Monday, May 2, 2011

Thrifty-Effective Shelving

I have wanted needed some shelving in my office for a LONG time now. Have you seen the price for shelving??? thank you! So, long story short~~>I headed to our local Habitat for Humanity ReStore. And yep! it was the perfect day there for me!

Here's What I Found:
Two solid (well...smooth) closet doors-$6
6 "just the right size" brackets-$4.50
Total Cost: $10.50

The doors had been marked down from $5 to $3! Score! And it just so happened that there were 6 matching "just the right size" brackets. And yes~this is what makes me happy these days. =)

I of course forgot a before shot of the brackets. But, they were brown with a wood grain pattern through them. Um...reminded me of trailer house paneling. HEY WAIT! Don't be jealous...I grew up in said trailer. ;)
Anyway...they needed a couple coats of Rustoleum's Anodized Bronze. {LOVE} And a coat of sealant.

Ok...on to the doors. And yep once again I forgot a true before picture. But, if you've been following me-you know I'm good for that sort of thing.

Here's what I started with:

Yes...the top one is painted. Then I remembered to take a pic. Light Bulllb.
I sanded them and painted them Spring Meadow. I think it's a BM color but I got it at Ace Hardware so I'm not sure. If you need to know for sure, I will get you the info.

I put two coats on. One coat would have been perfect since I wanted a distressed look but I couldn't resist another coat. Just to see what the green would turn out like! =) And by doing so, I didn't get the total look I was hoping for but it worked out ok.

I sanded and distressed the edges. I also ran the sander on some parts in the center to add a worn look.

They are a very light green but they are OH SO nice!

My AWESOME Mr. ran the drill, the tape measure and the level. I could have done it. But instead, I followed orders and held where instructed to hold. Hee hee. Actually, I appreciated his help. That's what he gets for being a handsome math whiz handy man!

And here they are: 

Finished product:

Do I love the brackets?? No. But, they are a necessary evil right? And 'tho they are empty now, my storage shelves are gonna shine!! (hint)

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  1. Love your thriftiness! The shelves look great...your must share pictures once you "stock" those shelves.

  2. Carri...I would like to send you an email, but can't find an address for you!

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  4. Great idea... I was looking for shelves for my girl's room. This might just work!