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$20 Shelf DIY Chalk Paint Fixer Upper

My shelf DIY chalk paint fixer upper begin after purchasing this shelf for $20 at an estate sale, I decided it needed a DIY chalk paint upcycle. This shelf was a bargain, but was also very basic, so it was in need of a facelift.

Shelf DIY Chalk Paint Fixer Upper

This is what the shelf looked like with I purchased it from the yardsale.

Yardsale shelf

Yard sale shelf

 

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Supplies and Tools

 

A neutral paint color was my best choice, so I selected a cream chalk paint.

The first step before painting is to wipe down with a furniture cleaner (this is the one I use)  any to remove, dust, dirt and any grease so that paint will adhere to the surface. 

While the freshly cleaned shelf was drying, I wanted to work on adding some fun details to the shelf. However, adding details would require either purchasing a board ($18) or upcycling one that was used as a sample sign for one of our locally offered classes.  I opted for the free up-cycled board since it was a budget-friendly choice. Shop our store for these products and everything you need to complete your DIY fixer upper.

Shelf DIY Chalk Paint Fixer Upper Noel

Shelf DIY Chalk Paint Fixer Upper Noel

The next step was to use some painters paper (this is the one I use) to make a template.  The easiest way to get a symmetrical template is to fold the paper in half. So, after folding the paper it was easy to pencil out a curved edge for a topper detail. It was fun to create something that was just for looks and could be whatever shape I wanted.  I then cut out the paper template and placed it on the back of the Noel sample sign. I traced around the template with a pencil. Then, cut it out using the pencil lines as my guide.

Shelf DIY Chalk Paint Fixer Upper Cut Sign

Shelf DIY Chalk Paint Fixer Upper Cut Sign

It looks just like the template I made. Note: the leftover wood from the Noel sign I up-cycled too.

Shelf DIY Chalk Paint Fixer Upper Router

Shelf DIY Chalk Paint Fixer Upper Router

Cut it out and routered the edges.

Shelf DIY Chalk Paint Fixer Upper Sanding

Shelf DIY Chalk Paint Fixer Upper Sanding

Before painting, I sanded both the edges and face side with a palm sander. After sanding I used a tack cloth to remove all the dust. Then attached it to the top back of the shelf.

 

Ready to paint…

Shelf DIY Chalk Paint Fixer Upper Ready to Paint

(Note: I cleaned off the bottom shelf before painting)

Shelf DIY Chalk Paint Fixer Upper Painting

Shelf DIY Chalk Paint Fixer Upper Painting

Two coats of  chalk Paint in color cream. I did not have to sand between coats of paint since they went on buttery smooth.

It looked a little boring so I added some more details. I used some mud and a stencil to add the pretty detail in the center of the curved topper made out of our Noel sign. Totally happy with the results.

Adding the Mud Design

Place your stencil over the area where you want the design. You can use painters tape to hold it down, but it is not necessary. 

While holding the stencil in place use a small paint brush and apply some mud over the stencil. 

Shelf DIY Chalk Paint Fixer Upper Stencil

Shelf DIY Chalk Paint Fixer Upper Stencil

Shelf DIY Chalk Paint Fixer Upper

Almost finished.

Shelf DIY Chalk Paint Fixer Upper Finished Shelf Lights

Added some lighting (these are the lights I used). Perfection!

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See you soon,

Kippi

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