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New Paint, Old Shelf

Hey my friends! 
I’ve been missing all of you πŸ™‚
Our internet has been non-functioning this week, due to the massive storm
that blew through Tuesday night.
Thankful that all is well here…and hoping this finds you all safe at home.
With a little time on my hands, I did manage to paint my old cabinet.
Well, it’s just a shelf now that I removed the doors πŸ™‚
I took a bunch of pictures to show you the details…
Hope you enjoy πŸ™‚
Here is a shot of the shelf before I painted it this time…
It was a very light gray, with the inside the original dark wood.
I was inspired to paint the inside of the shelf white by
(She has a gorgeous blue cupboard!)
So, I decided to paint the outside of the shelf a subtle green.
I used BEHR Spring Hill in a satin finish with a dry brush technique.
I used a basic white for the inside of the shelf, using a dry-brush also.
Then I sanded profusely all over to expose the layer of dark wood.
The green is a subtle shade, just enough to show up with the right light.
I really do like the way it turned out.
The ironstone and jars seem to show up well with the vintage wood backdrop.
I picked a few pink hydrangeas from my garden.
Hope to keep them alive  πŸ™‚
I used my old zinc basket to fill with burlap bags, feedsacks, and tablecloths.
The colors of the Ball jars are one of my favorites.
I also added my bottle carrier with an assortment of vintage bottles.
And an old zinc sap bucket just stands alone.
I am planning to try some wax suggestions from Miss Mustard Seed,
to finish it off and prevent scratch marks.
I am sharing my shelf’s new paint-job over at Furniture Feature Friday.
I am also sharing with Donna at Friday Nite Special.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Thanks for visiting me today πŸ™‚
I appreciate you all and thanks for following along.

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60 Responsesso far.

  1. Sheila says:

    I am now inspired to paint my vintage shelf that has not been painted ever. I use the shelf for my vintage telephone collection…i am going to do it as sson as i finish watching the wedding I tivoed/recorded. i do hope you have some great plans for the weekend…enjoy!


  2. AntiqueChase says:

    Wow that looks awesome …so fresh!

  3. Oh Becky,
    I have missed you so much, I'm so glad you and the family are doing okay after the storms!!
    Okay, I am IN LOVE with your cupboard re-do!!! It looks so beautiful!! I'm going to have to put it on "The Vintage Inspired Home" if that's okay with you.
    Have a beautiful weekend.

  4. You have done a wonderful job with your cupboard…both with the paint techniques and your wonderful displays!

  5. Beautiful pictures..love your blog!

  6. It look fantastic! The color combination works well. I really like the row of clear jars at the top! Glad you are back.

  7. ShantyGirl says:

    It has so much more character with the new do! Love what you did and love your photo's and styling

  8. oooh..so lovely! love the colors and the collections you have on each shelf. gorgeous!

  9. Love it Becky! And with all of your special touches I just adore it! Great job!!

  10. Becky, your old shelf looks new again! New in an OLD WAY!…LOL. I love it. I gotta get one of those baskets!

    So glad to hear that you and your family are safe from the storms.


  11. sissie says:

    What a great cabinet! I love the way you have displayed so many vintage pretties inside.


  12. Becky, what an amizingly beautiful shelf! The locker basket with the fabric goodies in it makes me swoon.

  13. Laura says:

    Everything you do is so exquisite. Your photographs are amazing too.

  14. Deborah says:

    Gorgeous Becky!
    I love it, and all that you filled your shelving with!
    The colour is so beautiful and I love tha background and its older look.
    The blue jars are stunning and I love the blue bottles too..magical!

    Deborah πŸ™‚

  15. Looks great – wonderfully open and decorative!!!

  16. I am glad you are all doing fine! Prayers to everyone in the path of the terrible storms. The cabinet is really adorable, I can't wait to make some changes in my home as well! It seems like all the time and energy just goes into our store these days.
    Take Care,

  17. Cheryl says:

    Hi Becky,
    Your shelf looks great. I love the things you chose to display in it and how you have arranged them. Nice job!

  18. Lou says:

    Looks great! Love how you decorated it too. Now I have a purpose of my mom's wire basket that she used to use in the chest freezer. Thanks for sharing.

  19. Sandi says:

    Love what you have done with the shelf and loving those colors too!!

  20. You did a beautiful job with the cabinet, Becky. I love the two tone look and how you have distressed it. I'd like to learn more about waxing.

    All of your pieces are beautiful…love them all. Very well done, my friend!


  21. Beautiful Becky! Love that color and the ball jars! Is that a new header? Very pretty! Have a blessed weekkend!

  22. Becca says:

    I just found your blog through 3 Ring Cottage. I love it and I'm following you. I'd love it if you'd stop by and visit. becca-homeiswheremystorybegins.blogspot.com


  23. the cabinet looks so much nicer this way, good job!

  24. Beautiful! What a fun piece to work with! So original, just love the rounded top. Your vignettes are truly delightful, as always. πŸ™‚


  25. Stephanie says:

    LOVE what you did with your cabinet! The lighter bakground is always great for making your collections pop!

  26. The cabinet looks so wonderful, and the ball jars look so very pretty ! Soft and calm. perfect!
    Have a pretty day!

  27. Beautiful job, Becky! I love the transformation! How exactly does one "dry brush" a piece? So glad that you and yours are ok after all of that wicked weather down there. Soooo very sad….

    xoxo laurie

  28. I love the way it turned out! I aslo love all your treasures you tucked into it!


  29. It looks just wonderful!
    Perfect place to show off your favorite collections!

  30. Hi Becky!
    I always love stopping by to see your gorgeous photos of your collections and lovely objects so perfectly placed in your warm and inviting home.
    Love the bell jars too… that color is so gorgeous isn't it?

  31. Lara says:

    It looks absolutely spectacular, Becky!! You have done a wonderful job. I love that you painted the inside a different shade than the outside. And you me it look extra pretty with all those nice goodies inside.
    πŸ™‚ Lara

  32. ANNE says:

    Looks perfect, Becky! Love all of its contents, too. Everything goes together like a bit of history.

  33. Very beautiful!! I love the way it looks like the paint has been there for years. wonderful job. I have some big painting jobs but I'm a little nervous that I might mess up. I have never painted a big piece of furnitrue yet. Thanks for sharing.

  34. Wendy says:

    So glad you're back. the shelf is wonderful. I LOVE everything on it too. β™₯

  35. Amy Kinser says:

    Girl!!!!! I love this!!!!! This is a great cabinet and the way you have it decorated is perfect. I love the paint!!!!

    Why oh why do you do this to me when you paint things in my favorite color? You know it makes me covet and that is a sin. Actually, I don't mind you keeping yours, it's just that I want one just like it. That means if we find another one similar then we (you) have to paint it to look just like it and then I bring it back to TN. Deal????

    Am I going to have to bring a U-Haul with me when I come just in case? πŸ™‚

  36. I love the finished product – so lovely. It's filled with lots of fun treasures too…you lucky girl!

  37. A Rosy Note says:

    I love your paint selection Becky! It looks so good with those Ball jars and sets their color off perfectly. I was busy painting here today…a chalkboard and frame for my daughter's room that I hope to post…someday πŸ˜‰

  38. Helen says:

    Gosh that looks wonderful !! Well done,
    Love Helen xx

  39. linnea-maria says:

    Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog and your appretiation! Your kitchen shelf turned out gorgeous. Those blue jars are so nice we havent got these in sweden. You arranged your shelf so beautiful. Warm wishes. /Therese

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  41. WOW..I am gobsmacked..it is stunning!!! Going back to look again! x0

  42. Karen says:

    Everything is stunning, love your style and the photography is beautiful I am now following. I cant believe I just found your wonderful blog.

  43. Ok I gotta say the after is waaaaaay better! What a way to showcase those jars, from a fellow jar enthusiast!

  44. Hey Burlap Girl!
    Just now thought of you….Joy at Savvy City Gardner is giving away the cutest ever burlap bag. You may want to scoot over there and enter!


  45. Oops. SavvyCityFarmer blog I meant!
    (See comment above)

  46. Cassandra says:

    Oh my this is SOOO LOVELY! I am trying to redecorate our home by refinishing as much as possible from what we already have. Your blog is such lovely with so much inspiration!

  47. Annie says:

    Hi,Becky! Love your shell, and old bottles, Ijust love them! Love all on your shell! Beautiful!

  48. Becky, this turned out fantastic! I love the hydrangeas too. They are my favorite garden flower. We're a bit farther north than you so hydrangeas aren't blooming around here yet, but we just planted some last year and I'm hoping we get a few blooms!

  49. Tonya says:

    This is just beautiful!! I love the way it turned out!! The pink hydrangeas & turquoise ball jars just pop against that wood!! Gorgeous!!

  50. Steph says:

    This is simply amazing. Not only do I love the paint job, but you have the perfect items in display too. Very lovely.

  51. Hi Becky, thanks for sharing at the blog party. It is so pretty, and I love the jars displayed too.

  52. stefanie says:

    its beauiful!!! I love the inside!!!

  53. Love this! Great job! Thanks for sharing and love some of your great pieces.

  54. Katie says:

    Love how you've painted the shelves, and the vignettes you've created are lovely!

  55. I love the way it looks now…so pretty! and you've decorated it so nicely…with all the bottles and white vases.
    Where did you get the blue ball jars from?

  56. Melissa says:

    So pretty!!! Love all the ironstone. I just became your newest follower! I would love it if you stopped by to visit me sometime. πŸ™‚


  57. I just love your jar collection! Girl, you have the touch! Everything you put together always looks drop-dead gorgeous!


  58. So pretty — what a difference a change in paint colors makes! I love the way you accessorized it too!

  59. Your photos are lovely showing all of your sweet treasures. I really love the pitchers!