Transformation Tuesday – DIY Country Heart Shelf




Hello Friends. Welcome to our first Transformation Tuesday post! I took a garage sale find from dated country hearts to a more sophisticated two-tone coastal cottage shelf.  Follow along and I will show you how I did it!  :). Side note…I want to take a bow now because I listened to my husband tell me that this piece was a no-go. He was so  WRONG about this piece. This one ended up being a cool wall or base shelf. I love it, even if Marco thinks I actually mugged a little old lady outside of Goodwill for this piece

I started with this $15.00 garage sale find.  I quickly removed the heart shaped  doors and pryed off the top section of hearts as well as the bottom heart skirting.heart-shelf-before-225x300




I then filled in the holes with Elmer’s wood filler.  It dried in less than 15 minutes and I gave the piece a nice sanding and got ready to paint.wood-putty-300x225






For this project I used the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  I made a custom mix of country grey and old ochre – I only had a little bit of each color and transferred whatever I had left of each color into a canning jar.  I used a chip brush to apply it because I need to have control in the corners and with the bead board backing.


 While the chalk paint was drying, I grabbed a sponge brush and my Minwax, dark walnut, oil based stain.  I simply stained the top to give it that two tone look that I absolutely love right now!


Next, I applied the stain willy-nilly over the paint making sure it got into the grooves.  I did play with some of the areas that had wet paint and manipulated the brush to allow for some distressing.  (I am an instant gratification kinda girl – like I have zero patience and can’t stand watching paint dry.)



After that was done – so was I.  It was a very simple 1 hour project.  Here it is finished and staged with some close-ups of the details.  Hope you enjoy and more importantly, hope that you learned that you can take a dated piece of furniture and with a little work it can be transformed into something beautiful once again.





P.S. I mentioned before that I was a messy painter.  Take a look at me after working on this… it makes me laugh because I have no clue how I managed to get paint on my face?


Thanks so much for reading my little blog.  Please feel free to comment.  Also, remember that sharing is caring and is always appreciated!

Until next time my friends,


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