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DIY Shelving

Hey, friends! 

Can you believe Winter is coming?! Fall flew by for us, literally. It was only Fall for a couple days and then came Winter to steal the show. Fall was a pleasant reminder we’ve been in our house for one year! So, to celebrate, I spilled an entire cup of coffee on our carpet. Yikes! It definitely has that “lived in” feel now. 

I’ve been scared to put too many holes in our walls this past year because I didn’t know exactly what I wanted. The thought of putting random holes in the wall to hold picture frames made me cringe. What if I wanted to change it in a week? I don’t want to patch holes and repaint. However, something I’ve wanted since we moved in was open shelving in our dining area. The space is just too plain and I have a lot of pieces I want to have out and display. Since I’ve thought about it for a year now, I finally decided to make it happen. 

Here’s everything I used for my project. 

I wanted my shelves to each be 5 feet long. I purchased (2) 2”x10”x12’ boards and had Home Depot cut them down to 5 feet. 

First I put the shelves in order I wanted them to be hung and determined the front, top, and bottom. I numbered them 1-4 from top to bottom on the back side. Then, I sanded them down with 220 and dusted them off. 

I tested out a few different stains on the scrap piece to make sure I liked that color I was going to get.

I wanted the red tones out of the wood, so I put the pickling on first, then the stain on top. 

While those were drying, I put all the screws in styrofoam and sat out the brackets to be spray painted. Be sure to spray from a variety of angles so that everything gets covered evenly. Let everything dry overnight. 

Here’s a barcode shot if you want to use the same brackets 

I planned to apply a polycrylic on top before hanging, but decided not to. 

To hang these, I called in my dad for help. Bear helped supervise. 

Find the studs! I had purchased a stud finder months ago and it just wasn’t accurate. To do this the free way, we found the nearest outlet and looked for a stud on both sides with a pin nail. Once located, we measured 16” and found the next stud. We marked the studs and measured 17” between the shelves. The brackets were installed first (make sure they are level before drilling). Then we placed the shelves on top. With the smaller screws we attached one on the bottom side of the shelf for each bracket. (If your studs aren’t located in the ideal space for brackets, you can purchase drywall anchors and apply those instead of using the studs.)

The shelves have held up great and I’m so thankful I get to display a variety of items that I love!

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