Monday, December 19, 2011

Distressed Bathroom Shelf - A Little Monday Lovin'

Here is an old project that I did. Super easy and great if you are broke and trying to make your apartment or room cute! I bought this sad little corner shelf at a thrift store for two bucks. I mean it really wasn’t worth much more either, he was strugglin’. I think more often than not the things that look worse off can look the best with a little work…

So I took him apart, sanded him down (when trying to repaint something you cannot forgo the sanding, even though it sucks. If you do the piece just won’t turn out well, so do a good job!) and primed him. I wish I had a picture of this…but I don’t, sorry!

[Sidenote: Good thing I refer to my projects as he/him she/her…that’s not weird or anything…]

The priming sort of has a duel purpose in that when I distress the piece, it has a nice little somethin somethin underneath besides the ugly wood. Distressing really has no rules to it because different pieces look good distressed in different places but I’d say a good rule of thumb would be to go for the edges first because that is where pieces naturally get the most wear.

Lastly I spray painted some chicken wire white (my dad had just finished building our chicken’s a coop so it was laying around). It isn’t very expensive anyway and it added a nice back to the shelf to prevent stuff from falling off. Staple gun that bad boy on, reattach the shelves (queue James) and you’re in business!

Sorry for the lack of pictures, this is something I did over a year ago. Happy Monday!



Agy said...

Thanks for the tips. I'm hesitating with revamping my dining chairs but you've made it sound easy. How long do you wait between the priming and the painting?

EvaMae said...

Take a plunge and go for it, I'm sure they will turn out great. This project took me most of the day though, so be ready to put in some time on your chairs! Wait until primer is dry, overnight is ideal but if you are like me and can't wait that long test the primer by sanding it a little. If it rolls off in clumps...not ready, if it comes off as dust, paint away!!