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Remember the paint storage shelves that I made? Well it turns out that I needed another one. I came back from the Haven (a DIY bloggers conference) with a bunch of jars of paint and my shelves were already full! I didn’t have the wood to make another paint storage shelf but what I did find in my workshop was a piece of scrap wood that was really an old piece of white siding. I also found two corbels that I brought home from Haven last year that I hadn’t used yet. That’s all I needed to build a shelf from scrap wood and corbels.
Since I wanted the corbels to have the same, old, worn appearance as the piece of siding, I applied a coat of Vintage Wood Mercantile Better With Age by Amy Howard. Oh my gosh you guys! This stuff is the bomb! We got to try it out at the conference and we all fell in love with it. This is an amazing new product that actually speeds up the aging process when used on raw wood. You can easily replicate the highly coveted look of salvaged wood. Amy explained that Better With Age interacts with the tannins in wood. As such, all woods will react differently with this product. The more tannins there are, the darker the end result will be.
To make the corbels match the old piece of wood siding, I dry brushed on some American Decor Color Stain in White once the Better With Age was dry.
Now I just needed to find just the right spot for this shelf. Found it! Just above the paint storage shelves – right underneath that vent.
. . . to find the studs and the I marked the spots for drilling the pilot holes.
Then all I had to to do was hang the corbels on the walls and set the piece of siding on top of those corbels.
Now since the shelf is going to be placed fairly high on the wall and I (or anyone else in the room) would only see the “bottom” of the shelf versus the “top” of it,
the painted front of the siding piece became of the “bottom” of the shelf. See what I mean?
When I look up at the shelf from my seat at the desk, this is what I see. A chippy, old piece of white siding resting on a pair of matching corbels. I love it!
What do you have laying around that you might be able to repurpose into something useful? Look around, I bet you find something! Let me know in the comments below!
In the meantime, feel free to “pin” this idea to refer to later!