Jack’s Thrift Store Shelf Update

Hey there, Friends! I love when you stop by!! 🙂

A few weeks ago I shared that my oldest son has decided to start painting a few things to sell in my booth. I mean really…anything to keep him busy over the Summer with something other than video games, right?? I’m honestly thrilled to have him hanging out in my workshop with me!

I shared his first little makeover here, and today I thought I’d share a shelf he also redid.

Here it was as we found it:


Actually Jack found it…he has a pretty good eye! I think we paid around $4 for it.

And here it is after he worked some magic on it:

Update and old shelf by adding bead board to the back!

Cute, huh? One of the rules for him adding things to my booth was that it had to match what I had in there. He chose this mix of Behr’s Cottage White and Pure White that I already had made into chalk paint.

I cut a piece of bead board for the back for him, and it really updated this little shelf.

Update and old shelf by adding bead board to the back!

Perfect for a coastal cottage bathroom to hold a few necessary items!

This is a picture of Jack at the beach from a few years ago that was in the boys’ bathroom:

Update and old shelf by adding bead board to the back!

My heart. He’s starting high school this year booooo hoooooo. Where does the time go??

Here he is hard at work…


Update and old shelf by adding bead board to the back!

He wanted to add hooks across the bottom, but there really wasn’t enough space. Instead, I found this old drawer handle in my stash that gave it a little character.

Add an old drawer handle to embellish a boring piece!

He spray painted it in Rustoleum’s Heirloom White.

Update and old shelf by adding bead board to the back!


Update and old shelf by adding bead board to the back!


Update and old shelf by adding bead board to the back!

And I’m happy to report that this little treasure has sold! Jack was so excited!

We just added another one of his makeovers to the shop, so hoping that sells quickly for him as well. I took pictures so I’ll share that one soon.

If you liked this makeover, you’ll love this one…


Click HERE or on the photo to see the after!

I’ll be back on Thursday sharing what I did with this $10 headboard:


See ya then!

UPDATE: Check it out HERE right now! 🙂



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  1. Mary Kaiser says

    Jack, You are amazing! I love it, too bad it has sold already. Keep up the good work and I hope to see another project from you soon!

    • You are so sweet, Mary! Jack is loving all the kind words of encouragement!! XOXO

  2. Christina in FL says

    Great job Jack!!! The shelf is awesome cute. 🙂 Love the bead board touch. 🙂

    • Jack is loving the positive feedback…thanks so much for encouraging him, Christina! XO

  3. Love the redo of the shelf and the before headboard!

  4. Carolyn Price says

    Sooooo cute!! Your son and the shelf, Christy!! Talent runs in your family, that’s clear!
    (He will break hearts in high school.)

    • Thanks, Carolyn! You are too sweet! I don’t know if I’m ready for high school!!

  5. Great job Jack!!!!

    • Thanks, Carol…he is thrilled with all the positive comments, and I love that it’s making him want to keep going. 🙂

  6. Marcie Lovett says

    I can see why that shelf sold so quickly! Good work, Jack!

  7. He did a great job on it! I can see why it sold quickly. I love how he’s out working with you too! Precious times. 🙂

    • These really are precious moments…I know he will be too grown to hang out with Mom before long! ????

  8. What a difference some paint and ingenuity can make! Great job, Jack. 😉

  9. I love this makeover! Jack is doing an amazing job 🙂

    • So glad you like it, Moriah! I’m really enjoying seeing his creative side come out! ????

  10. You realize your DIY ways rubbing off are likely going to make his future spouse deliriously happy? 🙂 Great job and if I lived closer, I totally would’ve bought that!

  11. Karen Moore says

    Great job Jack! It will be interesting to see if he continues with the makeover bug as he gets older. I know it’s early to be thinking along these lines, but there will be one happy wife in his future.

  12. Jack did such a good job on this! I’m working on a similar shelf and I love the idea of adding beadboard to the back of the shelf. I just may need to copy that idea.

    • He really did, Paula, thanks! Copy away! It really updated this little shelf. ????

  13. It’s just special that Jack wants to turn trash into treasures with you. He’s cute and so is this piece.

  14. Lauri Kunze says

    Not only does Jack have a good eye, he’s developing some great skills. With your continued encouragement this boy is going to be unstoppable. Go team!!

  15. Wow, he is talented just like mom. So nice to see them take on something to work with their hands.
    He is handsome too.

  16. Cindy Pierce says

    Jack did a great job on his shelf, and his smile just melts my heart. My son does the same thing to me even at 34 years old. Enjoy each and every moment with your boys, they go by so fast.
    Have a great day!

  17. chris aka monkey says

    wow he did a fantastic job the shelf is awesome go jack xx

  18. Looks like you’ve got yourself a great partner! I just love seeing and reading about your makeovers (and now Jack’s!) I wish I had half the imagination that you do. Keep up the good work!

    • Aww thank you SO much, Ruby!! I truly appreciate you following along with us!! 🙂

  19. A real chip off the old block!!! I will certainly look differently at those little shelves you can find EVERYWHERE!!!! Jack: GREAT job!!!! You never know where this will lead!
    God Bless,

  20. This little shelf is SO cute!!! That backing and the handle really do something for it! Nice work, Jack! (Good teaching, Christy!)

  21. Love the shelf and adding the bead board was the perfect touch along with the handle detail! Christy, I hope you’re ready for the high school years…Jack is adorable!

  22. Oh, he did a GREAT job! How awesome that he wants to do this with you!


  23. Good job Jack!! It’s awesome that he wants to be involved with you and the business. That in itself is a blessing. Keep on going Jack!

  24. Hi Christy,
    Jack did a great job on that! I would have bought that as well! Since I don’t live near you, I’ll have to create one myself. I love your creativity and insight in taking something from bland and boring to amazing! Can’t wait to see what else you come up with.

  25. Jackie Custer says

    WTG Jack!!
    I’m impressed! It’s beautiful!!

  26. Wow, I love that shelf. Would be perfect in my washroom! Too bad your so far away. Great job Jack and thanks for the inspiration!

    • Thanks for encouraging him, Vicki! He is anxious to find his next project now! 🙂

  27. Betsey Freyberger says

    I have 2 of the exact same shelves I bought on our honeymoon 40 yrs ago!!! Now I know what to do with them!! Beautiful job!!

  28. Tracey Martin says

    What a great job, Jack! It seriously looks like something your Mom would do! (And Mom, what a handsome guy. Better keep an eye on those high school girls this fall!) 😉

  29. I love everything about this!! The color, the way you decorated it, how you added beard board to the back. It’s beautiful!