As promised here are the pics of the vintage inspired shelf that I found on clearance at Home Goods. It’s the perfect size for over the stove and don’t you just love the tin on the drawer fronts. The quality of the wood is not great so I decided to paint it with a DIY version of a very popular (but expensive) brand of chalk paint. I sanded it a bit because it had some waxy substance on it although chalk paint adheres to most surfaces without sanding. After mixing three different shades of blue paint samples that were left over from other projects with a little green it turned out (as I had hoped) looking very similar to the popular brand’s “Provence” paint color. Next I mixed some Plaster of Paris with a little water and stirred it into the paint. The ratio is: 3 parts paint, 1 part Plaster of Paris and water to mix. It took three coats to achieve a smooth chalky finish. After the paint was dry (about 2 hours) I applied a thin coat of Johnson’s Paste Wax and buffed it until it was really soft and smooth. I had planned on sanding it again in some spots and applying a little dark wax to give it a more distressed look but decided it looks great the way it is. The little drawers are perfect for holding spices and things and for now the shelves are home to some of my vintage green bottles.
Below is a photo of the finished shelf in it’s new home. The coral roses are from my garden. I love the color combo!