Hey there, amazing friends! I’m so glad you’re back! I’ve got another small, but brand new redo today! I’m sharing a mass produced shelf makeover.
This shelf looks like it came right out of Hobby Lobby:
Hobby Lobby does have cute decor, but you can tell that some pieces were one of thousands made just like it.
This shelf was $6.75 at the thrift store, and I knew toning down those colors would do wonders!
I had no ideas for this piece, but it turns out that sometimes all a piece needs is a simple paint job!
I had already given this shelf a good cleaning with White Lightning while I was cleaning a few other items a couple weeks ago. I mix 1 TBSP of White Lighting in a small tub:
You’ve heard me say before that when I don’t know what I want to do with a piece I’m working on, I often just start painting!
Ahh now with a blank slate I can better imagine what it can be! Sometimes it stays white but not always.
This combination is the loveliest warm gray tone, almost more of a very light taupe.
I painted everything but the louvered part in that shade:
The louvered part got painted in Cotton using a small brush…
I lightly sanded everything smooth when it was dry and vacuumed up any dust with my shop vac and brush attachment.
I buffed any excess off with a clean soft cloth…
And this mass produced shelf makeover was complete!
The after is so much more serene!
It’s hard to see the distressing on the louvered parts from afar. I did just a little, trying not to let the blue come through.
I hit the brackets up a bit more with the sandpaper:
I had originally planned to add three wooden knobs embellished with one of these knob transfers across the bottom, but they looked off balance, so I kept it simple instead.
The neutral pallette allows what’s on top to be the star of the show.
And there, you can add any color you like!
For me, it’s almost always a coastal blue!
To hang this shelf, it already had these hangers embedded in the back, except they were upside down lol! A quick switcheroo and they were good to go!
This shelf is now a clean and simple shelf that could fit in just about any space AND a great reminder that sometimes all a piece needs is a little paint!
That’s another one from my current haul complete!
Here’s what I’ve shared so far if you’ve missed anything:
I’ll be back with my Trash-to-Treasure girls on Tuesday with a for real trashed piece…this basket that Brennan thought would make the perfect chair:
I was just going to toss it, but you know me lol. I had to try and salvage it!
Have a fantastic weekend…we’re looking forward to seeing the sun again!
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