Painting a $5 Shelf

I bought this shelf at the Second Act, a local consignment shop in July for $5.

I liked the mirror and the caned insets, and I also liked the lip around the front edge of the shelf. It has been stained but not varnished.

I didn't paint it immediately. I didn't know what color to paint it at first. But my "go to" color is Rustoleum American Accents Heirloom White, and I thought white would be good with the caning insets.

I used a dry brush technique that some of the under stain color shows through and then I distressed the edges with sandpaper.

I am going to have my husband help me hang it, and then when it's in place and holding some fun collectibles, I will let you see it again!

The Thrifty Groove


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  1. It looks fabulous painted white. Great find for $5. Hugs, Marty

  2. Love the shelf painted! Great job and can't wait to see where you hang it.
    hugs, Linda

  3. Looks wonderful, Carlene! I love little shelves painted white and then distressed! Good job! Have a lovely weekend.


  4. oh wow, that looks great.. painting it did the trick and made it a beautiful piece. good for you, seeing what Could be versus what was.

  5. Looks so much better Carlene! I love Heirloom White. I am never without a full can at the ready! It's like the perfect band aid to fix any poorly thought out thrift find :-)

  6. Now that's a great before and after! What a great white update to that drab brown "before". Can't wait to see what you fill it with!

  7. Great find for $5! The Heirloom White looks great on it!

  8. Another fab paint job! I need you to come to my house and do some painting. Can't wait to see this when you hang it and create a vignette on it. laurie

  9. Carlene,
    I love how this sweet shelf came out!! Especially the caning!


  10. That is such a cute shelf with great details! And it looks wonderful in white. Nice find and redo! Thank you for sharing it with us at TTF.


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