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A few months ago we purchased some vintage things from the estate sale of a former neighbor. One item that I purchased with the intent of putting in my shop was a three tiered wooden shelf. Now that I’ve given this shelf a makeover, I’ve decided that instead of selling it, I will keep it and use it either in my mom or my father-in-law’s bedroom at the lake.
Who hasn’t seen three tiered shelves like this one at estate sales or at thrift shops? I know that I see them fairly frequently but they aren’t always in the best shape. This one was purchased in excellent condition.
The original tag is on the back of the shelf. I looked up this brand but didn’t find much information on it.
For this shelf’s makeover, I started by cleaning it thoroughly. I then gave it two coats of primer (Zinsser Bullseye 1,2,3). I did two coats because I was worried about the brown bleeding through the white paint that I intended to use. After three coats of Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint in Pure White, the piece was wax with Annie Sloan wax, and buffed. I used sandpaper to give the edges of the shelf a bit of distressing.
Here you can see how the edges of the shelf were lightly distressed.
I had fun pulling out some of my vintage things to use as props for my pictures. My father-in-law has a huge vintage camera collection and I have a feeling that he might like to display some of his cameras on this shelf in his bedroom at the lake. This camera was my dad’s and I just recently found it in my mom’s basement. If I had to guess, I would say that it is from the 1960’s.
I can’t wait to find a home for this shelf at the lake and to get it accessorized there. It’s going to be a great addition to one of the guest rooms.
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