1 Post = 9 Rustic Elegant Shelves

Rustic ideas Yesterday
Sometimes hanging a collection is a challenge. It's difficult to buy the perfect item to solve the problem. So I figured out how to use a 6" by 6" post to display my North Carolina pottery collection.
Time: 2 Hours Cost: $10 Difficulty: Moderate
Make sure the wood is cured. This piece I salvaged on a junkin' trip had been out in the back yard for ages. Then we put it in the sun for another week to completely dry out.
Here is how my hubby solved the problem of getting the shelf to hand close to the wall. Hanging the shelves was the same as hanging a grouping of pictures. I did have to compensate for the height of each bowl and container so my grouping is not completely perfect - lots of compromise. To keep the bowls from tipping forward or falling off, I used one tiny nail with a head. For the containers with lids I used a little glue dot like the kind you can buy a Michaels.
Before hanging, I coated the back of each piece with some shellac to prevent any bleeding through of stains. But you'll see I missed one piece at the top left. Easy to fix by adding a couple of coats of shellac and touching up the wall. Live and learn right? I love this effect. It is out of the way and we enjoy it daily.

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  • Katie Hanson (1100 Sq Ft)
    I love this idea! i have tons of old wood that i could use for this!
  • Marion Nesbitt
    Great idea. The wood is so complementary to your collection. What did you do to ensure the items don't slip off?
    • My Patch of Blue Sky
      My Patch of Blue Sky Greensboro, NC
      Marion Nesbitt Oh Marion thanks for reminding me - I will update the info. I used tiny little nails you can barely see. The ones with heads. Thanks!
  • Karen
    Karen Port Saint Lucie, FL
    So clever. I love this idea for displaying my tea cup collection ... would make a nice contrast with old wood. Now if I can just find an old wood post! Might have to buy a new one and set it out to weather ...
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