Give an Outdated Shelf New Life

give an outdated shelf new life

Hey Ya’ll, what happened to fall??  It was hot here today…I might have even broken a sweat just by being outside!

Today I’m sharing how I gave new life to a little old shelf I found during this yard sale trip. You can barely see it in the bottom corner.

Yard sale shelf

I’ve already tackled a couple of pieces, like the drop leaf table  in the center.

Like I said, it’s just a little old shelf, but there were a couple of things that made me buy it.


I figured I would do something with it eventually.  The brackets that hold the shelf are pretty long, so I thought this would make a great little dual purpose chalkboard!

I originally wanted to use it in our kitchen to replace the countless sticky notes plastered all over the counter. (Seriously, if it weren’t so late and dark, I’d take a picture of the insanity for you.)

Our system works though and I couldn’t find an ideal spot for it. Then I remembered I wanted to change out what was hanging above the boys’ bathroom towels!


chalkboard shelf

Now I can use it to write reminders for my oldest son, Jack, my big middle schooler! (My dad used to call us “Love” and I find myself calling my boys that too.)

Here is Brennan’s view (he’s three):


That’s okay, he can’t read yet anyway.

After painting and waxing the shelf, I attached a piece of quarter-inch MDF that I spray painted with chalkboard paint.  I attached it with little nails.

I found a leftover piece of trim in the garage to create a ledge for the chalk across the bottom.


chalkboard shelf

I’m sure my boys won’t appreciate my little blue mason jars, but they were the perfect pairing for this ceramic starfish.  Can you see what’s in one of the jars?


It’s a piece of cotton that my husband actually pulled over on the side of the road to pick for me…for our second wedding anniversary…the cotton one.

He really took that literally. It was actually very sweet because we later planted the seeds and grew a little bit ourselves! We’re adventurous like that.

what to do with a shelf

chalkboard shelf

This is also the perfect little project for our Get Your DIY on Fall Party Challenge. Do you know why? Because this week’s theme is chalkboard projects!

Here is what my beautiful co-hosts created for our challenge.  Click the links below the image to see more.

Chalkboard projects

Chalkboard Lampshade The Hankful House

DIY Fall Chalkboard  Just a Girl and Her Blog

Little Chalkboard Folding Chair House by Hoff

Chalkboard Projects for the Fall Front Porch The Happy Housie

 Here’s one more before of my little outdated yard sale shelf:


And after…


Not too shabby for one whole dollar. (I’ll be sharing this bathroom makeover soon!)

Dust off your old chalkboard projects or create a brand new one and come join us this Sunday, October 6th, at 7pm EST.  Five blogs, one party! There’s so much goodness all in one place!

Check out all sixteen weeks’ themes for our Get Your DIY on Fall Party Challenge here.

Love you like… (the first thing that came to mind was Raisin Bran what??) about…fried chicken!

Love you like fried chicken…mmm 🙂





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  1. You make some of the coolest stuff from other stuff 😉

  2. Super-cute…And I luuuurve that color! And I love the picture from Brennan’s perspective. 😉


    • Thanks, girl! Brennan was in the bathroom when I took it (such a challenge to keep him out of photos!) and he was looking up at the shelf, so I kneeled down to see it from his view… just thought I’d share that with the world ha ha! Hope you’re weekend is treating you well 🙂

  3. Wonderful transformation. Love the sentiment behind the message and the gift of cotton.

    • Thanks, Donna! I really appreciate when someone takes the time to read what I’ve written. It’s so easy to just scroll through the pictures. (I know I’m guilty of that too!) Hope you have a great week 🙂

  4. I love this shelf. I have just started experimenting with repainting old furniture – I really like this because it is both fun and functional

  5. Very cute! A nice way to leave a note. The striped walls look awesome too!

  6. I really love this – love the shade of blue, and you gotta love chalkboards. I want to invite you to link this, or any antique/vintage/history post you have, to my We Call It Olde Link-Up, Tuesdays, at We Call It Hope to see you there! I have a chalkboard post I’m going to post on your party, glad to have found you. Take care – Dawn @ We Call It

  7. Wow! it looks awesome, love the little ledge you added for chalk.

    I’m having a give a way going on right now, if you’re interested I hope you enter. 🙂
    it’s a fall inspired sign I painted.

    Have a Lovely day,

  8. It’s so pretty! I’m always impressed at how you can see the potential in things and then add your own bits and pieces to it to make it perfect. My mind does not work that way, but obviously yours does it beautifully! Great project, Christy!

    ~Abby =)

  9. This is like a complete metamorpshosis! I love the way you have implanted your creative idea on an old shabby shelf. The “AFTER” of the transformation looks splendid & I love the chalkboard glitch you have got in there.
    Hats off to u girl!
    Jessica x

  10. I love it, what a great idea. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  11. What a great transformation, love the color you chose as well.

  12. jeannie panza says

    I love this shelf. You are so talented – I love, love, love this!!!!!!

  13. What a great idea! I love giving things new life! Looks great!

  14. This looks great! I’m hosting a State Art giveaway that you should enter!

  15. oh my goodness. I have a shelf that I can totally add chalkboard paint to-what a great idea! I was absolutely planning to get rid of my shelf. love your creation!

  16. Come visit us at
    We are having a party and it won’t be the same without your creativity!
    Craft Frenzy Friday!

  17. I LOVE this chalkboard shelf, Christy! Great makeover and it looks great in the bathroom! Thanks SO much for sharing at the Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop! Have a great day!

  18. Love this! I’m always picking up those shelves for cheap at yard sales. Can’t go wrong.


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