Tuesday, February 24, 2015

DIY wooden wall shelf

I like to decorate and redecorate the spaces in my house.  
It's one of my favorite past times!!  

So when I decided that my kitchen needed more storage space, it gave me a 
new place to think about and work on.  
I wanted something that would give my small kitchen more storage space.

I decided to build an open shelving display/storage unit.  

The supplies I used are: 

4- 1" x 8" cut to 30"
2- 1" x 8" cut to 36"
1- 1" x 4" cut to 30"
wood stain

I built the frame first.  
I made a rectangle with 2- 30" pieces on the top and bottom and the 36" pieces on the sides.  
I butted the pieces up to each other, no fancy mitering.  
I used wood glue and wood screws.  
I went with a rustic look so I didn't countersink the screws.  
But if you want a more polished look, you could countersink and then 
cover the screws with wood putty.  

After the frame was built, I added the shelves.  
I wanted the top one to be a different height than the other ones.
The top shelf is 8" down.
The other ones are 12" down each.  
I used wood glue and wood screws for these too.

I wanted a secure way to hang the shelf, so I added a 1x4 to the back side to hide the 
hanging hardware.  

After the shelf was built, I sanded it really well, then gave it 1 coat of 
Minwax red mahogany stain.  
Then waxed over the top of it with Minwax finishing paste.  
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After everything was dry, I hung it with a cleat system similar to this

Then came the fun part- accessorizing.  
For now, I'm using this open shelving to store fruit, cereal bowls. some wooden cutting boards, cake stands, a few of my vintage scales and some fun polka dot dishes.  This will be a fun place to change out with the seasons.

This shelving unit added a ton of storage space to our pretty small kitchen.  
I'm happy with how it turned out!


  1. I love the stain on these shelves! I think the items you have chosen to put on there are really sweet too!
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  2. That’s a nice and clean cut shelving unit! And it matches the d├ęcor quite nicely too. However for people who have too many things cluttering up your kitchen, I think a self storage pod might be a better solution!

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