Shelf Solution plus History and Home Link Party

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Artsy Daughter created a wonderful work of art a few months ago that we want to display in her room, but it’s difficult to hang.  It’s painted on a thin board, too thin for a nail, but probably too heavy for a stick-on hanger.


This wonderful chicken painting is in the style of a local artist known to South Carolinians as “The Chicken Man”.  Ernest Lee has been creating his whimsical art for decades, and his art gallery?  The street corner at a gas station.  It’s all part of his charm.

Source: Ernest Lee


We decided the best way to display my daughter’s painting was to prop it up on a small shelf.  Checking the home improvement store, I was shocked at how much those things cost!  Patience and waiting paid off when I found this bright yellow shelf at a thrift store for $1.25:

We Call It thrift store yellow shelf


After sanding through that shell transfer and a couple of coats of paint, we have the new and improved version – perfect!

wall shelf for art display

Just another success story for thrifting.

Updated : Due to a death in our family, I will be away from the blog until early next week.  Thank you ~ Dawn

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17 thoughts on “Shelf Solution plus History and Home Link Party

  1. Hi Dawn, we’re ready for the Derby races in our Panoply booth spaces, and I’m sharing that this week. I love local artwork, and your daughter’s is extra-special with pride of place – looks great! Have a great week!

  2. You have to love it when you have a goal and you find what you need at the thrift stores for a good price.
    And a piece of art that is priceless since your child made it.
    Have a great week.

  3. Great piece of folk art by your daughter. Thank you for featuring Ernest Lee – he is a true treasure of the South Carolina folk art scene. I have been buying his work since the late 1980’s when he set up at Johnson’s Crossroads In New Ellenton. It was a thrill the other week when I took my niece Olivia to meet him.

  4. Your daughter did a great job – it looks like just a perfect spot for it too!

    Thanks for hosting the party again this week, Dawn!

  5. As always, thanks for being a great host.
    I’m sorry to hear that you guys lost someone. My sincerest condolences to you and your family.

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