Nursery Vibes: Upcycled picture shelf

I’m a huge fan of Home Sense and love nothing more than trawling the store and collecting unloved pieces to upcycle and turn into something perfectly unique for my home. I’m a huge fan of IKEA Hacks and this is a similar thing but with even more character, it’s like hunting for treasure in Home Sense.

I always knew that in the nursery, which we’re in the process of doing at the moment in our grey, mint green and gold colour scheme, I wanted a little shelf with hooks to display some of baby’s best clothes – there’s nothing cuter than a baby outfit so why not have a couple of the best on display? So I’ve been looking for a little shelf to go above the changing unit for a while now but hadn’t been able to find anything that suited my style or my price range.

A key part of the design of the nursery is tribal style arrows – it’s just something I’ve always loved, think it works for a girl and a boy and was cemented when I found the perfect fabric for the blinds which was made up of gorgeous gold arrows. So imagine what went through my mind when the husband (top marks to him) stumbled across this in Home Sense…

Home Sense Hooks

Home Sense Arrow Coat Hooks Rustic arrows

For just £12.99 this wooden coastal-rustic-tribal (I’m not sure where they were heading with the theme) coat hanger was ours! No shelf, but that wasn’t going to be a problem…

I set the husband, who loves a bit of a building challenge, off on a mission to turn this piece of wood into a picture shelf, with just a little dictation direction from me. Here he is in his man cave using a range of tools, nails, glues and swear words to make a picture shelf bang on brief.

DIYAnd the semi-finished article looked something like this – very well held together due to his nerves that it might suddenly disintegrate off the wall and on to the changing table.

Handmade picture shelf Picture shelf DIY Picture shelf handmade

While he was busy building, I was busy prepping those arrows. And what a difference a layer of gold spray paint can make!…

Arrow hooks Arrow hooks spray painted Painted arrow hook

Finally, after a quick sand down of the shelf to remove any stray splinters, I gave the whole thing a good coating of white paint. It was important to prime the wood and use a proper wood paint so I went for the Ronseal 2-in-1 Primer & paint to save time and money, and while it took a good few coats to get it covered (not exactly what it said on the tin, Ronseal) the end result is exactly what I wanted – it looks fresh and new but you can still see the wood grain which gives it a more handmade, characterful feel.

Screw the arrows back in, pop (very securely) on the wall and hey presto, picture shelf with hooks, done!

Nursery arrow picture shelf

Arrow picture shelf Gold arrow nursery hooks Picture shelf

And just a reminder of how well it goes with that blind fabric (post to come on the blinds very soon!)…


Another job ticked off the nursery list, what do you think, and do you like to upcycle yourself?

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0 thoughts on “Nursery Vibes: Upcycled picture shelf

  1. WOW!!!!!! I absolutely love it and what a super job! I also love HomeSense too, such a great place to search and find bargains and interesting pieces! Love, love, love this xx Thanks for linking up much appreciated! Jess xx #HomeEtc

    1. Ah thank you! 🙂 It was a real husband wife effort, practicing our teamwork skills for when the baby arrives haha! Thanks for your comment, it’s made my day! xx

    1. Ha definite team effort. It was honestly so easy, you just have to throw yourself into it and hope for the best! Thanks for reading and commenting 🙂

  2. Looks great! I’m not sure what the original your husband bought was going for. Your version is definitely MUCH better! Also it looks an exact match with the blinds so you must be really pleased 🙂


    1. Thanks! I know it was a bit of a random coat hook thing so am not surprised we found it for a bargain! Thanks for reading 🙂

    1. If you’re a bit creative it’s the best way to go, and you end up with something completely personal and different. Thanks for reading 🙂

    1. Definitely! Always helps to have a handy man around who can do the dirty work before I take it back to do the fluffy stuff like painting and taking pictures haha. It’s teamwork! Thanks for reading and commenting 🙂 xx

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