Jun 15, 2012

DIY Painted Metal Shelves

Before I show off pictures of the new studio I figured I'd show you some prep work. I got it in my head that I wanted some metal shelves to put all my store stock on (Originally in rubbermaid bins for safe keeping.) and the day after deciding I'd try to find some my friend was at an estate sale and gave me the heads up about these storage shelves. I talked the guy down to 3.50 each, and also snagged a can of household paint in robins egg blue for 50 cents at the same sale. I got started the very same day priming them and painting away. One of the shelves had been attacked by a couple of tween girls and it was covered with nail polish and markers with all kinds of sayings including "All aboard the diva train!!". It took about 4 coats of primer to cover that one up.



One of them I tried painting the pieces separately and one I painted while the whole thing was together.  Turns out painting it as one big object was easier and looks nicer. I won't have an easy time ever taking that shelf apart, but who needs to when it cost 4 bucks to make.

I'm almost done rearranging the studio and I'll share photos in the next couple days!


  1. The shelves look great! I'm always impressed by how good you are at DIYing things and making them look fantastic.

    I love the set up, with the hats above and pretty stacks. And that is one killer suitcase!

    Where did you get the body form, btw? I've been looking for one that doesn't cost an arm and a leg.


    1. I ended up finding it at a resale shop for only 5 dollars. But craigslist and garage sales are good places to look for cheap ones! Mines not the sturdiest but its nice to have on hand.

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  3. did you have to use a certain kind of paint to adhere to the metal? Did you use a sealant of any kind? I love the color. The Shelf looks fantastic. :

    1. Hey! I just used regular household paint I got at a garage sale, and no sealer. A few years later they have held up well!