Vintage spool corner shelf

Spool style corner shelves always seem to sell well for me, so I grab them whenever I find them at a good price.

P1190766Even though many of them are the inexpensive ‘kit shelves’, they are quick and easy to make over.

P1190767This one had a little ‘bonus’ feature; keyhole hangers on the top shelf for hanging it on the wall!

P1190768It does take a bit more time to paint the spindles than the flat surfaces, but it’s still pretty quick.

P1190787I try to paint 2-3 small projects at a time.  Paint the first coat on this corner shelf . . . .then work on a second piece while that paint dries.

P1190791Flip the corner shelf upside down and paint the undersides of the shelves and second coat on the spindles.  Work on second project while that dries.

P1190789For the second coat, and to expedite the process a bit, I apply the second coat to the underside BEFORE flipping it back over.  Since I’ve already got two coats on the spindles, they are done; so I can handle them to flip it back over, and while adding the second coat to the topside!  (that is the method to my madness!)

P1190792The spindles have to be ‘distressed by hand’ (with sand paper!)  The shelf surfaces and edges can be done with an orbital sander.  I always use a power sander when possible, since I have such a bad back and hand sanding is hard on my back.

P1190790You can see that I did not distress the underside of the shelves.  All in all, I probably spent a total of one hour painting and distressing this shelf.

P1190859As I already mentioned at the start of this post, this type of corner shelf always sell well for me.  And this one has already sold in my booth at Stars.

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  1. I can see why they sell. Very lovely. Can I ask how much you get for something like that?

    • I really don’t remember exactly what I priced this piece at; probably about $29-39.00??? I buy as CHEAPLY as I can, so I can keep my prices low. But I have to factor in the time and materials to refinish it, AND the rent and commission that the antique mall takes off the top.

      aj

  2. Your little corner shelf is so cute! No wonder that it has already sold. Thanks for sharing your painting process–doing a couple of things at a time would be a very efficent way to get them done quickly. I need to learn to speed up and get my backlog of furniture done and out the door!!

  3. Lovely!

  4. My mom has one of these….hmmm…..


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