“Put a Bird on It” Shelf Redo

Disclaimer: this post is sponsored by DecoArt. All opinions, ideas, and images are completely my own.

#PutaBirdonIt shelf redo #chalkyfinish

What does it mean to “put a bird on it”? If you are a Portlandia fan, then you know. If not, this video below will tell you all you want to know. After you watch, I swear you are going to want to put a bird on your next craft project. = )

Really the inspiration came from this $1 garage sale find. I knew it had good bones, it was still a sturdy functional shelf. It just had long since lost its outward style and needed a major facelift. A little bit of color and a cute bird stencil and my chalky finish paints to the rescue!

Wood Shelf redo DIY with #chalkyfinish paint

Here is what I used:

  • Americana® DECOR™ Chalky Finish paints in Legacy blue and Escape light blue
  • Americana® DECOR™ Créme Wax in golden brown
  • Americana® Feathered Friends Stencil
  • Sponge brush
  • Stencil brush
  • Sanding block or sand paper
  • Soft cloth

Americana chalky finish and stencil DIY supplies

What I love about the Chalky Finish paints from Americana® DECOR™ is that there is no priming necessary, and the coverage is really great. These small jars of paint go a long way! I’ve used these colors in past upcycle DIY projects like this jewelry box turned TV remote box, and I still have plenty left for my next project.

After I cleaned off my shelf, I painted on a coat of the Legacy blue paint. I let dry and touched up with a second coat wherever it needed it. You could stop there and continue on with adding a stencil detail, but I wanted to give it a little rustic feel. So I used a sanding block to randomly sand off some of the paint revealing the original brown below.

upcycled shelf DIY with bird stencils @clubchicacircle

Then I “put a bird on it” and added pretty stenciled birds using the lighter Escape blue Chalky Finish paint and a stencil brush.

chalky finish shelf redo #decoartprojects

I finished off by using the Golden Brown Créme Wax and a soft cloth to add an extra layer of vintage flair to create this beautiful one-of-a-kind pretty blue shelf.

#PutaBirdOnIt shelf upcycle craft

My teen daughter loved it so much, she took it for her own, and it now hangs in her bathroom!

Teen Shelf Upcycle DIY #chalkyfinish

I love that it found a new home and had a second chance with a pretty new life.

Did you know your next upcycle project might just win you some $$$!

Visit the DecoArt Chalky Finish website for more chalk paint ideas and inspiration!


Go to DecoArt.com for all the details!

Oh, and don’t forget to “put a bird on it”. = )


Pauline Molinari

I'm the crafty maven, and I'm on a mission to spread craftiness. With a fine arts degree, over 15 years experience in children's publishing, and a savvy, stylish, sassy tween daughter, I come armed with perspective and passion to inspire tween girls and their mothers to be crafty together. 

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