Monday, September 9, 2013

Transforming A Shelf With Paint/Distressing


I have had this shelf for probably 15 years.  I bought it at a craft show years ago.  It is solid wood, and very well made.  It was a dark wood.  It hangs in our downstairs hallway, and this is the third house it has lived in with us.  So yes, this is another post about the progress I am making in my downstairs hallway, are you getting tired of it yet?

But the dark wood was no longer my style.  So I gave it a paint job, a little distressing, and breathed a new life right back into it. 
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I had a coupon for a free 8 ounce color sample of Valspar paint.  I was at Lowe’s one day and decided t use my coupon.  I had no idea what I was going to use the paint for, but I chose the color transit pass.  Before I painted the shelf, I sanded it down pretty good.  Then I wiped it down. 





It took about three coats of paint.  After it was dry, I just took a sanding sponge and distressed it in a few choice places. 

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And oh my, it looks so much better now!

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That little lemon wreath has also been with me for a very long time. 

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You can see more about the DIY wall art on the wall next to the shelf here.  BTW, I am still really liking the color I painted the walls down here. 

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I bought the frame collage on a trip to Wal-Mart about a month ago.  When I saw the color, I knew I wanted to hang it in my downstairs hallway.  I haven’t put any pictures in it yet, but I am planning to do a collage of our recent family vacation.  The “You & Me” was off of a card I bought for LC.  Of course I bought the card because I wanted those little wooden letters love him so very much.  I need to paint them a fun color. 

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This little corner is coming along just fine. 

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The hamper to the right is from Pottery Barn several years ago, and I am thinking of doing a dipped paint look around the bottom.  Or maybe some stripes?  What do you think?  And the little metal barrel definitely needs a new life.  Someday…  I still haven’t stained the thresholds in the doorways down here.  Eventually they will match the brown paper floors

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Just in case you are curious, here is what the shelf looked like before I painted it. 

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And here is a picture of the metal barrel container that I want to make over.  What do you think?  Should I paint over this?  I would love your opinion.  I bought this at a craft show back in the 90’s.  I don’t want to get rid of it, because I use it to store our greeting cards. 

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Here is a before and after shot of this little corner.  Wouldn’t you agree that it looks soooo much better now?  I think it is a huge improvement, and it is not even finished yet. 


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If you would like to see the rest of this hallway/mud room, click here.  You have no idea how much better I feel every time I walk down the stairs to this hallway.  This was my least favorite space when we moved into this house, and I am so happy that it is almost finished!


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The Dedicated House
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Give Me the Goods Monday
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The DIY'ers
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The Shabby Nest
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