You will need:
You can either paint all of the pieces of your shelf separately and then put it together, or put it together and paint it as a whole. Since I never plan on taking it apart again, I put it together first.
The shelf is bare wood, but it is always a good idea to run some sand paper over a project before you start painting. Since the wood doesn’t have a full finish on it, a couple minutes should do just fine.
I needed two coats of white paint to cover my shelf. Makes sure you paint the entire shelf inside and out.
Use stickers or cut vinyl for the top of the shelf. This would be a great place to let your child personalize and decorate the shelf themselves. We went with vinyl flowers that my daughter picked after about 45 minutes of scrolling through options. We apparently take closets very seriously in our house.
The one snag with this shelf, is that is is obviously meant to hang the other way. If you try to hang it upside down with nails it will sit off the wall. In order to make it sit snugly against the wall, I hung it using hanging strips. I trimmed the strips a little so they wouldn’t be visible when the shelf was hanging and used three strips to secure it.