Most of my recent trips to the thrift stores have been utterly disappointing. It would seem that spring cleaning is the last thing on anyone’s mind. It’s bitterly cold outside, yard sale season is long over, and the streets are blanketed in snow from our most recent weather event Hercules (Since when did we start naming snow storms??) Everyone seems to be walking around with a post holiday hangover causing many (myself included) to limp into the New Year. Luckily, I still have a few projects up my extremely bundled and layered sleeve to share with you.
Although most of my thrift store trips have been uneventful, Every once in a while I still manage to find something unique. I came across a really lovely and unique vintage wall shelf with a drawer. I especially loved the curved sides and the drawer for storage. It was in rough shape, but that didn’t deter me from placing it inside my cart.
When I originally purchased the shelf I had every intention of keeping it. A blunder made during another project intended as a Christmas gift changed that and I had shift the original intention of this piece.
I lightly sanded the item with sand paper, and used a white latex primer to cover the piece. I left the inside of the drawer alone as it was still in very good condition. I decided to paint the piece black. This shelf has the potential to be hung in any room, so I wanted the color to go with any decor, and black is neutral. I painted all of the piece except for the drawer and shelf. I planned to decoupage these areas later and didn’t want the dark color to bleed through the fabric. I used two coats of black acrylic paint and once it was completely dry added a layer of Mod Podge over top to seal it. I had some left over black and white damask fabric from a previous project. I applied Mod Podge to the front of the door and shelf with a foam craft brush, I cut the fabric to fit as best I could as I would trim away any excess fabric later. I made sure to line up the fabric design so that the piece would appear symmetrical. I applied Mod Podge over top of the fabric allowing my nail to work the fabric into any grooves and once it was dry, carefully trimmed any excess fabric with a box cutter knife.
I love damask designs and this was a tough piece to part with. My favorite project is draped in damask and this would match it beautifully. In the end I was happy to gift it to my sister to go with the chair I made for her in her bedroom, or perhaps it will go in her kitchen? We shall see, as I offered my services free of charge to help her hang it!