Every month on my local lifestyle show, Indy Style the viewers are challenged to submit projects that they would like me to revamp, reconstruct or remake. (Are you local? I need some more submissions!) This month’s pick was an outdated little wall shelf. Mary submitted this and remembers it hanging on the wall of her dad’s home growing up. She always loved the shelf and she interherited it about a year ago. She hadn’t put it to use because it wasn’t her style. So I revamped it to give it more of a classic feel. Inspired by the Newport Wall Cabinet at Pottery Barn I added some molding and white paint to give it an extreme makeover suitable for Mary’s light and airy style.
It began as this old country wall shelf with chicken wire doors on it.
1. I deconstructed the shelf removing all the pieces I wasn’t going to use, including the doors. Then I cut a new wood top.
2. Next I cut some crown molding with my chop saw that I removed from the top of this cabinet and cut it to fit the new top. I cut some base molding for the bottom and some decorative half-moon molding for the side. I used wood glue and my air nailer to tack everything in place.
3. I used wood filler and caulk to fill all the seams of the molding and to patch holes. Then I sanded the entire piece down with various grits of sandpaper making it smooth and ready for paint.
4. After a good cleaning, I used my paint sprayer to prime and paint it. I painted it Bright White in Satin by Behr.
Here is my inspiration piece to the left. It is the $249 Newport Wall Cabinet from Pottery Barn. The one I revamped cost me about $7 in the decorative molding for the side. The rest I had in my stash.