Every now and then I take a little stroll out to my garage and look through all the vintage treasures I have tucked away. That’s where I store large decor items and other random things I consider to be “potential projects”, like old windows, spindles, and various yard sales finds. My husband loves it. Anyway, I was out there the other day and came across an old dresser harp. I’ve had this thing well over a year now, knowing that it had potential to be something great, but I just hadn’t figured it out yet. Well I brought it in the house, laid it up against the wall and told myself it was high time to do something with this harp. I kicked around a few different ideas, most of which were awful, then realized this just might make the perfect little farmhouse shelf. I saw something similar in an antique shop years ago and I thought it might be worth a try. To my surprise it turned out great and I actually love it. So that’s what I’m here to show you today–my DIY shelf with a vintage dresser harp. Here’s how it looked before:
This project was super simple. If you turn the harp upside down there’s a nice flat top that is perfect for a shelf. All we did was use a few screws and wood glue to secure a piece of wood to that flat top. Nothing fancy, but it worked perfectly and it’s nice and secure.
Of course I wanted it to be white, so I painted the whole thing with Magnolia Home One Horn White, which is a warm white with a light beige tint. I love it. Then used a sander to distress all the edges and pretty details.
That’s it, folks. We secured it to the wall with some hangers on the back and ta-da!
The distressed details and curves on this old harp give me all kinds of warm and fuzzies.
I couldn’t help but include these gorgeous carnations. Just because it’s March now and flowers make everything better.
I wasn’t really sure how I would like this vintage harp shelf, I was honestly a bit worried it’d be too small for much of anything. But I’m so, so happy with how it turned out. It’s just the right size and it fills up this corner in our dining room perfectly. And seriously guys, this was the easiest project. One that can be done in an afternoon with a cup of coffee and some good music, which we all know is the best kind of project. Therapeutic, if you will. Definitely give this one a shot if you have an old dresser harp sitting around.
Thanks a million for dropping by today, I really do appreciate it. And be sure to let me know what you think of my repurposed dresser harp, I’d love to hear it! xoxo
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