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I finished my type case project and I love it!
It looks great against our grass green kitchen accent wall. Now I just need to gather a few little things to put on the little shelves.

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I started the project last Saturday and was certain I would get it done by the end of the weekend. Well, as with probably every project, things happen to prevent you from meeting your "goal".
For me this time it was paint drying time, having to paint about 5 coats, and then running out of paint. And that on a Sunday. Which in Germany means, no stores are open but gas stations and the flower shop in the nearby hospital. Well, neither one sells paint. So I had to wait till Monday to get more of my "titanium white".

This is what it looked like, running out of paint.

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And this is the finished project. I used white acrylic paint and then glued wrapping paper cutouts in the back of the little shelves. A very decorative, but thrifty project.

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  1. This is a so sweet. I love it. What a great way to make something old into something new. :)
    I am a new follower.
    I hope you come by to say hi.

  2. Alisha @ SnugasaBugBaby says:

    VERY cute! Would love to see what you decide to fill it with.

  3. Love the combination of colours you used!

  4. Katie @ EyeSpyDIY says:

    Wow, this looks great, I did something similar, I should've painted mine first! http://eyespydiy.blogspot.com/2010/12/shelf-with-fabric-background-thrift.html

  5. {nifty thrifty things} says:

    Well, thank you all for your lovely comments!

    @ Alisha: I will post an update, once I figure out what I want to fill it with. It's not an easy task. Some of those little shelves are only 2x2in..

    @ Katie: I love yours!! I love the idea with the fabric in the back of the little shelves, too!

  6. Incredible! I wish I had seen this about two months ago as I sold one of these in my barn sale! :(

  7. Mom in High Heels says:

    That's cute!!! I have a type case tray that I'm going to make over. I love the colors you chose.
    We live in Germany too and I know what you mean about not being able to get stuff you need on Sunday. Grrr!

  8. Utterly darling. You did a wonderful job!

  9. {nifty thrifty things} says:

    Aww, Leslie, I'm sorry to hear you gave that type case up for sale. Looking at the creativity flowing in your blog, I'm sure you would have ended up with a beauty! ;)

  10. {nifty thrifty things} says:

    @ Mom in High Heels: Where in Germany are you at? How long have you been here and how do you like it?

  11. Rachael@Lovely Crafty Home says:

    So pretty! I love the colors in the paper you used. How long did it take you to cut them all out?! Will you share at my linky party today?

  12. {nifty thrifty things} says:

    @ Rachel: Cutting out the paper didn't take too terribly long. Fortunately a lot of the little shelves were the same size, so I could cut one out in the right size and then use that as a "cookie cutter".
    I'm partying at your link party now. Thank you for sharing! Great little space on the internet you got there!

  13. WOw, I love it, I have one of those too, I might have to try this!!

  14. Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims says:

    pretty! I love the end result! :)

  15. visiting from craft o maniac…

    you really prettied it up! great job!

  16. i love it!

  17. loooove this!!! and i just sold my type box in a garage sale last year…aug! J.

  18. Oh, soo cute! I love the papers you chose with the white paint! Thanks so much for linking up to Gettin' Krafty With It!

  19. I love it and would love if you entered my linky party at http://tinyurl.com/upcycled31 if you have any more recycled/upcycled projects please link them up and let your friends know. I am trying to reach 100 upcycled projects this week and I would really appreciate you help!

  20. {nifty thrifty things} says:

    @Robin: I just joined your party. #48 and 49. Almost halfway there! :) Thanks for the invite!

  21. I just LOVE this project!!! You did a beautiful job! I wish I could find a cool drawer like that so I could make something similar. You did an amazing job! I love your blog and crafty ideas so I am your newest follower so I can check back :) Thanks for sharing this beautiful project!

  22. It's beautiful! What are going to put in it? Would love to see what you find!

  23. oh my goodness
    Im in LOVES with this so SO much


  24. {nifty thrifty things} says:

    @Sarah: Welcome to my blog! I'm glad to have found a new follower in you. Just have a look out at your local flea market or thrift store and I'm sure you'll find a beautiful type case to redo soon!

    @CraftyMummy: I'm still collecting things to put into the little shelves. I will post pictures once I'm satisfied with my finds. :)

  25. This is beautiful! I bought a similar tray at GoodWill for a dollar and have yet to do something like this, because I am not sure what to do with it when its done! lol What are you going to do with yours?

    I am stopping by from Whatever Goes Wednesdays at Someday Crafts, I would love to have you stop by my blog and check out my project :)


  26. Oooh, I love this!! I've got one of these trays out in the garage. I've been waiting for the perfect project for it and I think I may have just found it! Thanks for the inspiration!

  27. Thanks for linking up! I'll be featuring this on my blog on Saturday!



  28. {nifty thrifty things} says:

    @Tanyia: I'm still gathering little things (I can't wait to go to the flea market on Sunday!) to put into the shelves. Right now it's hanging on our grass green kitchen wall.

    @Kristi: I would love to see your type case when it's done! I'm gonna keep checking your blog for it! ;)

    @Summer: Thank you sooo much for featuring me!! I'm really excited about it! Yaaay!

  29. Allison {A Glimpse Inside} says:

    That is so pretty! Love the wrapping paper you used to back it! Thanks for linking this up as well.

  30. Ann @ makethebestofthings says:

    I have two of these cute shelves and you're inspiring me to tackle their redo! Love the combo of papers!

  31. We have a printer's drawer in our house too, and I have thought about doing something similar. I think yours looks gorgeous empty! It's like a piece of art! Good job.

  32. mrs. fisher's findings says:

    Great job! Very cute and thrifty. I also love the colors you used. How much did you get it for?

  33. {nifty thrifty things} says:

    Thank you everyone for the awesome comments! They make the rainy day so, so much brighter! :)

    @ mrs. fisher's finding: I found the type case a couple weeks ago at the local flea market for 1.50€ (about $2.00). I haggled the price down from 3.00€. I love haggling. Haha

  34. Was blog hopping and came across yours. Your project turned out really lovely. You did a great job and it will certainly look wonderful once you put your little things in it!

  35. I love the paper you used, it looks great! Visiting from A Glimpse Inside

  36. that is super-cute! I have one of these shelves out in my garage gathering dust – I will have to give it a spring makeover too! thanks for sharing this – I'm your newest follower! Hope you will stop by & follow back!
    Aimee @

  37. Rachel {BubblyNatureCreations.com} says:

    very pretty!

  38. Jen@GarageSaleDiaries says:

    I LOVE this! love the paper you selected! I have seen type cases where photos have been glued into each section. GREAT PROJECT!

  39. Yours is so sweet! Love that yours is so light and feminine!

  40. Lyndee @ A Recovering Craft Hoarder says:

    I LLLLLOOOVVVVEEEE it! The papers you used are amazing. And I think the paint made a huge difference.

  41. Lyndee @ A Recovering Craft Hoarder says:

    I LLLLLOOOVVVVEEEE it! The papers you used are amazing. And I think the paint made a huge difference.

  42. Lyndee @ A Recovering Craft Hoarder says:

    I LLLLLOOOVVVVEEEE it! The papers you used are amazing. And I think the paint made a huge difference.

  43. Hani@Craftionary says:

    that is adorably cute..
    Love your project..

  44. Alexis @ persia lou says:

    It really does look great against the green wall!

  45. Vivienne @ the V Spot says:

    Very cool!

  46. love this project!

  47. Aah I found a similar DIY project with such a tray… unfortunately I have been unable to find one yet ;) Will need to check out some flea markets!

    Looks great :)

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