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Thrift Store Shelf Flips For DVD Organizer

How to repurpose a wood shelf into a game, cookbook, or DVD organizer.




thrift store find Petticoat Junktion

I’m not sure what the person behind these designs was going for but it didn’t work for me. The thrift store price did….$2.48 at half price….$1.24.


Rustoleum Primer Petticoat Junktion project

I decided on a pretty red spray paint and started to work. The brand I used didn’t cover well at all. I got out my Rust-Oleum Gray Primer and sprayed over the red.

red paint Petticoat Junktion

Once again I tried using the red spray paint over the primer and it looked like this. The brand shall remain nameless. By far, my favorite spray paint brand is Rust-Oleum. I gave up on the red spray paint and grabbed the special mix latex paint from my red cedar chest. It’s the perfect red.

antiquing paint Petticoat Junktion

I distressed the shelf once the paint was dry and used Howard’s Wax in walnut to age the paint finish.

thrifted repurposed shelf


The shelf now has a second life as a DVD organizer. My first thought was to use it for my cookbooks, and I did try it, but the cookbooks are too wide. The shelf worked but didn’t look nearly as cool as it does here. Can you see the titles on the DVDs? Some of them are the granddaughters’ favorite movies, some are Xbox Kinect sports and dance fun, and some are yoga DVDs. Those yoga ones don’t get much use, but I sure love the dance ones.

Flip It Dvd Shelf Organizer Petticoat Junktion project


Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. Great idea! I stopped over from Bliss Ranch to see what you made over for the Thrift Store Decor challenge :o)


  2. This is such an awesome idea!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Brilliant idea Kathy! I have the same shelf I found at Goodwill. I think this would be great for my son at College!

  4. Great idea to flip it!!! Those previous designs were kind of spooky, lol. I bet it was a kid having fun, though. 🙂 Great job, Kathy! I’m thrilled to be part of this awesome team!!

  5. clever it is, love the finish also.. and love this theme and all the makeovers xx

  6. Pretty darn clever to flip it over. I need to look at stuff creatively like that.