I had this shelf from my previous home. It is a shaker style and was originally painted a Williamsburg shade of green, if that makes sense. Many years ago, I painted it white and added lace trim to the shelves. Still didn't work. So it has been in my basement waiting to be sold, donated, whatever.
Yes, it is meant to hang this way, even though it looks upside down. Well, since I've been trying to repurpose the things in my basement, I thought why not try to transform it from shaker style to cottage style?
Using plates and bowls as patterns, I drew curves on the side of the shelf.
I cut the curves with my jigsaw. I used a scroll blade.
And it worked! No one could be more surprised than I was. At this point, I put on a coat of paint. It looked terrible. I thought there was no way to get the new cuts smooth enough to paint. So, I did what I had to do.
I bought a power sander. I had no idea that the wood could be that smooth. For those of you that already use an orbit sander, this is your cue to laugh. That's enough.
So I got the edges smooth and put on another coat of paint. It looked terrible. The curves were just to bumpy and imperfect. Back outside it went for more sanding. This continued on several more times until I was finally happy with the results.
And you remember my shabby pink bench that I made here? I have been dying to use more of this pink paint. So that's what I did.
I put the shelf over the toilet in the master bath. It is a very small, separate room, so that's the best picture I could get.
I'm going to have lots of fun accessorizing this one. I'll need storage for all those personal items, something to hold extra rolls of toilet paper, and of course a lot of "just because they're pretty" things.
I'll be joining these great parties: