Thursday, July 30, 2009

Transformed Shelf

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:

This post is linked up @ The Shabby Chic Cottage, ASPTL, and Bloggeritaville.


Kitty Scraps said...

Great transformation! I don't think I would have seen the possibilities of this piece but you certainly did. Good eye!

Cindy at PlantSomeRoots said...

Whoops...I caught myself saying outloud and rather loud "Oh, that is so cute!" Now that's a transformation!

Lucy Marie said...

Very cute!

La Nouvelle Femme said...

Adorable! I LOVE how you punched the word through like that.

Annie said...

you are talented girly! i love how crafty you are :) love the transformed shelf!

thrifty and chic motif said...

Wow girl, you have vision. That looks so cute! I would have passed that poor little shelf right by but you completely transformed it into something I would love having in my laundry room. Good job :)

artisticblend said...

Wow! That looks amazing! Great job.

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

That's a GREAT makeover! Love the silver/white combo, soooo pretty!

Trudi said...

I love the silver and white. It's very cute.

Gina said...

I love it! I see those country shelves all the time at yard sales and never thought of making it look so different. Thank you for the inspiration--now I want an ugly shelf!

Found your through DIY Day. Thanks for sharing!

Fawn said...

I really love this project! What a great idea with the metal punch "laundry."

Amber said...

Love the laundry letters! What a great way to industrialize it a little more!