Route 66 Shelf Mini Makeover

I’m not kidding when I say that I like texture, and this Route 66 shelf is a prime example of just how far I will go to add texture to…well, just about anything! I originally bought this shelf at a yard sale for $3.00 about 10 years ago. It was old, beat up and painted an aqua color, but it was pretty grimy, so I decided to give it a makeover back then.

Route 66 shelf -StowandTellUFor the original re-do, I bought some Route 66 wallpaper boarder, remember the wallpaper boarder fad? Anyway, I painted the shelf a soft yellow, cut and adhered the boarder onto several parts of the shelf, and then proceeded to give this baby some texture with barn red paint glaze and a texture comb, remember those?

Route 66 shelf -StowandTellUThat is the way it stayed and the way it hung in my scary basement until the basement project began. I almost threw this shelf out when de-cluttering, given the fact that it was even grimier than when I first got it, but just couldn’t do it.

Route 66 shelf-StowandTellUSo I gave it a good cleaning.  It still looked like it could pass for a candy striper if you’re not looking too close, not to mention the fraying edges from the less than expert wallpaper application.  It needed another makeover!

Route 66 shelf-StowandTellU-7For this re-do, I started by trimming off all the loose wallpaper edges with a straight edge blade.

Route 66 shelf-StowandTellU.comI gave it a few dabs of turquoise.

Route 66 shelf-StowandTellU.comAnd then I gave it a coat of dark brown chalk paint.   Actually, I only re-painted the front and under side sections (the underside is shown here).

Route 66 shelf-StowandTellU.comI couldn’t bring myself to loose the combing texture completely. I Just couldn’t do it.  So, to add an age-y feel, I did sand the remaining parts down a whole bunch and give the shelf a coat of dark wax.  I even left bits of the turquoise in places, all of which may or may not give the whole piece more character.

Route 66 shelf-StowandTellU.comNow it has a sort of chippy, vintage look that you might see when stopping off at a roadside diner along Route 66, rather than one of the very first projects done by a paint glaze technique student.  Remember when those classes were all the rage?

Route 66

Route 66

Route 66 shelf-StowandTellU.comThis Route 66 shelf mini makeover may not be the look for everyone, but I think it will work well in our gaming area in the yet-to-be-finished basement.  I still like the striped look you get with a paint comb tool. I’ll probably use that again one day. I still like the color of barn red, and I still hope to make my way across all of Route 66, eventually!

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7 Responses to Route 66 Shelf Mini Makeover

  1. Feral Turtle February 12, 2014 at 3:04 pm #

    What a great paintjob! It will be a perfect addition in your games room. I don’t think I have ever seen a wallpaper border as cool as that!

  2. Danni@SiloHillFarm February 13, 2014 at 5:04 am #

    What a great save Amy! I like the combing texture too, but I’m amazed at what the addition of the blue paint did!

  3. Mel February 13, 2014 at 5:53 pm #

    Oh I like it, I want to try the paint technique. Everything I paint ends up looking pretty sad but I want to do a lot of painting this year which I am hoping practise makes perfect!

  4. Shanna Gilbert February 16, 2014 at 5:33 pm #

    So cute Amy! I love the look the paint comb gave it and the border you used it darling! Great job girl!

  5. Doreen@househoneys February 16, 2014 at 6:15 pm #

    Yet another great job Amy! I love the way combs add texture. For years I had combs but never used them, but then I did so to imitate wood on a windowsill and it came out great.


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