Simple Farmhouse Shelf

Sometimes the simplest of decorating touches can make the biggest impact. I was thinking of getting a small shelf for my bathroom and the other day it struck me how to get what I wanted without spending any money. I had an unused wooden crate that I was reluctant to toss out despite the fact that it was just laying around taking up space and not providing any value. It popped into my head to paint it white and convert it into a simple farmhouse shelf for the bathroom.

White Painted Crate becomes Simple Farmhouse Shelf

This is all I wanted and needed. Just something simple to hang above the toilet in the downstairs bathroom. A place where I can display pretty things and easily change out the vignette based on the season.


Crate Turned Farmhouse Shelf. White Chalk Paint is all that was needed.

I had this stained wooden crate just lying around. A couple of years ago I found a pair of naked crates at the thrift store for 50 cents each and stained them. One holds my cookbooks. This one wasn’t doing anything useful at all.


Painted White Box to be used as shelf

I cracked open my can of Old White chalk paint and gave it 2 coats. Perfect!


Painted Crate becomes Simple Farmhouse Shelf

It quickly became a shadow box of sorts for my zinnias fresh from the cutting garden.


Pink Zinnias in Vintage Aqua Bottles

My vintage aqua bottles are the perfect vessels for showing off these dainty flowers.


White Painted Box becomes simple farmhouse shelf

Sometimes the easiest DIY projects are my favorite. It didn’t take much time to paint this 50-cent wooden crate and turn it into a simple farmhouse shelf. I can swap out its contents with the season and I like it better than the picture that used to take up the space above the toilet in my bathroom dressed for summer.

Don’t you love when the simplest of projects just fall into place?


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  1. Simply beautiful Jennifer!

  2. Simply beautiful Jennifer. Have a great and safe 4th!!

  3. Perfection. You couldn’t have bought anything that worked any better or looked any prettier!
    🙂 gwingal

  4. There’s those zinnias again!,, I really like the hand towels below the sweet shelf too.

  5. What a great idea. You showed us how to have great style with what we have on hand.

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