Here is what it looked like after one coat of heavy duty stripper. People spends hours trying to achieve this look, so why should I try to improve on that? The only thing I did was spray three coats of polyurethane on it to try to seal in the paint (I think it might be lead).
Next, and probably the hardest thing to figure out was what to use for hooks. At first I was just going to use these simple screw in hooks, but they were too plain and too small. Then I thought spoon hooks would look good, but when my hubby tried to flatten the bowl the spoon broke all apart. Seems like the great (hah) set of silver he bought me awhile back is silver plated pot metal. Then my husband suggested railroad ties but we didn't have enough, and they were too long.
So a few days ago I was saying how I wished I had picked up some glass insulators at a sale for $1 a piece (I know...woulda, coulda, shoulda), when a light bulb went off in my husbands head. He goes over to the shop and comes back with these:
Do you know what they are? They are ceramic insulators for electric fencing. We have a bunch that we used to use to keep the deer out of the garden. So a little polishing up, and some 14 cent screws and...
Dang, isn't my husband great. A year ago he would have thought this was nuts, but now he is starting to see what revamping is all about.
So here is the shelf that I pretty much left well enough alone. What do you think, good chippy or not?
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