Fawn: French Inspired Shelf and a Giveaway!


Sunday, April 28, 2013

French Inspired Shelf and a Giveaway!

 Today I'd love to show you a French inspired shelf using simple supplies from The Wood Connection. Mother's Day will soon be here and I wanted to make something special and unique for my mom. I thought this shelf would make sweet gift and it would also fit perfectly with her bathroom decor.  She's going to love it!

Supplies used:
Two large candlesticks - The Wood Connection
Two small candlesticks- The Wood Connection
Three 5" x 14" boards- The Wood Connection
Wood glue- The Wood Connection
Acrylic paint- light ivory, blue danube and foam paint brushes- The Wood Connection
Weather crackle effect- Martha Stewart
Mod Podge
Tissue paper
French Typography- The Graphics Fairy

Start by sanding the rough spots down on your boards and then painting a couple coats of ivory paint on all three boards and all four candlesticks. Let dry.

When the boards have finished drying, apply a coat of the crackle effect to each board and candlestick and it dry completely.

While the boards are drying, you're going to prep the tissue paper to go into the printer to 
print out your typography.  Start by laying out a single sheet of tissue paper and place a sheet of cardstock on top and trim around it so you have a 2 inch allowance.

Using the tape to secure it, wrap the tissue paper around the cardstock. You don't need a solid line of tape, but do use enough to secure it well.

Then run the tissue covered cardstock through the printer, so it will print directly on the tissue paper.

There is some wonderful vintage French typography at The Graphics Fairy that I used for this project.

Lightly spray the images with hairspray to set the ink. Do this step three times with three different images for each board.

After your boards and candlesticks are dry from the crackle effect, paint a coat of blue paint on all your pieces and let dry. This is what your pieces will look like after the blue paint has dried.
 LOVE that shabby chic look!

Cut out your tissue pieces and place them where you'd like on the boards. For this board, I used two separate images but on the other two boards, I just used one image on each. 

Cover the board with Mod Podge and place the tissue pieces on top, then add another layer of Mod Podge on top.

Once the Mod Podge has dried on your boards, glue the two large candlesticks on top of one board.

Using wood glue, attach the second board on top of the candlesticks. Glue the two small candlesticks on top of the second board and attach the third board on top of the small candlesticks.

This is what the finished shelf will look like! 

 I also printed out a couple vintage french perfume labels and Mod Podged  them to small  painted 4"x6"blocks of wood ( also available at The Wood Connection) for an added decoration. 

I hope you enjoyed this French inspired shelf tutorial as much as I loved making it!
 Thank you so much to The Wood Connection for having me, it's been a pleasure as always! They were generous to give me a $25.00 gift certificate for one lucky reader.  Simply leave a comment below and you'll be entered into the drawing! 

Thank you for stopping by and have a lovely day!


  1. I love this!!

  2. I really am so impressed at what you always make. I'd never think to put that all together!

  3. That is absolutely beautiful! I will have to make a kid-friendly version in purple... Thanks for the chance to win and thanks for sharing your awesome ideas :)

  4. What a fantastic idea to make a shelf using candle sticks!! This turned out so darling and I love the graphics!

  5. Wow! Thanks for sharing, it's beautiful. I'm definately going to make one.

  6. This is amazing! I can't wait to make it!!!

  7. This is amazing! I can't wait to make it!!!

  8. What a cool shelf- I love that not only are you a papercrafter, but you're a home decorator as well

  9. Wow! What a beautiful project! I'm sooo going to make this!


  10. I LOVE this idea! Would have never thought to put those items together. Thanks so much for the inspiration!
    Mandy Conners

  11. What a cool idea! Thanks for the chance to win!

  12. This project is just beautiful. You're so creative! I'm going to have to make a trip to the Wood Connection today!

  13. Thank you for the great Mother's Day inspiration. I am going to make this for my mom, she loves anything French!

  14. So pretty! I love the color of the shelf and the way you decorated it. So fun!

  15. I love this project! It looks like something even *I* could do! ;) Thanks for the chance to win!

  16. This is SO me! I'm in love with this project and thank you for the step by step visuals!

  17. This is the coolest idea! I'm going to make one for my daughter's room. Thank you!

  18. This is fabulous! I love your projects and the Wood Connection! Thanks so much for the chance to win!


  19. LOVE the French typography! What a fun project!

  20. Such an adorable project. I love the crackle finish.
    Would love to win. Thanks!

  21. Thanks for the chance to win! I'm in love with all things French so I will definitely be making this darling project.
    Thank you!

  22. loving this idea! pinning it now. :)

  23. I love all your projects. So pretty and shabby chic!
    Thank you for the chance to win!

  24. Awesome idea! I'm going to make one for my daughter's room.
    Thank you!

  25. Too cute! I'm excited to make this. Thank you for the chance to win. I love Wood Connection!

  26. I love the simplicity of it, but leaves a stunning effect! So cute!

  27. What a great idea! Love this! Will be making this for Mother's Day...for myself! ;)