Wednesday, July 13, 2011

French Inspired Shelf Makeover

Happy Wednesday!

Actually, Happy White Wednesday!

Hope you'll go say
HI to Kathleen and check out all the other lovelies!!

This week I am sharing a little shelf makeover!

I got this little diamond in the rough for
a song while thrifting about a month ago...

Not much to look at...kind of primitive...but
in great vintage condition.

I knew I could do something with it.
I decided on a touch of French inspiration.

First I sanded it,  and gave it a light wash of white.
I just used inexpensive acrylic craft paint.
I squirted some out on a paper plate
and would dilute as I painted with water.

I resized a French graphic from wonderful
Karen, over at The Graphics Fairy.  Then I went to Picnik,
my fave photo editing program, {because I'm not
good with Photoshop yet} and unsaturated the color
of the print to more of a gray.

I tore the edges, and then grayed them up with
stamp ink, and distressed it a little with a
bit of the white paint.

Then I put a coat of Mod Podge to seal it. 

I wrapped the "handle" with some cotton cording
and I added two charming vintage gelatin molds for a
little storage, and then it was complete!

I was so pleased with how easy it was
and how it really transformed a cute vintage shelf
that I'm glad I didn't pass up!

It was snapped up from my shop in about an hour!!

Hope your day is filled with joy!!
Share your smile!!



ImSoVintage said...

great job. i found you through the white wednesday blog hop. would love for you to visit me.


Jane said...

I love the vintage feel...
(and I need lessons!!!)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Wow, Becky, that was a quick sale! Love the transformation you gave this little shelf. What a perfect piece for a bathroom. Love the simplicity of the whitewash, too.

The White Bench said...

Dear Becky,
how lovely! What a great makeover. It's incredible what a coat of paint (and a bit of creativity) can do! Your creations are enchanting, I really love your touch!
Thank you so very much for the delightful words you always leave me... and SO glad you are well and enjoying eating again.
Take care, and hugs,
Monica xo

Pam said...

It looks great! I love The Graphics Fairy too! You did a great job adding the jute to the top. It makes it pop. Nice work!


Patti said...

You must have stopped uploading through Windows Live, because your photos aren't showing up on my computer. If I use Gary's or Gabrielle's laptop, I can get all photos, but their laptops aren't always available to me.

So, are you just loving your shop? I'm so glad the Lord brought that desire to fulfillment.

Have a great day.


cynthialeedesigns said...

I have a little shelf sitting on my kitchen counter that is just like this one and I've been wanting to do a makeover on it, but didn't know what I wanted to do. Now I do!! Thanks for sharing this beautiful makeover.

Donna said...

What a fun shelf! I love the whitewash treatment that you gave it, and the graphic makes it feel oh so French! The cute little jello molds are the piece de la resistance! I can see why it sold so quickly:)

NanaNor's said...

Girl I absolutely love it!!!!
Hugs, Nor

Trisha said...

I really like what you did with the shelf. Glad you took a picture before it sold. I hadn't thought about diluting white paint, I've been buying pickled oak stain to achieve the same effect. Thanks for the lessons. Have a Blessed day.

Petite Michelle Louise said...

it's very sweet. i can see why it sold so fast.

Amy Kinser said...

Wow! What an eye you have, my friend. You did a great job taking something that primitive looking and turning it into something so perfectly chic. Love it and don't blame someone for snatching it up.

Still love my peat pot, by the way.

723.home.plain & simple said...

wish i had been the one to snap that up!

Char said...

so cute, Char

Lynn Richards said...

wooo hooo!! Snapped up in an hour! Of course, because it's so darn pretty!
Love it!

Debbie said...

I can see why it was snapped up! I love the look of whitewashing on anything. There's something "homey" about it.

Elena said...

Beautiful! You did a great job. I love to see a creative mind work:)

Faded Plains said...

What a great transformation....I love how it turned out...and the twine on the handle was a wonderful touch.

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Oh my sweet Becky...... You are so darn clever. I'm sure I would have passed that by. What a great eye you have. I'll be on the lookout for something similar now.....

I was at Joann's yesterday and they already had the fall decor out....Wow....and I have my yummy pumpkins from you last year to get out.....I'm looking forward to it.

Big smoochies....
Cupcake xoxo

Kasia said...

Hello Becky,
Thats is absolutely beautiful .Great job!

Faye said...

It really turned out! I just love what you did with it! Have a wonderful weekend!
XO Faye

Petite Michelle Louise said...

merci for visiting my studio and for all your sweet compliments mon amie! ;)

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Hi Becky,
That shelf was adorable, not surprised at all it went so quickly. Sure hope you are feeling much better by now, and tolerating your meds fine.

Maybe, just maybe we can get together this week,
I sure hope so.......that would be such a delight.

Blessings for a great week ahead hon,
Love ya, Nellie

Cora said...

Too cute! Love it! Not surprised it went quick! Glad to be back checking you out!! haha
Have a great week!

Abby's Paperie Garden said...

I'm amazed how you saw beyond what the shelved looked like before and created this beauty!



Vicki said...

Wow that was a quick sale. I understand why though. It came out great.

Passionate for White said...

An hour you say? I surprised it took that long! Just awesome!

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

Wonderful transformation, Becky! The French gray color really made a difference. And, of course, your embellishments were the icing on the cake. ;)

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

saltbox treasures said...

A beautiful shelf, Becky! You are sooo talented!
~ Julie

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