Throwback Thursday - Ana White Shelf | Vintage, Paint and more...

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Throwback Thursday - Ana White Shelf

It's Throwback Thursday and I want to bring back a little family project we did back in 2012.
I found the most wonderful shelf unit on Ana White's site - Build a Rustic X Console.
Ana has a plethora of the most marvelous plans for all kinds of furniture and they are simple to follow  - so my son says.  My granddaughter's needed a shelf unit in their room for their TV, books, DVD's - all the things girls collect.  They fell in love with this one the same as I did.  So we proceeded to build it.

Rustic X Console

I am not a power tool user or a furniture builder so T set in to build this one.

Vintage, Paint and more... rustic shelf unit built from Ana White instructions

Vintage, Paint and rustic crossbar shelf

Vintage, Paint and more... unfinished diy rustic x shelf from Ana White

We could have left it natural but the girls wanted it to have a beachy time worn look to it.

Vintage, Paint and more... distressed rustic x shelf

I first painted it with a coat of grey ( my own mix of black and white until I got the shade I wanted) chalk paint and then a coat of my DIY chalk paint made from Valspar's Anthem White.  After letting it dry I proceeded to sand the edges to let the grey show through and in some places the bare wood.  I love the distressed look but do not usually use it personally.  This piece was my first attempt to do it and honestly I probably could have taken it a bit further but was a little intimidated to do so.  So I distressed it lightly.  

Vintage, Paint and more... diy distressed rustic x shelf

Vintage, Paint and more... distressed rusic x shelf

Vintage, Paint and more... beach inspired rustic x shelf from Ana White

Here is the finished project before it was whisked away to the girls house.  They loved it and I was very satisfied with my first attempt at our building and distressing.  A true family project that turned out quite nice.

Have you ever done a family project - built a piece from scratch or how was your first distressing job?  I love to hear from you so tell me about it in the comments below.  I answer all comments with email.

Until next time - enjoy making something you love.

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  1. I love Ana White - she's such a great resource! You should take a stab at the building next time. I've made 2 things based on her plans, and it wasn't that bad! I get a kick out of saying, yep, I built that!

  2. What a great find! That's a really nice printing , and looks like the perfect piece for your room.

  3. Great job! I love anything with an x!

  4. I <3 your shelf! Pinned:) New follow from One more time!