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Personalized Storage Shelves

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  • Estimated Time

    12 Hours

  • Challenge Level


  • Tools & Supplies:

    • Photo Transfer
    • Chalked Ultra Matte Spray Paint in Aged Gray & Linen White
    • Chalked Protective Topcoat Spray
    • Universal Matte Spray Paint in Farmhouse Black
    • Photo of Your Choice
    • 2 Unfinished Crates and Pallets Half Wall Crate
    • 1 Pack of Unfinshed Wood Gift Tags
    • 2 Unfinished Wood Plaques
    • Light Grit Sandpaper
    • Foam Brush
    • Wood Glue
    • Drop Cloth
    • Tack Cloth
    • Gloves
    • Ruler

These unique bathroom shelves are an easy DIY project. With Photo Transfer and some paint, you'll be able to recreate these shelves to add more storage with a personalized touch.

PREPARE: Always work in a well ventilated area. Working over a drop cloth, lightly sand the half wall crates, wood plaques and gift tags with a sanding block and wipe away sanding residue with a tack cloth. 

Lay the half wall crate on your drop cloth. Then, shake your can of Chalked Ultra Matte Spray Paint in Aged Gray for one minute after the mixing ball starts to rattle. Hold the can 10-12” away from the ladder and spray in a sweeping motion. Apply 2-3 light coats, allowing a few minutes in between each. Then, set the crate aside to dry for 4 hours.

To get a distressed look on the plaque and gift tags, spray paint the edges with Universal Spray Paint in Farmhouse Black. Use Painter’s Tape to tape off any areas you don’t want to paint. Then, remove the tape and apply Chalked Ultra Matte Spray Paint in Linen White and cover the whole surface including the edges. Allow the paint to cure for 24 hours. Use a medium grit sandpaper to lightly sand the plaque and gift tags, focusing on its edges and corners. Once you’re done distressing, wipe away the sanding dust with a tack cloth.

Using a foam brush, apply a generous layer of Photo Transfer to the printed side of the photo and then place the photo face down on the plaque. Using an item with a hard edge (like a ruler or plastic card) press along back of photo to smooth out any air bubbles. Let the product and photo sit for 12 hours to cure. After 12 hours, wet the paper with water until you see the image and using a clean rag, rub in a circular motion to remove the paper backing. Repeat steps for the gift tags.

PROTECT: To protect the finish on the shelves, plaque and gift tags, apply Chalked Protective Topcoat Spray Paint using the same instructions given for the paint.

Let dry overnight. Once dry, attach the plaques to the shelves using wood glue. Get organized and style your shelves. Use the gift tags for added personality!