Earlier I showed you my shelf makeover for my vintage camera display. I saved an old beat up shelf that was on it’s way to the dump. I wanted to share with you the step by step on how I repainted and refinished this shelf to fit our decor.
When I began this project the shelf was in rough shape. It had a glossy lacquered wood finish with lots of scrapes, nicks, and spots. I absolutely took the advice that Tracy’s Trinkets And Treasures gave on how she repainted her shelf. That is where I got the inspiration for this project. She suggested using Purdy paint brushes, which I did – and they worked beautifully.
She also suggested using Klean-Stip Easy Liquid Sander Deglosser. This is something that I have never used before, but I will be using it again. Basically, you rub it on with a clean dry cloth and it “roughs” up the finish so that the paint will adhere to it. I thought that it was very easy to apply and it dried quickly. This step was surprisingly simple and a much more time efficient technique than sanding the entire piece.
After the deglosser was dry I was ready to start painting. I used a green Behr paint that we had on hand. Here is my most important tip for refinishing any piece of furniture (or any painting project for that matter) : Make sure you have an entire bag of your favorite candy. I don’t love the process of painting – but Starburst jellybeans seem to make it tolerable for me.
I used my purdy brush to do each corner and a small roller to do the flat sides. I did one square at a time and worked my way around the shelf. Corners with the brush and then all four sides with the roller. I let the first coat dry and then added another coat. The color was perfect and I was ready to add some character with a glaze.
For my glaze I used an Americana acrylic paint. The color is called Asphaltum. I mixed the acrylic paint with a small amount of water so that it was an easily spreadable thin consistency.
I used my Purdy brush to apply my glaze color in small sections. After I applied each section I used a clean dry cloth to wipe away some of the paint until it had the affect that I wanted. I liked the look of darker paint in the corners and around the edges and less paint on the large wider surfaces. I was afraid of this process when I started. But after a couple small test sections I was excited to continue glazing. It doesn’t have to be perfect – that is the point of glazing, right? It really gave the shelf a lot more character and a cool aged look.
Once I had my shelf glazed to my liking I let the paint dry, and was ready to put on a protective coat. For this shelf I choose a matte finish so it had a more natural (less glossy) finish.
Once my final finish was dry it was time for the fun stuff. Hanging and decorating my “new” old shelf. For my first glazing project I think it turned out great. I love the finish and have a feeling I will be doing it to some more pieces of furniture. It was easier than I thought it would be, and the end result is awesome.
2 thoughts on “Old Shelf Made New – How To Paint And Glaze A Decorative Shelf”
Looks great! Thanks for the easy to follow steps and actually showing which products you used.
Do you like the jelly beans? Haha – should have told you that trick before you started painting your Master Bedroom 🙂 LOL!