My $1 Joyful Cottage Shelf Redo

Do you get as excited about a garage sale or thrift store find as I do? I mean the kind of discovery that's super cheap and is something you can make your very own. Put your own personal one-of-a-kind stamp on it. 

A while back Dennis found a little shelf at a garage sale for $1. He pulled me over to see it and asked if it was something I'd be interested in. ( I love that man.) Interested? You bet. The piece was in pretty sad shape, but I knew I could turn that humble little shelf into a great display piece for my shop.

Here it is just as I got started with my electric sander. The paint -- kind of a pale yellow -- was peeling, so I just went over it enough to smooth it out. It probably took all of ten minutes.

Now, what color to paint it? 

I looked through my paint stash and discovered a little sample jar of Benjamin Moore Covington Blue. I'm partial to blue and this is, in my humble opinion, the perfect shade of blue. 

I'm all about using leftover paint whenever possible and this was just the right amount. I gave the shelf two coats with my sponge brush and presto chango -- my little shelf was ready for her new home in my shop. (I'm pretty sure I heard her whisper "thanks".)

Here she is in my shop window proudly displaying merchandise.

Since the shelf won't get heavy use I didn't put a wax finish on it. And one of these days I'll have to glue a couple of loose brackets. But for now it's fine. 



  1. Love the shelf, great $1 find and perfect color!

  2. Nancy,she's beautiful and love the colour. Wish I lived near to see your shop. It looks interesting. :)

    1. I wish you could visit, too. I think we have a lot of the same taste:) Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  3. What a charming display piece. I have to be careful at tag sales and estate offerings - dangerously close to becoming a horder - if you can't turn your find around into something really useful! You have turned your find into something useful and SO PRETTY!

    1. Thank you. You're right about the importance of turning your find into something useful. Too often I've been guilty of not doing that.

  4. This is such a gorgeous blog to visit! I am so happy that I found it! I love the display~~~


  5. gorgeous color...worth way more than a buck!!!


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