My Thrifty Kitchen Shelf

Last week I told you all about my shopping adventures of Thrifting in Raleigh at the Southern Bloggers Conference with my new blogger friends.  It was a fabulous shop till you drop kind of day.  But unfortunately I was on a tight budget. Like $20 kind of tight budget.  Yikes.  But I still found a couple of great finds.

My first find of the day were these 3 wooden corbels for $4 at the outdoor flea market at Gresham Antiques.  Now they certainly weren’t charming antique pieces but for $4 for all 3 I knew I could work with them.

At the Southern Bloggers conference our awesome swag bags came with some Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint samples.  I had never used milk paint before and I know how unpredictable it can be to work with.  But I thought these corbels would be the perfect project to use the milk paint on.

You can see how boring the corbels were when I bought them.  I was hoping to get that aged chippy look with the milk paint.

I didn’t prep the corbels at all, just gave them a quick wipe down with a cloth.

I mixed up the milk paint (it comes in powder form).  Be sure to follow the directions and mix really well, a good 5 minutes.

This was after the first coat.  I sat there watching the paint dry, literally.  And it did nothing.  No cool flaking paint, nothing. Totally disappointed.

A couple of hours later I came back out to the garage and found some flaking.  Yippee.  The milk paint was finally working.

You can see the flaking here. I gave it a quick sanding, just to get the loose pieces of paint off.

I used Miss Mustard Seeds Furniture Wax to provide a protective coat to the paint. It’s also suppose to bring out more of the characteristics of the milk paint.  The furniture wax makes it nice and smooth. Kind of a professionally finished kind of look.

To hang them I bought these hooks at the hardware store.  The old holes had somehow been damaged so they were unusable.

For the actual shelf I really wanted an old worn board.  But couldn’t find one the right size.  So I used a new board and some leftover wood stain.

After one coat of stain I gave the board two coats of milk paint.  This time it did nothing.  I found a blog that suggested giving a light mist of water and that will cause the milk paint to start doing it’s magic.

The light mist of water just made a big mess.  So I gave up on the milk paint and just took my sander to the board.

Now I just need to find something to put on my new little shelf.

If you are looking to hang a little shelf above your kitchen sink as well.  But haven’t been able to find reasonably priced corbels (they are often outrageously priced).  Home Depot has great wooden ones for just $10 each.  I used these same ones in my kitchen makeover and LOVE them.

And if you’re looking for that aged chippy look but don’t want to invest in pricey milk paint (I’m still unsure on what I think of milk paint) you can easily create the same look with Vaseline.  Check out my tutorial here.

31 thoughts on “My Thrifty Kitchen Shelf

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  2. Just love how bright and cheerful your colors are! Can you please tell me if the window trim is painted white or is it a mint color? If you have a moment and can share the colors you used on your trim and walls it would be very much appreciated!

    • It seems that I keep coming back to this adorable kitchen, hoping to find out the paint colors, I just realized that I last asked in 2012:) I will cross my fingers for a reply this time. Thanks so much!

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  4. Love your colors! Can you please give the name of the paint colors you used on your cabinets and walls? Thanks so much!

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    • Thanks so much Mary. That’s quite the compliment coming from you, I adore your home. I painted my kitchen cabinets a year and a half ago and still need to write a blog post about it. I know that’s pretty bad :)

  7. Just a lovely shelf – and your lights sets it off so nicely!
    Thanks for linking up this week –
    hope to see you this week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  8. Thankyou!!! I have been looking for something to put above my kitchen garden window. A valance is just too much. But what you did is perfect!! I love it!! Thx again

  9. That really turned out great, I love the color combo’s and you curtains. I have never used milk paint yet. Thanks so much for linking up on Super Sweet Saturday.

  10. Love the colour, the chippy paint and the whole look really. Your little rod and curtains are so pretty. I’ve not tried milk paint yet, but I’ll definitely give it a try at some stage.

  11. Adorable! I love the makes everything really pop near your sink! I haven’t used my milk paint yet. A little nervous to try as you were. Now you have inspired me to paint something!

    • I think milk paint is one of those things that if it works it works really well, but if it doesn’t it can be a mess. Still not sure if I like working with it or not. Just bought some tricycle red at SuzAnna’s this weekend. So I’ll have to see what happens with a bigger piece of furniture (that was just my sample).

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