Old Shelf Saved

I have  a fun little makeover to share with you today.

This shelf was purchased dusty and neglected for $5. It has a funky top shelf that I imagine held silverware at one time, but would not be very useful today:


So I wacked it out and replaced that piece with a regular shelf:


Then I gave it a wainscot backing and a coat of Annie Sloan’s Duck Egg Blue chalk paint…

Duck Egg Blue Cottage Inspired Shelf

I love this color.

Cottage SHelf in Duck Egg BLue

Much better… now it’s functional again.

I’m really pleased with how it turned out.

Cottage shelf painted in Duck Egg Blue

I lined the drawers with pretty paper and added dainty little glass knobs.


A little ironstone to dress it up…


This piece was painted white, but had also been red as well as chartreuse green at one time. In some parts, you can see a tiny bit of red peeking through.



Cottage shelf painted in Duck Egg Blue


Cottage Shelf

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  1. Great choices of color, shelf replacement, but especially the bead board backing. Looks wonderful with the white ironstone.

  2. Love it! I won’t be passing up these funky little cabinets any more. Love how you redid it.

  3. That turned out so pretty…I love it!!

  4. Wow! It looks really terrific. I love the drawer liner too! Somehow vintage and modern-looking at the same time:)

    • Thanks, Eva! I went on over to your site and you had me for about five or six blog posts! It was so entertaining…I’ll be visiting again soon! (While sipping my piping hot tea..the very same way you do) 🙂

  5. Great job! It looks really lovely now. I like it very much.
    Besos from Argentina,

  6. This is GREAT! I never would have thought to add the beadboard backing – but it totally changes the look and makes is a really functional and cool piece. Excellent Job.

  7. If you weren’t so cute and handy, I’d want to smack you for being so cute and handy. =D

    Another great project!!

    -(not handy) andi

  8. This is so cute! What an amazing transformation!

  9. Love this shelf…and how you added the new shelf…and the beadboard…and the color is spectacular…especially against the ironstone!

  10. Christy, years ago people used to collect spoons and they would hang them from the top shelf. My Mom used to collect them. I like what you did with the shelf. In fact I like everything you do and even though I am much, much older than you, I learn something every time you post so thank you!

    • What a thoughtful and sweet comment, Patty! I really appreciate your kind words. I wasn’t exactly sure what the top shelf was for, but it seemed the only possibility was silverware. Thanks for filling in those details! I’m so glad to have you following along 🙂

  11. Nice job Christy! I love the paper you choose to line the drawer and those crystal knobs are the icing on the cake. What paint color did you use?

  12. Amazing transformation! Seriously, is there anything you can’t do? 😉 I just love the ironstone, too…very lucky find! I am pea green, my thrift stores do not have anything like that! So pretty!

    • Aww thanks, Kim! My thrift stores have been lacking a bit lately as well boo! I acquired this little beauty from a family friend. It was just sitting in her garage collecting dust and cobwebs so she offered it to me for $5. Yes, I’ll take it! I knew I could do something with it, plus I just couldn’t say no. Thanks so much for visiting! 🙂

  13. It is so pretty Christy!! I love the colour and the distressing – the little knobs are adorable too. Everything looks better backed in beadboard!

  14. Gorgeous makeover! That would look very nice in my house, lol 🙂
    Cindy @ Diy beautify

  15. This looks great! Found you on Inspire Me Please link up! If you like to like up come over to http://www.craftdictator.com for Craft Frenzy Friday!! I hope to see you there!

  16. Beautiful revamp! Good call on removing that shelf too! Love it! Hugs, Leena

  17. LOVE!! The color is fabulous and she sure is a beauty:)

  18. That is the sweetest transformation!! Great ideas to replace the out dated “spoon” rack shelf and cover the open back with bead board!! I’ll be on the look out for one of these…I’ve passed up a few!!
    Have a great week!

    June G.

  19. You are so incredibly talented! It looks beautiful! I love the new shelf and the addition of the bead board. And the color you picked is perfect. Love!

    ~Abby =)

  20. This is beautiful!! Hope you come share that on DIY Sunday Showcase, a party I cohost! And its open now!!


  21. Awesome Transformation Christy! I looove the new look and details {Drawer is awesome}. Thanks so much for sharing this with me at Bewitch Me & Titi! Hope to have you back with more amazing shares! Hope you are having a marvellous week!!!

    Cami @ TitiCrafty.com

  22. This is so pretty! I know you are enjoying using it in your home. Thanks so much for sharing with this week’s Throwback Thursday party.

  23. Christy I ADORE THIS! LOVE the color and Im swooning over the white dishes! Im your newest follower! 😉

  24. Great save! The bead board really made a difference. Thanks for sharing at Throwback Thursday.


  25. It turned out so beautiful!

  26. Hi Christy,
    Could you do a project, or elaborate more on how to incorporate breadboard backing into one of your pieces?

    • Hi Lorie, There was no back on this shelf to begin with, so I just cut a piece of bead board paneling to fit the back and nailed it in place with small finishing nails. If it had a back already, I would have removed it and added then bead board. You can find the bead board at Lowes in whole sheets or half sheet and they will gladly cut it to size for you. Also, paint it before you add it to your piece. Hope this helps!


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