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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  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!

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

  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

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

  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!

  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!

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

  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!

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

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

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

  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!

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    ~Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage

  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!

  14. Very clever and creative! So inspiring!

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


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