Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Another chance

We found this shelving unit nailed into our apartment's garage wall. I asked Rich, why don't we just pull it off, paint it and hang it in the kitchen? (I wanted shelves for my glass hostess set that was hidden away.) This is what it looked like immediately after I brought it into the house.  


I thought the curves definitely had potential but the nubs on the bottom reallly had to go. One was missing anyway(far right), so we sawed them off and sanded the edges. Here it is dusted and ready to paint. It looked like it had never seen any kind of sealer or finish before and we probably should have sanded it or something but that is an extra step, and with me getting the project finished fast is the objective. 


So here we are painting. This was the first of three coats of wall paint that our landlords let us use to match the shelves to the wall. Plus, it was free.


Here it is hung on our dining area wall with cup hooks attached. Rich had to use the drill to make holes first and then screw them in, but it didn't take long. We mounted it with six screws we found in the garage as well. 

So that is the story of how we gave that sad shelf another chance. Out of the garage and into the sunshine, holding beautiful things and making me smile every day.

14 comments:

Tess said...

Mom says, "Wow! Beautiful and elegant!" and I say... AWESOME!

karen said...

Hi Lauren. You really should try smocking, if you keep it simple, just tie the folds it really is easy. Your shelves look great!!

Anne Marie said...

UH - perfect!!

anted to come by and say
Have a Blessed Easter!!

enjoy the weekend!!

Love,
Anne Marie

melissa said...

Wow, Lauren! I love what you did with this and I'm digging all of the accessories as well~the lace-edged plate and that cake stand?? Oooh la la! Way to see the potential in things :)

Nicole @ BugaBoos said...

Ohhh Soooo pretty! I love it! What an awesome transformation! Thanks for Sharing!

Jennifer Poppy said...

LOVE IT! LOVE IT~ LOVE IT!

Becky said...

I'm here from Kimba's. That is an incredible makeover. I'd love to have that in my house. Good job.

The DIY Show Off said...

Beautiful transformation! I love it!

Nissa said...

What a fabulous transformaion! Great job!

Nichole said...

Love it!! Nice job :o)

Jenny@ L.O.T.s of Love said...

Jealous! Perfection!

DawnB said...

Omgosh, how many similar shelves have I passed up at the thrift stores? I am inspired by your imagination to discover something beautiful. Oh, and kudos to your hubby for all his support and help.

Jane said...

That really looks beautiful! You have a knack for accessorizing.

Anna Sophia said...

It is amazing what white paint will do! Great job!!