Just before the end of the year I finally finished up my faux, wood plank wall.  While I was working on it, I used a cedar board to measure out all of the “planks” for painting.  wood plank used to draw lines on the wallOnce the wall was done, I really wanted to incorporate the cedar board into the room somehow.  My BFF came up with the idea of turning it into a shelf and I loved it! new silver brackets from Home DepotBecause I wanted to get it up right away (and had her help for the evening), we set off to Home Depot to find some metal brackets.  After looking over the entire store, these were all we could find.  These were literally the only ones they had!

I was… let’s just say… unimpressed with them.   They certainly weren’t what I had envisioned (in the hour since she had come up with the idea) to hold up my new shelf.

With no other options, I grabbed 4 and figured I could paint them and at least make them look a little better…stock brackets painted blackMy Living Room has a bit of a Farmdustiral look to it so I wanted the brackets to look like rusted metal or wrought iron.

I stated by giving them a coat of black paint. I was not careful at all and just haphazardly blotted it on.  I didn’t even cover all of the silver figuring they would look more authentic if some of it showed through.  new brackets painted with black and brown paint to make them look oldnew silver brackets from Home Depot painted with brown and black paint to look oldTo get the look of rust, I dabbed brown paint randomly on top of the black.  I couldn’t believe the transformation.  I have to admit that I was actually starting to love the once ugly silver brackets.  attaching brackets to a cedar plankThe Home Depot cast offs are at least easy to attach.  They only needed some short wood screws and voila.

Tip: By placing two brackets closer together at each end, it gives the shelf a more unique look than spacing them out evenly.  attaching painted brackets to the wallI used longer screws and plugs to attach the whole piece to the wall.  new brackets painted to look oldWith the longer screws being new and silver, I dabbed the heads with a little black paint.   They now blend right in and you don’t even notice them.  new brackets painted to look like rusted metal

cedar plank made into a shelfcedar plank turned into a shelfI am crazy amazed at how old these look now! I was completely unimpressed with them when I bought them and I love, love, love how they turned out! This simple paint process completely changed the look of these cheap brackets and they now look like they belong.

Paints used in this project:

Fusion Mineral Paint Coal Black
Country Chic Home and Decor Paint in Chocolate Tart

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  1. Stacie Lynn says:

    What size board did you use for this project?

  2. Wow… you sure had me fooled! What a fab paint trick!

    I’ve featured you this weekend on DIY Salvaged Junk Projects 364. Thanks for linking up! 🙂

  3. Maia Lynn says:

    Well done! An amazing transformation – who knew???

    • Thanks Maia 😉 I am continually amazed at what you can accomplish with a little left over paint!

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