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Flea market bookshelf makeover

by: Jo

Flea market bookshelf makeover
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For Christmas, my mom said she wanted a small shelf to sit near her bed to hold her books and nightly glass of Chardonnay. I wanted to make it more personal than buying something from a retailer so I started looking at local flea markets for a piece that fit the size dimensions I needed. Some friends of ours spotted this little gem for me!

I chose a metallic wrapping paper in a world map design to decorate the inside of the shelf, and used that as the source for my paint color palette. The shelf would be a dark grey with highlights of blue and a metallic rose gold trim.

First, I painted the entire piece with a layer of Chalky Finish in my base color of Serene.

After it thoroughly dried, I used a candle to apply wax to the areas where I wanted the base color to come through.

Then I painted over the base color with a top coat of Chalky Finish in the color called Relic.

After the top coat dried thoroughly, I used some fine sandpaper to knock off the top layer of paint to reveal the base color beneath.

I trimmed the front edges of all the shelves with the metallic paint, then applied a coat of Light Satin Varnish over everything to seal and protect my paint.

The final step was adding a back to this previously backless shelf. I decoupaged the wrapping paper onto a piece of plywood, and tacked it in place with finishing nails. I love how it turned out and I’m even happier that Mom likes it!

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