This sad excuse for a bookshelf was calling my name at my last flea market run. $10.
It was beat up. I felt sorry for it and figured there was something I could do for it. But I don’t need it. I have no place in the house for it so figuring out what to do with it is a little unusual! Sky’s the limit! Or not.
In typical fashion, I was thinking that each shelf could get a different color in a gradient sort of a thing, but… spray paint doesn’t really lend itself to color gradients. There just aren’t enough varieties. So I grabbed 2 colors that I thought would look nice together and figured that maybe I’d alternate the shelf color. That’s what I figured.
The shelves are metal and they were bumpy and rusty. I took some steel wool to them and tried to at least remove the rust. The texture still remained, but that’s part of the ‘charm.’
I sprayed the shelves first. I started with the light green and it was so vibrant and bright that I was worried the contrasting blue would just make this thing over the top. I was also thinking that then it would REALLY be hard to find a place for. Since we literally have no space for this.
So I sprayed all four shelves the same bright green color. (Rustoleum’s Ultra Cover Gloss Key Lime)
With the shelves all bright and shiny, all that needed to be done was to freshen up the brass ends. I taped off the edges and used some newspaper to protect the shelves. This took one pass with spray paint since these parts actually weren’t super rusty (Rustoleum’s Metallic Paint & Primer in Pure Gold).
To make the pictures look more interesting, I set it up against a wall in our kitchen area where a little storage actually could come in handy. The color isn’t great here and the shelves might be a little delicate given the kids’ activity in this room, but the size is pretty perfect.
I may live with it for a week and see what I think. No reason it can’t go into our garage or go up on Craigslist, either!
Even though I haven’t the foggiest idea where to put this bad boy (and the crazy bright color may not be for everyone), it’s much happier and new than the $10 version I came home with. I had a brief moment of doubt and thought that a glossy black would have been nicer, but I can always go back and change my mind. I was worried that black shelves would make the whole thing look like I’d raided the local library of its re-shelving cart, but maybe it would have been chic and clean. What say you?
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