Small Shelf Gets an Update

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I was given this small shelf with two drawers, but it didn't fit my style. It had decorative curved top that, to me, gave it a dated look. After a quick trim and some paint and furniture wax, it has a whole new, modern look!

Check out my video tutorial!

Here is were I started. This looked like something that might be good in a cottage-type home or maybe my grandmother's house. It is in good condition and I thought it would be really useful for small storage, so I decided to make it fit my style a little better.

The first thing I did was remove the decorative curved top. I used a small circular saw and a jigsaw to make the cuts.

I gave everything a quick sand with 120 grit sandpaper.

For the drawers, I used Varathane wood stain to cover the drawers. The color I chose was Kona. It is a rich, dark, beautiful color!

For the body of the shelf, I painted it a dark gray furniture paint. I got this can of paint from the mis-tinted paint section at a hardware store. Always check the the mis-tinted paints! You'll find some great deals on good paint.

After the paint was dry, I covered the whole thing in black furniture wax. I brushed on the wax and then I wiped off any excess with a clean, microfiber cloth. The black wax darkens the tone a bit, while also sealing the paint and giving the piece extra protection.

After the wax dried for 24 hours, I used another clean, microfiber cloth to buff the wax.

The last step was adding new handles to the drawers.

Here is the final look!

It's great as a kitchen spice rack/cook book shelf.

It's also great for all the little random toiletries that can be found in a bathroom.

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  • Cheryl Bowlin-Atkinson Cheryl Bowlin-Atkinson on Mar 26, 2021

    I love that you took something old and made it new and useful. I will be on the look out for one of these

  • Zoso Zoso on Apr 07, 2021

    How clever to get rid of that curved top. Love the color choices you made and the hardware!!!