One of our finds from this year’s Brimfield Antique Flea Market was an old beat up book shelf. The wood was scratched and the back was stained, but with a little fabric and RustOleum paint I was able to transform it into a unique rustic shelf.
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First I need to take off the back piece and remove all the staples along the edges. I’m using a flat head screw driver for this.
If the back cracks a little bit that shouldn’t be a problem because it’ll be covered with fabric after.
If you’re using spray paint you’ll want to be outside or in a well ventilated area.
Before painting, it’s a good idea to wipe the shelf down with a damp paper towel.
Once it’s clean, put on some gloves and go at it. This first coat doesn’t need to be solid. After giving it a base coat, let it sit for a while to dry.
While the shelf is drying, I’m going to attach the fabric to the back board using spray adhesive.
Apply adhesive to the board and place it on the wrong side of the larger piece of fabric. Press the board down flat so the glue sticks to all parts of the fabric.
I’m going for a rustic, distressed look with this shelf so I’m giving the whole thing a good sanding, especially the edges and corners.
Wipe down the shelf after sanding.
Now all that’s left is to attach the back board.
Place the board on the back of the shelf with the raw edge side of the fabric facing down. Make sure the board is lined up correctly with the edges of the shelf. Staple along the sides and middle like it was before.
Hammer down any loose staples, and it’s done!
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