Built-in Kitchen Wall Shelves!

7 Materials
3 Days

I spent my winter vacation building these shelves into the wall of my little kitchen. It's a fun project if you're looking to upgrade your kitchen and have a couple days to burn.

DIY Built-In Kitchen Wall Shelves

Tools and Materials

  • Stud finder (Mine decided it was on vacation for this particular project)
  • Jigsaw
  • Mini craft saw
  • Cedar wood
  • Stain
  • Sandpaper
  • Plywood
  • Wax
  • Nail gun
  • Nails

Jigsaw a Hole to Find Studs

Find Studs

This is my lovely non-load-bearing "interior" kitchen wall. I jigsawed out a peephole to check where in the world my studs are hiding. My stud finder was acting bonkers on me.

Be extra cautious of wires in the wall!

Cut Along Studs

Cut Along Studs

Found you guys! The opposite side of this wall is your everyday drywall. The side you see is plywood. I used a jigsaw, a mini craft saw and all my patience to cut along the studs.

Add Molding

Add Molding

I cut a "molding" type pattern in the wall and used the scrap wood from the wall to cut more pieces. The trim is cedar wood I bought for the shelving.



I went with one coat of a black and brown mixture and then lightly sanded it for a distressed look.

Add Backing

Add Backing

I stained some thin grainy plywood for the back of the shelves and then waxed the whole thing with teak.

Add Shelves

Add Shelves

My wife had an idea of what she wanted on each shelf, so I measured accordingly.

Fill with Whatever You Desire

DIY Kitchen Shelves

Now its time to fill this bad boy up!

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Have a question about this project?

3 of 18 questions
  • Beverly
    on Apr 2, 2020

    I love this idea! My question:

    How did you attach the panelling to the backside? This is a beautiful addition, but I'm stumped...lol.

  • Bundy
    on Apr 2, 2020

    Are the shelves fixed or adjustable?

  • Mina
    on Apr 2, 2020

    No wires behind the drywall?... You were lucky.

    • Bryan's Workshop
      on Apr 2, 2020

      Most electrical runs going horizontally are about 2 feet off the floor or very close to the ceiling. There are lots of reasons for this but one of the obvious ones is it limits the areas of concerns when drilling. I did a similar built-in project in my workshop. That wall has wiring and it wasn't a problem.

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  • Jamie Tyler Smith
    on Apr 3, 2020

    Great storage and use of space! It turned out lovely. Thank you for sharing!

  • Bonnie
    on Apr 3, 2020

    Absolutely love the way your project turned out! I've done this in my tiny bathroom to get extra storage and added doors. It's the greatest way to add storage space!! Thanks for sharing!

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