old school.

I just realized that I’m not sure were I purchased this little wall shelf!

shelf before

Most likely a garage sale because this is the sort of thing that is kind of putzy to makeover, so I must have gotten a really great deal on it.  And then it sat in the ‘to-do’ pile for a long time because I didn’t want to deal with it.

But I had some leftover paint from the tropical kitchen island last weekend, so I decided to slap it on this.

And voila!

shelf 2

It got really nicely chippy.

shelf close up

One of the tiny knobs was missing.  I tried multiple different replacement knobs, most of which were too big for the scale of this piece.  But I pulled these two out of my stash and thought they worked quite nicely.

shelf knob

I lined the drawers with some pretty scrapbook paper.

shelf drawer lining

And then I filled it up with some of my favorite ironstone.

shelf 1

I’m hanging this on the wall, but you could also set this on a dresser or some other surface because it has a flat bottom suitable for that.  These shelves are perfect for displaying a collection, but I wonder if people find them to be too ‘old school’.

What do you think?  Lame old fashioned, or yummy vintage?  What would you display?

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32 thoughts on “old school.

  1. Beach decor (shells, starfish, driftwood), toys ( vintage cars & trucks) … ironstone! It’s unique, and I think it awesome 🙂

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  2. I think it’s perfect just as you have it. I call it practical display. Displaying something that’s useful and pretty too. This would be great for any kind of dishes in a dining room, coffee mugs or canisters in the kitchen, etc. I like it. Love the knobs you chose too.

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    1. I like the idea of ‘practical display’. Your coffee mug suggestion makes me think it would make a great ‘coffee station’. Mugs, maybe a pretty glass canister with sugar, a ball jar with pretty silver spoons. I think a bunch of k-cups would fit in the drawers.

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  3. Perfectly fabulous! Love it in the Tropical Island color. I like the monochrome display with it, would also be lovely with mason jars and flowers, some books, or a little bird’s nest. Definitely NOT lame old fashioned!

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  4. Yummy vintage detail and like Michelle, above, I would probably hang it in the bathroom. I love wall hung cabinets and shelves over the toilet instead of art.
    This piece is really wonderful Linda. Of course by now you know that it fits my style to a “T”. Love the color, the chippiness and the way you have styled it cause I am also a huge fan of ironstone.

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    1. My bathroom is so tiny that I avoid anything that will project out from the wall and into the visual space, so it never even occurred to me that this would work in a bathroom. But you guys are right, it would be great for that. Thanks Victoria!

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  5. I vote Yummy! I love the chippiness of this piece. I can see it hanging above a dresser painted in the same color, but perhaps not large enough to have a presence of its own in a room, creating the appearance of a hutch – lovely display space for any collection. Also, in regard to yesterday’s post, I appreciate reading about your thinking process when choosing chalk vs milk paint and your reviews of new products you try. Thanks for sharing your skill and unerring good taste!

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    1. I like the hutch idea. I had the same thought, that it would be nice placed on a dresser … especially a tall more narrow one (something just a bit wider than the shelf itself). Thanks for your comment Kim, and your kind compliment!

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  6. This turned out really cute. I think it’s perfect for grouping a collection. I have some small to medium missals and statues that I display along with some old rosaries. They would fit the scale of this piece nicely.

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    1. I had to look up ‘missals’ to see what they were 😉 Ahhh, sort of like a little prayer book? OK, yes, I can totally see that on this shelf. I’m getting a ‘Jeanne d’Arc’ vibe, right?

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  7. What a good idea for the coffee station and a jar for spoons. I have my mothers’s souvenir tea spoons but I’m not the kind of gal to display them. But they would look cute (edited ) on a shelf like that. What a great way to use up your paint and the shelf looks great.

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    1. It would be fun to put all of your mom’s spoons in a mason jar or an ironstone pitcher for display. I agree, I probably wouldn’t want an old fashioned spoon rack type display, but it would be nice to have them out somehow.

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  8. I think it’s adorable! In fact, I really need it for my bathroom. Can you click your heels and send it down here to me?

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  9. So many great ideas for this little bit of goodness! I too think it’s splendid. My vision is for a kitchen wall with old cookbooks…..the take-out menus could hide in the drawers!! This is a piece I might have overlooked when looking for treasures but now I might give something like it a whirl. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Great idea Teri! Vintage cookbooks would be fab. This could even sit on top of a kitchen counter (if there aren’t any overhead cupboards) filled with cookbooks. I like it!

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