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.
For 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?
That 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.
So 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!
I 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.
Now 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?
This 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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