Master Bathroom Shelf Makeover

See how easy it was to complete this master bathroom shelf makeover. I’m sharing my step by step tutorial and the results are beautiful!

Sometimes projects turn out a little less awesome than I expect (gasp!, right?), and then there are projects that entirely exceed my expectations. Projects that exceed my expectations automatically hold a spot in my heart. I’m a very visual person, and can generally see past anything to envision something entirely different. That’s where today’s master bathroom shelf makeover comes into play.

When I was looking to share a project for this month’s paint makeover post, I walked into the thrift store in search for something “blog-worthy”. True story. I searched high and low looking for that perfect piece that would shine and inspire. In the last stretch of the store, I looked up and froze as soon as I saw the shelf. I looked past what it currently was, and instead saw something amazing. Things aren’t always what they appear to be, and I knew this shelf was so much more than it’s dated and sad self. I was right…

Master Bathroom Shelf Makeover by The Wood Grain Cottage

Master Bathroom Shelf Makeover

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Supplies:

Step One: Remove The Peg Hooks

Here’s what I started with…

Master Bathroom Shelf Makeover by The Wood Grain Cottage

It was just your basic shelf, but I loved the bones of it, as well as the length, which measures at 5 feet long. $5.00 later, I walked out of the thrift store smiling. 🙂

Master Bathroom Shelf Makeover by The Wood Grain Cottage

Once I got it home, I used a hammer to knock out the remaining pegs…

Master Bathroom Shelf Makeover by The Wood Grain Cottage
Master Bathroom Shelf Makeover by The Wood Grain Cottage

Step Two: Remove The Shelf

With the pegs gone, I used the hammer to remove the shelf as well…

Master Bathroom Shelf Makeover by The Wood Grain Cottage

Step Three: Paint The Shelf Frame

After a good wipe down, I started painting the frame of the shelf. Since I wanted the main portion of the shelf to be white, I started with Maison White from Maison Blanche. It’s the perfect base white since it has more pigmentation and has a little bit better coverage.

Master Bathroom Shelf Makeover by The Wood Grain Cottage

I did 2 coats of the Maison White, and the shelf was instantly looking better…

Master Bathroom Shelf Makeover by The Wood Grain Cottage

Once the base coat was dry, I began painting with my white color of choice, Magnolia, which is a truer, brighter white…

Master Bathroom Shelf Makeover by The Wood Grain Cottage

After two more quick coats of paint, the base of the shelf was done and I left it to dry.

Step Four: Sand The Shelf

In the mean time, I began sanding off the current finish from the shelf ledge…

Master Bathroom Shelf Makeover by The Wood Grain Cottage
Master Bathroom Shelf Makeover by The Wood Grain Cottage

Step Five: Stain & Wax The Shelf

With the shelf completely sanded and ready for a new finish, I began staining it with Early American by Minwax…

Master Bathroom Shelf Makeover by The Wood Grain Cottage

Once the stain was done, and the paint dry, I began waxing them both with Maison Blanche’s Clear Wax…

Master Bathroom Shelf Makeover by The Wood Grain Cottage

Not only does the wax work flawlessly on the paint, but it also works on stained wood as well…

Master Bathroom Shelf Makeover by The Wood Grain Cottage

Step Six: Reattach The Shelf

With everything waxed, I reattached the shelf to the base…

Master Bathroom Shelf Makeover by The Wood Grain Cottage

Step Seven: Attach New Hooks

Master Bathroom Shelf Makeover by The Wood Grain Cottage

To really give it a refresh, I chose new black hooks…

I knew I wanted the new hooks to be big enough to cover the existing holes from the previous pegs, and these worked like a charm…

Master Bathroom Shelf Makeover by The Wood Grain Cottage

I just measured down from the top, marking the height with a pencil (& making sure they would cover the hole) and then screwed them in place…

Master Bathroom Shelf Makeover by The Wood Grain Cottage

I also added new mounting hardware to the shelf too. The existing hooks didn’t seem near strong enough, and not only is this shelf a little bit heavy, but I knew whatever I chose to hang from it, or display on it, could potentially be too much for it to handle…

Master Bathroom Shelf Makeover by The Wood Grain Cottage

Step Eight: Hang The Shelf

All that was left, was to hang it up and decorate. Our master bathroom had the perfect blank wall, and this shelf instantly found its new home…

Master Bathroom Shelf Makeover by The Wood Grain Cottage

It fit the wall above our bathtub perfectly. I’d been searching for what I wanted to place on this wall since we started redoing the bathroom earlier this year. It’s like the shelf was made for it…

Master Bathroom Shelf Makeover by The Wood Grain Cottage
Master Bathroom Shelf Makeover by The Wood Grain Cottage
Master Bathroom Shelf Makeover by The Wood Grain Cottage

It also gave me the perfect place to hang a few extra towels…

Master Bathroom Shelf Makeover by The Wood Grain Cottage

And to store some extra bath salts…

Master Bathroom Shelf Makeover by The Wood Grain Cottage

Function meets beauty on this one, and I’m totally in love with this transformation…

Master Bathroom Shelf Makeover by The Wood Grain Cottage

The hooks are perfect for just about everything, even the gorgeous cotton wreath that steals the show…

Master Bathroom Shelf Makeover by The Wood Grain Cottage
Master Bathroom Shelf Makeover by The Wood Grain Cottage

And just because I love the way this corner came together, here are a few more beauty shots…

Master Bathroom Shelf Makeover by The Wood Grain Cottage
Master Bathroom Shelf Makeover by The Wood Grain Cottage
Master Bathroom Shelf Makeover by The Wood Grain Cottage
Master Bathroom Shelf Makeover by The Wood Grain Cottage
Master Bathroom Shelf Makeover by The Wood Grain Cottage
Master Bathroom Shelf Makeover by The Wood Grain Cottage
Master Bathroom Shelf Makeover by The Wood Grain Cottage

Needless to say, this shelf is one of my favorite makeovers to date… that’s saying something! And just in case you’re wondering about some of the sources for the items in this post, here you go!

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Paint is utterly amazing! And in case you want to see a few more awesome transformations, be sure to visit these other ladies:

Master Bathroom Shelf Makeover by The Wood Grain Cottage

1. Liz Marie Blog // 2. The Wood Grain Cottage // 3. Hymns & Verses // 4. The Golden Sycamore // 5. Refresh Restyle // 6. A Blissful Nest

For more details about the products in this post (and step by step instructions), you can check out Maison Blanche’s You Tube Channel. There’s lots of great information and tutorials. To buy the products, see the list of retailers here.

P.S.- I received product and/or compensation for reviewing Maison Blanche Paint Company products. However, all opinions about their paint, finishing products and this shelf makeover are my own! For my full disclosure policy, click here.

11 Comments

  1. I love $5 finds.
    Especially with gorge after stories like this one.
    What a great find and a great fit!!
    Look like a million bucks now.
    (Magnolia is my favorite white too)

  2. How lovely your shelf turned out in your master bathroom. I’ve been thinking about some shelves in my master bath as well. Haven’t seen anything that hits me though. You truly scored on this piece. Besides your makeover, your bath is beautiful!

  3. Perfect! I’d rather have something like this rather than a towel rack. The black hooks are exactly what I’d choose. Thanks for the tutorial.

    Jane

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