This solid maple shelf unit is well traveled. Someone left it behind in a house I rented in Dawson Creek. At that stage, it had two little doors which looked like shutters. I took those off, intending to rework them to have glass in instead. They were never seen again.
Since my style these days is rustic and shabby I decided that I would paint this beast (horrors! Paint solid wood?)
I also thought it needed something a little more, shall we say, unique?
So, the piece was sanded a little to rough up the finish which is some kind of polyurethane sealer. I like my velvet finish interior latex paint, so that's what I painted it with.
Halfway through that, I had a brainstorm. Why not add some decorative trim that I salvaged from a fancy mirror?
A trip to the greenhouse was a dead end. No longer did I have the little wings that I was looking for. Instead, all that was left was one corner piece, not what I had envisioned.
I looked at it, and decided that I could cut it up to be a straight piece to go on the top of the shelf unit. Here's what it looked like after I cut it up a bit;
I discovered that you can do curved cuts with the scroll saw.
Temporarily fitted together...
Then the pieces were glued in place on the unit, and left to dry while I put on a second coat of white paint. I will take a bit of sandpaper to the fancy ornate trim to take off some of the white, leaving the gold paint visible.
Of course, this is all temporary because my kitchen is a work in progress. Who knows what the final result will be? For now, eclectic, country and shabby is the main theme.