Give a thrift store find wall display shelf a new look to match your decor. I see display shelves at thrift stores often and if they are priced well, I scoop them up to give them easy makeovers.
If the shelf is sturdy, then the makeover will be as easy as cleaning it up and giving it a fresh coat of paint.
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Welcome to the monthly Thrift Store Challenge! I’m happy to again join the monthly challenge! Each month participants are challenged to:
- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to
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Angela | Simply Beautiful by Angela
Beverly | Across the Blvd
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Wall Mounted Display Shelf Makeover
I found this shelf at my local Goodwill quite a while ago. It’s been sitting in my storage closet waiting for a makeover.
Late last year, we replaced this large three piece entertainment center in our family room with a console table and wall mounted tv. I emptied it out before putting it up for sale and filled several bins with mementoes that we’ve collected over the years.
While I love the new table and tv, getting rid of the entertainment center meant I lost a lot of display space. I’ve been looking for small display shelves at thrift stores that I can use in our sun room to hold a few of the items that were in the old cabinet.
Before working on any thrift store item, I always like to use TSP to clean the item. Wiping it on with a lint free cloth and removing it cleans it up easily and rids the piece of any odors it might have.
I started by giving the piece a primer coat using spray primer. I used a dark primer because my original plan was to use aged metallic spray paint to match the Repurposed Lyre Design Magazine Rack. I was thinking that I would use this in the dining room.
After thinking about the spot in the dining room, I decided I didn’t like that idea and decided against the dark color. The size of this piece is just right for a spot on one of the sun room walls. I’ve used Waverly Chalk Paint in Celery for several furniture pieces in our sun room. I also used it for a Coffee Table Tray Makeover.
With chalk paint, the first coat is always going to look pretty awful. If you’re new to using chalk paint, don’t be discouraged by this. The next coat will transform the piece!
Since this piece has curvy spindles, spray painting it would have been easier, but I wanted the paint to match the other pieces in our sun room. The easiest way I’ve found to paint spindles is to use a rapid back and forth motion horizontally over each spindle for the first coat. For the second coat, I use smooth vertical strokes.
The second coat of chalk paint had it looking much better.
This piece needed three coats of chalk paint to get the smooth finish I wanted. Fortunately, chalk paint dries quickly so the piece can be finished without a lot of down time.
The final step is to protect the finish. For this piece I used Rust-Oleum Matte Clear Chalked Protective Top Coat Spray.
I sorted through the items that I had removed from the entertainment display cabinets and chose some coastal pieces to display on the shelf.
After finishing this shelf makeover, I’m glad that I opted to go with the lighter green paint rather than the darker look. It fits in well with other décor in our sun room.
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Display Shelf Makeover with Chalk Paint
Supply List for Wall Shelf Makeover
- Thrift Store Find Wall Shelf
- TSP Cleaner
- Lint Free Cloth
- Chalk Paint
- Paint Brushes
- Spray Polycrylic
What’s your latest thrift store find makeover?
Be sure to click below to check out Angela’s thrift store find makeover.
Beverly shares easy, inexpensive craft tutorials, diy projects for the home, coastal decor projects, & thrift store find makeover projects all designed to help you create a beautiful home on a budget.