Pressed Tin Shelf Makeover

Let me start off by saying that I love old things! I love the history that comes with something old. I love how things use to be made. I just like the look of things from the past. However it’s not always possible to find the “old” thing that we are looking for. So we have to settle with something that looks like something old. Awhile back in a trip to Hobby Lobby I picked up this pressed tin shelf.
I loved the pressed tin and I really wanted a shelf to go above my crib bench. I wasn’t so crazy about the black with a coppery color coming through, it just wasn’t me. But it was 50% off and for that price I knew I could make it more….me!
I decided to paint the whole thing with, Heirloom white. What else?
After just a few minutes I began sanding on the fresh paint. The sandpaper started rubbing off the paint on all the raised points on the pressed tin.

I instantly fell in love with it! It looks like true old ceiling tin slapped on a shelf. Makes my crafty heart flutter! Next week I will show you what I put on my new shelf!
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  1. Love it!

  2. It truly is amazing what a little paint will do! Thanks for sharing!

  3. very sweet shelf transformation. the white is very fresher look! (I like old things too!)

  4. I love the new color! And I love the distressed look from the sanding.

  5. Cute! I love the look of painting and then distressing with sandpaper! Coming over from TT & J. 🙂

  6. Love it! I’m thinking of running to Hobby Lobby right now! 🙂

  7. I have this EXACT SAME SHELF from HB… and I love what you did with it! I might try this!

  8. I love it… and I have this same shelf… hmmm. It might be seeing some white paint in the future!

  9. Hi there- found you through Tater Tots’s hop and am a new follower. My mother makes punched tin designs (she has made mirror frames, etc), and I’m gonna send this link to her for inspiration! I hope you have time to follow my life in South Africa by

    Have a great weekend!

  10. This is just lovely! I would like to try to re-create it with some tin panels I saw at the hardware store. What a great idea. Thanks!

  11. That looks great!

  12. I love heirloom white! This looks so great!

  13. That’s really an improvement, Courtney! It looks great.

  14. I bet HobLob would sell more of those if they looked the way yours looks now! Awesome!

  15. Hobby Lobby should take tips from you! Great job:)

  16. It looks SO much better than it did when you bought it, wow! Love the white! Found you from Shabby Nest. 🙂

  17. I just want to say thanks for taking the time to post about this. I have one of those black tin shelves from Hobby Lobby that a friend gave me for my birthday a couple of years ago. I still have never hung it. I’m building my art studio and was thinking maybe I could paint it or something so I went looking for ideas and here you are. I love how your turned out. I may do something similar. Thanks for sharing! Hugs!


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