Our Mini Family: Goodwill Drab to Modern Fab: Tabletop Shelf Makeover


May 12, 2014

Goodwill Drab to Modern Fab: Tabletop Shelf Makeover

Come see how we transformed this $1.99 Goodwill find:

First thing's first: I cleaned this sucker until I felt like I could kiss it!
Goodwill is great, but I am a total germ freak--everything's gotta be cleaned. I used dryer sheets to get the lint/dirt/dust out of every spot and area, and used a razor to trim the excess fabric on the bottom side of each shelf. After that, I used antibacterial wipes to clean the wood and also the metal brackets. 

Next I removed the pins from the brackets and separated the two shelves to prep for painting. 
Then I spray painted the brackets and nails in silver, metallic paint. 
While those were drying, I went ahead and sanded the wooden shelves to prep for painting.  Using just regular acrylic paint, I covered the shelves in 2 coats for an even finish. Then I grabbed some scrapbook paper I got from Michael's and measured the bottom of the shelf. Using scissors I cut it to fit, and then lightly dabbed Mod Podge onto the center of the shelf and placed the scrapbook paper down on top of it. 
What was your most recent, inexpensive Goodwill transformation? We would love to know!

36 comments :

  1. This looks fantastic! I am always amazed what a fresh coat of paint can do. I love the scrapbook paper addition too! Wonderful job!

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  2. WOW, this turned out beautifully! I can't wait to go to Goodwill to see what gem I can find to transform!

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    1. Goodwill is awesome for little projects like this one, isn't it? You totally should! Please do link back if you have any recent Goodwill transformations--I'd love to see them!

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  3. This turned out fantastic, such a great idea!

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    1. Sweet! I am glad you like it, Britni! Thank you!

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  4. That looks fantastic! I always want to do projects like that, but my problem is I usually give up half way through. Haha.

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    1. I hear you--I almost never have time, but if I don't make time to do stuff like this I go crazy! I need an outlet for my frustrations form work, life in general, etc and crafting/reupholstery/baking is perfect for me!

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  5. Looks awesome! I love seeing what you've done with this. Super Cool!

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  6. This is such a neat idea! I love the scrapbook pattern you chose :-)

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    1. Aww thank you, Erica! As soon as I saw that scrapbook paper, I knew that was the one I wanted for it.

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  7. G'day! What a great idea to share!
    Cheers! Joanne

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  8. Congrats, Cathy! Your shelves will be featured this Sunday @ Inspiration Monday Party! Yeay!!

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    1. YAY!!! Oh my gosh I am so excited--thank you, Julie! I love your blog so much :D

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  9. Love it, great makeover. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me.

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  10. I love that you picked black and made it very modern and classy!! Thanks for posting. I am always inspired by makeovers. Makes me feel that I could do something crafty too!!

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    1. W00t! Yes--thank you! I am glad you liked my vision as well. You can totally do this!

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  11. Oh, my! I love that! Goodwill is my favorite place to shop for home goods and clothes.

    I would love for you to share your thrifty update with my readers at my Fabulously Frugal Thursday party! http://www.alifeinbalance.net/fabulously-frugal-thursday-linky-party-67/

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    1. Aww thank you so much! Yes I agree--Goodwill is perfect for goodies like this. And thanks so much for the invite--I just linked up!

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  12. Beautiful - I love it darker! (Coming from Link Party Palooza)

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  13. So pretty!! The black is awesome :)

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    1. Aww I appreciate it! Thanks Stephanie!

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  14. love the shelves always love my thrift stores. Lately they've gotten alot of craft supplies in so I hit them up for those items. Thanks for sharing visiting from pintastic party have a great week.

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    1. My pleasure--yes I love my thrift stores near us as well!

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  15. I liked it once you got it all cleaned up, I would have stopped there, I have no imagination. But I loved it once you added the paint and the scrapbook paper

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    1. Aww I am sure you have imagination! But thank you so much! That is so nice of you to say that :) But seriously, I bet you can do stuff like this!

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  16. Such a great job! I've featured it for tomorrows Worthwhile Wednesday.
    -Allie @ http://thecraftiestallie.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much, Allie! So exciting!

      Cheers!

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  17. Much better - beautifully done! I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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    1. Thanks so much, Kathy! I thought it looked 200% better myself, and I am glad you can agree! :)

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  18. What a great redo. I love upcycled projects like these.

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