Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Beachy {Cube} Shelf Makeover

The playroom makeover has been put on hold until I can actually take pictures without toys scattered all over the floor!  Seriously, I am not complaining because I am so happy that my girls are finally enjoying the space but keeping it clean is a whole different story.  Fortunately I was able to complete another project this weekend which I have been waiting four years to do.  I got inspired to do this project from seeing some pretty furniture makeovers at a couple of my favorite blogs,  Nikki's Nacs and From House to Home.

This is my completed project:


Four years ago I purchased the cube shelf that I am using as a nightstand in our beach guest room from a furniture clearance outlet for $20 and have been wanting to paint it ever since.  I decided to do this makeover project at the last minute and didn't want to spend any more money than I had to.  Since I already had some blue paint left over from painting our master bedroom and bathroom I decided to mix my own color.  The blue is called Ocean Kiss from Behr and I mixed it about half and half with Wishiper White from Glidden which is the color of the trim in our house.  The only thing I had to purchase for this project was a quart of primer and a roller so the total spent was $10.


First, I sanded the cube shelf down with my mouse sander to get a smooth finish all over.  Then I painted two coats of Kilz primer and waited for it to dry before I painted two coats of my newly created color blue.  I could have unscrewed the shelves in the middle since they were held together with small brackets but I was too lazy so I just painted over the hardware.  After the paint was dry I was ready to distress it.  I used my mouse sander again to really get through the layers of paint and concentrated more on sanding the edges.  I love how the primer shows through in some spots and in other spots it's worn down to the wood.  It looks like this is a piece of really old furniture that has been worn over time which is exactly what I was trying to do. 


The brown linen curtains and lamp shade are new purchases for this room.  I plan on redecorating the rest of the room as well with handmade wall art and a wicker chair makeover. 


18 comments:

Tisha said...

ok please come decorate my house! :)

~Mommy+Me~ said...

Looks great Des! Love all the projects you have been doing. The photo board for the basement was too cute and I really LOVE the art area for miss A. I have been having the itch to do some creative stuff lately too. We need to make a date. :)

Nikki said...

The color turned out so good! Thanks for the linky love.

If the girls are using the playroom it sounds like a SUCCESS! Can't wait to see it...one day.

House of Smith's said...

oh my gosh! This looks so great! :)
I LOVE the blue! and the silver. So calming!

And I totally know what you mean about the tears and school.
It's hard, but they LOVE all the fun their having. Plus, it wipes them out for a good nap when they come home. hee hee.
~Shelley

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

The color is beautiful!

Cindy said...

Really beautiful! Love me some blue and brown :) Might think about linking this up in a few weeks to my blue and brown blog party....would love to have ya.

Visiting from The Shabby Nest....

Terry said...

Great color and you did a great job distressing it! I'm sure you'll enjoy this for many years to come!

Kori said...

I really love that color. Your shelf is beautiful!

Atticmag said...

First thing I noticed was the color -- your "custom mix" is both brilliant and perfect.

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Michelle @ Sweet Something said...

NIce job! I love the custom color!

Angie@Echoes of Laughter said...

It looks wonderful! You did an amazing job!

Cozy.Cottage.Cute. said...

Your colour that you mixed turned out perfect!

I love your accessories, too.

:)
Sarah

Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com said...

that color is gorgeous!! So pretty!

xoxo
jen

Lauren @ 31diy said...

This is so unbelievably fantastic!!! I love every detail of it - from the cube shelf to the lamp to the darling accessories. It's really really stunning!

Lauren

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

The cube looks great! I love the shade you ended up with. It has a nice coastal feel to it. I also love your lamp! The chocolate brown shade is so pretty. Great combo!

Lori@Paisley Passions said...

Love this one too! Thanks SO much for joining in on Thrilling Thursdays @ Paisley Passions. I hope to see you again this week :)
~Lori S.
Thrilling Thursdays @Paisley Passions

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Love the color that you came up with...looks great and soooo nifty thrifty!

Blessings,
Linda

cindy @ cottage instincts said...

Oh that is perfection, right there. Love that you mixed your own color, and LOVE that you distressed to show the white primer in some places too.

Thanks for sharing with the Great B&B Blog Bonanza!