80’s Heart Shelf Makeover

Polymer clay tile adorned shelf
Do you guys know about the Goodwill 50% off day each month?  Here in my hood, it happens the first Saturday of every month.  You will see me, hubby in tow, lined up and waiting for the store to open.  I leave with carts of things, usually wooden, that I plan to craft upon eventually.  This is one of those things.  I didn’t really have a plan.  I ended up doing a makeover on this three tiered heart shelf that involved spray paint, polymer clay (big shocker) and a harlequin decorative knob.  I made the polymer clay tags with “26.2” since my husband and I are marathon training, and every lil bit of motivation helps.  The shelf hangs in our bedroom, so we see in the morning before training runs.  This tutorial will cover spray painting, stamping in polymer clay and making more polymer clay tiles.


  • Shelf
  • Krylon fusion spray paint black gloss
  • polymer clay
  • staz on solvent inkpad, jet black
  • square tile stamp pad
  • texture stamp
  • number stamps
  • decorative knob


  • Spray paint shelf after lightly sanding and wiping away debris with damp cloth

Shelf before makeover

Shelf after krylon fusion spray paint

  • Prepare the clay number tags; use texture stamp to texturize conditioned sheet of clay in your choice of color.  Cut circle from textured clay sheet with cookie cutter or by hand.  TIP: Spray your cookie cutter and your stamp with armor all before touching them to the clay to prevent raw clay from sticking.

Textured clay circle

  • Cover your number stamp with staz on jet black and press into textured circle.

Staz on jet black stamp polymer clay

Polymer clay number tag

  • Set your textured number tags aside and prepare clay tiles by stamping square tile stamp into conditioned clay sheet…

Square tile polymer clay stamp

  • Use pearl ex powder or perfect pearls pigment to color the raised areas of the tile.  I just use my fingertip to apply.  A little bit goes a very long way.

Polymer clay square tile

Pearl ex and stamped polymer clay

  • Once your have made all your tiles, bake them and your number tags at 275º for 20 min.
  • Glue your polymer clay adornments onto your spray painted shelf (I use E6000 for just about everything), and add a decorative knob.

Next time you are at Goodwill, grab up those 80’s country shelves and modernize them with polymer clay and scrapbooking supplies.

Polymer clay embellished shelf makeover
Polymer Clay Decorative Tiles

Heart Shelf With Polymer Clay Tags

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