Thursday, March 3, 2011

Shelf Redo

I had been thinking for a long time about taking my bathroom towel rod down and putting up hooks.  After all, with 5 kids, it was impossible to hang up every one's towels at one time!  I was washing new towels every time that the kids bathed, because they never dried.  I was in Goodwill one day, and I got this shelf with hooks on it for the half price ticket of $3.50!  I was so excited and felt that I had hit the jackpot, except for the very ugly stenciling on it!Well, a fresh coat of white paint and it looked brand new!

I then decided to label the hooks so no one gets confused.  I used the Creative Memories Creative Cuts to cut out numbers 1-5 out of brown-toned papers (to match my bathroom).   Then, to the Mod Podge!!!  You gotta love that stuff!

Yes, I know, I'm not quite sure how to decorate this thing.  That shelf is so short, that I can't figure out what to put there, and yet not really care about what the kids do to it.  Any ideas???  Please?

A closer look at those numbers.  I think that when I get new towels, chocolate brown ones, I am going to sew a ribbon loop on each of them, so they don't slip off.

And while I am asking for help, I was wondering if any of you  know what this is.  It is ceramic and the two little boys are separate pieces.  My Grandmother had it in her china cabinet when I was a child.  She had nothing else like it really in that cabinet.  I was fascinated with it, and when she passed away, it was given to me.  I was just curious.   I would never get rid of it, but was wondering where it might have come from.


  1. Love this! Very creative! I’m a new follower Happy Friday!! I would love for you to stop and take a look at my blog as well! Thanks!

  2. Good score on the shelf and great use of it!

    Maybe you could try a picture frame sitting on the shelf, leaning on the wall, with that candle holder next to it and slightly in front of it, and maybe just a container of some sort(something indestructable, lol) with some green ivy in it that has a little height to it but also trails along the shelf as well.

  3. We have 4 kids, and I feel ya on hanging towels! I might have to try this!

  4. love this. Great way to keep everybody organized.

  5. That ceramic piece is so charming....I wish I knew something about it to tell you. :-) Lovely refinishing!!

  6. That is so cute. Thank you so much for the inspiration. I would love it if you linked your project up to my link party on Monday.
    More The Merrier Monday.

  7. Great redo. If you are worried about items falling off the shelf, there is a product in the florist supply section of places like Joann's called cling. It is a white putty type stuff to put on the bottom of items so they will not move. It is easy to remove when you want to change out items. I am a florist and use it often. ~~Sherry~~

  8. Hi !
    Not sure about your little guys in the tub, sure are cute ....
    I love your shelf. Towel racks are over rated, love the pegs !
    Hugs and have a great week,

  9. Oh great idea! Now I am imagining this in my girls bathroom, but I think I'll do initials instead of numbers

  10. What a great metamorphosis! Well done.

    I am having a hilarious Linky party with prizes this Wednesday. Details are on my blog today.
    I hope you'll join in on the fun.

  11. I love this idea! I found your blog at the DIY Showoff. You have such great ideas and I'm your newest (and 100th!!!) follower! I'd love it if you'd follow me back:
    Again, you did a fantastic job with these prints!! :-)

  12. Thanks for linking up to Take-A-Look Tuesday with Sugar Bee Craft Edition - I featured you today! - Mandy,

  13. Great re-do! Great job!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie last week! I can't wait to see what you have for this week!

  14. great re-do! thanks for linking up and I hope to see you again this week! ^^)


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