Did you know you can make a small shelf out of reclaimed bits & pieces?
I made this cute little twin headboard bench by cutting up the foot board. When I did that I had the piece in the blue rectangle left over—well, actually I had a pair of them.
Bed Legs & Scrap Wood Small Shelf
To make this small shelf, I dug out a piece of molding from my stash and got to work measuring, sawing and drilling pocket holes with my Kreg Jig. After all of that, I snatched up a scrap 1x4 to make the shelf portion of this project securing it with Gorilla Wood Glue and my nail gun.
Paint Small Shelf
I painted it with some diy chalky paint primer using Beluga.
It was pretty as it was, but I wanted to do a little color. I had a google+ hangout with some friends and I asked them what color I should paint it. The consensus was turquoise.
I used some of this light turquoise and a little of the black chalky paint to make a deeper turquoise. After doing a sort of dry brush technique on the black shelf, I sealed it with some Minwax Polycrylic.
Small Shelf with Coat Hooks
The final touch was adding some brushed nickel knobs and two ball hooks from D. Lawless.
I think it is perfect for the kitchen or bathroom to hold towels and more. It could even be useful in the bedroom for scarves or jewelry. Also shown in this picture is the diy photo holder made from a whiskey bottle top and the computer desk redo.
This was a fun and easy project that used up some old bits and pieces from my stash. It’s a win/win, right?
I would love to know what you would have done about the color. Please share your thoughts with me in a comment below—I do read each and every one!
Hi, there! I’m Gail, the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. I’m obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believe that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again—myself included! I hope you’ll enjoy the journey and pick up a few tools along the way… literally!
Of course you create something awesome from pieces other people would throw away! Such a cute shelf, I love the lines in the moulding!
I absolutely love the shelf; you did an awesome job! I'm not sure about the color. I think white or black would have a wider appeal.
ONCE again, you came up with an adorable, functioning piece from that scrap pile of yours!! Great piece and love the color! Can I be the U-Haul Driver in exchange for a look-see in that magical scrap pile 😉 Have fun!!
LOVE the color!
chris aka monkey
wow . i have some pieces in my wood pile that look almost like that, i will send them to you so you can make me a shelf just like it ha ha, as to the color i like what you did to it because in different light, the color looks different xx
Brilliant! I look forward to your emails with your exciting new ideas!!!
Cute! Love it. Looks so simple and easy to create. Mary
Excellent & pinned.
Christina in FL
Gail, this is awesome! I love the look and even MORE repurposing. Thank you not just for the inspiration but for the tutorial also!!!
Julie @ follow your heart woodworking
Love it, Gail. I always like the chunky style legs and those look great on the edge of the shelf. About colour, that is so difficult to predict if you are selling something. I think right now white is the most popular for decor?
Wendi @ H2OBungalow
Talk about using every scrap! Genius.. and so darn cute too! Will you come out here and go through my scrap pile too? LOL