Vintage Argyle Shelf and Drawer

Where have you been Homeroad?

It's been weeks since my last post, it's been a hot summer and well frankly, I've been totally unmotivated.

Here's a project I've had on the back burner for a while now and if you're a fan of argyle you'll love this one. 

The best part is that this project can be used several ways! 

argyle stenciled shelf

This multi-use vintage shelf can be used in a few fun ways. 

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DIY wooden shelf

First however, I have to decorate it.

I am using this argyle stencil from Old Sign Stencils. I've never really given argyle a second look but when I gave it a try I loved it! 

jar of fusion mineral paint in brook

I'm using Fusion Mineral paint in Brook for my first color. Brook is a beautiful light green with a 50's vintage feel. 

If you're wondering what the blue painter's tape on the top of my lid is, visit Donna at Funky Junk Interiors for this great paint lid hack! 

diamond stencil for argyle pattern

I stenciled the diamonds on three sides of the shelf. 

green diamonds stenciled on wooden shelf

When the painted diamonds dried I used Coal Black, another Fusion Mineral Paint color, to stencil the cross lines that go over the diamonds. 

criss cross stencil for top of argyle stencil

Woah! I love this argyle! It was very easy to do!

argyle stenciled shelf

I gave the front of the shelves a quick coat of the green paint then when everything was dry, I used Fusion Mineral Paint's Antiquing Glaze to condition and seal the vintage wood that is part of this beautiful pattern. 

shelves with brook green sides

Fusion Mineral Paint Finishing Gel on Argyle box

The finishing glaze gave the wood a rich finish and darkened the wood. 

argyle with finishing glaze

I filled the shelf with cute little items but then suddenly had another good idea! 

Argyle shelf filled with items

If I turn the shelf on its side I can use it as a desk organizer

Argyle shelf turned on it's side with files

Files fit perfectly in the spaces! 

pin button
Argyle stenciled shelf pin with overlay

And when I added a handle, it fit perfectly into my modular shelf. 

This is how I'm using it in my home office

Argyle drawer with handle and boxes

How would you use this shelf? Would you use it as a shelf or a drawer? Where else could you use this great stencil?


shelves with argyle stencil and desk items

green argyle stenciled shelf with items


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shelf with argyle stencil design and books

Old Sign Stencils and Fusion Mineral Paint gave me the products I used in this project, all opinions are my own. 



I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .