Friday, March 27, 2015

Making the Old New: A Shelf Story

Hello Fellow Homesteaders!

I love re-purposing items and giving old things a new life! I have had this shelf for quite some time. With the ongoing renovations, things like this have just collected dust waiting for the day where they get a chance to shine. Well, my wall hung coat rack broke last week and now we have coats and purses and bags (oh my!) scattered everywhere again and it's driving me batty! I looked into buying a new one or buying the hooks and making my own. But the pre-made ones seem flimsy and the hooks were high dollar! I ended up finding this as I was rummaging for something else and thought I'd give it a try. I'd prefer that it had more hooks, but it seems sturdy enough to hold a lot of weight. So here's the before pic. (I really love before and afters!)

I carefully removed the hooks and sanded the shelf to help the new paint stick.

The paint I used is actually from the hazardous waste facility. They take in old paint, filter it and sort by type and color, then mix it together to form a new color. The paint is free and they give it out in 5 gallon buckets for a $5 deposit for the bucket. You get the $5 back if you bring back the bucket. Not a bad deal! Anyway, we had gotten this paint for something else, but there is plenty. It seemed the perfect color to paint the living room. This shelf will go on the blue accent wall.

I let it dry then added another coat.

And another. I wanted full coverage!

I spray painted several coats of white paint on the hooks, carefully reattached them and...TA DA!!! A whole new item for our home!

Before and After...

Not too shabby! Now it waits for it's new home to be painted so it can be hung up. Do you like to re-purpose, up cycle, and give things a new life? What have you been working on?

Happy painting!

Jen Hen

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