How To Make A Shelf

Hi there sweet lovelies,

Well today I'm excited to finally show you how I made my sweet vintage inspired shelf! I have been showing sneak previews this week on my social media accounts, but now I will show you the easy step by step on how I did it. If I do say so myself it turned out great and is so handy now to display things and use for storage. So lets get to it shall we? If you end up creating your own let me know I would love to see it!!

What you need;

  • A slab of wood (which ever size you prefer)
  • 2 metal brackets (I found mine at a antique shop)
  • Screws
  • Wood stain ( I used MINWAX - Special Walnut 224 which was awesome)
  • Sand paper
  • Measuring tape
  • Wood working tools (to distress the wood)
  • Decorative accessories ( I used a recipe box, tea cups, a mini chalkboard frame etc.)

Take your wood plank outside, either out side (if it's not to cold) or in your garage. I suggest when your staining that you set up a station in the garage/outside because it does get a little smelly. First sand your wood down a bit, to take off any rough edges and for the stain to soak it better.

Once your wood is ready, you can then use your wood tools to make gauges & scratches. If you want it to have a more rustic look. I would do this before you start staining because it will ruin the stain and wont show as well once the stain is dry.

Now you can start staining! Start by staining one side then flipping over and then the sides, make sure to wear gloves. Depending on how dark you want it you can start with 1 or 2 coats (follow the label if anything) then go from there letting it dry in between. Make sure it's really dry and not to use to much otherwise it will become sticky. I used 2 coats on mine and it was perfect! I LOVED the color of the stain and went so well with my other home décor.

Last it's time to put your metal brackets on ! You can measure it out to make it equal on either side.  Or just use your eyes to what feels & looks right to you. It doesn't have to be perfect, but if your a perfectionist it won't hurt to be a little bit more precise.

Now it's time to hang! Grab your screws and measure tape and map out on the wall where you would like it and screw it into place. Making sure you to screw into studs to make sure it's secure.

October/Thanksgiving Vignette

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Here's the fun part! Now you get to style, here's what I did with mine for Christmas & for the month of October! That cigar box is now my recipe box, I found it antique hunting and I love it! I should think about using it more often (hehe). You can add anything you'd like, I have a large tea-cup collection that I couldn't display but now I can! You can also get some inspiration & tips from this post I wrote about stylizing your shelves too.

Christmas Vignette (My favorite so far!)

Simple, easy & within a few hours you will have a handmade vintage inspired shelf! A win, win situation wouldn't you say? I love mine and I put it right over my sink, it was an odd wall and I couldn't think of a good project for it. This was the perfect solution and I get some more storage space too.

What do you think? Are you going to make one? How would you style yours?

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