I remember the old country look that was so popular like 30 years ago when I was first married. We had a little house and found an old barn of which we used the wood for the walls in our family room. That was probably around the time that this shelf was first painted. I wanted a different look with a new idea I had. As usual I wasn’t quite strong enough for part of the process so I negotiated John’s help again. I keep telling him it’s quality time together, right?
You can see the project we did with an old farmhouse door here
Anyway, below is the “how to” on this project.
Original shelf with an odds and end collection of silver plated old utensils
First, I removed all the pegs and hooks. Then, I sanded the detail painting until it was gone. I sanded the edges to the point where most of the blue was gone. I painted a very light coat of white spray paint. While that was drying, I polished the utensils and picked the four that turned out the shiniest. Magic Eraser actually worked well for this. I didn’t feel like running out to get Tarn-x.
I sanded the edges of the shelf again so the wood would show. Then John and I compared ideas for attaching and bending the utensils and this is what we came up with.
John bent the utensil around the handle of the bolt cutter that was laying near by. Any round handle or pipe would work. I helped hold it in place while he bent the utensil.
We used pieces of wire to secure the utensils so they could be used as hooks.
I’m already thinking of things I can decorate it with after Christmas! Any ideas? See more ideas at
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