Thursday, 28 July 2011

On The Shelf

I love poking around in thrift and second hand stores and I picked up this funny little shelf in a used furniture shop for about $12 a couple of weeks ago. It looked like it had potential but it was in rough shape with layers of drippy brown paint and a few dings and scratches.

I ended up spending more than twice that amount in paint stripper, sandpaper, stain and varathane finish, but I think it was worth it.

Now it's home to the caribou carvings from Labrador (click here to read their story). The smooth beach pebbles are from Middle Cove Beach in Newfoundland and the rock is citrine... my birthstone.

20 comments:

Ann's Art said...

I reckon that was money well spent...it looks lovely.

JohnD said...

Looks nice - may originally been intended to take a scented candle light, or, even a clock - but you've certainly put it to good use!

Spencer Park said...

I can't agree with John - I reckon it was always intended that one day that little shelf would be home to your carabu

Deborah said...

It wonderful ... and those beautifully carved caribou look so tactile!

Leena said...

A decorative little thing :) And you did a fine work with it.
I found out because of your post that my birthstone is a smokey quartz :) It suits very well to me. I have even been on Cairngorms in Scotland, where these stones can be found.
Blogging is educational ;)
My older daughter with her two children left us yesterday and I will go to see Melli and Mikael on Sunday, the life is rich, isn`t it!
Happy weekend to you!

Suldog said...

My God. That's absolutely lovely. I mean it. I never would have pictured that from the rusty original.

EG Wow said...

It looks great on your wall!

Craver Vii said...

Your two pictures tell the whole story very nicely. I especially appreciate how you took a plain thing and made it spectacular.

Merisi said...

That's a true treasure, you restored it beautifully!
Who knows how many hours a very gifted and skilled person spent creating it.

Ash said...

It's a very nice find! Lovely!

Vagabonde said...

Congratulation – both on being a grandma again and for the lovely quilts. I love quilts and wish I knew how to make them - yours are so pretty. I knit or crochet baby blankets. The small shelf is good looking and your little treasures look great on it. You certainly are a creative lady.

Arti said...

Well thats creative and looks beautiful too!!!
Have a great sunday:)

Shrinky said...

Oh it certainly WAS well worth it - it's beautiful! Great job done there.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Worth every penny, and more so---PLUS all the work you did---made it PERFECT for your very special 'collectibles', my dear....!

sonia a. mascaro said...

It is wonderful! You did a beautiful work!

Ginnie said...

Totally worth it, Sham, by the looks of it. Don't you love it when you can salvage a treasure like this and restore it into a gem!

mrsnesbitt said...

Lovely find! Reminded me of fret work.

photowannabe said...

Wow, you did a spectacular job on that shelf. Its a really beautiful ornate piece. Love that your caribou have a special place now.

madretz said...

That's amazing Shammie! I wouldn't have been able to see past it's dinginess and old paint. You did a great job and it's perfect for your meaningful momentos.

Ming the Merciless said...

That is a beautiful shelf. And you did an awesome job on stripping and painting it.