I found this awesome wooden silverware sorter at a garage sale for $0.75 and my brain automatically was like, "OMG that would make the cutest little shelf for knick-knacks everrrrr!" So here's what I did to it to make it freaking adorable!
Find a cute silverware sorter for $0.75 at a garage sale.
Spray paint it a pretty color. I chose avocado green. I highly suggest priming the shelf first, which I did not do, and it took like 8 billion coats of paint. Very annoying.
Let it dry.
Decide, completely at random, that it would be an excellent idea to take the back of the shelf off. Make your fiance do it though.
Cover the back of the shelf with pretty paper! I used scrapbook paper, and it wasn't quite big enough, so I cut it into pieces to and matched it up to the slots in the shelf.
Glue the paper on. I used Tacky Glue 'cause I thought Mod Podge, although awesome, might not be strong enough. I didn't have a piece of paper big enough to fit the entire bottom slot of the shelf so I just left it blank/green/painted.
After letting it dry, use a staple gun to re-attach the back of the shelf. Marvel in how awesomely creative and crafty you are. Then get pissed when you realize the little knick-knacks you wanted to display in the shelf are too big and won't fit, so you will have to display them on top and get tinier knick-knacks to display.