DIY Open Shelving

Our kitchen nook needed a little something, so I added elegant DIY open shelving.  It is an easy project – I did this solo one morning!

There is a large empty wall in the space, and I have struggled with decorating it since we first moved it.  I tried stenciling it (see more details on that stencil HERE) and eventually added shiplap (see that DIY tutorial HERE).

Although I loved the texture the shiplap brought to the space, I still struggled with what to put in the space.  I felt my bench and hutch looked cluttered in the space.  I dream about building a large built-in buffet, but we have other large projects that need to come first.  I decided to build some inexpensive open shelving. I began by taping out my plan for the shelves and added some faux lighting (I’ll talk more about this later) above the shelving.

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For this project, I used:

  • 2 10″ x 8′ boards
  • 6 brackets ( I bought these from Lowes)
  • 3 wall lights (I found mine on Amazon)
  • gold spray paint
  • primer
  • paint
  • Electric sander
  • Drill

I began the project by sanding down/smoothing my boards.

I added a couple of coats of primer and a couple more coats of paint.

I “installed” my lighting.  I looked everywhere for battery-powered wall lamps without any luck.  I ended up finding some gorgeous wall lights on Amazon and decided to add them to my space.  I’m hoping my electrician (aka my dad) will help me install the lighting down the road, but it will probably prove to be a little tough since I added shiplap.  However, I love the look my (faux) lights add to the space!

After the lights were added, I installed the brackets for the shelving.  I spray-painted the brackets to match the finish of the lights.

I added my painted boards, and the open shelves were done!  The entire project only took me a few hours (solo) to install.

I styled the shelves with some plants and white dishes (click HERE for an inexpensive way to get the look).

I now love this wall!

Where could you use some open shelves in your home – if you don’t already have any?

Go create something!

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