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Creative Friday #6 - Repurposed Shelf

It's another Creative Friday! This week it's all about a project for the laundry room at the city house. Come see what I did!

Remember the heart shelves from the 80's? I found a couple at the thrift store some time back. They are great little wooden shelves - though dated. The first one I took apart and used it to make a sign for the guest room. It is fun and whimsical.

The second one is just the right size for the laundry room. However, I wanted to give it more of a farmhouse look.

 The first thing I did was sand the glossy white paint off on the edges and sides:

Next, I cut an old fence picket to fit between the supports (making sure it covered the hearts up) and over the shelf. After sanding them, I glued and clamped them on, leaving it to dry overnight:

 The next day, I brought it in and add screw hooks:

As you can see, the top board is sitting on the original shelf. I added a couple of screws to make sure it stays on.
It's great I didn't have to take the shelf apart to achieve this look. I don't mind the original shelf showing under the new one. I think it adds character. 😀

It sits right by the door going into the garage so it's perfect for extra keys. A little chicken wire basket on the shelf holds string or whatever.
I love how it turned out. The hearts are gone and it looks old and farmhouse-y! Plus, I was able to repurpose an old discarded shelf and a fence picket. A win-win as far as I'm concerned.

Also, I got this in the mail - it's from Kris over at Junk Chic Cottage. She's in the process of moving but still had time to share these cute Spring bags with us and I won one!
I know just where I'm going to put it. (Stay tuned!) Thanks, Kris!

I'm sharing at these fabulous parties:


  1. From 80s 'country' to chippy/rustic-your shelf looks great. You did a good job on the makeover.

    Gotta love that Kris- she is always thinking of others. I am lucky enough to have met her in person and she's even better in real life!!!!

    Have a great St. Patrick's Day- xo Diana

  2. Cecilia have a wonderful St. Patty's day. Glad you got your sweet tote. I was so happy to share a few of these with you wonderful blogging friends. They just scream SPRING! Enjoy. Love the chippy shelf re love too. You know how I love anything chippy and white. This is awesome. Have a great day and wonderful weekend.

  3. I remember those heart shelves....I never would have thought of recycling them by covering up the hearts! Genius! I love the rustic farmhouse way it turned out!
    xo Kathleen | Our Hopeful Home

    1. Thanks, Kathleen! I'm really happy with how it turned out!

  4. That is a great repurpose project. You have such great ideas, Cecilia. This piece would work at the Farm too.

  5. It looks great Cecilia! Perfect for that farmhouse look you were going after.

    I got a bag from Kris last year and love it! Enjoy!


  6. Just adorable, love your farmhouse-y redo.

  7. It is perfect! I love what you did to it...totally transformed the look. The bag is so pretty's always fun to win something! Hope your weekend is going well.

    Hugs, Vicky

  8. Your shelf turned out beautifully. I love that you were able to come up with a solution to reuse an old heart shelf. Thank you for sharing your repurposed shelf at the Snickerdoodle Create~Bake~Make link party!


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