In a previous post, I painted a Dining Room Table plus chairs with Rust-Oleum CHALKED chalk paint. In this post, I’ll be painting a matching metal and wood corner shelf that I got off of App 5Miles. 5Miles app is similar to Let Go and Offer-Up.
This is what the shelf look like prior:
I used Rust-Oleum Paint in 1 part Charcoal and 1 part Linen White (this means for any amount you use for one, use the exact measurement for the other). For some reason it turns out like a grayish blue once dry. I remember when I first painted the dining table, I thought the furniture was haunted because gray and white does not make blue, but I’ve done this on 2 furniture pieces and it turns out the same every time. Some say it’s blue and some say it’s gray. That’s so interesting and eerie to me, I love it!
Earlier on, I painted my Buffet with VERY similar paints and STILL got same outcome. You can see the Buffet here. So maybe there’s some science to this, I’ll never have interest in to research.
I painted the entire piece all one color. I decided to add mirror on top of the wood shelf, everything is closed just about due to COVID-19 here in metro Houston Texas, so I decided to improvise. Amazon has mirror stickers that can be cut in whatever shape you need
Adding the Faux Mirror
I found these 6×9 Adhesive Mirror stickers with good reviews on Amazon. They are sold in larger size 8×10 adhesive mirror stickers and both measure 1 mm/ 0.04 in thickness. It came with ten pieces, which were more than enough for my project.
Per the good reviews, I agree that the image is not blurred in the photo I took myself as you can see in the photo below. Yes, you can see the mirror is made of cutouts if you look closely, however, this is in a corner, looks good and anyone looking that close is just over the top nosey and need to get their own life. Plus, right now…we’re all on house arrest due to #COVID-19 so I’m happy with what I was able to accomplish.
Adding the Wax
After 1-2 days I added the Waverly White Wax. This is applied by wiping on and wiping off. Both chalk paint and the wax are water-based, so if the look you were going for doesn’t resonate with you then take a damp towel and change the look within few minutes.
2-3 days later, I added the Johnson Paste Wax over entire project, except the mirror. This wax can be found at Lowes, but any similar wax will do, This one is old school, has a strong scent, but never fails. This method also will sharpen the appearance of the chalk paint. If you don’t want any changes prior to this step, then don’t use this wax. Instead, I would use a Matte Clear topcoat such as Rust-Oleum Chalked Matte Clear Top Coat. I used this Clear Top Coat to paint the top of my Buffet if you want to see it. Just use a “good” brush from Home Depot. They are literally labeled “Good” brush for Clearcoat at Home Depot.
Decorating a Corner Shelf
I decorated the corner shelf with affordable finds from Burlington, Ross, Home Goods and Ebay. The white stallion is made in Japan and purchased at Ebay antiques. The vases, candle holders, and grayish-blue stallion is from Ross. The vases and flowers are all from Burlington and Home Goods.
The large rose shaped candles are made to order from Etsy. I wanted plain white, but they came in all colors and made to order per your request. Here is a close up of these BOMB candles. I love looking at them every day.
In the above pics you can see the completion of my dining room and all pieces painted to coordinate.
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