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May 3, 2012

New Knick-Knack Shelves in Mom’s 1950s Time Capsule Condo

By Sara In AZ

You might remember seeing this picture a super duper long time ago, it is from the first day Mom got the keys to her condo.

See how she has that cute little built- in on the left, but only one shelf remains?


We knew having just one shelf in the little nook was just not gonna fly, so we had to get some more shelves cut out ASAP!!!


Originally I had not  given this little built- in much thought and I was just going to paint it the same blue as the rest of the wall, but Mike thought it would be nice to paint it white and make it stand out a bit. I have to say, I think he was right on! Go Mike!!!


So, we took the one remaining shelf home to use as our template and went looking for wood.


We went to Home Depot and hunted around for something that would not be too expensive, but would still look nice. We thought it would be nice to leave the wood natural, to match the blond interior doors, rather than paint it white again.

Mike found this Select Pine at Home Depot for a really reasonable price, so we took it home and started cutting it up into shelves!



And YAY! Here are Mom’s new built-in shelves. I gave them one light coat of my Heywood Wakefield stain and they were ready to install! (sorry the pic is so blurry, I was in a hurry when I took it and did not realize it at the time –you get the idea though! Smile)


And here is Mike installing the new shelves. We had to put little screws up through the bottom otherwise the shelves would tip out, as they were front heavy because of that curved edge on the front.


More installing…….


And here they are, all installed and looking pretty!


And you just know what empty shelves are calling out for don’t you, that’s right – knick-knacks!!!


So I just had to start dressing up those lonely little shelves with some of Mom’s kitsch.

The cow letter holder is my favorite!


Ahhhhhhh, so nice to have shelves back in the built-in!

Come back next Thursday when the condo gets 2 new windows!

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18 Responses to New Knick-Knack Shelves in Mom’s 1950s Time Capsule Condo

  1. Sherree Reply

    May 3, 2012 at 8:11 am

    So cute 🙂
    The best thing about knick knack shelves it that we get to buy stuff to put on them!

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      May 3, 2012 at 2:14 pm

      Isn’t that the truth Sherree! 🙂 Thank you!

  2. Eartha Kitsch Reply

    May 3, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Awesome, girl! And I just knew that you were going to say, “Come back next week and I’ll show you what I put on the shelves” and I was going to have to email you and beg to see! 🙂

    I *knew* which color you were about to stain those babies. Good call!

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      May 3, 2012 at 2:17 pm

      hee! I guess you were stunned when I showed the knick knacks right away then! 🙂 Girl, you know me too well….and thanks!

  3. Silvercat Reply

    May 3, 2012 at 11:42 am

    So nifty!

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      May 3, 2012 at 2:19 pm

      Thanks Silvercat!!! 🙂

      ps- thanks for sending the pics of your place to Ruth, she sent it along to me and I loved seeing it! So cute!!!

  4. racergirl1313 Reply

    May 3, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    I love the choice to leave them more of a natural color. It provides a nice subtle contrast. The nook is really beautiful! Great job!

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      May 3, 2012 at 2:25 pm

      Thank you so much racergirl!!! 🙂 I really like the natural wood too and I am so glad we did not paint them! I love that Mom has a built-in and I really wish I had one too!

  5. Laura Reply

    May 3, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    That looks so nice with the natural wood shelves! Love the green ducky! 🙂

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      May 3, 2012 at 2:27 pm

      Thanks so much Laura! 🙂 Would you believe Mom found that duck at a thrift store! I think it’s Shawnee???, but I could be wrong. I think it’s super sweet too!

  6. Charlotte Reply

    May 3, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    I came here totally forgetting it was Thursday. Hooray for Sara’s condo updates!

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      May 4, 2012 at 1:29 am

      Awwwwww, that is really very kind of you to say Charlotte! Thank You! 🙂

  7. Andrea Reply

    May 3, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    That looks great! Good call on both painting the shelf area white and staining the shelves instead of painting!

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      May 4, 2012 at 1:30 am

      Thanks Andrea! 🙂 I know, Mike really had his decorating vibes flowing that day didn’t he!

  8. Flying Texan Reply

    May 4, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    I LOVE this built-in knick-knack nook. I was thinking how I loved that the built-in was a different color from the wall and then, I read your comment. Ha! Then, you put shelves au natural (well, sort of ~ at least not painted). Beautiful!

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      May 5, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      Thanks so much Flying Texan! 🙂 Yeah, I think the built in looks way better painted white, it just makes all those pretty knick knacks stand out more!

  9. RetroRuth Reply

    May 5, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Love the way this turned out!!! You guys are so clever, and I totally love that you stained the shelves rather than painted them!

    • Sara In AZ Reply

      May 5, 2012 at 12:43 pm

      Thank you Ruth!!! 🙂 I know, I am loving the natural look of the shelves rather than the painted white shelving that it was before. The shelves also match the interior doors, which you will see soon!

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