Saturday, October 9, 2010

Take A Second Look

How many times have we passed up wood items at yard sales, flea markets, or thrifty stores cause of their "cutesy country" designs?! Most of those things can be made over for a new look and here's how I did one of mine....

I found this nice shelf while out and about one day and couldn't resist taking it home with me.

As you can see it had those cutesy country heart cut-outs in the design. So the first thing I did was use a round cup to mark cutting lines on both the top and bottom hearts as shown....



Because of the lack of space for cutting I used my jigsaw to cut these out, then used my sander to blend back in with the original beveled edges. (Of course you can use other tools....just depends on your preference and project you're working on.) So here's what my shelf looks like and it's ready for some paint/distressing....

You don't always have to cut those out and can use decorative wood squares to place over top of them when possible, or maybe a wood or metal star....but you get the idea. So next time you see a nice cutesy country wood item, give it a second look and use your imagination on it's possibilities.

Wow, I've realized I haven't been keeping up with my blog as planned and it's past time for another giveaway! Wonder what I should come up with for that? Well, you'll have to keep watch to see, lol! Till next time....Have Fun Crafting!

Hugs, Libby


  1. Wow - it looks great!!! I would never have considered doing that. Thanks for sharing!!!

  2. Looks spectacular, Libby! It's so colonial now, which is my favorite:) Great job!! Barb

  3. Libby I have that exact shelf that I have been planning on doing the same thing to,just haven't gotten around to it. I think I may paint mine black with a red distressed coat on top and add bead board to the back. Very nice my talented friend .Hugs,Jennifer

  4. Libby you alway give the best tips to us. Thats why I am always having to check out your blog. Kay

  5. I did something similar a while back to a cubby shelf item that had the heart cut out at the top. But I just painted mine black and distressed it and then covered the heart with a metal star. It now resides in my kitchen and I love it! Great job on yours. Can't wait to see painted and distressed! Enjoy your weekend!

  6. Redoing wood items is my favorite thing to do--making country into prim! I love it!