Sunday, July 17, 2011

Mantel Shelf

Hey Friends! Hows your day?  Mine is good. I made another shelf.  My most favorite shelf I have ever built.



and I discovered the I'm feeling lucky button in Picassa.  So it's been a good weekend.  I can't believe how much better my photos look after hitting the button, 


This photo above is after the Picassa I'm feeling lucky button


this is the before, quite a difference isn't it?


So as always I will show ya how I built it.



I started with this shelf that I made years ago from one piece of molding and a 2x2.  I haven't used it in quite awhile because it just wasn't deep enough.   



I grabbed two scraps of molding I had and two pieces of bead board.


then glued & nailed it all together.  To solve the problem of it not being deep enough the cove base sticks up from the top to give a plate or a picture frame something to keep from sliding off. I mitered all the corners.


Dontcha just love what a little molding can do? 



For the finish I stained the whole thing with Minwax stain in the color Jacobean then after that dried I painted it with Annie Sloan's Old White Chalk paint.  I heavily distressed (I LOVE how chalk paint distresses) and finished with paste wax.



Even though I want to keep this shelf I am going to try and sell it.  I talked with a gal in town who owns a shop and I am going to bring in a few things this week and see what she thinks.  I am also working on a few signs, a chair and the blue frame above is getting a chalk board insert to take in as well.  Wish me luck. 


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16 comments:

  1. Adorable! And yes I do love Annie Sloans Chalk Paint. I just did a dresser in it. It's amazing the difference it makes.

    Great little shelf!

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  2. Your shelf is so pretty! I love the detail of the different mouldings and your paint job is wonderful!

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  3. Love how you added on to the shelf and great job distressing! Looks wonderful!

    would love to have you stop by and share at my Chalk Paint Link Party

    www.ShadesofAmberInc.blogspot.com

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  4. What a great job! I totally love it! Thanks for sharing:)
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

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  5. The shelf is perfect!
    p.s. you need to do a home tour post. i like to see what other peoples log cabins look like!

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  6. This is a beautiful piece that you made. It looks like archetectural salvage! Fantastic. Good luck with your new venture. I love your mantle, I would buy that!

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  7. Your creations always amaze me - no exception this time. I love it.

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  8. This is so great! I've seen these at hobby lobby and I like yours more!
    I'm a follower of your site now - everything looks great!

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  9. Wow! This is beautiful! It almost looks like it is made from driftwood. So nice!
    Beth

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  10. It's gorgeous. What a terrific job building it--you definitely impressed me! Although I don't know how significant that is? :)

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  11. So so pretty! Great job putting it together to :D

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  12. Drool. . .I love that! I don't work too well with the tools, so I'm stuck finding people to help me with projects like this! I love that turquoise frame with the green ribbon! What a great and bold color combo!

    Now Following!!!

    ~Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage
    www.shabbyfrenchcottage.com

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  13. OMG this is exactly what I am looking for! I have a gas fireplace and it doesn't have a mantle! It's the strangest thing! It looks naked so we were trying to think of something to make frugally. This might just be it! Thanks for your how-to!

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  14. Very clever and creative! So inspiring!

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  15. This looks fabulous! I love the finish you chose. Good luck with selling it!

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