Stacy Davis
Stacy Davis
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  • Fredericksburg, VA

A Rustic Wood Shelf From Leftovers

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$5
1 Hour
Easy

So you know how sometimes when you make a recipe, you have some leftover ingredients in your fridge? Not enough to make the same recipe but odds and ends. Then if you look hard enough you can find a recipe that uses up the leftovers in an amazing creation. You feel good because not only is it delicious but you used up all those items that were just hanging out. That is kind of how this little shelf came to

a rustic wood shelf from leftovers

So, after I created these projects, I had several pieces of leftover wood. One is a shoe shelf/ coat rack and one is a farmhouse box. You can find both tutorials here on Hometalk.

a rustic wood shelf from leftovers

Here are the pieces. The 1 by 4's are from the farmhouse box and the thin pieces of wainscot are from the shoe shelf. I also had a dowel rod just hanging out in my garage. Note: I didn’t use all of these pieces. These are all the leftovers that I had to work with.

a rustic wood shelf from leftovers

I used my digital tape measure to help ensure that all pieces were the same length. (I am not the only one who loves this new fangled modern convenience. My 25 year old son came to me and said he wanted to measure his new tv and could he try out my new digital tape measure. This might be a great gift idea for some of the younger generations who are ready to venture into DIY projects in their new abodes.)

a rustic wood shelf from leftovers

There are many right ways to do this shelf, I chose to make the top 1 by 4 go end to end and the two lower shelves inset by the width of the 1 by 4 running down the sides. The back is made up of 5 pieces of paneling that are tongue and groove connected with glue.

a rustic wood shelf from leftovers

Here is a view of it dry fitted together. I have the sides extending down farther to hold a dowel rod as a towel holder.

a rustic wood shelf from leftovers

I made an X to find the middle point to drill the hole. Originally, I was going to stack them and drill the hole all the way through but then I changed my mind. I decided the outside would look better if I didn't drill all the way through.

a rustic wood shelf from leftovers

I have a clamping table that I like to use when I am drilling holes in my projects. It isn't necessary but I sure do love it. Does anyone else have one of these little tables and do you use it a lot? I drag it all over because it is small and portable. My workbench doesn't get used as much as this because it is dark in my garage and it is usually covered with all kinds of things.

a rustic wood shelf from leftovers

Dry fitted together and now we are ready for glue and nails.

a rustic wood shelf from leftovers

I took some marble contact paper and covered the dowel. I left rubber bands on it for a couple of hours so it would set up nicely.

a rustic wood shelf from leftovers

I chose to assemble this piece in two sections. I glued the back panel together and used a frame clamp ratcheting strap to get it nice, tight and square.

a rustic wood shelf from leftovers

I set the dowel rod in place with glue and set to attaching the top with glue and nails.

a rustic wood shelf from leftovers

I put down a line of glue around the frame and attached the back with nails.

a rustic wood shelf from leftovers

I used acrylic white paint and baby wipes to give the shelf a white washed appearance. I would highly recommend white washing before you attach the back. I know some people will say that this will affect the integrity of the glue but I find that today's glue is very steadfast and I think the effect is minimal.

a rustic wood shelf from leftovers

It really works quite well in the space.

a rustic wood shelf from leftovers

I couldn’t be happier with my little odds and ends project. 🎊 Happy New Year!🎊 I can’t decide on which hand towel... do you like the solid color or the patterned towel?

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3 questions
  • Em
    on Jan 3, 2019

    Patterned towel. Just a thought...would you consider adding a thin layer of chalk paint to blend in with the towels. Like a light sand that shows the wood but has some color. It is very cute, but seem unfinished without a touch of color or stain.

    • Andrea
      on Jan 4, 2019

      Solid towel will enhance the marble pattern on the rod. Great project!

  • Ellen
    on Jan 3, 2019

    After looking closely at the photos, how much clearance is there between the dowel rod and the bottom of the shelf above? In one of the photos it looks like a couple of inches or more, but the last picture looks much less. How do you get the towels on to the rod then?

  • Kreative Cube
    4 hours ago

    How do you put the product photos and Amazon links in the materials?

    In my posts I can only write what it is and where I got it and in the article it just shows it as a text and a no follow link..

    • Stacy Davis
      2 hours ago

      I joined the Hometalk Affiliate Program. The Hometalk team then goes through the tutorial and they add product pictures and links. Hope this helps.

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  • Dee
    2 days ago

    Great idea and cool storage, nice execution!

  • Noreen Schaan
    30 minutes ago

    I love this idea. You did a great job. I really think it will work for me. I have plenty of scrap wood just waiting to become a new project. Thanks for sharing this idea. And remember to...keep on Diy'ing..oh yeah 🙂😉👍💖

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