Thrift Shop Shelf Makeover

Before school ended I found this shelf at a local thrift shop and thought it would be fun to give it a makeover.  This ended up being an easy but time consuming project.

I started by sanding and cleaning the piece thoroughly.  The holes on the front were filled with wood filler and then sanded smooth.

Shelf Before



Shelf Before Update


I knew that I wanted to paint this with a light paint color and worried about the brown stain bleeding through the light paint, so to prevent this, I coated the piece with polyurethane and let it dry before I started to paint.  It was painted with Ivory Lace paint from The Plaster Paint Company followed by waxing with Lime Wax in White Chalk from Maison Blanche.A thrift shop found shelf gets a makeover with paint.


I pulled out some of my favorite vintage things to use with this shelf.  The canister was one of my grandmother’s wedding shower presents and the Czechoslovakian pitcher was also my grandmother’s.  Mama found the Lynchburg Standard Mason Jar and knew that it was a must have for me since that’s where I live.  I’ve never seen another like it.Lynchburg Standard Mason Jar

The edges of the shelf were distressed to give it a worn look.

Shelf Distressing



I’ve had the Cat Studio Virginia Tea Towel (Affiliate Link) for many years.  It usually hangs from the stove in my kitchen.   I switched up the display here with a Knowles Utility Ware pie plate that I purchased in an antiques shop in Vermont.

A thrift shop found shelf gets a makeover with paint.


As much as I’d like to keep this, I have no place for it and it will be for sale on July 16 at Picket Fenches Vintage and Antique Pop Up Sale at Millstone Mercantile in Madison Heights.  If you are local, we’ll be open from 8 am until 3 pm.


I’d love it if you’d pin this project so that others can discover it.

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Thrift Shop Shelf Makeover - Paint with a bit of distressing gives this shelf and update look.


Here are a few more thrift shop makeovers that you may enjoy reading about.A Goodwill Found Knitting Basket Gets a Makeover -

Knitting Basket Makeover


Wooden Pedestal Bowl Makeover - A Goodwill found bowl gets a makeover.

Wooden Pedestal Bowl Makeover


  1. I didn’t know you could paint over polyurethane. Good to know. I looked at your link for the towel. The new one doesn’t appear to show VT like yours does. Well!
    Good luck with your sale. That shelf looks great.

    1. Thank you! I really hope not to bring a lot of my things home with me. How dare that company leave VT off of their latest towel? The nerve!


  2. Wow! This shelf looks like a whole different shelf! The white with the just right amount of distressing is perfect! I love it! I can’t wait to hear how your sale goes too!

  3. That’s a nice floating shelf actually. Floating shelves save space and add to aesthetics alike. I have tried corner floating shelves before but not this kind. I will definitely make one of this kind.

  4. Such a beautiful refresh! It is so bright, with just the right amount of distressing and looks wonderful displaying your grandmother’s canister! I am sure that it will sell quickly!

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