Brown to Wow

I tried to sell this old shelf at a yard sale.

Some pieces of furniture just have an old-fashioned feeling.

This intricately cut corner shelf is from another era.

This little corner shelf in a dark brown wood tone couldn’t be more vintage.  It belonged to Charlie’s grandmother.

Primed white so the topcoat will adhere.

We don’t have many inside corners in the house that would make this shelf usuable but I decided to paint it anyway. I gave it a coat of white spray primer.

I covered the black shepherd’s crook with a plastic bag so it wouldn’t become yellow along with the shelves.

Hanging the piece on a hook outside made spraying it much, much easier to hit all the nooks and crannies with a few light coats of spray yellow.

Yellow to brighten up a dark corner.

We’ll hang it in the Cottage bathroom for the time being.

I’ll be looking for some small but interesting objets to surprise bathroom users when they close the door.

How do you update old stuff?


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

5 thoughts on “Brown to Wow”

    1. I also have an old secretary which I definitely plan to paint. I’ve narrowed the color down to navy or bright yellow. I know it will be an intricate job but totally worth it. Jo

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