Often the most satisfying project is not to craft a new object, but to restore something old and worn-out.

This mini shelf was my birthday present when I turned 8 years old. My dad and younger brother built the shelf together out of scrap wood and painted it yellow, my favorite color. It was for me to display my rock collection.

When I was a child one of my favorite things to do was collect rocks. Actually collecting small treasures of all kinds, but especially rocks. Throughout my childhood I always kept my favorite rocks on the shelf.

I don’t know what happened to the rocks, but when I moved out of my parents’ house, I brought the shelf with me wherever I lived. I even hauled it around in my box truck for half a year. Somehow it survived the chaos and didn’t break.

Since we got married, Sung and I used the shelf to stores spices and seasonings in the kitchen. But eventually there are too many jars to fit comfortably. Some of the jars are too tall to fit in the shelves which made the kitchen look messy. I decided to return the shelf back to its original use.

So here’s what it looked like before:

And here it is all finished:

I’m happy with how it turned out! I tried to repaint it the original yellow shade but it ended up being brighter. I like it that way. Many of the little objects are things I’ve been collecting for years and storing in a shoebox. Now I can finally arrange them.

For the kitchen, I found this wooden shelf at Walmart. Finally it’s looking more organized.

34 thoughts on “A new old shelf

    1. Restoring a quilt sounds like an intimidating project, not as simple as a new coat of paint! Yet it will be so worthwhile to breathe new life into that worn-out treasure. Best of luck 😁🥰

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  1. I love it!!! I couldn’t help but smile because I also collect little things- rocks, baby pine ones, flowers to press etc. I remember you mentioned on one of my blogs that you are also an INFP so I wonder if it is part of our personalities! I love the sentiment behind your shelf!!!! And also, are you a Taurus? So am I! Lol

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    1. Oh my gosh, Have I found my secret twin on WordPress?! 🥰 INFP-Taurus club!! And collectors of treasures— there’s something so pure about finding little things in nature or in random places and saving them because of how they make us feel. I also attach memories to objects and I feel like I’ll forget stuff without the physical reminder.
      When I’m old, I will definitely be that Grandma with a big ol’ cabinet of knick knacks😆

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  2. You did a great job restoring the shelf. And it’s wonderful that it holds such history and meaning for you. These are the artifacts in our homes that are the priceless ones!

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