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Simple Shelf Makeover

Not every project is complex with a lot of planning. Most of my projects are pretty easy. This particular one was really simple. It started with a shelf I picked up at an estate sale. I really like the shape and design of it. I also liked the fact it could sit on a surface or could be hung on a wall. It just makes it really versatile.

It was covered in dirt but it cleaned up really well. I almost considered trying to sell it as is but I already had the paint picked out and ready to go, so I painted it.

I thought the previous stain might bleed through the paint so I applied a coat of Kilz primer. It is pretty effective at preventing bleed through.

I used Waverly Chalk Paint (available at WalMart) in the Celery color. This color has become a favorite of mine. I tend to use it a lot. I applied two coats on this shelf. I heavily distressed the piece overall with 60 grit sandpaper. I applied a coat of Varathane Crystal Clear Satin polyurethane to protect the piece.

This is a piece that can be transformed in a day. This would be perfect in a kitchen to store cookbooks and some of your farmhouse finds.

Speaking of farmhouse finds, how cute is this cow figurine and this little rooster plate? So cute.

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I was thrilled to find out that the Life Beyond the Kitchen blog featured this project on their site. If you get a minute, check out her site!

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