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How to Build Easy Farmhouse Shelves

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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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You can see a few more pics of this project as well as the rest of my kitchen projects, like my hidden hinges, reclaimed wood kitchen island and tuxedo painted cabinets on my blog by clicking the link below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Materials I used for this project:

  • 8ft wood board
  • Brackets

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

Ask the creator about this project

  • Bonnie
    Bonnie Palmyra, PA
    on Jun 5, 2017

    Very, very nice!!

  • Brooksteresa52
    Brooksteresa52
    on Jun 11, 2017

    So simple. Such a great idea.

    • Jenni
      Jenni Baden, PA
      on Jun 11, 2017

      Yes! Quick and easy projects are the best!!

  • Sandra Crosbie
    Sandra Crosbie Ireland
    on Jun 13, 2017

    They are lovely and chunky looking. I love rustic chunkiness. Well done.👍👏

    • Jenni
      Jenni Baden, PA
      on Jun 13, 2017

      Haha. Me too, thank you!!

  • Chris Keating-Ingelse
    Chris Keating-Ingelse Bennington, VT
    on Jun 13, 2017

    Great look, with the half-spindles pulling it all together! I love the sign- where did you get it???

    • Jenni
      Jenni Baden, PA
      on Jun 13, 2017

      Thank you!! I can't remember where I got it... it's a free printable image I just framed. :)

  • Debra McMenamin
    Debra McMenamin Essex, MD
    on Jun 13, 2017

    I love this and the way you decorated your shelves!

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