Vintage vibe for box store shelving
As an empty-nester I can verify that when the chicks leave the nest they leave it far from empty. Each time one of our little darlings set out on their own, Hubby and I found ourselves the keeper stuff – unwanted, but wanted stuff; treasures of childhood, mementos of college days and a menagerie of mismatched furniture usually in rough shape. These shelves fall into the last category.
But after a little creative restyling they look like this…
In fact they turned out so beautiful they were snatched up on the first day of my fall sale.
Although the shelves were in good shape, they looked exactly like what they were, box store shelves. So I took sand paper to them and roughed them up enough so paint would adhere. I then gave them a coat of a warm white paint and sanded them again, taking off some of the white paint (more of the paint came off than I had intended or usually want, but this time it looked right so I went with it). Next step was to mellow the paint and any fresh wood exposed from sanding by coating the entire shelf with a dark stain (applied with a brush then quickly wiped off with a rag). Once it was completely dry I coated the shelves with a flat, clear sealer.
Meanwhile I took some vintage wallpaper I have been holding onto, cut it into strips as wide as the inside depth of the shelves and as long as the shelves were wide plus and extra foot or so. With a spray adhesive I covered the bake of the paper with fabric (I used remnants of old sheets) and trimmed the fabric to the size of the paper. This gave strength to the otherwise delicate paper. I carefully wove the lined paper over and under the slates of the shelving. To finish I trimmed off the excess paper and secured the edges to the underside of the framing with furniture tacks.
This project turned out so beautiful,, I might have to make another with the remaining shelves in our keepers stash.