang it.
This mamma jamma is heavy! I used my stud finder to find a stud to screw one side into, and I used a heavy duty wall anchor on the other side. (If I were smart, I would have spaced the hanging hardware the same distance as the studs and I could have secured both sides into studs!)
You can see in that photo above that I didn’t even trim the bottom edge where it was originally attached to the table. I left it as is. I like that you can still see that it was part of a drop leaf table at one time.
This set of three hooks already painted white with a little bit of shabby was a HomeGoods find for $7.99:
I considered adding a stencil to the bottom piece where the hooks are, or my favorite…stripes. But in the end I opted to keep it a simple white. Who knows what I thought I was going to hang on those hooks in my living room, but the wreath is working it just fine.
I moved this chair I redid last year (See the UGLY before HERE.) to this corner for photos, but this is the wall in our living room behind my hubby’s recliner. I had yet to hang anything on this wall and this was just perfect in here.
Since the drop leaf was a leftover piece, which means it was basically FREE (my favorite!), I only spent $12 before tax on this pretty shelf. Not too shabby for $12, eh?
Don’t forget my girls have trashy makeovers to share with you today as well!
You can visit all my Trash-to-Treasure Tuesday makeovers in one place HERE.
That’s one project down from this haul!
Several more to go! I’ll meet ya’ll back here on Thursday as I continue to work my way through this new pile-o-treasures with this suitcase:
UPDATE: See how this suitcase got a brand new look HERE now!
See ya then!
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