The shelves were already a fire engine red and a forest green, and neither color would go with the bathroom.
I sanded the shelves lightly to give the paint something to hold on to. Yes, I have my husband's gloves on. A girl doesn't want to ruin her manicure to sand shelves.
After looking through all the colors of paint in my craft room/office/studio, I found this lovely sapphire blue. It matched the bathroom perfectly.
After two coats of paint, the shelves were ready to hang. If you look really closely you can see a bit of red or green underneath the blue paint. I didn't want it to look pristine, but not really distressed either. Because I didn't use a primer, the paint bled through just enough.
Now we have extra storage in the kids' bathroom for duckies, toilet paper, and anything else. I think I will buy a basket for the toilet paper though. It looks a little odd just sitting there.
On to more projects!