We finished up our kitchen remodel almost a year ago now, but the wall over our kitchen table always bothered me. I hadn’t found anything that I loved over the table, and it stayed blank for a year. Since it is a wall we can see well from most of our downstairs, I wanted to make something that I would love.
I came up with these simple DIY shelves:
I posted a picture on my Instagram and you guys told me you’d love to have a tutorial written up!
Guys – these shelves are SO SIMPLE. If you’ve never built anything before, this would be a really good first project. They took us about 30 minutes of “hands-on” time, and cost less than $20.
What you’ll need:
- wood (we used 1x6s and 1x3s)
- stain (this is the color we used on this project)
- I highly recommend using wood conditioner as well
- here’s a post all about how to stain wood like a pro – I’ve been doing it wrong for years!
First, figure out how long you want your shelves to be. We cut ours to be 4 feet long. If you don’t have a power saw (this is the one we have & love), you can have the people at the hardware store cut them down for you.
My husband has informed me that that’s not a 2×4 on the bottom – sorry! It’s 1.25 inches thick and can be found with the trim wood at your hardware store. Hope that helps!
Here’s the dimensions we used – you could also use a 1×4 on the bottom if you’d like, but we had extra 2×4’s we wanted to use up. If you wanted to make the shelf deeper, than use a 1×6 on the bottom.
Screw the pieces together (from the bottom board) and then stain with your desired color – I used this stain color.
Screw the back board directly into the wall (We plan on keeping these up for a loooong time)
I decorated the shelves with some fun colored dishes for spring & summer (floral plates found here) I’m really excited to decorate these shelves for different seasons!
I love how they looked decorated for Christmas:
We love these shelves so much, we added them upstairs in our hallway! We really love how they look with the picture frames – come see the whole post and tutorial here:
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