So, first off it was already painted gray, here's the before pic. And I will admit we weren't really concerned with what we were throwing on this thing so it looks pretty messy.
First thing I did was to mix my paint, half eggshell white (off the shelf) Olympic Zero VOC paint with half Olympic Zero VOC white gloss base. Then I just applied a nice thin coat of paint. I had glops and drips but I didn't really care once I realized how my original plan wasn't working. You can kind of see in this picture (especially on the sides) the gray showing through.
After it dried I just took a low grade sand paper and sanded until it had the shabby look I desired. These are just some up close shots so you can see the result:
If you look closely you can see a little bump in the shelf -that's a little bent nail and I love it, my dad put it there when he was a little boy.
And here it is now, in all of it's shabby chic glory.
Shabby, yes...chic, maybe.
So in thinking about this shelf today I started thinking about brokenness. Brokenness, when it comes to our relationship with God. There are times in our life when things happen, we mess up and instead of taking it to our loving Heavenly Father and being honest with confession and repentance we brush it under our rug and try to forget or move on by ourselves. The problem with this, living with unconfessed sin, is that we now have something between us and God, we aren't fully relying on his forgiveness and power. Then, our unconfessed sin turns into guilt. We start wondering how we got so far away from God and feel like we will never be able to get back to having a close relationship with Him. That's when brokenness needs to enter the picture. Coming before your Savior and being honest and humble about your shortcomings and acknowledging your need for His grace and mercy is the only solution. In that place of confession you will start to rely on Him and Him only and that's where your relationship with your Lord begins to grow. Just like any other relationship, your relationship with God should be honest. God is our trustworthy Savior and only his grace is sufficient.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9