Mr. Shelf before the transformation!
First step after priming with the gray-tinted primer was choosing an undercolour for the shelving. I chose a goldish colour and shaded around the edges for an aging effect.
Next, I took the fabric I bought (a really pretty mottled red) and cut it into uniform diamond shapes and placed them all on each shelf to see if they fit properly (I mean, really - who measures ahead of time?) and then I used matte Mod Podge and sealed them on (and did another coat after the first one dried).
And then I found this really ornate, royal looking ribbon (maybe it was elastic?) and hot glued it on, making sure the edges were tucked under.
Then I added detail to the castle (a more mottled top, and I used a potato stamp to make the bricks!)
I even used the fabric to wrap around the legs and also decorated it with the left-over ribbon (elastic? lol)
Et Voila!!! A castle shelf!! A 40 year old, $10 shelf given a new home and child to love!