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Upcycling Idea: Goodwill-Find Bathroom Storage Shelf Makeover!

I love any upcycling idea! Can I just tell you how much? I love to see peoples creative juices flowing to make a functional and original piece of decor or furniture.

Goodwill Find - Bathroom Storage Flip turn entryway floating storage for my purse, keys, and mail

It is actually becoming an obsession of mine. I thought I would share with you a fun and easy way to upcycle a drab bathroom storage shelf and re-purpose it for whatever your living situation needs.

For example, I used to live on the second level of an apartment building, but my front door is on the 1st level at the bottom of a flight of stairs (very townhouse-like). There really wasn’t room for an entry table to store items like my purse, keys, etc.

Related: Instead of trashing old furniture or home decor, get creative and find a way to re-use it. Get inspired with these 10 upcycling home decor projects that are stylish and affordable.

I had to problem solve. I went to my local Goodwill and found this wall mounted storage shelf usually used in bathrooms, but I decided to get creative!





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Step 1 – Disassembly

  • Disassemble the entire piece – I used a Makita Power Drill to take out all the screws keeping this together.

Step 2 – Sanding

  • Sand down the areas you want to paint
  • Tape the areas you want to mask off

Step 3 – Adding a Poster

I decided to re-purpose an old Marilyn Monroe Poster I had to tie in the shelf with the rest of my “Marilyn-themed” stairwell entryway. 

  • I used Spray Adhesive to mount the poster to the backing of the shelf.
  • Then mounted the backing back onto the shelf.

Step 4 – Spray Painting

  • After painting the main part of this shelf, I went back and masked off the sides in order to spray paint the decorative inlay.

Step 5 – Remove the Dowel

  • I removed the dowel in the shelf with a hacksaw.
  • Filled the holes that the dowel sat in with wood putty.
    **TIP** Let the wood putty cure overnight before sanding.

Step 6 – Prime and Paint

  • Prime the area to cover the wood putty
  • Let that dry
  • Paint 2 Coats of Acrylic Paint

Step 7 – Add Coat Rack

Now it is super handy and functional for me to hang my bag and keys when I get home after a long day. Best thing is that it is a piece unique to my space and style… I encourage you all to get creative!!!
 I love any upcycling idea that will force me to get creative to create a piece that is functional and 100% unique to my home. Check out my latest project.

Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below. 

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