How I Doubled My Kitchen Counter Space... Thanks to a 2x4!


My kitchen is not large. Which actually means, my kitchen phone station eats up a good portion of the counter, much needed for other kitchen things.
Being that my day planner is a HUGE 3 RING BINDER, it was always buried under piles of riff raff, leaving no counter space anywhere near.
So I set out to design something that could incorporate said binder, plus win me some counter space back...
Thanks to a 2x4, here's how I did it...
Ohmypaperworkbegone, friends... I'm so in LOVE with this crazy little 2x4 shelf!
It's custom built to fit around that giant day planner binder, and I'm happy to report, I have room for kitchen stuff again!
I started with a cut down 2x4. I used angled screws to attach the boards, but if you have a proper jig, that's the way to do it. Or metal brackets. Or braced with wood...
The legs got really technical though... ready?
It took me a whole 5 min to remove these pipe fittings off a tray, then screw them onto this shelf.
Whew! Glad that's over with.
And then I couldn't leave well enough alone. Blank wood is a sign screaming to be made in these parts.
So I used my fav coffee stencil, tapped the 'very dry brush' to leave a sharp impression...
This stencil is part of my OLD SIGN STENCILS COLLECTION HERE
... added a funky handle and hinge, and ended up with this cool shelf!
I'm so in LOVE with this thing! It's got a cool industrial farmhouse vibe, don't you think?
And look how sweet it fits that big, honkin' binder!
AND I HAVE MY COUNTER SPACE BACK!
Thrilled! Sometimes you just gotta custom make what you need so it works in your home.
Make sure you pop on over to my blog (link at bottom of post) to check out some other easy junk minded builds.
This stencil is part of my OLD SIGN STENCILS COLLECTION HERE
And, click below to see this shelf staged as a coffee station too! It's really cool!

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  • Deb Tilghman
    on Dec 9, 2016

    Love it! I'd love to do a taller, longer version as a sofa console table using a rustic board I have. Do those pipe legs come in certain lengths with the threading already or do you have to cut to special size and have somebody thread it?

    • Jenny
      on Feb 12, 2018

      Gorgeous! Now I'm trying to figure out where in my home needs this ❤️
  • Michelle Perram
    on May 19, 2017

    What purpose does the hinge serve?
  • Darice Ciampa
    11 minutes ago

    Would you be willing to make and sell one of these?

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  • Dawn Schneebele
    on Oct 22, 2018

    Gonna try it with some old wood pieces I have

  • Donna
    on May 5, 2020

    i just love it. I think this will make a perfect little station beside my coffee pot to store the coffee and filters underneath and the cups in the shelf.

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