Originally we were going to wait until retirement to redo our antique furniture into the fresh Shabby Chic look. After seeing so many wonderful shabby chic projects on your blogs - I convinced my hubby it was time now to go for it. We did the drying rack over my kitchen sink with Vintage White which is the color we are using most:
This is one of three what-not-shelves we have been working on and the easiest one to do:
The piece had a black finish on it like a Victorian ebony I am sure - very, very old but we didn't have to sand it. It stands by my front door. I don't live in a big house so our furniture is scaled smaller. If you have a huge house and entrance foyer this would look ridiculous but it works here in my small foyer.