Jazz up your old shelves

Transform a plain shelving unit into a stylish hall stand

Many of us are sure to have old, slightly battered items languishing in our basements, too good to throw away. Upcycling is the perfect solution! We show you how to turn an old set of wall shelves into a stylish hall stand with neon-coloured touches. The new look is all thanks to edding permanent spray. Any existing scratches will disappear in next to no time once they’re sprayed. When you’re ready to hang the shelves, the carpenter pen provides valuable assistance – it’s an essential part of any toolkit. If you’ve not come across it before, you really should give it a try. Its extra-long metal nib makes it easy to reach difficult-to-access places. Co-ordinating hooks made from old wooden building blocks are not only practical, they also make a real eye-catcher.

Home decor
Upcycling & DIY hacks
Permanent spray
Special solutions
Easy peasy
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Products and materials

Other materials

  • Old shelving unit complete with wooden shelves and metal brackets
  • Old wooden building blocks
  • Mask
  • Gloves
  • Masking tape
  • A protective base for use when spraying
  • Drill
  • Screws for the coat hooks


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