So I am gonna keep it real. I have a lot of sh*t.
Yeah. I went there.
Honestly, I love collecting stuff and have accumulated a vast assortment of odds and ends from my travels across the US and abroad. Between masks, dolls, textiles, carvings and pottery I have a nice array of artifacts that I had nowhere to display. Redecorating the master bedroom gave me the perfect opportunity to put many of these wares on display, especially since one side of my bedroom was bare (there was a reason I only shot the room from one angle!).
I wanted a set of brass shelves and searched high and low for an either one long console or two shelving units that could span between 60-70 inches. Everything I found was either out of my price range or simply ugly (imagine shiny 80s tubular brass). So I waited and figured I had time on my side with this scenario, but then Nate Berkus and his crew called and I had to accelerate my timeline in getting the room to at least a presentable point.
Panicked, I literally was scouring the internet, Craigslist and all the junk shops in a 50 mile radius looking for something to fill the space. Surprisingly, I found my savior at Ikea in the form of two display cases they were liquidating. They had the frames only on sale for $9 each, and when two were combined, they were the perfect length at 65 inches. The only caveat was that they were white and came with no glass or shelf inserts. However, that didn’t deter me as I had a plan.
Enter Phase 1 of the plan…spray paint…
This is the frames with one coat of metallic bronze spray paint. You can see the original white color on one of the legs still.
After three coats of spray paint, the frames are looking okay but it would eventually take 5 thin coats of paint (about 3 cans) to get the final look I wanted.
Enter Phase 2 – I replaced the shelf inserts with glass I had recut from existing panes I found at the junk yard. Here is a helpful tip that I recently discovered – many glass shops can recut existing glass panes to fit your new projects for less than what it costs to get a new pane cut. As I mentioned, I found the glass I used as a junk shop for $5 a pane, so for about $30 plus another $40 to have the glass recut, I was able out my shelves. To get new glass cut, I would have spent $40 per pane or over $240 for this project– score one for me! Just be sure that the glass is the proper thickness and has no defects, otherwise your glass shop may decline your request.
However, even with the snazzy paint job and new glass, there was still something bothering me about the shelving. There were these random sets of holes in the cross beams that instantly drew my attention and I hated……
I desperately wanted to plug those suckers up and frantically brainstormed how to make the holes “disappear”. Fortunately, inspiration came from the nailhead trim I used for my bedside tables.
Through some wine induced brainstorm/haze, I realized that by hot glueing a brass nailhead to a drywall anchor, I could create the perfect plug for those random holes. Why I thought of this combo, I don’t know but surprisingly, it worked! The drywall anchors fit perfectly into the holes and the nail heads were the exact shade of brass as my spray paint, so it was clearly meant to be!
So for under $100, I was able to get over 5 feet of display space for my collectables and perfectly fill what had previously been unused spaced in my master bedroom. I just now have to decide on a wall treatment, art and bedding and the room will be “complete”.
(Complete. Yeah right…like that is ever an option to someone who loves design.)
The one caveat is that the addition of the shelving with all my collectables has moved the room from modern trad to more global traditional — not a bad thing per say but it does impact the art I intended to use for the room. But alas, change is always the constant in design.
So have you found any awesome furniture deals?