What’s better than finding junk and reworking it? Finding junk and reworking it with friends!! Folks, it’s the second Tuesday of the month and that means it’s Trash to Treasure time. I’m joining my four blogger friends to bring you new inspiration. You’ll see their work in a bit but take a peek at what followed me home. This vintage cubby shelf needs a new look to bring it up-to-date and refresh it.
When I say it followed me home, I mean that I went into the store not intending to purchase something like this but couldn’t resist the call to give it new life. This vintage cubby shelf is made of pine, so at least it has solid wood going for it. Also, it has two cubbies with door, one without, plus a plate rack with cup hooks below. It’s kinda stinky, so I lay it out in the sun for a few hours and that kills it completely.
BTW…it still freaks me out when I see my shadow as I still can’t believe I have curly hair. eep!(see my hair post HERE) Okay, back to my project. First, as you can see, I had to use a ton of wood filler to fill in the nailer holes and various grain issues (common to pine).
Then, once I sand that all down, I’m ready for the next step…paint. Next, I take the shelf outside and use a basic white paint to give the cup hooks a refreshing from that awful faux brass. Next, I use this Rustic Pink spray paint I’ve used in the past HERE to fill in the cubby boxes.
Yes, this is the first coat of two, so hang with me. Last, as soon as the spray paint layers cure, I begin to use the same Slate Green I use on my kitchen cabinets to paint the rest of the shelf by brush.
STORAGE & STYLE
Finally, here is our vintage cubby shelf restyled and refreshed with a brand-new look. woot!
Not only does the green soften the overall original heaviness of the dark pine, but also the pink makes it have peek-a-boo fun. Did you notice I kept the original porcelain knobs?
While I finished this in a cottage style, I could have gone many ways with it. What would you have done differently?
If you’d like to make this part of your home story, you can find this and more in my online store.
In addition to leaving comment love below, I invite you to pin and share this vintage cubby makeover to inspire others to dress up their own decor.
Before you go, check out these makeovers made just for you for Trash to Treasure Tuesday: