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

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My kitchen is not large.

Which actually means, my kitchen phone station eats up a good portion of the counter that's 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. What a mess! Time to get organized...

So I set out to design something for the counter that could incorporate the binder, plus free up some valuable counter space back...

... all thanks to a 2x4! Here's what I did:

Building the shelf

The top of the shelf was created with cut down 2x4s, attaching it with toe-nailed screwing (on an angle).

But if you have a proper jig for joining wood, that would would be epic!

Adding the legs

For the legs, ¾" pipe fittings were screwed together, then attached with screws.

So fast and easy! And industrially cool too...

Adding a coffee theme

Next up was to design the little shelf with a cool coffee vibe!

Find this and other coffee-themed sign stencils HERE

Designing the top

Let's create a cool looking top!

this coffee stencil was positioned in the center of the shelf top, then stenciled in black paint for a super cool coffee crate vibe!

How to stencil:

  1. Load stencil brush with paint.
  2. Remove most paint onto a rag to create a dry-feeling brush.
  3. Tap or swirl brush on stencil image.

Perfect for a kitchen, don't you think? Or a coffee station... swoon!

Adding details

Then a few funky details such as a handle and gate hinge (to mimic that this little shelf use to be a gate door of sorts) finished it off to perfect up-cycled style!

Let's put it to work now...

The finished shelf!

I'm so in LOVE with this rustic coffee shelf! It's got a cool industrial farmhouse vibe, don't you think? And easily doubled up my kitchen phone station space instantly!


And my paper work fits perfectly! Even that big 'ol binder!

This was such a fun little shelf to make!

Learn more by visiting HERE to see this up-cycled shelf and MANY more!

View all stencils I use HERE

How would you use this little shelf? Think you'll make one too?

Suggested materials:
  • National Brewers Coffee stencil   (
  • Stencil brush   (craft store)
  • Fusion Mineral Paint - Coal Black   (website)
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Donna at Funky Junk Interiors
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  • Deb Tilghman Deb Tilghman on Dec 09, 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?

  • Michelle Perram Michelle Perram on May 19, 2017
    What purpose does the hinge serve?

  • Darice Ciampa Darice Ciampa on Sep 20, 2020

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

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