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!
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.