Thrifty Cottage Kitchen Open Shelving

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My husband and I began building our cabin 2 years ago. I have been very thrifty and on a tight budget as he often reminds me, remember: "It's not a house!". I am a big fan of re-purposing building materials. My parents gave me an old door from their house. It was pine tongue and groove and covered with layers of paint. I thought open shelving! I downloaded a pattern from Martha Stewart's website for the brackets. Sorry for the poor picture quality.
This is some of my lovely reclaimed lumber. Unfortunately, it was painted on both sides. Aargh!
This is our little cottage kitchen. We had to move everything and install the pine tongue and groove over the OSB board. I made my own thrifty white wash by diluting regular white latex paint 1/2 paint to 1/2 water ratio. I painted the boards outside last Summer. The mixture dries very quickly.
This is my handyman hubby installing the pine tongue and groove.
Once the wall was up, he installed my curtain rod holder. I bought the oar for $35. It had many many many layers of paint. I used Minwax stripper to remove the old paint, then finished it with 4 coats of Minwax antique oil. I designed the brackets to hold the oar. They were also made from re-claimed lumber.
These are our FREE shelves! First, I sanded with a fine sand paper and removed any dust particles with a tack cloth. Then, the shelves and shelf brackets took 4 coats of Minwax antique oil. It's very easy to apply with a foam brush. You wait 10 minutes, then buff with a lint-free cloth.
Here is the completed project. There's always something else though isn't there? I still need to get some wood filler for my screw holes. We like how they turned out so much, we're making some more for the other side next trip to the cottage. Hope you get inspired!
Suggested materials:
  • Reclaimed lumber   (my parents)
  • Minwax antique oil   (any hardware store)
  • Foam brush   (any hardware store)
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  • B. Enne B. Enne on Aug 21, 2017
    Great job! You may find that the pine colour will seep through a bit in a few years, but it adds even more character, and it is easy to add more white wash if you want.

  • 4554290 4554290 on Aug 23, 2017
    Thanks, B!

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