I'm embarrassed to say this shelf has been sitting under my bed for years. I've moved it with me from Michigan to Denver. It has then resided in six different Denver residences with me.
It's time something was done with this poor shelf. My parents originally got it for me from Amish Country, yes that's a real place. If you're not familiar with the mid-west there are large Amish communities in Ohio and Indiana. They make amazing food and jam and sell all different kinds of furniture. My parents are slightly obsessed with all things Amish. So obsessed that the house I grew up in has been taken over by the Amish - from the kitchen table to the TV trays. This is a lengthy way of saying I've had this shelf under my bed for years and wanted to give it a little love.
Amish furniture doesn't really fit the vibe of my house. Time to DIY!
Thug Kitchen isn't just helping me eat healthier.
I was inspired to DIY my shelf after seeing this photo in my Thug Kitchen cookbook.
This is my first attempt at getting my pantry on lock...more on that to come!
I sanded my shelf down so the paint would adhere to the wood.
It originally had a shiny, stained finish so this had to go.
Be prepared to get dusty!
I wanted my shelf to have a distressed, antique looking finish. This antiquing glaze can be found at any craft store and will last forever. Use an old, damp rag to gently rub it over whatever you want to distress.
I used some old paint we had laying around the house from when we painted an accent wall at our old apartment. Luckily the color I had matched the grey wall I wanted to put my shelf on.
I let my shelf dry for 24 hours.
The entire wall in this space was a little bland so I thought some free kitchen printables would be just the thing to spice this entire area up. Click on either picture below to be taken to actual downloads!
I got a couple of my jars at the thrift store, a couple at TJ Maxx, some I had on hand and a couple were just recycled sauce jars. Use whatever you have or can find but don't spend a lot on this part!
Lastly, I just needed to make a trip to Sprouts to buy some items in bulk and get my pantry started.
By now it's no secret we're obsessed with Thug Kitchen.
I used their basic tools for kitchen domination when deciding what to fill my jars with.
- Short-Grain Brown Rice
- Favorite Pasta Noodle
- Pinto Beans
- Garbanzo Beans
- Black Pepper
- Cayenne Pepper
- Chili Powder
- Garlic Powder
I'm obsessed with my new shelf!
I will for sure be on the lookout for new jars and unique containers whenever I'm thrifting.
I'm pretty excited about having some staple pantry items now too.
This project was definitely a success.