Window Shelf


Hi Sweet Friends! Ready for a trash to treasure transformation?  Good! Because it’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday!

Today I’m sharing what I did with this $5 yard sale window:


I picked up several windows this Summer and had yet to do anything with them. For today’s transformation, I decided to create something simple with one of them.

I sifted through my curbside-found wood stash and found the perfect pairing for one of the windows to create this:

DIY Window Shelf Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer
This window was not painted, so I taped off the glass panes and painted the frame with DIY chalk paint in white. (Plain old latex would work here too, but I had already mixed mine into chalk paint!)


Then I white washed the shelf portion (you can see how simple that is to do here), and sanded the window smooth and on all the raised areas when the paint was dry.

I’ve had these brackets from Hobby Lobby in my garage forever:


They got a couple of coats of Rustoleum Satin White. Then I just screwed them in place.

DIY Window Shelf Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Told ya this was easy!

Cute though, right?

DIY Window Shelf Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I sealed it all with clear soft wax too.

DIY Window Shelf Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I stole this candlestick from my coffee table. I am so in love with them…found them at Pier one this Summer. The little mercury glass bottle was a thrift store find.

DIY Window Shelf Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer


DIY Window Shelf Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I love a white washed look…

I love a white washed look!


DIY Window Shelf Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer


DIY Window Shelf Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

The window was $5, the brackets were $5 for the pair, and the shelf was free, so not bad for $10? You could hang this anywhere! And if you turned it upside down and added a coat hook to either side, it would make an awesome coat or towel rack. 🙂

Don’t miss what my fellow cheapskate decorators are making over today too! Click on each photo below to see the after!








Hope you enjoyed these fun thrifty makeovers! Doesn’t it make you want to get in your car and head straight to the thrift store, or is that just me?!

I’ll be back on Thursday sharing what I made with this:



See you then!

UPDATE: Check out what I made with this mailbox holder HERE now. 🙂





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  1. What a fabulous and easy makeover, Christy! It is so fun to take unwanted and make them new, and you rock the DIY. You go girl!

  2. This is subtle and classic…Beautifully done! Sometimes the simple ideas are the most effective. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Sue Farmer says

    Love your window shelf!!! So darn cute!! xoxo

  4. Great idea Christy! These would be gorgeous over a mantle, in an entry, or powder room during the holidays too.

  5. Cute! I made one of these after being inspired at a store where they had one for over $300!!!! I couldn’t believe it! I liked mine better than the one in the store too!

  6. Very cute! Love the idea of using the brackets on the top of the shelf instead of below.

  7. Love all your projects! But, how did you attach the shelf to the window and what did you use on the back of the window as the wall hanger?


  8. Did you sand some of the chalk paint off to expose the wood underneath..?

  9. SO cute!! I love a whitewashed look too. Love how you styled it too!!

  10. How do you hang the window with the shelf on the wall? Brackets on the back?

  11. Christy you are a genius for imagining that these random pieces could be put together to make such a chic home accent! I love it- bravo!!

  12. Love it!

  13. This is so cute Kristy! I love going to the thrift store. Isn’t funny what people donate and we look at and see something fantastic? Sometimes I see something and think, “Oh, I could use that right in my . . .” and then wonder why someone would get rid of it. My daughter-in-law says she doesn’t have my vision when looking at something, but I told her I don’t always see where or what I’m going to use it, but I just get a feeling I need to take it home with me!

  14. So cute! And how lucky to find an old window for $5! Great job transforming it!

  15. This is gorgeous! Love!!


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