DIY Weathered Open Shelving

6 Materials
2 Hours

Our home is a mix of woods and whites. A rustic farmhouse feel, if you will. I love the look of open shelving and wanted to add it to a blank shiplap wall. I also love the look of old weathered wood that has been neglected out in the elements. The problem with that is that many times the wood is not strong enough to use for projects. So, I decided to do a faux weathered wood look using stain and paint. This DIY will show you how I created the "old weathered" wood shelf and how we hung our open shelving.
Material List:
  • Industrial Forged Steel Floating Shelf wall brackets with lip 2 packs of 2 - 4 total brackets)
  • Stain
  • Paint (& water)
  • 2x6x8 #2 Board
  • Screws and Wall Anchors
  • Drill
  • Pencil
  • Tape measure

First start by cutting your board to the desired shelf length. I decided on a 5 foot shelf for this project. After cutting the board to length, sand it smooth with an electric sander. Then I distressed the board slightly by hitting it with the edges of a bracket. You can do as much distressing as you like. After, I sanded any rough edges that may have been created during the processes, I cleaned the excess sanding dust off and stained the board with a gray stain.
Once the stain was dry, I mixed some Behr white paint with water. I used a 2 inch Wooster angled brush (my favorite brush for painting and projects).
After dipping your brush in the watered down paint, dab and brush off any excess until you get the desired look you're after.
The look I was going for was a weathered board that had been painted but over time had worn off in areas. I like seeing the brush strokes, the stain and the wood grain. Makes it rustic and old looking to me.
As you can tell, each board will come out differently. If you are okay with that then this technique is for you. If you try it and don't like it you can either sand it all off and start over or you can just paint it a solid color.
This is what my shelves ended up looking like when finished.
I wanted a farmhouse open shelf look so I found some industrial forged steel brackets with a lip on Amazon. They come with a rustic finish on them with a shiny protective coat. I wanted a matte black bracket so I lightly sanded them down with a Scotchbrite pad to remove the shine. Then spray painted them with a black paint and protected them with a matte polycyclic spray.
When we were planning out our bracket spacing we decided to use the bottom of our shiplap as a guide for the brackets since we knew it was level. My husband used a flat edge to make sure the bracket stayed level while marking the screw holes on the wall.
Then he used a drill to make holes in the wall and shiplap.
We didn't hit any studs so we had to use plastic anchors. Once the holes are drilled, gently push the anchor into the hole and then finish by lightly tapping the anchor with a hammer until it is flush to the outside of the wall.
Once the anchors are in you are ready to screw your brackets securely into the wall.
We started with one set and then moved to the top shelf.
Once the brackets are on the wall you can add the shelf boards. On the bottom of the board we marked the screw holes and then drilled smaller pilot holes to insure the screws go in straight.
Once the shelves are screwed to the brackets you are ready to decorate.

I LOVE my new open shelves!! Let me know if you give this project a try!
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  • Margaret Knowles
    on Jan 7, 2020

    Very nice,I love the weathered wood look too. And I especially like the brackets with the lip on them. Nice clear pictures and instructions.

    • Staci Marie
      on Jan 7, 2020

      Thank you so much Margaret! I appreciate your kind words!! Have a great day!

  • Ann in elkton md
    on Jan 23, 2020

    remodeling a 1930 house love the weathered look. what width was your shiplap?

    great job

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