INDUSTRIAL VINTAGE SHELF

Hello there,

I moved back from London with no furniture at all. After buying a new bed, washing machine, closet, sofa bed, dining table and and and…I was broke. But you always want your flat to look nicer and make it more comfortable, right? During some window shopping I saw this amazing piece of furniture. It was an industrial look shelf, which did cost a fortune. I started looking online, but all shelves were 300-500 Euro. Even if I had the money, I wouldn’t want to spend it on one piece only. So I did some research and found this ugly looking shelf – it’s a heavy weight cellar shelf with just the right frame to work with. I’ll show you how to tranform it into something quite nice.

Things you’ll need:

  • cellar shelf with a metal frame
  • shelves (real wood)
  • spray paint – black
  • metal brush
  • wood paint (quite dark, I used “chestnut”)

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First thing you do is to measure the original chipboards. As soon as you have the measurements go to the next DIY store and find cheap wood boards. Ideally it’s wood with a nice structure – mine were spruce wood. Find someone, who’s got a saw or do get it cut down in the DIY store. Usually they do it for a small fee. Go home and check if the boards fit into the frame. This is how it looks like once you replaced the cheap chipboard with real wood. Already a lot better, right?

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Now you have to remove the shelves again. Take the frame somewhere outside with the spray paint and don’t forget the metal brush. Use some newspaper to cover the ground. Start spray paint the frame. Try to do a thin uneven layer. As soon as you’ve covered most of the frame in black, get the metal brush and wipe it softly over the paint. It’ll create a scratched surface. Let it all dry, turn the frame around and do the rest. Same procedure. Once the frame is all done you can start to work on the wood. Paint the wood from all sides. Let it dry and put it all together.

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This is it. A unique piece of furniture, which did cost less then 80 Euro and looks just as nice as the ones in the designer store.

Let me know, if you have any questions. Like, share and comment 🙂 Thank youuuuu!!!

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