Everyone ready for the big reveal? I teased you all yesterday when I showed how to make a quatrefoil stencil, and now I’m ready to show you how I used it!
First up it was time to sand the shelves. I used a power sander, cause there were too many shelves for me to tackle it by hand. But if you don’t have a power hand sander, a good old block and piece of sand paper would be just fine:
Once everything was sanded, I wiped them down with a wet towel, to get rid of all the saw dust, and let them thoroughly dry:
Once everything was completely dry, I used 2 coats of primer, whatever I had lying around the house was good enough!
After I let the primer completely dry overnight (follow the back of the can for drying times) I proceeded with two coats of paint. Again, I was lucky enough to have white paint on hand at home, and didn’t need to purchase anything. Love that!
I again let this dry over night to make sure it was good and ready. Now it’s time to stencil! (Refer to my post from yesterday about how to create a stencil). Because I wanted my darker paint to be the lines, I decided to trace with a pencil. If you are using your contrasting paint to fill in the middle, go ahead and paint right over the stencil.
I laid down my stencil, and then used a couple pieces of painters tape to make sure it was securely in place:
I then used a pencil and traced all of the lines. I would then peel off the tape, and move my stencil up or to the side, and continue tracing, until the whole board was traced:
Once everything was traced, I used my free paint sample from Valspar, to paint inside the lines:
Once everything was dry, I went over it again with a second coat of paint.
The next thing I did is completely optional, but I thought it gave my shelves a nice pop. While perusing my local craft store one day (Michael’s for anyone curious) I found some cute shelf liner for only $3. Seemed like a good deal to me!
The liner has a convenient grid on the back, so it is easy to cut straight lines, and make the right size. Make sure to measure your shelf before cutting! This is super sticky, so watch out! I cut the size I needed, peeled off the back, and stuck it onto my shelf. I then used an exacto knife to trim the edges off:
I then used a wet paper towel to smooth down the liner, and my rubber roller to help ease out any air bubbles:
Make sure you trim your liner so that it is not covering the seam, this will be important when you are putting your shelf together:
The final step was to use the cute roller Valspar sent with the sample, to paint the top of my shelf, and cover the edges. I liked this look better than just the plain white, but it’s totally up to you!
Once everything was good and dry, it was time to start assembly. I have a lovely blister on the inside of my finger from the screw driver. Ahhh the price of beauty!
I again chose to use the circle stickers that came with the shelf to cover up the screws. Once I painted over them you could barely even see them.
Here she is all put together. The baskets are empty for now…but not for long!
What do you think? I’m loving how it all came together! Time consuming, yes, but so worth it! The best part is, I only used about 1/3 of the paint sample, so there is plenty left for the second shelf. I do have a matching shelf…but I’ve only gotten as far as priming, so it will be a while before she is up and running.
Break down of the cost:
Sanding materials: $0, already had
Primer: $0, already had
Paint: $0, already had
Contrasting Paint: Free! Sample from Valspar
Stencil: $0, made myself
Shelf Liner: $3
So for $23 I went from this:
|Not exact model
Improvement, no? Thanks for stopping by!