I really enjoy thrifting and makeovers. I usually look for something made out of wood. This little number caught my eye for the perfect beach house project. Swimming, sand and beach towels doesn’t end with summer in the south!
I Spy a Potential Makeover Using Paint And Hooks.
As you can see, this is a small wall shelf. Paint, wording and a few hooks will give it a new purpose.
Here is a line up of the supplies needed for this project. I washed the shelf first and made sure it was totally dry before beginning. Then I sanded any rough edges using a sanding block.
I put on a nice base coat of white paint. I wanted to make sure that the final color had the chance to look it’s best.
I discovered that one of the edges was in bad shape. It appears that this is made out of mdf wood. I would have never guessed. Mdf is engineered fiber board which is nice and smooth but doesn’t do well with moisture. The washing and sanding made this really rough edge that needed attention.
BTW, the shelf is propped up on an upside down cardboard beverage holder to make it easier to paint!
After the base coat I could see that the rough edge needed more attention. I slapped on some Elmers wood filler according to the instructions on the container.
After drying a few hours I sanded it for a perfectly smooth edge. I painted it with the white paint and felt very happy with the results.
Because of the way the shelf is made its is a little difficult to paint in between the slats. So I just use the smaller brush and made sure to get it all. Then I painted the entire piece with a beachy blue.
I used my Silhouette Cameo computer software program to design the stencil. The extra T helps me to line up the wording in one straight line.
I like using a stencil to add words. There are other techniques you can use including freehand. I added the stencil and carefully added white paint with a relatively dry stencil foam brush.
I felt it needed a little more to jazz it up so I decided to add one thick stripe on both sides. Next I finished with two good coats of Mod Podge to seal it from any outdoor elements. Then I screwed on four hooks that transformed this shelf into its new purpose...a place to hang your beach towels.
You can use the shelf to hold a can of suntan lotion!
It’s done and ready for the consignment shop to hopefully find it’s way to it’s new forever home. Perfect for that beach house porch!
- Wall shelf (Yard sale)
- Paint (Michael’s)
- Wood filler (Amazon)
- Hooks (Amazon)
- Painters tape (Lowe’s hardware)
- Mod Podge (Michael’s)
- Sanding block (Lowe’s Hardware)