Here's what she looked like when I "stumbled" upon her:
Recently, while on a walk with my Boston, I noticed a brown shelf that was sitting on the curb in front of a house that they were clearly throwing away (I did that whole stalking-of-our-neighbors-curbs again....remember when I picked up these chairs). So, I inspected it for sturdiness (pushed it around, picked it up and inspected the back) and it passed my test. So I called the hubby at work and told him to pick it up on his way home. ha. Yeah, I let him look like the weirdo picking up things off the curb. Luckily he doesn't mind. He gets the "happy wife = happy life" motto.
Once I got her in my
hands backyard, I got to work sanding her down.
I love using my sander on anything and everything. She's my hot fudge to my sundae. She makes things so much easier. For the longest time I was using a 3M sanding block. But not no mo!
When sanding, you just want to make sure that your shelf is smooth. Any bumps (like old paint that's peeling off) will show through the paint. Once it's smooth, be sure to wife it down with a wet rag really good. You wouldn't want any sanding dust showing through your paint, either.
Next up....paint. I dug through my bins in the garage that are full of paint cans and had this sample left over from our living room re-paint job. I love this color. It's not too gray and it's not too white. It's just right.
We didn't paint the backing of the shelf since it would be covered up anyway.
And here's our new beauty hanging pretty with all her fixin's! I'm so excited about how she turned out. I love the colors of the paint (I used a paint that I already had called Alpaca from Sherwin Williams) and fabric together.
I hope you liked this project and you too will keep an eye out for trash on your neighbors curbs and turn something into a pretty/useable treasure!!