September 14, 2010

Shelf Redo and Free Porcelain Rose

Transforming an ugly little hanging shelf with paint, wallpaper, and a free porcelain rose.


Everyone but us would pass right by this ugly little $3.00 shelf. 



After a few coats of heirloom white paint and Laura Ashley wallpaper.

 

Now I just did not like this key hole detail



This is where the free porcelain rose comes in.  I did a tutorial HERE 

Basically it is just chiseling flowers off from old nick nacks.





This flower came off a broken candy dish and It fit perfectly over the key hole in the shelf.


But still had a lot of the candy dish still on the back


This is where my Dremel came into play.  I did a post HERE on the Dremel.  You can see the part here that had to be ground down,



I ground it down and added a dab of paint

I adhered it to the key hole with E-6000 glue





So there you have it my little shelf with a free porcelain rose.  This was another project that I wanted to keep, but we all know we can't keep everything so, I put this in my antiques booth for $28.00



Don't pass up the broken or chipped nick nacks with flowers from estate sales or thrift stores, they can be used for so many altered art projects.  Here is a couple of examples using chipped off porcelain flowers.  These items are available at my online store The Polka Dot Closet.





Happy Crafting with your free porcelain roses.

Carol
I'll be linking up with these parties this week. 









37 comments:

Michelle said...

Very creative, Carol! Your shelf turned out very beautiful! To think of all the ugly shelves I walked right past...I'll think twice about it now! :)

Cheryl said...

Oh my goodness... I have the VERY SAME SHELF! How funny is that? I got mine for $2-- I used old book pages to cover the back of mine. I use it in my studio to hold jar fairies. You did a lovely job fixing up yours :-)

Jocelyne's Tea Parties said...

You are so creative! And I want to tell you, I did it! I rented a space at our local Antique and Crafters Market. It's small but that okay to start. I have a 4 month lease and then month to month after that. Thank you for inspiring me. I'll put up pictures of it soon.

Jocelyne's Tea Parties said...

You are so creative! Do you brush or spray paint? I wanted to tell you that I did it! I rented a space at our Antique Mall here in Colorado Springs. Thanks to your inspiration. I've got four months (lease) to see if I can make it happen for me. I'll post pictures soon.

Graceful Rose said...

Carol, what a sweet little shelf you made. Thanks for all your instructions that you give us. I must get a dremel!

Debbie said...

OK... I feel like standing up and shouting EUREKA!! I love this and can't tell you how many broken things like that I have either glued and reclued or propped up in such a way as to hid the broken parts or TOSSED away. UGH. I am so definitely going to remember this.

And I love the shelf!

Tina Eudora said...

Oh Carol that is so beautiful and who would have thought about using those china roses in that way? What a fabulous idea!
You are truly an inspiration!
Tina xo

Debbie said...

That turned out adorable Carol....really it was ugly before, but NO MORE!!~ Thanks for joining me this week. Debbie

Gina said...

You've turned that ugly duckling into quite a pretty little shelf! It looks great.

Something Nice and Pretty said...

I love the shelf, what a great B&A...and also love the free rose, amazing!

Have a great day!
Rondell

Nancy said...

Carol, it's lovely now! So very resourceful of you to transform the shelf into something so pretty with the flower. It doesn't look anything like it did before!

Nancy

Sue@Uniquely Chic said...

Turned out beautiful! Great idea salvaging those pretty flowers. Just one more thing to keep my eyes open for at the flea market!

Jane said...

Fabulous transformation on the shelf. It doesn't even resemble it's former self!
Jane

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

ANOTHER great idea...I love shelf's...they are a hit & miss for selling around here. I just rotate them! Looks great!
Warmly,
deb :)

sissie said...

Hi Carol,
That's a great idea! Sometimes all those little shelves need is someone like you to give them new life! I just sold a shelf similar to yours but it had a little drawer on the bottom. I painted it heirloom white and shabbied it up really heavily.

Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog. I'm so glad that you found one of those sweet little clothing hanger/valet stands and gave it the shabby look. I just found another one at an estate sale the other day and it's getting the white treatment. Oh, it's never ending, is it?

hugs
Sissie

Oh Mandie said...

wow, very very beautiful!

AmericKim said...

Love your shelf. It turned out great! Thank you for visiting me. What a great way to "meet" one another. I love your blog and I am so happy to have seen it. Thank you again!

Kimberly

Rebecca said...

So cute and sooooo much better!

Melissa Miller said...

Carol it is precious. You created a lovely piece full of detail and character. Great job!

Thank you very much for your kind words on my weight loss. I really appreciate it. Come by anytime. You're always welcome sweet friend.

Blessings & Happy Fall!
~Melissa :)

Life in Rehab said...

Oh how cute! And I never would have thought to chisel off flowers from ugly or broken pieces!

Cozy Home Scenes said...

I love it! Very, very pretty. My mom used to take flowers off of old stuff and glue it on something new, but they never turned out this pretty.

Mari said...

HELLO,

WHAT A GREAT IDEA, I LOVE THE WAY YOUR CURIO TURNED OUT SO CHIC AND THE PRETTY ROSE IS THE ICING ON THE CAKE :)
THANKS FOR STOPPING BY MY BLOG, AND YOUR NICE COMMENT CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOUR PUMPKINS :)

XOX~MARI

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

did it sell yet? It's so sweet and I love the wall paper Carol. I need to start picking up those little porcelain jewelry boxes I see with chipped flowers to use for projects. Last weekend I saw the most fabulous tall lingerie chest I was itching to buy. It's not something I would have put on the website but perfect for a shop, which I don't have yet. It would have been stunning painted a cream color with hand painted roses on it. Darn...I should have bought it and put it in the shed. Oh well....

Francie of The Scented Cottage said...

LOL you are so right, we would not pass that up.
You did a beautiful job and I bet it is sold all ready.
Your tips are the best!

(())
Francie

Amanda@The Hand Me Down House said...

Carol - this is SUCH a cute idea! I would have NEVER thought of that! It looks like a completely different shelf! Great job! :)

Debbie said...

You just make me smile from ear to ear....I can see us bloggers all going right over there...oh boy he would really crap his pants if I got my possie over there! Well we shall see...I left him a nice little message to go and read my post, hope he has his diaper on!

Bringing Pretty Back said...

Carol, this shelf is adorable!!! wow! What a transformation!
Have a pretty day!
Kristin

stefanie said...

ok, standing ovation!!! its gorgeous!!!!!! I want one now!

Pat said...

What a transformation and the rose is icing on the cake!

gena said...

That looks just amazing ! How sweet and delicate - great job !
thanks for sharing,
gena
www.thehouseonlavenderhill.blogspot.com

decdiva1 said...

beautiful! you could charge a lot more for that lovely little shelf! love your blog!

Biljana said...

Hi Carol!!
Great job, it looks so beautiful and gorgeous, bravo:))
Greetings from Europe, Biljana

Vintagesouthernlife said...

Beautiful transformation! Thanks for sharing the idea of using the porcelain pieces. Yours is just lovely, Annette

Aunt Peaches said...

Hey Carol! I saw the lovely comments you left on my site and just HAD to pop my head in a and see what you are up to --my goodness! I can see from just a quick skim you have such a wonderful dreamy sense of color and pattern.
And I just love this idea above...I love anything that lets me do a little smashing, especially when the end results are so darn cool!

PS: Polka Dots forever!!!

Sandy Michelle said...

What an awesome shabby chic shelf!!

Anonymous said...

Hello there,

My friend called me to tell me about your blog. She said I know you are going to love this blog. So I checked you out and I do love your blog! I live in Orlando and realized I have bought many things from your booth over the years.... Including the shelf in this post! Ha Ha. You can see it in my dining room on my blog... Blessings to you,
Amy Jo Sunny Skies and Sweet Tea

city said...

thanks for share...