Makeover a shelf in an afternoon

It’s only natural that over time your personal taste will evolve, I know it’s certainly been true for me. My overall goal here on the blog is to help you learn to embrace your space – no matter what kind, no matter your budget, no matter your skill set. Overlooking the little things in your home is easy to do, like this hallway shelf. It was one of the very first projects I ever posted. Four years ago my home was a little more country, and now I’d like to think that it’s a little more rock-and-roll  contemporary. Not over the top, uber contemporary, but more like fresh, contemporary farmhouse. There’s a million and one little things that I overlook almost every day, most of them never really catch my attention. When Lowe’s asked me to try their new Pantone Color of the Year Emerald paint, I was kinda stumped. However, my black and white laundry room could definitely use a bit of color, so I decided to makeover a shelf!

I started with my shelf. It gets used every single day, and is one of the main workhorses in our house. It worked great as-is, but just needed a little sumpin’ sumpin’, ya know? Too much white on white on white gets really boring really fast. Bleh!

Enter PANTONE Universe’s Color of the Year, Emerald Green, available exclusively at Lowe’s in Valsapr Signature Paint.

I was REALLY worried when they told me that I had to use this color. Seriously worried. I mean, I’m all about beachy blues and calm greens, creamy whites and greys. Even the word “Emerald” conjured up images of The Wizard of Oz. Yeah, not really in my decorating repertoire.

When I actually had the paint in my hands, it wasn’t so much Emerald as just a reallllly pretty green. Like the exact same color I had already picked out for my bedroom. Don’t ya love it when that happens?

So, back to the project. I brought home the paint, and decided to tackle the shelf. First, it’s mounted directly to the wall for stability, so I taped off the wall around the shelf with my handy dandy Scotch Blue tape. (Love that stuff!)

It took about 3 good coats to go from worn out white to crisp, bright green. Those numbers were not so easy to cover. A little patience was involved, but I only used about 1/2 of the sample. (By the way, awesome paint! It was the first time I’d ever used that brand…)

I didn’t just stop at paint. It was the hooks that made me to do it. The beckoned to my farmhouse-lovin’ heart from across the store. Update: The hooks are from Lowe’s, too 🙂

I just couldn’t seem to resist their charm….. and my simple typewriter style stamps made them look even a little more fabulous.

We installed the hooks right where the old ones were and that was it. The whole project took about 3 hours, including dry time. Now I’m on the prowl for other stuff that needs a mini-makeover!

Want more Emerald inspiration? The Cottage Market has a whole Exquisite Emerald Green round up available, so check it out, too!

Thanks to Lowe’s for partnering with me on this post. You can find other great ideas at


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About Gina Luker

Gina Luker is a writer, photographer and lover of all things quirky. She's usually found with a drill in one hand and a cocktail in the other while blogging along the way. She's addicted to coffee, polka dots, rock stars, Instagram, and everything aqua.


  1. Love greens and love the shelf makeover. Those hooks make it!

  2. love the color you chose! I can’t wait to try out my 3 samples of these paint!

  3. were the hooks from lowes too?!

  4. Looks wonderful. I love the hooks too. Re they from Lowe’s?

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