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Is it a shelf or is it a mantel? That is the question I had in my mind when I saw this on top of a heap of stuff in a thrift store. I immediately knew it would look beautiful in a shabby chic look. And for once my vision stayed true.
I had this shelf or mantel if that is what is looks like to you for a while. We both knew it had to be white with undertones of gray and tan. You may think that is an odd combo but it works. I first tried it when I restored a vintage cabinet. The cabinet lost its top. My solution was to tile the top. The salvage yard had small squares of tile that resemble stone with gray and tan veins so that is what started this color trend for me.
As usual, I started off by giving this shelf or if you prefer mantel by cleaning it with Murphy’s Oil Soap. I apologize for the less than perfect before pictures. I didn’t want to put holes in my wall so I propped it up on a cabinet and the lighting was not very good. When I finished painting the piece I finally figured out where to put it for the final photo.
Anyway once the shelf or mantel was ready to be painted I started with Temperate Taupe by Sherwin Williams made into my DIY chalk paint recipe. It almost always takes two coats of paint and this was no exception. Then the next layer of DIY chalk paint is the gray paint.
I used a baby wipe to wipe the paint off in some areas after the paint dried just a little bit. It is just another way to distress. After two coats of the gray DIY chalk paint, it was time for one of my favorite white paints by Sherwin Williams. It is a color called Creamy. To me, it does not have too much red or yellow in it. When I want to paint something white that is the color I usually chose.
Once again I distressed the shelf or mantel with the baby wipe after the paint set up a little bit. I gave the shelf – mantel a light sanding and then waxed with a clear wax.
When it came time to do the after the photo shoot I carried the shelf or mantel all over the house. I finally took it outside and hung it on the old fence gate. I sure wish I had thought of that for the before pictures. I like the juxtaposition of the rough weathered wood against the Shabby Chic look of the shelf or would you say mantel?
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