This week I am back with another addition of Curb Alert! This time I came across an old tin garage shelf sitting in a neighbors driveway. After driving past it for days and dreaming of ways to give it a makeover, I stopped and asked my neighbor if he would be interested in selling it. He told me he was planning on throwing it out and I could have it. I was excited to land such an awesome piece and he was excited because he didn't have to pay the dump fees. Proof that sometime it pays to be a little brazen.
Here is what the shelf looked like after I dragged it home. It was in pretty rough shape and the bottom shelf was completely rusted through and unsalvageable. I had to use a pair of tin snips (affiliate) to cut it off the frame. After I finished disassembling the shelf I used 100 grit sandpaper to smooth out and remove the rust build up and chipped paint.
Next I washed everything with a Dawn soap solution to remove any remaining grease that may interfere with new paint. Once it was thoroughly cleaned and towel dried I primed my shelf using a can of black paint I had left over from an old project. Then I used a top coat of Rust-oleum Metallic Flat Soft Iron spray paint (affiliate). I highly recommend priming your surface when using any kind of metallic spray paint because the paint does not cover as well as traditional spray paint. In the end it will save you a lot of time, money, and frustration.
To keep with my Romantic Industrial theme I covered the existing weakened tin shelves with some reclaimed fence boards. To help me prepare for the this step I had a friend help me out by squaring up my old fence boards using his table saw. After they were all square I made the reaming cuts with my Ryobi Skill Saw (affiliate). Then I finished them by rounding the corners and sanding away any splinters using a pad sander.
After removing all the dust with a tack cloth I attached the boards to my shelves using a tube of Liquid Nails glue and then added weight to each self ensuring a strong bond between the boards and the metal. After letting the glue set for 24 hours I sealed my boards using two coats of Rust-oleum quick dry clear matte polyurethane. If you haven't tried this product yet, I highly recommend it. It is a low odor, water based polyurethane that dries in half the time of it's oil based counterpart.
After a short dry time the only thing left to do was resemble my shelves and layer in some beautiful accessories!
One of my favorite pieces on this shelf is this beautiful vintage frame with my parents wedding photo. It was one of my favorite pieces as a kid. Having it displayed on the shelf always reminds me, no matter how far away we may live from our families they are never too far away.
I'm so happy with the way the shelf makeover turned out. It was the perfect piece for our living room and a great way to pull together our Romantic Industrial theme. Do you have any curb alert pieces that you love? Tell us about them in the comments below!
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