A little paint can go a long way. Abbey from Painted Home Goods completely transformed this thrift store shelf into a shabby chic beauty with Happy Hour!

I actually hesitated when I saw this vintage tea cup display shelf at the thrift store. I knew a quick coat of paint could easily update it but I wasn’t sure it was worth it. I was wrong!

Happy Hour Vintage Shelf #DIY #furniturepaint #paintedfurniture #chalkpaint #happyhour #mint #shelf #countrychicpaint - blog.countrychicpaint.com

Going for a “shabby chic” look without being too girly, I chose Country Chic Paint’s “Happy Hour” which is a very pale blue. Before painting, I lightly rubbed the spindles with a touch of natural wax.

Happy Hour Vintage Shelf #DIY #furniturepaint #paintedfurniture #chalkpaint #happyhour #mint #shelf #countrychicpaint - blog.countrychicpaint.com

After two coats of Happy Hour (and remembering how much I hate painting spindles) I lightly distressed with sandpaper. The spots where I had applied natural wax wiped right off, giving an almost chippy distressed look with hardly any effort. This method of wax-resist distressing on details is a new favorite of mine.

Happy Hour Vintage Shelf #DIY #furniturepaint #paintedfurniture #chalkpaint #happyhour #mint #shelf #countrychicpaint - blog.countrychicpaint.com

Happy Hour Vintage Shelf #DIY #furniturepaint #paintedfurniture #chalkpaint #happyhour #mint #shelf #countrychicpaint - blog.countrychicpaint.com

Happy Hour Vintage Shelf #DIY #furniturepaint #paintedfurniture #chalkpaint #happyhour #mint #shelf #countrychicpaint - blog.countrychicpaint.com

Happy Hour Vintage Shelf #DIY #furniturepaint #paintedfurniture #chalkpaint #happyhour #mint #shelf #countrychicpaint - blog.countrychicpaint.com

Happy Hour Vintage Shelf #DIY #furniturepaint #paintedfurniture #chalkpaint #happyhour #mint #shelf #countrychicpaint - blog.countrychicpaint.com

Within a day of posting this for sale locally I had a line of people interested! It just goes to show that what seems like a boring thrift store purchase can be totally transformed with just a little paint.


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Abbey {Painted Home Goods}

As a mom to twin boys, I am always busy. Twice the fun, twice the work! My Twin Tornadoes and salvaging neglected furniture are my passions. If a twin mom in a small apartment can fix up and paint furniture, so can you! In today’s throw-away culture and tendency towards cheaply made, mass produced home goods, I seek to provide something different, something unique. Bringing new life to discarded finds is my way of contributing to the responsible thrifting counterculture that has become a growing trend. When shopping with PaintedHomeGoods you can feel good about what you buy. Enjoy!

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