Thrift Shop Shelf Upcycle with Hardware Cloth

This little homemade shelf was a recent purchase at the Littlefork Thrift Shop.  It was quite rough plywood except for the back which was a smooth shiny piece of wall paneling.  I removed the paneling back.


Here is the side view.

My first plan was to stain it with vinegar and steel wool homemade stain, but I soon saw that wood putty used on the shelf showed up everywhere as lighter spots on the corners and nail holes.

So Plan B was to paint the shelf with Dutch Boy Chalky Finish Paint in Antiquated Lace (available at Menards).  
I painted across the grain and left some of the dark spots showing through my paint.  More paint than dry brushing, but not a fully loaded paint brush.

I also added a piece of 1/4 Inch x 24 Inch x 5 Feet Hardware Cloth to the back with thumbtacks.

Upcycled Plywood Thrift Shop Shelf organizedclutter.net
I stenciled "Farmers" and "Market" on all four sides of the shelf with FolkArt Farmers Market Stencil.

Upcycled Plywood Thrift Shop Shelf organizedclutter.net
A sawtooth hanger was added to the back for hanging.  Or the shelf can also stand on a counter top.  I sealed the shelf with Rust-Oleum Chalked Sealer/Wax Topcoat Spray  .

Upcycled Plywood Thrift Shop Shelf organizedclutter.net
Then I just filled the shelf cubbies with farmhouse style details.

Upcycled Plywood Thrift Shop Shelf organizedclutter.net

Upcycled Plywood Thrift Shop Shelf organizedclutter.net

Upcycled Plywood Thrift Shop Shelf organizedclutter.net
Another inexpensive and easy thrift shop upcycle!






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5 comments:

  1. What a super cute and easy project. Love it. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I love the transformation, Carlene! It could be used in so many ways now!

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  3. Perfect! I can think of several places in my home this would be terrific for display! And so simple!

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  4. Your ideas always amaze me! This is gorgeous!

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  5. Beautiful! Now I want one! LOL

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