Vintage Corner Shelf Divided
I have a minor obsession with house plants. Ok, maybe it’s more than a minor obsession. I have too many (dozens), but I love them all. Most of my plants have sentimental value. Some were purchased to commemorate momentous times in life like the births of my children, a particularly difficult miscarriage, or buying our first home. Others have been gifts from friends and loved ones. They are an important part of my home, and finding appropriate places to keep them all can be difficult. This divided vintage corner shelf makes the perfect place to set a few.
I really don’t have room for any more, but that doesn’t usually stop me from adopting a new one every now and then.
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I acquired this older vintage corner shelf about two years ago when a friend was helping clean out her grandmothers house and thought of me. I’m sure you’ve seen shelves just like it! She thought this old vintage corner shelf would make a great plant shelf for my growing collection. She was right! It sat in the corner as it was for a long time, but it was so tall that it sometimes felt unstable. I had to anchor it to the wall if I wanted to put any plants on the top shelf. House plants get heavy, so maybe the shelf would have been better served holding something else. But I didn’t need a trinket shelf, I needed a plant shelf. I decided that it would function better if I could modify it a little. I decided that this sweet old corner shelf needed to be divided in two.
It was really easy to do because the entire shelf came apart completely. All I needed to do now was cut the middle spindles in half, fix the old shelf up nice, and put it back together.
I decided on using paint and stain to match the other pieces in the room where they would be put. The living room gets such great light, it’s the perfect place for my plants to live. The stain is General Finishes Gel Stain in Java.
The paint is DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish in “Treasure.” It’s so bright and happy, it’s a favorite for sure, and one that I’ve used on several other projects, like my TV console Dog bed and my Dresser turned media console.
The bright paint helped to brighten them up, but they needed something more. Using the top of a stencil I added a fun little design to the top shelf on each one. The stencil is called “The French Bakery.” I used the full stencil on my vintage drop leaf table.
Then I just had to put it back together and instead of one tall, wobbly shelf, I have two lower and more sturdy plant stands!
Now my little vintage corner shelves work perfectly for those plants that don’t need as much direct sunlight. That East facing window gets great morning light, just enough to keep the plants there thriving. I’m not worried that they will topple and drop my precious plants because the shorter shelves are much more stable. Do you have house plants?