Wire Shelf Cover Up!

Ashleigh Sommer
by Ashleigh Sommer
8 Materials
2 Hours

Have those ugly wire shelves in a closet or pantry, maybe even a laundry room? Cover them up with two pieces of wood and some screws!

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This is the top piece of wood I used. It's from Lowe's. It was $12.98. Depending on the size of your shelve is what size wood you'll need.

This is the front piece of wood I used, also from Lowe's. It was $4.29.

For my 4 shelves I needed 2 of each piece of wood.

Step One - Cut Wood

Measure your shelves and cut to length needed.

Step Two - Screw Together

With my husbands help, we screwed the two pieces of wood together. You could also add wood glue before you screw them together, but the screws hold it just fine. We used 3 inch screws.

Step Three - Sand

Sand down the rough edges

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Step Four - Stain

I used Jacobean by Minwax. You could also just skip this step if you like the natural wood color. I used a darker stain color in order to camouflage the screws.

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Steo Five - Seal

I used my go to - Polycrylic in Matte to seal. I always do 2 coats.

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Step Six - Put Over Wire Shelves + Enjoy!

It's kind of tricky getting them into a small space with multiple shelves like this. I start from the bottom and as you go up you may need to push the wire shelves back in order to get the wood shelve onto the shelve beneath it.

I have these shelves in my pantry and little closet in my bathroom. I plan to cover the wire shelf in my laundry room as well!

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  • Teri Thomas Teri Thomas on Jun 20, 2020

    I love this idea! I have them I my sewing room in the closet which was my daughters bedroom. My issue is it have a mish mash is different sizes all mixed up so I don’t think Velcro would work. Anyone have any other ideas??

  • Angie Weisheit Angie Weisheit on Jun 21, 2020

    Beautiful! I have plywood shelves in my laundry room, so I'm thinking I could attach the "trim" looking pieces of wood to the front of them and make them look like floating shelves, as yours do!!

    I want to ask: is that wallpaper on the walls of your pantry? I love it!!

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  • Janice Janice on Jun 20, 2020

    Nice! The stained shelves really had class to your wire shelving!

  • Dorcas Wright Berthold Dorcas Wright Berthold on Jun 21, 2020

    Just last night, I was trying to tell my husband how I’d seen these wooden covers you could make to cover wire shelving. And this morning here you are! Thank you so much!