There seems to be a theme lately with my projects. I find 80’s country pieces and update with paint and whatever else bonks me in the head at the time. Here’s the latest- a country curio shelf update:
This is how it started in yellow pine and country stencils. All you in the camp of don’t-paint-wood, don’t fret. I thought it was solid pine, but it is actually veneer. No guilt in painting this one!
But first, let’s get rid of that heart cutout.
Yep, I just removed the whole piece by taking out a couple of screws. That’s a good start. Time to turn it upside down and do something about that stencil. The bottom now becomes the top.
Remember that big giveaway I won? One of the prizes was a gift certificate to D Lawless Hardware. Wow, I felt like Christmas came early! One of the things I chose was this applique (along with several others) plus some cabinet knobs and drawer pulls, all of which I’m sure you’ll see on other projects coming soon eventually. Seriously, their prices are great, go check them out. Now, back to our regularly scheduled post. Ok, not so regularly, but you know what I mean.
I glued and clamped that beautiful baby on and let it dry. TIP: Place wood scraps below the applique to keep it level while clamping.
Oh, I forgot to mention, there was a lot of sanding involved in this shelf update- all the edges were rough, just the way the rustic country pine furniture was way back when.
Time to prime. I used Rustoleum gray spray primer.
I”ve mentioned to you before that I like to use the gray primer because of the way it gives a shadowy look to white milk paint. Sort of like carrera marble. Sort of. Well, after spraying primer on this thing from a dozen different angles, I decided I wouldn’t be brushing on any paint this time. Instead, I used an off white spray paint.
I used my trusty glaze just on and around the wood applique to highlight the details. Ah, I like!
A quick little swipe with a piece of brown paper bag, and it is smooth and lovely. I don’t miss the stencil and heart cutout at all, do you?
NOTE: I received the wood applique as part of a prize package from a bloggers’ giveaway. I was not asked to give a review of the company or product mentioned in this post. All opinions are entirely my own.