Folding Shelf Makeover

Folding Shelf

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
Folding Shelf
Folding Shelf

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

Folding Shelf

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

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
Folding Shelf

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

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

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

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

Folding Shelf

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