Hello dear friends! Today I’m sharing a shelf that used to be in Brennan’s room. I had it in my yard sale pile and decided at the last minute to keep it and give it a new look!
But first, big news…my Etsy shop is open for business! Woot woot!
It’s called TheSerialDIYer. If you missed my announcement last week, I am officially a Dixie Belle Retailer!
My booth is stocked and ready to go:
And now I have their products in my online shop as well! You can find most of their products there, including all 64 colors. I have $8 flat rate shipping and free shipping on all orders over $50. (Use code FREESHIP50) I hope that if you love their products as much as I do, that you’ll consider ordering from me! (There is a link to it in my sidebar as well for future reference.)
I don’t have plans to add any of my makeovers to the shop for now since it is easier for me to sell those items locally at my booth.
Let’s see what else I saved from my yard sale…meet my new bunch-o-treasures destined for makeovers:
I decided last minute as I was pricing things not to sell the shelf, the pictures, the sign, the dough bowls, and the frames, but I was trying hard to get rid of that folding chair and basket. There were no takers.
Some of these are thrift store and yard sale finds that I never did anything with, and some are things I used in our old house that didn’t quite make the cut here.
This shelf once belonged to my Mom, and when I was decorating Brennan’s nursery, I raided her attic to see what I could find to use.
Except I did this to it:
It was really pretty before, but I willy nilly slapped cobalt blue paint all over it so it would match the nursery.
It never made it into his room here at the new house and has just been taking up space in my storage room because I didn’t want to tackle nixing the blue paint.
Luckily, there was an easy solution!
Here’s how it turned out:
Instead of removing the existing paint, I could have spray painted over it with dark brown spray paint, then painted it, and then sanded it, and it would appear that it was just wood underneath. However, an even easier solution was to paint and then dry brush.
I started with a coat of Dixie Belle’s Vintage Duck Egg:
This is ONE coat, ya’ll! Then I used a small brush to get the paint into all those little openings on the sides. (If you’re using my DIY chalk paint recipe, a similar Behr option is Gray Morning.)
Then I took a VERY DRY brush with the remnants of Bit of Sugar on it and dry brushed it across the surfaces:
And here are the two finishes side by side:
The dry brushing really highlights all those pretty curves.
Then I sealed it with white wax, letting the wax settle into the crevices…
White wax turns clear as you buff it in, but stayed white in the crevices where I left it.
It’s so cute now, right? So light and beachy!
Doesn’t it have the prettiest details?
I’m so glad that I didn’t let it go for $3 at my yard sale!
That’s one done! I’m so pleased that this poor shelf is no longer stuck in the corner of my storage room!
I’ll be back on Thursday with my Furniture Fixer Upper Girls sharing a piece I dragged home from my booth to redo. It started out like this:
UPDATE: Bam! See what take two looks like now HERE! I’d love to know which one you prefer!
I tried hard to preserve some of that pretty wood, but no takers…time for a new plan! Then I’ll continue working through my new bunch-o-treasures!
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