I think you know I love making shelves. These gray glazed shelves were made from a piece of cornice molding. You could easily make these shelves using an old architectural piece.
Reclaimed decorative cornice board
In the dark recesses of the storage garage is the mirror department, along with a few trim pieces. I can’t remember where I got this extra long piece. That’s unusual, generally I can remember these things.
The piece measures about 82” long. I didn’t think anyone would need such a long shelf, so I decided to cut it up. SURPRISE!
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Trim board to size on miter saw
There ya go, that’s more like it.
Here are the left and right pieces—for awhile I considered trying to connect them to make another long shelf. But ended up changing my mind.
Add header to decorative board
To get the board spaced properly I used my Kreg Multi-Mark tool.
I love it!
This is after one coat. I ended up doing two coats on each shelf, front and back.
Project ideas and a video of "how to glaze painted furniture and more"
Here are the two smaller shelves. I added a board to each of them and painted them with the Artifact as well. But here’s where they get their beauty treatment. I’m in LOVE with this Smoked Glaze from Rust-OLEUM. It’s a glaze, that gives the best color in addition to sealing the chalky finish paint! It’s a WIN/WIN—no waxing needed. I’ve also used it on the DIY entry table, and more projects to come! I wanted to put the two smaller shelves side by side so you can see the before and after.
Watch my video of How To Glaze Painted Furniture
Attach hooks to gray glazed shelves
I used a wooden yardstick to make it easier to keep the distance of each hook uniform.
I find it’s best to mark the spot, drill pilot holes to allow easy securing of the screws with a screwdriver. A power drill may break your screws if you’re drilling into hardwoods.
These single hooks are perfect for hanging coffee cups in the kitchen, hats and scarves in the mud room, or towels and wash cloths in the bathroom.
You may remember seeing the smaller shelves when I shared the chippy white chest. Lately I’ve found more pieces that I think will make great shelves just by adding a board on top. Shelves seem to sell really well for me at Glendale.
Here's a question for you. I struggled with which way to hang these twin shelves. I tried it both ways with the narrow ends facing each other as well as with the wider ends facing. Apparently at the time, I must have liked this way better because I can’t find any pictures with them hanging the other way. Which do you think you would like better? In addition, do you think they should stay together as a set of THREE?
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.