**** QUICK HOUSE UPDATE: Did NOT get the house. There were 7 other offers on it and we were outbid. Back to the drawing board. *****
Yep. Another country heart cut out shelf! BUT a completely different style of one than I have ever re-made OR even SEEN before!
Disguising this particular heart cut out proved to be quite the challenge! It wasn’t a piece that I could ‘just remove’ as I have on some in the past. And none of the carved wood appliques I had ‘fit’ perfectly over the heart. So I used TWO appliques, but still had a gap in the center. Added a strip of thin wood BEHIND the two appliques to fill in the gap, AND had to fill the very corners with some putty! WHEW! A lot of work, but well worth it to cover up that heart cut out, no?
Even JUST adding a backing to ‘open back’ shelves like this, ‘ups’ their value and sales-ability. A couple of times I have just repainted similar open back shelves and NOT added a backing. I noticed that THOSE take much longer to sell. Add a back and BAM! They sell!
I ALWAYS paint my shelf BEFORE I add the backing. (fewer tight corners to have to paint!) And paint the backing before attaching it. (SEEMS like it would be more work this way, but it really IS faster!) This particular backing I opted to glue on vintage dictionary pages on the backing instead of painting.
I painted this self a putty color and distressed it.