Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Ethan Allen Shelf Redo

While visiting my mom last weekend, I managed to leave with her vintage 70's Ethan Allen shelf that matches her dining room set.  I asked her about 50 times if she was absolutely sure that I could have it, and told her it will never be the same after I'm done with it, but she still let me take it!  Here's was it looked like before I came along:

Ethan Allen is known for high quality furniture, so I knew this shelf would be great with a little paint.  I took my off-white Caromal Colours RECLAIM to it.  I mushed on two coats of the paint, then lightly sanded with 120 grit paper to add a little distress.

 And here it is waiting for Josh to hang it up:

I love how distressing covers up all my painting mistakes!

 It's great piece that I will hopefully get another 35 years out of!  Thanks Mom!

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  1. I think a lot of 70's Ethan Allen pieces are being painted and distressed these days ...

    The dark chunky wood look is so, well, 1970's!



    1. Yes, it was very 70's, but a great piece nonetheless. My mom is great!

  2. Hi, Jamie

    I love your shelf. I am so happy that your mom gave it to you. My mom just gave me her vintage fork and spoon and I gave them a makeover. I found your lovely blog on I gotta create link party. I enjoyed looking around and I am a new follower. I would love for you to stop by Have a great week.


    1. Thanks, I will definitely check out and follow you as well!

  3. You did an awesome job on the shelf. I love giving old things a new life, especially when they are well made like things from Ethan Allen. Thanks for stopping by. I have thought about stenciling, but I think the wallpaper will bring much more color than me stenciling.

  4. Hi Jamie!! I am your newest follower from"Under 300 Followers Blog Hop". I love what you did to your shelf!! I think I will go see what my mom has in her garage!!


    1. Thanks you! You never know what momma has packed away somewhere. I love your blog. Congrats on your award!

  5. Ethan Allen pieces have that ageless quality to them? Good for you for saving such a beautiful shelf and bringing her up to date! Thank you for sharing her at the party!

  6. another awesome project, it turned out so beautifully :)

    1. Thanks, Kristy. I'm having fun with that paint, it makes things so easy.

  7. Came over from Twigg to see your project. I think I like it as a tray - you have created such a beautiful vignette with it! Love the paint job.

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  8. So shabby chic! I love what you did! The before and after is remarkable. I am your newest follower!
    - Hope :o)

  9. well, you must be thrilled that that shelf came out sooo great. I love it and think our readers will do also. May I invite you to come participate, and link it up at our linky party,

  10. I love how you transformed your shelf. Isn't it amazing how much a coat of white paint changes everything? :)

    I'm your newest follower.


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