Asked on Nov 28, 2019

How can I upcycle these shelves, and are they worth anything?

Jessica GreenHolly Lengner - Lost MomAmie


I bought these 2 shelves at goodwill and I thought they were interesting...but now I’m not sure if theY are interesting or just ugly? Does anyone know about Black Forest antiques? I’m sure these are knockoffs but I am thinking of painting them but don’t want to if any value!? Thanks for any input!

11 answers
  • I don't know if they're antiques, but if they're knock-offs, I'd paint them and distress the edges.

  • Flipturn
    on Nov 29, 2019

    Are they solid wood, wood veneer, or plastic?

  • Lucky Home Today
    Lucky Home Today
    on Nov 29, 2019

    Those are very interesting pieces! I would put them into my kitchen or bathroom. Likely spray paint them or use chalk paint and destress them to match my decor.

  • Jeanette
    on Nov 29, 2019

    I think they are beautiful. I might use some Rub 'n Buff in an old gold to highlight the edges and leaves but nothing more. It is so easy to use on many things to add a little "oomph".

  • Pamela
    on Nov 29, 2019

    Are there any markings on the back ? They look very William Morris like ..Or art nouveau ... In that case they might have some value , if they are knock offs then I would possibly use chalk paint .

  • Agnes Chrzanowska
    Agnes Chrzanowska
    on Nov 30, 2019

    These are beautiful! I would chalk paint them white and use them as sconces that hold candle in a tall glass container

  • William
    on Nov 30, 2019

    I would have them checked out. If they are true Black Forest shelves they could fetch$100 +. If they're not about $50. Are there any marks on the back or signs of a former label? Antique Black Forest items usually wouldn't be marked as there were and are many artists that produced them.

    • Do your best!.
      Do your best!.
      on Dec 1, 2019

      Wow...i did think they look like maybe they'd be worth a bob or like them as they are but thats just me ..happy hometalking will 👍

  • Do your best!.
    Do your best!.
    on Dec 1, 2019

    Lots off ideas above...i just need to say there beautiful !!. An which ever idea you go with. They will look even more beautiful...I do like these :) Thanks for shareing .please update a photo of after you finish?? Thanks

  • Amie
    on Dec 1, 2019

    Maybe try restaining the leaves to a lighter glossy stain while keeping the vains a darker matted stain.

  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom
    Holly Lengner - Lost Mom
    on Dec 2, 2019

    I love the design! So cute. If they were mine, I would spray paint a fun color, like hot pink or sea foam green.

  • Jessica Green
    Jessica Green
    on Dec 24, 2019

    I LOVE the patina on them and would not paint! Just some Old English or other wood oil.

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