|Pottery Barn Shelf $399|
The bottom part is a simple piece of upside-down baseboard from Home Depot, but for the top we needed a large piece of crown and neither Home Depot nor Lowe's carry any that are big enough. We ended up finding this one at Ring's End Lumber....a local lumber shop David frequents for work.
He cut and backed both with supporting pieces of just scrap wood, all of course while I wasn't there to photograph it. Then he put a piece of wood on top of the crown and this what it looked like at the corners:
Then the inspiration came, and I'm so glad I waited. One of my favorite bloggers, Katie Bower, posted a tutorial about whitewashing. It immediately hit me that that's what I wanted for the shelf. I was thrilled. It was perfect timing and the simplest tutorial ever. And the best part? I already had everything I needed for the project....water (check), white paint (check), a paint brush (check) and paper towels (check check check). So thank you Katie for the most perfectly timed inspiration and for being so freaking fabulous.
So I sanded the shelf down until it was completely smooth and then followed Katie's simple tutorial for whitewashing the shelf.