Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Shabby Chic Shelving Tutorial

I've heard other miniature artists talk about how they use graph paper to make their designs and they won me over once I tried it for myself. Since I can't ever seem to cut on a straight line, using paper that takes care of that for me sounded perfect! The fence that I turned into shabby shelving in my Orange Blossom was created using the technique below.

First, I got out my paper, double sided tape and some wonderful shaped cocktail sticks that I once found in a dollar store. I then drew the curve for the top of the fence section on my paper. since the graph paper is marked in quarter inch increments, I could guarantee I was making it the exact size I wanted. I also used those marks to evenly space the fence posts. Two strips of double sided tape across that paper made sure everything stayed just how I placed it!
I wasn't worried about the bottom of each post not lining up; I simply drew a line using the graph paper as a guideline. I waited to cut the posts until after gluing the cross pieces but that was a mistake! So awkward to cut. Next time I will cut first and glue second. Below you can see that I created different size sections because originally they were to be fence sections for a particular area. I like them so much better for shabby chic shelving!
With a little paint and weathering, the were just right! Not bad for cocktail sticks, double stick tape, and a sheet of graph paper. :)


  1. Te ha quedado fantastico¡¡¡ Gracias por compartirlo.Besos

  2. Clever !! I love it and the idea! Thanks a lot, Rosanna

  3. Una idea brillante. Gracias por este truco.
    Besos Clara

  4. ¡Me encanta!!! ¡Gracias por el tutorial!!!

  5. Thank you so much for this tutorial: you make beautiful things and have a suggestion to you is a great privilege :-)
    Mini hugs, Flora

  6. Gosh, that room looks amazing. Love your shelf, will have to watch out for cocktail sticks, I love the shape of them. Thank you for showing us. I have some graph paper but haven't used it yet. Perhaps it would help me do straight lines too!

  7. fantastic blogs, I love your work it is fantastic you have a beautiful small house

  8. I will be a frequent visitor now that I have found you. You have great ideas. Wonderful site. Thanks for sharing.



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