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I hope you all had a great holiday weekend! Ours was fantastic - my mom and lil bro came down and we had a great weekend and ate way too much food. They took off this morning and I got to work on the shelf I got for a $1 at the Rt. 52 Yard Sale last weekend. Check it out below. (Yeah - I know it says $2 but I talked em down to a $1!  I have mad negotiating skills!)


I knew as soon as I saw it - I wanted to redo it and hang it above my sewing desk I just refinished.  So approximately 5 minutes after the fam took off this morning, I was changed into my painting clothes and was in the garage dismantling the hardware from the wood.  First, I did some spray painting.  To get an even coverage around the hooks and the screws, I stabbed them into a piece of cork board.  

So easy to get even coverage that way!  See!  I also got a first coat on the side scroll pieces.


Next, I did two coats of Zinnser's Bulls Eye Water Based Primer and then two coats of Valspar Ultra Premium High Gloss Paint in Woodlawn Bedroom White.


I don't know if I can stay enough about how much I love the Satin Finish Rust-oleum in Black.  (No endorsments here - but man I love the finish!)  Doesn't it look fantastic!

So here it is - the finished project!  Oh I love it! 

See how nice it matches with the sewing table!  And I love that it only took me a half a day to finish and get it up on the wall!

Oh and let's do one more close up!  Man I love that Satin finish!

I think this is the best $1 I ever spent!  Totally love how it turned out!  Next up - I am going up the wall!  I am going to make a Gallery Wall above the shelf.  So how high do you think that should go?  All the way to the ceiling or to a foot or so from the top?


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27 frugal friends said ...

Emily@remodelingthislife said... @ May 31, 2010 at 9:32 PM

Looks great!

Unknown Mami said... @ May 31, 2010 at 9:40 PM

It looks fantastic!

Vanessa said... @ May 31, 2010 at 9:58 PM

Fabulous!!!

Country Mouse said... @ May 31, 2010 at 9:59 PM

What an awesome find!!! It's beautiful!!!

Kelsey said... @ May 31, 2010 at 10:07 PM

WOW! Looks awesome! What a find!!!

Pam said... @ June 1, 2010 at 4:09 AM

The sewing desk and the shelf look like they were re-made for each other. ;) Great job!

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said... @ June 1, 2010 at 4:54 AM

What a perfect compliment to your desk! It looks great. As far as your gallery wall goes, I think it all depends on how much stuff you have to throw up on that wall!

Irene said... @ June 1, 2010 at 9:07 AM

That looks amazing. You did a fantastic job!

Zondra Art said... @ June 1, 2010 at 9:35 AM

Beautiful!
Prekrasno!
regards from Croatia

Colleen @ MuralMaker&More said... @ June 1, 2010 at 9:45 AM

It's great, Jess! I'm so loving black & white this year. I need to get busy! Thanks for the inspiration.

Melissa said... @ June 1, 2010 at 5:52 PM

oooh, very cute!!

Kimm at Reinvented said... @ June 1, 2010 at 8:19 PM

Love your shelf AND your sewing table. Trash to treasure fabulousness! :)

oneinspiredhand said... @ June 1, 2010 at 9:22 PM

Oh I love your shelf-great job!!

Mel said... @ June 2, 2010 at 5:34 AM

Excellent price and an excellent redo. I am going to follow so I can see more of your great thrifty redo's.

Amanda said... @ June 2, 2010 at 7:41 AM

Amazing! Such an elegant redo!

Elizabeth said... @ June 2, 2010 at 8:24 PM

I cannot believe that you got that for $1 - never mind - I would have paid $2!!! What the heck?!? We don't have deals like that, it seems, up here in Canada. :( It's just beautiful!!!

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said... @ June 3, 2010 at 3:56 PM

What a find & you scored at $1!!! Love your paint choices.. I'm putting your shelf in the POPP Spotlight on Saturday... thanks for linkin' up.

Grannys Attic said... @ June 5, 2010 at 1:17 AM

Great Job and it is so cute with the desk. Have a great weekend, Vicky

Amanda said... @ June 6, 2010 at 7:24 AM

This is incredible! Great job, thanks for sharing too.

Kami @ Everyday Heaven said... @ July 14, 2010 at 8:42 AM

Way to go! It looks 100 times better after you got through with it.

jen @ homeinthecountry said... @ July 14, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Wow! It looks great - especially with the desk!

Life in Rehab said... @ July 14, 2010 at 3:49 PM

Well didn't that just turn out gorgeous?

Sharon@thisthriftyhouse said... @ July 14, 2010 at 9:23 PM

It DOES look amazing!! I Love the black and white together!! Brilliant!

Sarah @ Different Dog said... @ July 14, 2010 at 10:09 PM

Love this shelf. I will have to try that paint I think....divine.

artisan jewelry by RondaJane said... @ July 25, 2010 at 8:12 PM

Looks totally different. Not only beautiful but useful. So cool that you got to it right away too. I tend to accumulate projects.

Lynn said... @ September 15, 2011 at 9:45 AM

I found this exact shelf at my local thrift store this week and can't wait to make it over. Thanks for the idea!

Laura said... @ July 10, 2012 at 2:39 AM

I have to comment because like the previous poster, I have this exact shelf! The only difference is mine was a shelf my mom used when my brothers and I were young in the late 80s early 90s as a kids' coat rack. I *almost* gave it to Goodwill since I don't like the varnish/brass, but after seeing your updated version, I love it and am totally going to keep it and redo it. And it was FREE to me. :o) Thanks for the inspiration!

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