DIY Open Shelf for a Neat and Organized Space

Paint your old shelf for a stylish and useful piece that looks as good as new


We all have furniture pieces that have seen better days. Before throwing these items away, consider if they can still be used again with the help of a little paint.

For example, an old and rusty rack can be turned into a vibrant accent piece that can brighten up your room and keep your belongings organized.


Follow these steps to turn a discarded shelf into an interesting piece.


Old metal stand Quick Dry enamel paint mixed with Yellow tinting enamel paint 3/4” paintbrush 100-grit sandpaper Acrylic paints and flat brushes Old newspapers to line your work area

100-grit Sandpaper

With 100-grit sandpaper, sand off the old, chipped paint from the metal stand’s surface.

Enamel Paint

Paint all over the metal stand with even strokes. Since the thin metal lines can get tricky, start with one side first, then go over the next side to make sure you won’t miss a spot. Let it stand for 36 hours to dry completely.

Finishing touches

You may opt to do one more coat of paint and let the piece dry again. You can also add details with a small flat paintbrush and some acrylic paint.


A brightly-colored shelf can add more life to any corner of your home.


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