DIY: Winter Weekend Project

If you are getting antsy in your pantsy for spring, when garage sales begin, and you can start on that long to-do list for your home. Don’t wait.  Get it going now. If you are like us, there are a million little things around the house that you can start fixing up.

Last weekend, we took this old bathroom shelf that we bought at a garage sale for $.25 and gave it a fresh coat of paint and a new background. The project took only a day and was completed with only things we found around the house.
1. First take the shelf apart.
2. Clean it thoroughly.
3. Then, cover the backboard with cloth or paper you find around the house. For a bigger shelf, we don’t recommend taking it apart. It is too hard to get back together. Just leave it together and measure and cut the background paper to fit.
4. Use a spray adhesive to glue the backing on. If you don’t have spray adhesive, get some. It is invaluable for those times when you need to make sure that what you are gluing lies flat with no bubbles.
5. If your shelf is apart put it back together.
6. Tape the backing with painter’s tape and then put plastic over it to protect it. You can use plastic grocery bags.
7. Use whatever paint you have around the house to paint the shelf. If it has a smooth finish rough it up with some sandpaper before you paint. If you have primer, awesome, use it. But we were committed to spending no money on this project, so we just painted several coats.
Tips and Warnings:

  • If you have it, use spray paint. Normal paint at a tendency to drip and we found ourselves sanding down a lot of drips before repainting.
  • Do not paint the pieces before putting them back together. I know this sounds like a good idea, but it isn’t. The paint makes the boards thicker and impossible to put back together. We learned this one the hard way.

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    1. Amy says

      I worked in a candy store and those things are DELICIOUS. The large ones are terrible to clean, though (after trying sausage dipped in chocolate, I was done with the chocolate-dipping for a while). One thing that’s surprisingly tasty is pineapple! Don’t knock it until you try it…

    2. says

      I just put mine in the dishwasher and wipe down the base with a damp cloth. It’s really not too bad. I hear you about the sausage. At the Super Bowl we tried chicken wings in the fountain. GROSS.

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