Welcome to our monthly thrift store upcycle blog hop! This month’s thrift store makeover started with this simple shelf that I almost didn’t buy. I needed a small kitchen shelf and this one was the perfect size but I wasn’t too excited about it being MDF instead of solid wood. I was concerned that it wouldn’t hold up to use in my kitchen. But I bought it anyway. It was cheap… around $3. And I had a plan to try something new!
- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.
Meet the Hosts
Amanda | Domestically Creative
Angela | Simply Beautiful by Angela – Jeanie | Create and Babble
Molly | Just a Little Creativity – Victoria | Dazzle While Frazzled
Marie | The Inspiration Vault – Michelle | Michelle James Designs
Shirley | Intelligent Domestications – Gail | Purple Hues and Me
Jennifer | Cookies Coffee and Crafts – Ann | Duct Tape and Denim
Michelle | Our Crafty Mom – Debra | Shoppe No. 5
Denise | My Thrifty House – Chelsea | Making Manzanita
Deborah | Salvage Sister & Mister – Habiba | Craftify My Love
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Supplies for my Kitchen Shelf Makeover
How to Update a Thrift Store Kitchen Shelf
This was a pretty basic makeover. The most important part was cleaning! I just used a regular spray cleaner to make sure all the dust and gunk was off the kitchen shelf.
Then I gave it a couple of coats of satin enamel paint. This is the same paint I used on my bathroom cabinets and a couple of jewelry cabinet makeovers. It has a hard finish when it dries and doesn’t need a topcoat.
But since I knew I’d be sitting things on top of this shelf I wanted an even tougher finish. So I ordered some faux stainless steel Con-Tact paper on Amazon.
This paper has grid marks on the back so it was easy to cut it straight. I first turned the shelf upside down on top of the back of the paper and marked enough to wrap around the sides.
Think “Christmas present wrapping” when you do the corners!
I’ve been really happy with the result. This kitchen shelf gives me just a little extra storage in my small kitchen.
What do you think?
More Thrift Store Makeovers
Now check out all the other upcycled projects for this month.
‘Til the next project,
Ann @ Duct Tape and Denim
Originally published February 22, 2018. Featured on Meet up Monday.