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Vintage Shelf Makeover

Last week I showed you some thrifted finds and this medieval-looking shelf was one of them.

I  loved all the details, but it was clearly suffering from 1960s plastic resinitis… and it needed to be cured as quickly as possible.

 

Vintage Shelf Makeover

So I sifted though my stash of medicinal cure-all spray paints to decide which one would do the trick… and for this project the prescription was a lovely white paint and primer combo.

After one dose my little shelf was already on the mend.

Vintage Shelf Makeover

After two more doses about 1/2 hour apart it was cured. Just like that.

It’s a miracle!

Vintage Shelf Makeover

Here’s what it’s going to hold… my collection of sweet little salt & peppers.

The flowers on this glass set are hand painted.
salt and peppers in vintage shelf after makeover

Gold kings?

salt and peppers in vintage shelf after makeover

and their Silver Queens?

salt and peppers in vintage shelf after makeover

Crystal.

salt and peppers in vintage shelf after makeover

Lovely patina.

 

salt and peppers in vintage shelf after makeover

For some reason the ones below remind me of Darth Vader.

salt and peppers in vintage shelf after makeover

Silver plated, with cobalt blue insert and missing its pepper. I bought it anyway. Maybe someday I’ll find its mate.

salt and peppers in vintage shelf after makeover

Swirly.

salt and peppers in vintage shelf after makeover

Mini hobnail on a silver plated tray.

salt and peppers in vintage shelf after makeover

Plain knights with glass armour.

 

salt and peppers in vintage shelf after makeover

50s Aluminum.

salt and peppers in vintage shelf after makeover

Fancy knights with crystal armour.

salt and peppers in vintage shelf after makeover

Cobalt blue glass and made in Hong Kong.

salt and peppers in vintage shelf after makeover

Here’s the before again.

 

Vintage Shelf Makeover

And here’s the after in my craft room. It’ll hold the salt & peppers while they wait to be used in future projects.

 

salt and peppers in vintage shelf after makeover

This was such an easy shelf makeover. White is such a miracle cure.

It can turn trashy into classy… old into new… shabby into chic… and faux-medieval into the here and now.

I think it looks like it could be made of wood. What do you think?

Did I cure my little shelf of its plastic resinitis?

 
XOX

 

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23 Comments

  1. You are a miracle worker Tuula!! Love it and love your royal collection of S & P's as well! You've got some vision girl!

  2. Love it! White just looks so clean to me! And the details stand out nicely now… and it doesn't look like it has resinitis anymore.
    I didn't know you collected salt and pepper shakers… I'll never look at them the same when I'm out thrifting LOL!
    Have a great weekend friend!

  3. Love the redo. And your salt and pepper shakers are too cool! And they look amazing on the wall. You did a great job!

  4. What a difference paint can make! Love that it was the perfect place for your lovely S&P shakers.

  5. Yes, you did! What a wonderful transformation and perfect to hold those cute little shakers!

  6. Great remake on a resin piece…and perfect for your shaker collection! Thanks for sharing it with Revisionary Life Thrifty Life Thursday. : )

  7. Definitely cured it of resinitis! I love resin items because they paint beautifully and you can turn dated and tacky into fresh and chic! Love the S & P's on it too…so pretty! I have the tich to go thrifting….maybe I'll go see what I can find. Have a blessed weekend.

    Hugs, Vicky

  8. It definitely looks like it is wood now. Way to go Dr. Tuula. I love your collection of shakers. They are sooooo cute!

  9. Wow, white is definitely a miracle cure! Years ago, people must have been crazy for brown, but I don't remember those years, lol. Thanks for sharing your project with us at Make It Monday!

  10. Very nice! I wish I could do things like this! My talent is with the sewing machine. But…I keep looking and maybe can make one of these work some day! followed you from Etcetorize linky!

  11. I hope I don't suffer from plastic resinitis – it sounds quite dreadful. White is the go-to color in my book. Love your S&P's – Darth Vader twins looks like little Dutch boys to me.

  12. Adorable! Love the shelf and your s & p collection! Yes, white is the fix-all and uplifter for anything ailing. That's why I have taken on the huge task of re-painting my kitchen WHITE!

  13. It's amazing what a difference a little coat of what paint can make, isn't it? Love your pretty collection of shakers. I'm so glad you shared your post at the Make it Monday Party! Hope to see you again next week.

  14. It's amazing what a little paint can do! Love all your pretty salt and pepper shakers, this is a perfect place for them. Thanks so much for sharing at Salvage Style.

  15. Thanks for showing the folks the finished project this week at Revisionary Life!

    1. Thanks so much Julie. And it was so easy to do. It often amazes me what a coat or two of paint can do.
      Thanks so much for stopping by.
      Tuula 🙂

  16. Yes, it now looks like wood! Those resin molds sure had realistic detail, it's amazing how some new paint can make it look so much more real than the faux finish it had in the first place. LOVE your salt and pepper shaker collection!!

  17. Looks good! I would have bought that shelf in a heartbeat! So cute & the white did the trick.

    1. Thanks Florence! I really think white paint is the answer to these vintage plastic pieces.