Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Thrift store Shelf makeover

Here is my Houndstooth Shelf redo that was posted on Sugar Bee Crafts last week.  I thought I would post it in case you missed it over there.

Like many of you, I have had an obsession with Houndstooth recently.  Don't you just adore how it looks?  There is something about it that makes me want to have it...NOW! 

Well, Here is a project I made last week with an old shelf I bought for about .50 cents at Salvation Army (my favorite store in the whole wide world!). 

Here is what you need:
an old wood shelf, frame...be creative!!
Mod Podge
Your favorite color of paint

First, I painted my shelf with my favorite spray, Rustoleum Heirloom White.  I let it dry for about 2 months.  You don't need to let it dry that long, it just took me that long to get to this project.  What can I say, I am a procrastinator. 

Don't you love the curves around this cutie?  I fell in love, when I first laid eyes on it.
Next, I found some houndstooth paper at Michael's craft store.  It goes on sale at least once a month.  I can't resist a SALE!

I took the paper, laid it on the shelf and pressed the paper on the shelf, so you can see all impressions of the paper.  Then I cut out the paper.  It worked really well to do it this way. 
Then, I brushed a layer of Mod Podge on the shelf, laid the paper on the shelf, matching all the corners.  If the paper goes over the edge, no big deal, because when it dries, we are going to sand the edges.  I used a brayer to smooth down the paper.  You don't have to use a brayer, but I love my mine!  It works great!
Next, I put another coat of Mod Podge on top of the paper to make sure it sticks down really well.  
After the Mod Podge is completely dry (about 1 hour), sand the edges, getting the excess paper that is hanging off.  Don't forget to sand DOWN!  If you sand upwards, the paper will lift and rip, ruining your lovely project.  

When I was finished, I had no idea what to do with it!  I had this cute little bird, so I painted him with Rustoleum Aqua.  This is one of my favorite colors!  Isn't he cute? 
I looked at it and that blank space above the bird needed something, so I looked to see if my cricut had anything cute I could cut out.  The one I used here is called Flrdelis from the Don Juan cartridge.  I love how it turned out!  It fits perfectly on a little corner in my kitchen!  

Hope you like it!  I love where it is in my kitchen, where I can see it as soon as I walk in:)
Have a great week!!


  1. That is so cute! I would have never thought to do that. Very creative!

  2. Nicely done!I'm so happy I visited your blog today. I'm following Hugs!

  3. This is cute...and now I am wishing I had picked up a set of something similar when I was at Goodwill last weekend!

  4. aw I LOVE the houndstooth! it looks awesome, especially with the pop of blue!

  5. Popped over from Someday Crafts... Love how that turned out. I have seen little shelves like that before but never thought of covering them like you did!

  6. I love the blue with the black and white! Great job! Thank you so much for linking up to "It's a Party"!

  7. Um, yeah, com-PLETELY, in love with the bird!


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