DIY Distressed Shelves – We have donated and sold all the furniture from our guest bedroom.  I showed my husband the headboard I wanted to make…  It was from a beautiful antique mantel I found at Antiques at the Loop.  He hated it!  Aaaarrrrgggg!  I explained that I wanted to be able to hang the antique mirror on the wall but make it look like it was sitting on the mantel…  He still hated the idea so I had to come up with a new plan.

I still wanted the mirror in the guest bedroom and I still wanted it to look like it was sitting on a shelf.  I went to Lowe’s and bought a Kiln-Dried Poplar Board 1″x3″x96″ (2), Kiln-Dried Poplar Board 1″x6″x96″, and a Kiln-Dried Poplar Board 1″x2″x96″.  Then I picked up some spray paint – red, ivory, and yellow.  (I made two different sized shelves.)

When I got home, I cut each board to a length of 4′ and sanded each of them.  The wood grain in Poplar is beautiful!  Next, I painted the edges and corners yellow.  When the yellow was dry, I painted the entire board with red.  I let the red dry overnight.  The next morning I painted the entire board ivory.  I put two coats of ivory on but I did not let the paint dry all the way before I started sanding.  I used a sanding sponge and a medium and course piece of steel wool.  I distressed the entire board.  When I was finished I let the paint dry for about two hours.

I decided to put the shelves together before coating them with Minwax Helmsman Indoor/Outdoor Spar Urethane.  I predrilled 3 holes with a Dewalt Countersink Drill Bit in the back of the 1″x3″x48″ and the 1″x6″x48″.  Then I used wood screws to attach the top of the shelf to the back side of the shelf (like a splash board).  Finally, I put three coats of the Minwax Helmsman Indoor/Outdoor Spar Urethane on each of the shelves.  The Minwax really brought out all of the colors!

Guest Bedroom

The guest bedroom includes DIY creations from these posts: DIY Distressed Shelves, Dollar Tree Picture Frame Facelifts, DIY Lamp Shade from a Metal Hanging Basket, Old Singer Sewing Machine – My MawMaw’s Sewing Machine, DIY Making an Elephant Table Lamp, and DIY Refinishing My Childhood Toy Box.