I wanted to try my hand at furniture makeovers and when I found this shelf for $5 I knew it was a great piece to work on. Added bonus, I already had several items on hand to work on it.
1. Sand the item
Here’s the original shelf unit. It was an oak shelf that had been painted gray. I used my Black and Decker Orbital Sander on the piece. I sanded most of the gray paint off, and got it ready so the new paint would adhere well.
2. Clean the piece
I used Krud Kutter and wiped the piece to clean it.
Turned out the old paint was latex paint so it started wiping right off. I cleaned up as much as I could, sanded it again, and then cleaned it again.
3. Paint the piece
I painted the entire piece with Folk Art Home Decor Chalk Paint in the color Nautical. I painted on one coat, let it dry, and then painted on a second coat.
4. Add a stencil (optional)
I picked out a Plaid stencil that reminded me of a daisy. I used Plaid stencil tape to hold the stencil in place while I would be working with it.
I used Folk Art Home Decor Chalk Paint in the color Summer Porch to stencil the center portion of the daisy. I loaded my Plaid stencil brush with paint, then dabbed it onto a paper plate to off load as much paint as possible. Then I dabbed it onto the stencil. You can see this in the video provided with this tutorial.
I then used Folk Art Home Decor Chalk Paint in the color Sheepskin to continue the daisy look finishing the stencil.
Once the paint was on, I carefully peeled the stencil away. I washed the stencil while the paint dried so I could use it later.
I painted the top and bottom shelves the same with the yellow in the middle and white on the outside. The center shelf I did the reverse, and painted white in the middle and yellow on the outside.
I let this dry completely before moving onto the next step.
5. Seal the piece
I painted the entire piece with Folk Art Home Decor Varnish, let it dry and then painted on a second coat to seal it.
I let it dry and it was ready for use. I’m thrilled with how it turned out.
Click the video below to watch me create this project
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