Shelf Makeover (Inspired By Chocolate Theme!)

Today is Themed Furniture Makeover Day and our theme this month is a fun one:  Inspired By Chocolate.

DIY Furniture Girls

If you are new here, each month a group of friends challenge each other to makeover a piece of furniture using a theme.  Last month the theme was “Shades of White” and I shared a coffee table makeover.  (You can find links to all of my Themed Furniture Makeover Day projects here.)


For our “Inspired by Chocolate” theme, I decided to give a shelf a makeover.

Shelf Makeover Before

This shelf was made by my grandfather and was used in the guest bath at my grandmother’s house.  I can’t remember a time that it wasn’t in the bathroom, so if I had to guess, I’d say that he made it in the 1960’s.  It moved with my grandmother to her retirement home apartment and then to my aunt’s attic after Granny had to move to a nursing home.  When we visited my aunt at Christmas, she let me explore her attic to see if there were any goodies there that I would like to have.  This shelf was one thing that came home with me.


After it got cleaned, sanded, and painted, it has a refreshed look that I love.

Stenciled Shelf Makeover - A 1960's handmade shelf gets a makeover with paint and stenciling. This shelf has a new home at the lake where it will be used for drinks and magazines on our deck.  Last Saturday was warm and my mom and I tested it out.  We agreed that it’s the perfect height to hold our drinks and magazines to read when we aren’t gazing at the water.


Stenciling Shelf after Painting

I painted the shelf with Chalky Finish Paint by Americana Decor in Lace.  In the pictures the color looks the same as the “before” picture but in reality it is a creamier shade of white.  To go with our theme this month, this paint color makes me think of white chocolate.

I used a Home Damask Accent Stencil from Michaels to add some pizzazz to the sides of the shelf.  Be sure to either use spray adhesive or painter’s tape when stenciling.  A stencil brush is also a must.


Shelf Makeover with Paint and Stenciling

The stencil paint is Fireside Metallic by Plaster Paint Company.



Stenciled Shelf - A Makeover with paint and metallic stenciling

Both sides of the shelf got stenciled.



Shelf Makeover with Paint and Stenciling - This shelf is the perfect height for drinks on our deck.

My mom didn’t see the shelf until I pulled it out of the car when we arrived at the lake on Saturday.  Her exclamation of “It’s gorgeous!” made me so happy.

Stenciled Shelf Used on the Deck at Smith Mountain Lake, VA After we got settled into the house, we pulled two rockers on the porch, put the shelf between us to hold our drinks, and relaxed while admiring the view.


Using the Shelf at Smith Mountain Lake

We stayed outside until it was time to eat dinner.  What a treat for a February evening!

The black rocker on the right was a also a Themed Furniture Makeover Day project.


Shelf Makeover - A handmade shelf from the 1960's gets a makeover with paint and stenciling. virginiasweetpea.comIf my grandparents were still around, I think that they would be pleased with this makeover.  When my aunt sees it, I hope that she’s pleased as well.


Now it’s time to enjoy the other “Inspired by Chocolate” makeovers for this month. Click on the links below to see each project.

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  1. The shelf turned out really nice, love the stencil design! And how awesome, that it’s a family piece preserved! Makes it extra special, huh? 🙂 ~Rhonda

  2. Paula,
    Love this sweet, sweet story and beautiful makeover. The paint you used on the stencil is just amazing. What a wonderful rich color and depth. Love it. Looking forward to giving it a try.

  3. Your shelf looks so lovely! I don’t know if I could leave that pretty thing on the porch. Love your stenciling too! Hope you’re doing well.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  4. I love this! First of all, what a beautiful makeover. I love the stencil! It really updates it. Secondly, I love that it is being used at the lake. What a precious picture!

  5. Paula, this is a simple little shelf but you really made it beautiful! The story behind it is priceless and your stenciling is flawless. You always have so much history and memories to share with your projects. <3 I know you'll enjoy sitting on your porch so much more when the weather warms up!

  6. I love this shelf/table. I like the thick wood which gives it a lot of substance, and I like the chocolate stenciling. Super job. If I can get my top rounded off smoothly, I will make this!

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