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Shelf unit recovered with black pennies

by | Feb 26, 2021 | Shelf Unit, Side Furniture | 0 comments

Recovering shelf unit

Recovery is always part of the furniture that I make, whether it is used for the decoration or for upgrading the furniture. This three tiered shelf unit with deep shelves was perfect for using old coins! So search your drawers, this is what I used for the transformation.

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Products used


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The preparation

Chalk-based paint adheres very well to lightly sanded surfaces. For the surface that will accommodate the epoxy resin, it is better to sand more vigorously to be sure that it adheres well. Remove all traces of grease and dirt using the cleaner & varnish remover.


The transformation

Arm yourself with patience and glue the coins one by one with wood glue. Allow time for the pennies to stick by letting them dry for a good 12 to 24 hours. By following all the steps to the letter, you are ready to prepare and then pour your epoxy resin. Gradually pour your mixture and divide it if you have several shelves to do. After a few minutes air bubbles will rise to the surface and it is very important to make them disappear using a torch. Let dry at least 12 hours in a warm, dry place.


The final step

For this antique shelf, the new Zen chalk-based paint colour was applied with the Snow-White paint brush. This blue, green, grey, goes wonderfully with the brass-coloured coins. Two coats were enough. The use of the Antique Brown wax aged the blue to perfection. To give it its patina, I applied it  on the corners and angles of the cabinet. The epoxy resin does not require any protection since it is equivalent to 60 coats of varnish. To protect the paint I used Natural Beeswax. Let the wax dry 48 hours!


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The antique, blue Zen shelf goes very well with the golden decorations with lighting that will highlight its brilliance and its colors!

Claire Gendron


Claire gendron et son chien amoureuse de la peinture à la craie

Claire Gendron

Claire Gendron loves chalk based paint and vintage furniture. She is a fan of upgrading furniture and creating magnificent, sober, and elegant pieces. Claire Gendron works as a heart of the company L'Atelier du Meubles Vintage. She has more than one brush in her bag. She will surprise you more than once with her unique and charming creations! It is once again the wonderful Colorantic chalk based paint that is highlighted during its sublime creations. An efficient and ecological product. It adheres to all surfaces whether porous, smooth or glossy. The Colorantic chalk based paints and products are perfect for all original projects! Moreover, Colorantic brushes are specially designed for the use of chalk based paint! The colour palette is complete. And if you have a particular colour, it's always easy by taking a custom colour via their website! Colorantic's Chalk based paint gives you a beautiful matte finish, which you can protect with wax, varnish or glaze! Not just this, you can also paint on fabric! Colorantic experts are here to answer all your questions. And advise you on ambitious projects! Whether you are a beginner or an expert, all the advice given will help you carry out your project!


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