This is a thrift shop shelf that I purchased for $2 recently.
First I painted a base coat of black paint.
Next I brushed on two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Cream.
After distressing the shelf with sandpaper, I tore three pages out of a vintage dictionary, and decoupaged them on the page underside only to the top of the shelf. I ripped the pages around all four edges. Then I coated the shelf with Polycrylic. I liked the way it darkened the dictionary pages and the paint too. It gave it some age. This was the first time I used ASCP in cream, and the first time I used poly instead of wax.
I found these miniature knobs on sale at Jo Ann Fabrics last month for 40% off. I added two of them to the bottom points of the shelf. The screws that came with the set were too short so I had to find screws long enough to go through the wood.
This is the up-cycled shelf from the top,
And here it is from the side with the knobs on the bottom points.