Office Reveal Part 1- The Tacky Gold Shelf

Here it goes folks…my office reveal! To keep you entertained I am going to space out my reveal all throughout the week, so to see it all you just have to be patient. It’ll be worth it, I promise!

I think I am most proud of my tacky gold shelf. Take a good look at it, it shall never look this way ever again. Never ever.


When I saw this at the garage sale last month, I immediately knew what to use it for. The lady at the garage sale said she thinks I should paint it silver and use it for Christmas figurines. Um, no. Sorry. So, I smiled, handed her the $5.00 and shook my head a little and giggled. She waved as I drove off, and little does she know her tacky gold shelf is destined for something much more than cheesy looking Christmas figurines.

The shelf itself is textured a bit and it’s made of plastic. As you can see in the picture, the background of the shelves is an almost damask like print (score…love me some damask!!) and the sides are a hammered finish and the top/corners are scrolly and ornate…it’s a hot mess. We are soulmates.

My first task was to figure out how to drill holes into the sides. You’ll see why later, hang in there. I googled and googled some more, and I came up with some crazy results. Nothing I read online really seemed like I, 24-year-old newlywed with no power tool experience, could do. I wanted to cry. My idea would never come to life. Sad day.

But no, I am not easily discouraged at all, so I decided to ask my lovely Knottie pals from The Knot how to drill a hole into plastic. Anna was kind enough to give me my magical answer- use a regular drill bit, go slow, be done, have a margarita. Okay, she didn’t say to have a margarita, I added that in there. We have a drill, we had like no drill bits (don’t ask, I don’t know how this stuff happens), so off we go to Home Depot. I end up buying a 75-piece drill bit set for about $14, and I figure it’s a good investment. I needed a hole about 3/8” in size, so I needed a BIG drill bit.


And here we go!


A few days later I decided it to give my new drill bit a whirl and prayed for the best. I put my tacky gold shelf on the kitchen floor and scrubbed the heck out of it again with soap and water.


Then I grabbed a dry erase marker and tape measure. In this step, I was basically measuring where I wanted my hole(s) to be. I planned to drill holes in the left and right hand sides of the top shelf only.


Here is my hole mark:


Next, I get my drill bit ready for it’s first use.


And here’s basically what happened, but I don’t have any pictures of this part. I grab our drill from under the sink, dust it off (can you tell how much we use it?), and try to yank the drill bit out. It’s not coming out. I am looking all over for a magical “release drill bit” button, no such luck. I stretch a bit, and again try yanking it out.


Then I go to google and type, “How do I switch out a drill bit?”

And it shows me some funky shaped tool. I don’t think we have such a tool. I cry. Ok, not cry, but literally throw a tantrum. I wanna finish this shelf NOW! NOW, I said!

Daniel walks in, and he says we DO have the little tool. He removes the drill bit for me and inserts the new one I bought. YAY!! All is well again.

So, I grab the drill in my right hand, put my shiny, new black drill bit right on the hole I marked, and I go for it. About 45 seconds later I have a beautiful hole.


Repeat on the other side. Now, the moment of truth. Does my dowel fit through these holes? Are the holes straight/even with each other?


It does fit and it is straight! Hooray! I then proceed to clean-up my area, put away the tools/marker/tape measure and go to bed. Whew.

Then this past Friday I got my shelf ready for it’s glorious finish- Krylon’s Ivory Gloss Spray Paint. Maybe I should have primed it first, but this shelf took almost the entire can of spray paint.


I love the glossy, creamy look that the Krylon Ivory spray paint gave to my shelf. I didn’t want stark white since the walls in the office/apartment are stark white, so this was a good pick for me.


Inserted the dowel along with all my ribbon. I lurve me some purdy ribbon! After I did this, I mounted it on the wall (all by myself with my level from Home Depot…GIRL POWER!). Then I added all my craft paint to the bottom shelf:


Ta-Da! What do you think?! I LOVE it, and I am super proud of myself.

And in case you’re still NOT impressed, check out the before and after:


Many, many thanks to Kate/Centsational Girl for inspiring me to look for a shelf like this after seeing the one in her daughter’s beautiful room.



  1. Anonymous
    July 6, 2009 / 4:05 pm

    wow!!! that looks great! come on and stop teasing.. i want more pics!

  2. Ashley
    July 6, 2009 / 4:35 pm

    Good Job Mon! Looks great.

  3. JennXOXO
    July 6, 2009 / 5:59 pm

    Monica it looks great!

  4. Embellished Bayou
    July 6, 2009 / 8:11 pm

    OMG! Love it! What a great storage spot and so chic! Can't wait to see the rest!

  5. Jessica
    July 6, 2009 / 9:44 pm

    OMG I LOVE that shelf!

  6. lelliebells
    July 7, 2009 / 12:03 am

    FABULOUS! Good Job Monica!

  7. Centsational Girl
    July 24, 2009 / 5:59 am

    I am so jealous of that shelf ! Me want ! Thanks so much for the mention. Do you mind if I mention this revamp in a post next week? Kate

  8. Sandi
    July 24, 2009 / 1:50 pm

    I just found this on "one pretty thing" and love what you did with the gold shelf. I collect bolts of ribbon (Hundreds of bolts) and have been thinking of different ways to display and have access to them. This is perfect and lovely. Good job.Sandi Impatient Cajun

  9. Louisville Mom
    July 24, 2009 / 1:51 pm

    I just found your site today after a hop from One Pretty Thing. Your project turned out great! I admire your determination as a power tool newbie. I love to see things revamped (we're such a disposable society anymore) and this is awesome.

  10. Brenda
    July 26, 2009 / 2:40 pm

    You go, girl! That's one awesome transformation!Brenda

  11. Magic Brush
    July 26, 2009 / 6:53 pm

    I swear I love it BOTH ways! Way a great piece! Nice job!!!!

  12. gigiofca
    July 27, 2009 / 1:27 am

    Great job! I'm impressed. 🙂

  13. CraftyCripple
    August 4, 2009 / 10:29 am

    You have made me want to buy lots of pretty ribbons now. I don't know what I would use it for, but I know I want some now!The shelf looks fantastic.

  14. design gal
    September 24, 2009 / 5:17 am

    I LOVE it!!! Goob job girl!

  15. Bewitchin' Kitchen
    October 5, 2009 / 3:10 pm

    Looks fantastic!

  16. Sharon
    October 5, 2009 / 9:21 pm

    Fantastic makeover. It must be one happy shelf … imagine if someone else bought it and spray painted it silver for Christmas figuines!!! ICK ….

  17. Ginny
    October 6, 2009 / 2:37 am

    I love it! Great job and so cool you did it yourself!

  18. Caren
    July 9, 2010 / 1:11 am

    I love it!!! I'm hitting some yard sales Saturday…hope I find something as interesting! My ribbon is in a gift bag and is all a jumble!Thanks for sharing!

  19. Caren
    July 9, 2010 / 1:11 am

    I love it!!! I'm hitting some yard sales Saturday…hope I find something as interesting! My ribbon is in a gift bag and is all a jumble!Thanks for sharing!

  20. Mandy
    September 22, 2011 / 4:23 am

    What a find! $5!! That's amazing. Turned out terrific. Wish I had one.I'm your newest follower and looking forward to what your next project will be.I'd love it if you linked up to my 1st Link Party that started yesterday.You have lots of great stuff to