First of all there was the inspiration. My daughter wants to redo a downstairs bedroom for the Princess for a toy room. She has been wanting a set of bookshelves for the room and I bought a set at Michael's and have had them sitting there waiting for some type of inspiration. She told me that she would like to do the room sort of primitive, old toy, primary colors. She reminded me of this toy that has been around our house for a long time and said, "sort of like that" Now before I actually painted the shelf, I wanted to make sure that our minds were working in the same direction...off to the stash to see what I could paint that would be functional in the room, should she like it. This is what I found. I had bought two of these at a yard sale for $2 each. I had painted one in my craft show life and sold it. I have used this one the way it is to tote paints around and so I thought this would work.
I found the plaques in another stash. The words on this are stamped in somehow and would show when it was painted.
So I traced the circle of the plaque on the ends and wood filled where it would show out.
Then painted everything black...seems as though I do that a lot.
Then added in the bright colors and designs, although I thought at this point it was a little "honking" for her taste and not primitive enough. She did like it at this point and now the finished product (other than the varnish). After I was done painting I sanded it everywhere.