I found this little shelf at a yard sale for $1. It was a bit too country for my taste, so I decided to give it a little facelift.
First I removed the wooden pegs and the metal "Welcome" sign.
The sign was glued and screwed on there, so I had to use the hubby's tools (yet again) to get it off. Then I used our lovely redneck ice scraper & sandpaper to get the glue residue completely off.
I skipped sanding the rest of it, and gave it a coat of primer.
After removing the pegs, I used a stainable wood filler to fill in the holes. I kind of did this backwards- but I only decided to replace the pegs after I'd already primed it, and gotten the first coat of paint on. Ideally, you do this before any paint or primer hits.
I then traced the size of the "Welcome" sign on piece of scrap metal from Menard's. I used Z's "Tin Snips" to cut the metal- you have to be super careful not to cut yourself on the raw edges.
Once the metal was cut I took pencil and sketched the letters "L-A-U-N-D-R-Y" backwards on the back side. Next I took a metal punch & mallet and made little indentations around the outside of the sketched letters. The front side will end up looking like this:
I also punched a hole entirely through each of the 4 corners to screw it back in. To get it to lay completely flat, I applied Gorilla Glue to the back, set it where I wanted it, placed a piece of 2x4 on top and clamped it for 24 hrs.
Since the wood filler isn't strong enough to drill through and attach hardware, I had to drill just below the holes. Bummer, but it's going in the Laundry room, so I didn't sweat it. I used regular cabinet knobs to replace the pegs.
After this step, I was finished! Well, except for hanging it on the wall & accessorizing, which I still have yet to do.. :)
And as always, the BEFORE:
And, the AFTER:
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