When hubby told me he had picked up a real wood roadside shelf, I was excited. But, then he brought home this...
a very dirty, very dilapidated, shelf with a burn hole.
So, after letting it sit for a month and almost hauling it to the dump, I decided to tackle it... and gave it a rustic industrial makeover.
I cut out the burn hole with a jigsaw, making the hole a rectangle. I filled the with a rectangular scrap of wood that was the same thickness as the shelf. I glued it in place with wood glue. When the glue was dry, I used wood filler on the edges of the "wood patch".
It wasn't a perfect patch, but I knew with paint it would be hidden. I removed the flimsy back.
I then sanded and painted the shelf. I mixed some black into a brighter green to make this darker, earthy green that I think will be coming in hot this fall and winter.
I added reclaimed wood pieces to the fronts of the shelves because they were damaged. I used a couple pieces of barnwood on the top. Two very thin reclaimed wood boards were slid into the slots in the top, middle shelf. I think this was originally a secretary with a fold-down desk as I could see places where hinge was screwed to the top shelf.
Pallet wood made a much better back and gave the shelf a great rustic feel. I secured all of the wood pieces with the brad nail gun.
I stained over the paint and the wood with Minwax's Special Walnut. I put the shelf on wheels to give it a more industrial look. And, I thanked hubby for dragging this piece home--a little love and a new plan was exactly what it need!