Friday, August 31, 2012

"that little unusable space" -- grey corner shelving






I recently started a board on Pinterest called "that little unusable space." It was dedicated to this little alcove in my living room that was too small for a chair to be placed in it, but too big to be left alone. A month or so ago I picked up an adorable 1/2 table to go there, (see post here), but I moved it when my mom came in and said, "I need your end table for one of the other houses." No hard feelings toward my mom... that's the nature of living with someone else's furniture in your house!

A few days later my parents were having a garage sale. It was a pretty awesome garage sale. You see, they have 4 vacation rental homes in Maui, which they update frequently, and so they were selling almost everything that wasn't currently being used. (If you are planning a vacation to Maui, go to their FB page to check out the accommodations!)  There was this particle board/wood/spindle corner shelf, which I would never buy in a store. But I love the spindles and knew I would love all of it in a different color! I brought it in the house and Kit said, "You're going to paint, that, right?" Normally, he's like, "Why do you have to paint all the wood furnishings in our house?" 
So I sanded it. Kilz'ed it. Then painted it in a flat Owl Grey, to match my entertainment center. After my first coat, I left it in our car tent to dry. Well, I didn't get back to it for almost a week. Within that time my husband informed me that birds were perching on it, using it as their toilet! So I had to clean it, scrub it and sand down that disgusting mess on the top shelf. Yuck. 


(see the entertainment center in the foreground? match-matchy!)

I like it way better, now that the shelving is not that dated particle board wood color. 






On a lot of my furniture I prefer a flat finish, but then feel like I need a clear varnish on it, 
especially with a 2-year-old in the house. But since this is just in the corner, 
holding a few books and accessories, I left it flat-- no varnish.



So this is what's currently occupying my "little unusable space." 
Do you have a space like that in your house? 

Oh, and if you have a blog post you want to share, 
our 2nd ALOHA Friday link party is up! Click here.

Aloha, 
Rebecca


19 comments:

  1. Love the new color - and you really managed to make an unusable space usable :) Thanks for joining us for the CHQ blog hop - we loved having you and hope to see you again next week!

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    1. Thanks Sarah! A new favorite color of mine...

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  2. I like the new look on a reclaimed piece. It really looks nice. I think I have filled up all my spaces.

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  3. I love that tall and narrow piece - it's perfect for that spot and looks great in Owl Grey! Plus it's kind of unique and interesting with it's spindles. So funny about the birds - that sounds like something that would happen to me! Thanks for linking up to the summer B&A!

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  4. Nice. I have some of those little nooks and crannies, too, in our Cape Cod house. Are you an artist also? I see the paintings ... nice. Best wishes, Lindaa

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    1. Hi Linda, those are my husband's paintings. He's a great artist.

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  5. Your Owl Grey turned out great, pretty color! It's the perfect spot for cute piece. I'd have fun rearranging for all the seasons, too!

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  6. Really cute, I love what paint can do! Thanks for linking up on Super Sweet Sunday
    Stephanie

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  7. So cute, and painting it makes it look so different and modern.

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  8. What a perfect way to use that space! And it's cute too!

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  9. I have one of those unusable spaces myself, now I'll have to be on the look out for a shelf like yours. I really like the grey color you painted it. Your little corner has a use and style now! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

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    1. Thanks Cathy for stopping by my post!

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  10. How great is that! It's perfect for the space. Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Alderberry. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/09/make-it-pretty-monday-week-13.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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    1. Thanks Kathryn! Linking up now. We're having a party too. Would love to see your projects there:

      http://jedandivy.blogspot.com/2012/09/aloha-friday-link-party-3.html

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