Estate Sale Shelving Unit Makeover

Hey there amazing friends! I’m back with my Furniture Fixer Upper girls sharing the first piece of my brand new haul!!

I am super excited about this one! First, here is my new stack of goodies ready and waiting to be transformed:

Thrifty Haul #3

I actually found some decent furniture pieces this time, thanks mostly to an estate sale that I visited last weekend. I get really discouraged with the estate sales in our area because they are so incredibly overpriced!

This one actually wasn’t too bad though, and since it was the last day, everything was 50% off! YAY!!  I scored that desk for $19, the pretty cabinet with the fretwork in the door for $24, and today’s piece, this very cool shelving unit for $60:

I loved the carved details on this one, but years of heavy use in the kitchen had left the finish in rough shape:

I loved the distressed carved pieces between each shelf so I decided to tape those off with FrogTape and paint just the back and shelves:

Frogtape is my favorite for taping off details when painting

I used leftover paint from our walls here…Campfire Ash by Behr! Even though it was an eggshell finish, I was still able to make it into chalk paint. (Recipe HERE.) I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love. 

I also decided to add some detail with this stencil to the square panels on top:

Adding stenciled details is a great way to add charm to a piece of furniture

I used spray adhesive to hold it in place and a small brush and my Bit of Sugar chalk DIY chalk paint to fill it in.

I just used the leaves from this stencil and connected them by hand using a script liner brush

I sanded everything lightly with 220 grit sandpaper and sealed with Dixie Belle’s satin topcoat.

Ready to see how it turned out??

Painted shelving unit from

You can better see the shabby parts of the shelf supports here…

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I like them against the softer subtle Campfire Ash color. And leaving them as is saved me from having to paint all those details! Win!

My favorite might be the stencil…

Painted shelving unit from


Stencil furniture for a custom look.

It adds such a sweet detail that is perfectly in keeping with the beautiful support pieces.

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Isn’t this such a gorgeous piece? I sure wish I had a spot for it!

I’m surprised this was still there. Maybe people were turned off by all the scuff marks. Luckily that was an easy fix!

It looks so pretty holding my thrifted ironstone and painted baskets…

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Painted shelving unit from

Remember that stack of baskets? They were part of a Painting the Smalls post. You can revisit that one HERE.

And these pretty flowers…

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They are the same ones that came out of one of my Spring arrangements made from thrift store drawers that I shared not too long ago. They look pretty in this ironstone piece as well.

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Painted shelving unit from


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Shelving unit painted in Behr's Campfire Ash from

Don’t forget…my Furniture Fixer upper friends have furniture flips of their own to share with you today!!

1.  The Interior Frugalista

2.  Just the Woods

3. Prodigal Pieces

4. Petticoat JUNKtion

5.  Girl in the Garage

I started with this shelving unit since it was the largest piece just so I could get it out of the garage, but there are many more to come!

I’ll meet ya’ll back here on Tuesday…I’ll be sharing how I transformed this tray:

UPDATE: See how I updated this tray HERE now!

Have an amazing weekend!



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  1. Mary Kaiser says

    OH MY GOSH!! I am in love with that shelving unit now!! You made it so beautiful, I am not kidding, I LOVE IT!!! I wish I lived closer because I would so come and buy that piece. My favorite part is the stencil also!!! Really good job on this piece. I am looking forward to seeing the transformation of your new stash, so fun!!

  2. Sweet score! Love the filigree details and the subtle changes you made. Elegant!

  3. Dawn Elliott says

    A beautiful make over of this shelf unit Christy!
    Love how you set it up with dishes n baskets!
    A remarkable job. May I ask what you are reselling it for?

  4. Janice Holt says

    What a beautiful shelving unit. Love the stencil details. Can’t wait to see what you do with this stash.

  5. So pretty Christy. A very unique piece. Love your styling with the dishes and suitcases. Can’t wait to see what you do with the rest of the pieces. Happy springtime to you!

  6. Christina in SW FL says

    Very soft makeover Christy! The side decorations remind me of swans with babies. 🙂
    The stencil is such a sweet addition. Way to go!!
    Have a wonderful and creative rest of the week and weekend!!

    • Oh yes, the sides do look like a swan with her babes in tow! Thanks, Christina…have a great weekend too! XOXO

  7. Mother Deer says

    I really enjoy these posts. Can’t wait to see what you transform next 🙂

  8. That is adorable. I like it’s cottage vibe. Nice job!

  9. LUV! The estate shelving makeover.
    Your detailing is so nice to see. Always look forward to
    visiting your work ????

  10. Sandi Wagner says

    Wow! That is so cool! You and your friends are amazing! I love to look at their stuff too. I’m excited to try my first project soon….this golf addiction thing kind of gets in my way! I love getting an email and seeing you have done another project!!! Great job!!!

    • Thank you so much, Sandi! I’m so happy to hear you enjoy seeing what we share! Good luck on your first project…be warned though…painting is addicting too ha ha! XO

  11. Charleen Adams says

    That is beautiful!!Sure you can’t find a place for it??I would work at it ,if it were me. “Just Sayin'”!!Love all you do ,take care

  12. I see an item on your stash that I have in my home and have been thinking of transforming it! I can’t wait to see what you do with it!!

  13. Oh! I love how this one turned out! It looks so pretty. The stencil is definitely a great touch. I can just see that in someone’s kitchen – adore how you styled it. Yay for another stack of goodies to transform!

    • Thank you, Cecilia!! This is perfect for a kitchen…wish it could stay in mine! And yes, I am so excited to work my way through this new haul! XOXO

  14. Carole Larsen says

    Christy, you are so consistently amazing in your talents. This turned out so beautiful.

  15. OMG Christy, you worked your MAGIC on this one! It looked so dated and rough and you’ve turned it into a show piece! Gorgeous!… love your staging too! Pinned! 🙂

    • Thanks so much, Denise! I was surprised it was still there on the last day?? Lucky for me though! Have a great weekend! XOXO

  16. sharon austin says

    Oooh, so pretty. I’m jealous. Can’t wait to see the desk; You got some great pieces coming!

  17. OO00 Christy! I love this piece! So different and sweet! Love the colors you chose and the stencil is perfect. Can’t wait to see your other makeovers from your haul!

  18. Wow, what a gorgeous piece!! You did great on this trip and I can’t wait to see what you do.
    How do you do this constantly lol, wish I had your energy and I wish I lived closer, I would buy up most of your stock lol.
    Have an awesome day!!

    • Thank you so much, Cheryl! I have a routine down that keeps me moving, but I have also found it easier to work through a group like this…like all my projects are lined up and ready to go! I wish you lived closer too, my friend! XOXO

  19. So gorgeous! Can’t blame you for wishing to keep it!

  20. what’s not to love – Campfire Ash is such a beautiful, subtle color! good choice leaving the sides distressed and adding the perfect stencil – LOVE!

  21. Beautiful, love the untouched curves!

  22. LeAnn Hileman says

    Oooh you made it so pretty! Good job! And thanks for your comment about my work too, I appreciate it as one artist to another!

  23. Robyn Wright says

    Love it! How many coats of the Campfire Ash did you do? Such a unique piece. I’m sure it’ll sell fast!

    • Thank you, Robyn! I did two coats of the Campfire Ash, but since it was over white, I probably could have gotten away with just one. XO

  24. Ange Mills says

    That is a different style of shelving. Another great re-do.

    I’m Looking forward to see how youre going to transform the picnic basket because I have one exactly like it.

  25. Debbie in TX says

    Wowie Wow Wow!! This is so beautiful. I love the color and everything about it, especially the wonderful detail the stencils add. You also have a knack for arranging the display items on the shelves and making it look like a million bucks. Thanks for sharing!

  26. Wow, that’s quite the haul, Christy! Can’t wait to see how you put your magic touch on all those thrifty finds. This shelving unit – perfection! Love the stencil detail 🙂

  27. Christy, You’ve done it again. I think your latest haul from that estate sale might be my favorite so far. I can’t wait to see what else you do with it!

  28. This came out so pretty! You’d never know it was in such crappy condition before. Beautiful!!

    • Thank you so much, Kandace! I wasn’t sure there was much I could do to change it up since it was already white, but even subtle changes can make a big difference! Have a great weekend! XOXO

  29. I adore this piece! You made it look so wonderful! I would snatch it up if you lived here!! You are a master at renewing furniture pieces.

  30. Christy that was an awesome piece, to begin with, but you made it even more fabulous!

    • Thanks so much, Susan! Yes this was a beautiful piece to start, and that always helps! Have a great weekend! XOXO

  31. OMG, what a fabulous find!!!! I wish I could buy it!!!! You scored big with the great pieces at wonderful prices!!! Can’t wait to see how you transform the rest.

  32. Probably one of my fave pieces of all time that you’ve done, girl! Looking forward to seeing what you’re doing with all your haul! I’m catching up after a long illness. Of course, would always love having you link-up at Homestyle Gathering!

    • Thank you so much, Julie! I’m sorry to hear you’ve been under the weather… Hope you’re feeling better, my friend! XOXO

  33. ColleenB.~Tx. says

    I must say; You Do find the most terrific items. I absolutely love the style of the bookshelf unit and what all you done with it.
    Looking forward in what you will be doing to the remaining pieces you have. Was trying to figure out what that item piece is sitting in front of the desk
    Enjoy your day and have a great weekend.

    • Thank you, Colleen! That square thing in the front is actually an end table. It was sold like that with the legs removed and tucked inside. Hoping it goes back together okay! Enjoy your weekend too! XOXO

  34. What a pretty shelf! I’ve never seen one with curvy sides like that before. No one beat you to it? What are people thinking!? It’s beautiful now! No way is that lasting long in your booth!

    • I know… I can’t believe it was still there on day three! It was pretty scuffed up though. Glad I got it! XOXO

  35. Debra A Wise says

    Gorgeous makeover Christy! It’s absolutely beautiful. Love those scrolled pieces on the sides. Thanks for sharing.

  36. Marcie Lovett says

    That is a spectacular haul, Christy! This piece has such a nice shape and you have to love that it came perfectly pre-chipped. The leaves are a sweet touch on this refresh. It’s nice to have a project that’s less demanding once in a while!

  37. Girl what a lucky find and you really made it gorgeous! xo

    • Thanks, Jen! It was a lucky find out for sure. I couldn’t believe it was still there on day three! XOXO

  38. What great finds! The shelf looks wonderful. What are your plans for the box on top of the desk? I have one just like it that I’ve been wanting to tweek.

    • Thank you, Virginia! I’m not sure what I’ll do with that just yet, but I’ll be tackling it soon! XOXO


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