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DIY Farmhouse Shelves

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I recently shared our fall decor and received several questions about our farmhouse shelves.  These shelves were the first project I completed in our new house and I’m so in love! It was a very simple project that cost less than $100 and only took about 2 hours.

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These farmhouse shelves are the focal point in the kitchen, offering extra storage and a space to decorate each season. We store our most used plates and bowls on the shelves and other serving dishes and decor items on the shelf. I love that we now have useful and beautiful storage on an othewise unused wall in our kitchen.

Making these farmhouse shelves was simple. It only took a few hours. Anyone can do it!

DIY Farmhouse Open Shelves. How to make your own open shelves.

Placing your Farmhouse Shelves

One of my favorite tricks when planning to hang photos or shelves is to use painters tape to test out the location, height and width. We first thought we would put up three shelves but once we put up some painters tape to test it out, we decided two shelves was just right. That top shelf would have been too high to be functional.

Planning for open shelves using duct tape.

Supplies to make your farmhouse shelves

First I found the hardware that I liked at Hobby Lobby. These Iron Brackets had the simple look I wanted. When you choose your brackets, be sure to measure the depth so you know how deep your shelves need to be. Our brackets wrapped up around the edge of the shelf so I had to be sure the shelves fit just right. Hobby Lobby has many styles of brackets that you can choose from.

Wood for open shelving

Next, I went off to Home Depot to get my lumber. I had my measurements in hand and chose an inexpensive pine wood. I made sure the wood was the right depth for my brackets (mine were 11 5/8″)  and I also chose a 2″ thick piece of wood. You can use a thinner piece but I liked how the 2″ wood looked. With my measurements in hand, I had the employees cut my wood to the perfect length. Don’t hesitate to ask for help, everyone working in the lumber department is more than happy to help. I went home with 3 pieces of wood cut to the perfect length for my project.

Wood Stain for open shelves

Staining your shelves

I’m not gonna lie, staining wood always sounded much harder than it actually was. Don’t be intimidated, it’s really easy. After distressing my shelves with a few smacks of a hammer, I sanded down the rough edges then wiped down the wood with a rag so there was no dust left behind. Dip a clean rag or staining pad in your stain; be sure to squeeze out any extra stain. Wipe the stain on the wood. I put on a few coats until I liked the color. I let my stain dry overnight before brushing on two coats of polyurethane. Once your shelves are completely dry you can install them.

Installing Open Shelves

Hang up your farmhouse shelves

To hang up your shelves you’ll need to locate studs using a stud finder. I decided to use 3 studs for my shelf because they were so long. Once you find your studs you’ll want to mark where you want your holes and use a level to make sure they are straight (you don’t want crooked shelves!). When you are ready, drill pilot holes and then hang your brackets with long (We used 3″) screws.

Farmhouse Shelves DIY

This project was so easy and satisfying. Going from a blank wall to a functional wall with extra storage was a big improvement. I’m looking forward to adding similar shelves in other areas in our house. I would love to hear if you decide to try this project and how it goes!

Tag me on Instagram @HeyDonna if you make your own farmhouse inspired shelves.

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    November 12, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    They look awesome, and I am so impressed you made them yourself!

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    November 13, 2018 at 8:03 am

    Donna, this is so great! Love the look and info. Thanks!

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    July 13, 2020 at 9:43 am

    Love these! I have extra old boards from a table we are making and these shelves will be perfect for the boards! Thank you for the link for the brackets-they look perfect! 🙂

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