Thursday, February 21, 2013

Painting Shelves

Painting shelves continued...

(new readers may not know but this post is a continuation of my long project of painting all the shelving units in my three booths at Village Antiques Mall, a thrifty do-it-myself ongoing project)

First set of shelves in this group were painted in January. The second set is now finished mid+ February. This has been a very slow to finish project but I had 2 hours on Tuesday night (late night at the mall for dealers) and I was ready to paint more shelves. Boxed the books. wiped the shelves free of dust and worked as fast as I could. Took 2 1/2 hours. I got home just as full dark arrived.

A finished section of three shelves filled the next morning.

Here are the shelves before I emptied them.

Ready to paint.

Painted, left to dry overnight.

Went back to the mall Wednesday morning and filled them.

Painted sets of shelves. 
Another project finished. Whew!
(yes I know the bottom 2 shelves in each unit are not yet painted but that is either for another painting session or a 'never to be done' job)

Six shelves, closer views.

Some readers (Brenda, Claudia, Sue, Gail, Denise and many more of my dear blogging friends) will notice that I did not use my new camera. Bit fuzzy, but you can get the idea if not the clear detail. Worked fast, took pictures quickly. Life. Other 'painting shelves posts here, here, here, here, here, here.

In reviewing the painting saga over the past two years I notice I have learned a great deal about posting and presentation. That is a 'good' thing. 

How is painting a favorite thing? I love being a reseller in a vintage mall and painting a shelving unit for better presentation is part of the whole favorite thing concept.

Thanks for the linky parties. I am joining in with:
Common Ground, Made In A Day, DIY By Design, I Gotta Create, Chic On A Shoestring, Mockingbird Hill Cottage 


  1. The color looks great - a nicer background for your goods!

  2. The painted shelves really show off your treasures so much better!


  3. I enjoy looking at all the beautiful things ON your shelves! Kind of like those I Spy books!!!

  4. The shelves look great, I hear that things sell better on white shelves?!
    But the great items you've got on offer would sell anywhere! Gorgeous.

  5. I know it was a ton of work but everything looks so much prettier on the new paint!

  6. I love stuff and how fun to look at all of yours! Looks like a lot of work, but it does look really good.
    Thanks for stopping my by blog.

  7. The white shelves make such a difference!! You have such great things to sell!


  8. Wow! I'm so impressed with your paint job! Doesn't it make a big difference? You have such neat things for sale...wish I could come visit and pick through them! Thanks for sharing!

    Cheery wave from

  9. I think they look much better painted. Isn't it amazing what a little paint can do! Hope you can stop by the enchanted oven1

  10. Finding a place to put all the stuff when you empty the shelves is the challenge!! I have bookshelves full of vintage things also (inventory for an online shop) in my office and the walls desperately need painting! It will be a section at a time, I'm sure! Yours look great!

  11. Good for you, Joy! My goodness, that's a lot of painting and I know it can be tedious. You know, I don't always use my good camera. If I have the time, of course. But sometimes, I just haul out my phone and snap away!

    Thanks so much for joining in this week!


  12. Your goodies show up so well on your newly painted shelves!

  13. Very nice! Shelves are more of a pain to paint than folks think too! I'm drooling over your Nancy Drews and Hardy Boys!

  14. Wow ~ that was a lot of work! The freshly painted shelves look great and really show off your wares.

    Susan and Bentley

  15. Boy are you a fast worker!! The shelves look much better i the lighter colour and really show off the china...what fun rearranging all you have! Joan

  16. It is amazing how painting a shelving unit can completely change the look! Sorry I am so late in visiting from last week's party. It has been a hectic week. thank you for joining the party!


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