Sunday, September 20, 2009

Photo Shelf Transformation

I bought this old shelf at a garage sale for $.25. It seems like someone had made it themselves, and the paint job was less than desirable. But I had a quarter that was burning a hole in my pocket, so I just had to have it.

6 months later (and six months of Tony nagging me "Why do you buy stuff when you don't even know what you are going to use it for??") I finally decided what to do with it. Give it time, Tony!

With a little sanding and some beloved spraypaint, it was transformed into a decent looking photo display shelf for our guest room. I just used the cheap flat black paint (because this sucker needed a loooot of coats) and then topped that with a shiny clear coat layer to protect. I like how the sides are curved -- a little dimension, ya know..
The builder of this fine shelf had already included brackets, which are mostly covered by the photos, so installation was a snap -- and I think I actually hung it level - amazing! I have a photo of each of my grandparents on the shelf and a few assorted others. The mirror was a gaudy gold number from Goodwill that was $1 (and sat around for even longer than the shelf until I found it a home!). I'm not dead set on the accessories, they were all just things I had lying around already, but it fills a blank wall nicely and gives me a place to display photos.
Not bad for about $2!


  1. I really can't wait to accomplish things like this!!!!

  2. nice work chica! I bought a weird thing this summer at a garage sale for $2.00 and I still have yet to use it- I will come up with something though.


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