Goodwill-Shelf-Makeiver-with-Mod-PodgeShelves can be expensive, but with some some paint and Mod Podge, you can update wood items from Goodwill San Antonio and get organized!

The kitchen area of my kids’ playroom was always a disaster.  I realized that arranging their toys in a way that they would be highly visible and reachable would make clean up easier.


I always find a LOT of wood shelves when I visit Goodwill San Antonio.  I think people pass them up because they look a bit dated, but I can’t resist the amazing prices.  This extra large country-style shelf was in perfect condition, and only cost $12!!  It’s not the style I wanted, but that was easy to fix!

First I wanted to cover the heart cut out, so I used Mod Podge to apply card stock over the opening.
Once this was dry, I spray painted the entire thing.
Finally, I cut patterned scrapbook paper to fit the shelves, the top, and the bottom.  I used Mod Podge to attach the papers, then sealed them with more MP.
Since MP can still be a little sticky when it dries, I sealed the project with a finishing spray.
I get a lot of compliments from guests, many who ask where I bought the shelf.  They’re always surprised when I tell them it came from Goodwill!
I really enjoy painting and updating Goodwill finds.  Here’s another wonderful wall curio shelf I picked up for just $4!  This is going on my son’s wall to house his Lego figures and small creations.
It looks dated and is a bit dusty.  With a little clean up, primer and silver spray paint…
It looks much more clean and modern!

I wanted to fill each square with fun, coordinating paper that was Mod Podged on, but my son preferred a simpler look.  Less work for me!  🙂  Though it would have been super cute with patterned paper!

What will you find at Goodwill San Antonio today?

Disclosure:  I am a blogger for Goodwill San Antonio.  All projects and opinions are my own.


  1. Cool!!! and I love how you covered up the heart!
    PS…how do you become a blogger for Goodwill………..I’d be a pro at that job since I practically LIVE there, hahaha!!!
    please email me at
    klpich @ aol (dot) com


  2. Thank you for this post! I have two shelves with cut out hearts on the top like this one and could not figure out how to get rid of the dated heart. Love your idea – the shelf looks great!


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