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90’s Kitchen Window Shelf Born Again…

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Did any of you get married in the late 90’s and register for one of these kitchen window shelves?
They were all the rage when we got married… cute at the time, but mine has been sitting in the garage since we moved here 2 years ago.  A few weeks ago when we had a garage organization party (wahoo) I came across it again & INSPIRATION hit.  Don’t you love when that happens.  I suddenly saw what this sad, dusty and abandoned shelf was meant to be.
Why a new coat rack of course!  I had found hooks at Lowes on clearance for 82 cents a few weeks ago, so I was set for this project.
I popped off the legs, did a little sanding, a few coats of 97 cent black spray paint from Lowes and a coat Krylon’s Satin Black and she was on her way.
Attached my coat rack hooks, but she needed a little more…
I added an inviting “Welcome” for my guests to hang their coats.  To do this I just printed out “Welcome” in Word in the font and size I needed.  Then I just traced on top with pencil to leave an indent (you have to push hard).  Then I painted on top with some creamy vanilla acrylic paint.
I love being able to transform something I would have sold at a garage sale or donated into something I needed… Satisfaction!

I’m linking this up to Kimba’s DIY party ~ See you there…

I’m joining these other parties too!

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  1. I absolutely love how that turned out. Good for you for seeing the potential in that shelf. The hooks and hand painted detail really make this piece special.

  2. Hey Maryanne. I'm having one of those "why didn't I ever think of that" moments. Great idea – it turned out beautiful!

    Merry Christmas and Hugs…Tracy 🙂

  3. AWESOME! My shelf(the EXACT same one) broke a few years back and I've been holding onto it, just waiting for its repurpose to jump up and tell me what it is! This is a great idea, thanks for sharing!

  4. Hello Maryann ~I've just strolled in for my first visit…I've enjoyed taking a peek at your past posts. You've got so many wonderful ideas. Your blog is so beautifully inviting.
    We share similar taste for so many of the same creative design elements.

    As fall came to a close I looked forward to winter (that's fast approaching), bringing a festive inspiration for a few DIY decorations and gifts. With a little baking in between.
    Don't you love the aroma that fills the air during this season?
    My cat also appreciates the evergreens and an occasional ping pong toss of my (newly created and not yet dried) ornaments…

    I've bookmarked you in my favs.
    I look forward to coming by your charming blog again.
    Come by for a visit. Your company would be nice.

    Sweet holiday wishes,

  5. This turned out great and I love the "Welcome" you painted on it! The cost involved sounds pretty great, too.

  6. Having gotten married in the mid-80's, I had never seen a shelf like this (I know. I'm old!). But judging from the photos I must say Good Job! How resourceful of you to turn that unused shelf into this adorable coat rack.

    By the way, the sofas on your wish list are just beautiful. I hope you get what you want!

  7. Love it when inspiration hits, don't you? Your coatrack is so much cuter than it looked in its previous life a a kitchen rack :).

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