Painting an outdated 3 tier shelf unit to give it a second life!

I love a good bargain just like I am sure you do.  I really love when things are free and Mr. DD shagged them from the side of the road and brings them home.  This is where this 3 tier shelf unit came from, the side of the road.  

3 Tier Open Shelf ~ before


In its current state, I would not want it in my home either, but she does have potential.  A little #GorillaGlue and paint will give this 3 tier shelf a new purpose and home.  

How to paint spindles

This is my handy trick to paint spindles.  They already have the screws attached, so I just screw them into a 2×4 scrap wood and paint away.  

I made my own chalk-like paint, you can find my recipe I use by clicking on the Chalk-like paint link.  I used my new love color by Sherwin Williams #SW7052.  

minwax water base stain in coffee


Once the 2 coats of Chalk-like paint dried, I knew this piece needed some more color to make her stand out in a room.  I decided to use a dry brush technique and apply Minwax water based stain.   I choose the color, coffee.

3 Tier shelf unit ~ after


Adding the stain deepened the color and gave the piece more charter.  

decorative shelving


Took her to the shop and she found a new home!  I am looking forward to the weather warming up so I can get outside and paint all those pieces in my garage that are wanting a new life.  

signature gradual grey


3 Tier Open Shelf-5

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6 Responses to Painting an outdated 3 tier shelf unit to give it a second life!

  1. lydiaf says:

    I’m impressed. From the before photo I figured poor shelf was beyond redemption! Stopping by from DBB :)

    • Designed Decor says:

      Lydiaf, I always try to see the good in these old worn out pieces! Thanks for stopping over!

  2. Sarah Fuller says:

    Such a tremendous difference without being overly complicated to do. Thanks.

  3. Terry says:

    What a brave girl you are to use water based stain. It ruins every piece that I have ever used it on and now only use glaze I make for oil based stain. With that said, I love how this piece turned out. Wish my Hubby would bring home pieces like this!!!

    • Designed Decor says:

      Terry, I figured what did I have to lose? I just used that same stain on a tabletop, so far so good. I would love to know the glaze recipe you make. Thanks for stopping over!

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