It’s time for our Monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge. I’ve paired up with a group of talented ladies to bring you a monthly Thrift Store Decor Upcycle Challenge. Each month we will create a new home decor piece from an item(s) we’ve found at a thrift store, yard sale, resale shop etc. There is no budget or specific theme so we are free to let our creativity run wild!
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Can you believe it is time for our thrift store challenge already? I sure can’t, time is flying by. It seems like just yesterday I showed you how to make a sign. Today’s little project is one I have been thinking about for a while. I finally decided it was time to show you how to make a shelf from a salvage piece.
I picked up this piece over a year ago at my favorite salvage store and at the time had no plans although it reminded me of a little shelf I have in my master bath.
When I pulled out the salvage piece to start working on it I knew it needed to be a shelf.
I rummaged through my bin of wood pieces and found two that are the same size and would be perfect as the shelf. So the first thing to do is to glue the boards together.
Because I didn’t want to attach boards to the top or bottom of the boards I found a piece of lauan. I can’t remember why I had it but I am glad I found it. It was cut to the size of the boards and then glued and tacked it down in each corner with small nails.
That created a seam, which I didn’t want. I used the iron on veneer I had. I measured the edges of the shelf and cut it to size, using a sharp razor. Then I ironed it to the shelf. I also tacked it down with wood glue and staples. Once it was secure I dabbed some wood filler here and there to smooth out some dings.
Now I really lucked out because the salvage piece had holes so all I had to do is position it and drill pilot holes into the shelf. The screws secured the shelf to the salvage piece and it was ready to be painted. I also used wood glue to secure it even more.
I love putting stuff like this together but I always think of painting as the icing. Because I had used material with different finishes I decided on Old Fashioned Milk Paint in Sea Green. I added the extra bond because I didn’t want the first coat to chip off. I followed the directions enclosed with the paint.
The next layer of paint is the Driftwood. It is a lovely light brown. I decided I really wanted the final color, Light Cream to be chippy so I used the crackle medium between the 2 colors. And chip it did.
I sanded the piece down lightly and allowed the GREEN to peak through.
The piece got two coats of clear wax and a final one of dark. The salvage piece already had holes in the back so I attached 2 keyhole fasteners over a hole on each side. The hardest part of How To Make A Shelf From A Salvage piece is where to hang it.
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Decorative Salvage Piece Boards
Crackle Medium(the product I used is not available) Screws
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