Shabby Shelving

Why didn’t someone TELL me that the paint color I chose for the shelves in my master bedroom is the color of, well, UNFINISHED PLYWOOD???

Don’t try to tell me you didn’t notice, because it’s OBVIOUS!

So obvious, that I didn’t notice until a couple of days after they were on the wall and ON THE BLOG.

I’m WAY too lazy to repaint them, so I found some pretty grosgrain ribbon and used my trusty hot glue gun to embellish the shelves.

I think if someone ever asked me that age old question “If you were stranded on a desert island, what would you take with you?”, I’d bring the glue gun and a can of spray paint.

Seriously, I could build a cute little cottage and be endlessly entertained.

The accessories are mostly things I already had:

  • some old nursing textbooks from my great-grandmother
  • a Bible
  • some potpourri in a crystal bowl
  • a picture of my hubby and me the day I graduated from college
  • a square basket
  • an old wooden spool with a candle on top
  • and a piece of pottery

The baskets on the bottom were 50% off at Joann Fabrics. I didn’t want a lot of little things cluttering up the shelves, so I used fewer, larger items. The baskets are empty for now, but I’m sure we’ll use them for storage.

The total for the shelf project was about $70, and that includes the MDF, brackets, ribbon and baskets. I already had the plywood paint color.

This week I’m working on the headboard, and the room will be complete!

Check out all of the great Metamorphosis Monday transformations at

Between Naps on the Porch! (only don’t look at Susan’s bedroom, ‘cuz hers is WAY better than mine) :)

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23 thoughts on “Shabby Shelving

  1. Now that’s what I call using the ole’ noodle. Great job and the ribbon color is just fantastic. Isn’t it amazing how a picture just brings out all the things you don’t normally see. I always think something is just perfect and then take a pic and wow, all the things that need to be corrected really jump out. I love your solution. Hugs, Marty

  2. Now that was so clever to edge the shelves with ribbon. I love the effect! Also love your curly brackets. I’ve been reading your blog and loving it for so long…didn’t realize I wasn’t a follower, but now I officially am a follower! Linda

  3. What a great idea.
    I would have never thought of putting ribbon on the edges. You have just saved me the trouble of painting some shelves I was putting up in my kids rooms. Thanks!

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