Gypsy Style Shelf Repurposed From Furniture Parts

Gypsy Style Shelf Repurposed From Furniture Parts
Are you ready for another "Themed Furniture Makeover" blog hop!? For this month's theme of "Red, White or Blue" I decided to go bold. I love to repurpose and salvage junk so when I was given a vintage vanity more than two years ago i couldn't wait to transform it with paint, until I realized that all of the varnish was flaking off and it was falling apart... so plan "B" was to deconstruct it and salvage as much as I could from it...  and that's when the gypsy in me was inspired....

Here is what it looked like after I took a hammer to it. I was so excited to get to work that I forgot to take photos before deconstruction. ;o)

So you can see from this view, where the main part of the shelf came from. The back side of the back of the vanity. If you can imagine the curved cutout was where your knees might hit if you had long legs.

A few more components like the vanity front middle ledge, parts of a cupboard door, some roadside trim in green and some scalloped wood trim from Hobby Lobby. Hubby helped me to secure all the pieces together with screws.

Now to decide on the paint color and since I had won some "Fusion" paint in a blog drawing I decided to use the colors I had selected:  (I will post the name colors when I find the containers I threw out ;o)) a gorgeous rich blue and a pale green. I wanted it to be bright and slightly faded. I wanted it to have the look of a painted gypsy caravan...

The red of the wood stain is showing through under the blue and I love that. I did try red on the edges, but it looked a little too garish, so I did a subtle faded gold instead to accentuate the curved shape...

I dry brushed some blue onto the green to give it some more interest and to tie the two colors together.

I really love how all the shapes and details of all of the pieces work together and how it speaks to my gypsy soul. I actually found out from a cousin a few years ago that although my heritage is Portuguese on both sides of my parents, my mother's maiden name is of Hungarian origin... which explains the platinum blonde hair that she had and the gypsy blood that runs through my veins! ;o)

It is quite a heavy piece as the back is solid half inch board so for right now it is leaning on another piece of furniture until I can add it to a future guest bedroom which I will definitely decorate in a "Gypsy Style"! Until then I hope that I have inspired you to get creative with your furniture projects and to rethink those furniture parts that seem like junk!


Make sure to check out the projects bellow to get more "Red, White or Blue" painted furniture inspiration from my fellow DIY Furniture Girls...

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Partying at these locations...

Inspire Me Monday @ Sand  and Sisal
The Scoop @ Stone Gable
Project Inspire @ Cupcakes and Crinoline 

Moonlight and Mason Jars @ Cherished Bliss
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life
Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style
Talk of the Town @ My Repurposed Life
Dream Create Inspire @ Refresh Living
Swing into Spring @ DIY by Design

Creative Spark @ Two Purple Couches
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Share Your Style @ The Vintage Nest
Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From My Front Porch to Yours

The Creative Circle @ Up to Date Interiors
Vintage Charm @ Charm Bracelet Diva
Shabbilicous Fridays @ The Shabby Art Boutique
Feathered Nest Fridays @ French Country Cottage
Simple and Sweet Fridays @ Rooted In Thyme
The Inspiration Gallery @ craftberry bush
Creativity Unleashed @ Practically Functional
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Inspiration Friday @ The Painted Drawer

A morning Cup of Joe @ The Cottage Market
Upcycled Link Party @ Funky Junk Interiors
Inspiration Friday @ The Painted Drawer 
Best of the Weekend @ Sweet Pea

Saturday Sparks @ Pieced Pastimes
Share it One More Time @ One More Time Events
DIY Sunday Showcase @ The Interior Frugalista
Sundays at Home @ Love of Home

Silver Pennies Sundays @ Finding Silver Pennies
Inspired By You @ Reinvented
Inspiration Monday @ What Meegan Makes
Dishing It and Digging ItThe Stonybrook House
Amaze Me Mondays @ Dwellings
Get Your DIY On @ Confessions of a Serial DIYer


  1. What a great reuse of pieces and parts. Love!

  2. You are so clever. This is a great repurpose of parts. It's so unique. Lovely makeover and beautiful blue color, Susie from The Chelsea Project

  3. I love keeping pieces like this! This turned out so great!

  4. oh,what a great idea! Nice save!

  5. Fantastic repurposing, Lucy! It all came together beautifully. I did a double take of the Praying Mary you have on display. I have the same one that used to be my grandmother's.

    You made another amazing creation!

  6. Very clever repurpose, Lucy! Looking forward to seeing it in the bedroom you are refinishing.
    Marie, The Interior Frugalista

  7. Wow, what a cool piece! You have such great vision for putting random items together to create something new! This is just so neat! :)

  8. You are so clever to think of a way to use all of these random parts. It's going to look great in your bedroom.

  9. What a great imagination you have. The colors are just perfect! Know you will find just the right place for this unique shelve!

  10. What a fabulous way to repurpose those parts! This is such a cool and unique piece now! XO

  11. So smart and creative to recycle or upcycle I should say, those awesome parts! Love the blue! XO Wendi @H2OBungalow

  12. Oh my goodness, what vision! I would have never thought to do that. It all works so beautifully now!

  13. Amazing imagination! I love what you did! It's very nice, and I'd love to have one just like it! But it's an original, created by you. Enjoy!!

  14. Ooooh, I love that! I have a very similar vanity that someone gave me and it's in pretty sad shape too. I haven't looked too closely yet to see if I can salvage it as a vanity still but if I can't you know what I'll be doing with the parts!!


  15. Lucy,
    Your Gypsy piece took some DIY turns but, it certainly shaped up beautifully.
    Happy Creating,
    Karen Marie

  16. What a great save! Can't believe how ingenious you are:) Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm! xoKathleen