Happy Hour Vintage Shelf

I actually hesitated when I saw this vintage tea cup display shelf at the thrift store. I knew a quick coat of paint could easily update it but I wasn’t sure it was worth it. I was wrong!

VS BEFORE

Going for a “shabby chic” look without being too girly, I chose Country Chic Paint’s “Happy Hour” which is a very pale blue. Before painting, I lightly rubbed the spindles with a touch of natural wax.

VS IN PROGRESS
one coat down!

After two coats of Happy Hour (and remembering how much I hate painting spindles) I lightly distressed with sandpaper. The spots where I had applied natural wax wiped right off, giving an almost chippy distressed look with hardly any effort. This method of wax-resist distressing on details is a new favorite of mine.

VS AFTER

Within a day of posting this for sale locally I had a line of people interested! It just goes to show that what seems like a boring thrift store purchase can be totally transformed with just a little paint.

VS AFTER 5

VS AFTER 2

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2 thoughts on “Happy Hour Vintage Shelf

    1. I have a shelf just like this left behind in the house we just bought….im going to paint it and see if I like it any better….was planning on throwing it out…thanks for the idea.

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