Folding Shelf Makeover

Folding Shelf - Market Prep - The Roving Nomad

I was given a set of folding shelves that are perfect for my market booth. They fold up flat for transportation and open up to a sturdy solid shelf.

Supplies

  • Beige Flat Paint (or any color for the base)

  • White Paint (thick like gesso)

  • Flat Paintbrush

  • Fan Brush

  • Painting Knife

Folding Shelf - Market Prep - The Roving Nomad
Folding Shelf - Market Prep - The Roving Nomad
Folding Shelf - Market Prep - The Roving Nomad

The problem is the color. It doesn’t go with my theme and it’s far too yellow for my liking.

Folding Shelf - Market Prep - The Roving Nomad

My solution is paint. I want it neutral, but aged looking. These shelves are going to get banged up a bit in travel so it’s important that they still look good even after traveling.

Folding Shelf - Market Prep - The Roving Nomad

I’m starting with a paint sample from Home Depot. I try to buy these when they’re on sale so I always have paint on hand for projects like these. The cost of this paint sample? 50 cents!

Folding Shelf - Market Prep - The Roving Nomad
Folding Shelf - Market Prep - The Roving Nomad

I’m not even going to worry about sanding because it’s a flat paint. In fact, I want it to chip over time. That’s the best part.

Folding Shelf - Market Prep - The Roving Nomad

With a flat brush, begin painting inline with the woodgrain. You want to dry brush your paint on keeping it thin and spreading it out as you go.

Folding Shelf - Market Prep - The Roving Nomad

Next you’ll need your thick white paint. I like using what I have on hand (usually leftovers from another project) so I combined, white ceiling paint, gesso and some white fabric paint. The thicker the better.

Use a fan brush to lightly go over the surface of the entire piece. The thicker the paint, the more texture it will have.

Folding Shelf - Market Prep - The Roving Nomad

I also like to use my painting knife to add more dimension after the first coat has dried.

Folding Shelf - Market Prep - The Roving Nomad

Now all you have to do is give it time. If you like how it looks currently, you can alway add a coat of polycrylic to seal it, but I’m going to leave mine alone and see how it ages.

Folding Shelf - Market Prep - The Roving Nomad

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