Repurposed Wood Cubby Shelf

Anvil Market Before & After Furniture Projects Chalk Paint cubby shelf re-purposed repurposing up-cycled Upcycled vintage wood cubby shelf wood shelf

When we found this wooden cubby shelf covered in dirt, a few surface stains and several wasps nests tucked inside I knew I had found a fun piece to repurpose!  I had a vision!  

Before picture: wood cubby shelf

After scraping out the wasps nests, taking off the back, scrubbing the entire piece (a couple of times) and sanding it down; it was ready for a coat of paint!

Painting the Wood Cubby Shelf

I have been wanting to do a furniture piece in blue to contrast against brass, copper or rose gold so I picked this beautiful ocean blue chalk paint.

We have several different options for legs in our "project pile".  I choose a set of brown metal table legs that we took off of a vintage kitchen table.  The legs matched the look I was going for with this piece.

Tip Tip: Keep your screws, nuts/bolts and other fasteners in a baggie taped to your pieces.  Not only is it easy to locate, but they will fit back together the way it was originally made.

When I was working on this project it was spring in Iowa - so that meant we had snow on the ground and temps hovering around 20 degrees.  The metal table legs had a lot of scratches and needed to be spray painted.

After hunting around our basement I found a large box and some duct tape.  I made a make shift spray painting booth!  If you follow us online you know we have a large bathroom that I paint in during colder seasons.  I often joke that my bathroom breaks are shorter and I can get right back to work! smile

Once I had the legs ready we attached them to the bottom of the wood cubby shelf.  We completed the project by adding a coat of wax.  These rose gold wire baskets fit perfectly and complete the look I had envisioned!

After picture: wood cubby shelf project

We named this pretty wood cubby shelf "P.S. I Love Blue" (click on the name to go to our online store). 

This was such a fun transformation!!!  We are already starting our next project(s).

Blog by: Liz Gaunt - Anvil Market (

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