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How to Build Easy Farmhouse Shelves

Farmhouse shelves are very in right now, but they are not difficult or expensive to build. Here's how I made my own rustic shelves:
Time: 1 Hours Cost: $50 Difficulty: Easy
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If you're following my blog , you've seen my recent kitchen updates. I still had another tiny eyesore space to tackle -- the blocky heavy microwave/cookbook shelf. Here's what the space looked like before. 
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First is demo -- ahhhh so much more open already!
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I'm using 2x10s for these shelves.  They are about $10 for an 8ft board.  You can't beat the price, and they have the thickness and rustic look I love! 
Measure the space you have and cut your boards to size.  I cut them with my circular saw. 
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Once the boards are cut, sand them down.  I used 120 grit and my pad sander.  I just wanted the edges smooth but didn't want to take away all the rustic wood texture.  You can sand as much or as little as you like.  Then it's time to stain - I've been using this beautiful wood stain color mix in all of my kitchen updates - get the mix and my favorite top coat in my full blog post here.

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The wall brackets are simple, yet have a little detail that really makes them nice.  If you aren't hitting studs in the wall, make sure you place anchors in the wall to hold it in there!  Just mark where your screws go and then drill and attach.
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Voila! So much lighter and clean looking than what was there before.  It's the perfect spot to display some kitchen decor!  I love the way it ties in all the other wood tones in my kitchen too.

Do you love the open-shelf farmhouse look?

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Materials I used for this project:

  • 8ft wood board
  • Brackets

To see more: http://www.rootsandwingsfurniture.com/blog/farmhouseshelves

Got a question about this project?

  • Shelley  Spellman
    Shelley Spellman North Jackson, OH

    Really nice.

  • Linda Abate
    Linda Abate Nashua, NH

    Love the shelves and the color stain you used. I could also think of putting these in a bathroom of a child's room for their books or stuffed favorite animals. Great job.

    • Jenni
      Jenni Baden, PA

      Thank you! YES!! Absolutely, I think these could be used in any room!!

  • Dpbeee2
    Dpbeee2 Newport News, VA

    That came out really nice. I like the sign too! Thank you.

  • Marie Anderson
    Marie Anderson Knoxville, TN

    Very attractive! I want to do this in my kitchen to set my baking canisters on. Already sent a picture to my husband

  • Vickie_mudd

    jenni those shelves are simply beautiful. I love the rustic look. Amazing! Great job

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