If you’ve been following along you’ll remember in my most recent post the addition of open shelving that I couldn’t wait to share with you. Well, the wait is over my friends! I’m back and ready to show you the easiest way to add open shelving to any space in your home.
I happened to install these shelves in the transition between my kitchen and family room, but really, they could work anywhere. Versatility is a beautiful thing, don’t you think?!
But enough with the small talk, let’s get to the good stuff.
To make these shelves you’ll need:
7.5″ x 10″ brackets (4)
8′ 2×10″ pine board
1. Cut your 2 x 10″ pine board to your desired length using a miter saw. I chose 36″ shelves.
2. To get a nice, clean edge to the shelves we ran the board through our wood planer. This is entirely optional however.
3. Using an orbital sander, sand the boards first with 80-120 grit sandpaper, followed by 220 grit for a finer finish
4. Remove all sawdust with tack cloth.
5. Apply you preferred stain using either a brush or soft cloth. I used Minwax Jacobean stain. It’s very dark, so only one coat was necessary. I wiped the stain off almost as quickly as I applied it.
6. I let the stain dry a full 24 hours, then applied an even layer of clear, protective polycryclic polyurethane. The poly dries fast, and once dry you may notice the grain of the wood pops up giving a rough finish. This is normal and expected after applying poly. You’ll want to give it a light sanding and apply another coat. 2-3 coats are ideal.
7. Next is the fun part! Time to install those pretty little shelves you just made. There’s not a whole lot to this part except, making sure you install the brackets level. The spacing between my shelves are 11″ and the brackets are set 6″ in from the edge of the shelf. Then just screw the wood onto the brackets and you have yourself some new open shelving!
I wasn’t lying when I said this is the easiest open shelving. Ever. And it truly works for any place in your home, just adjust the length of the shelves to fit your space!
How have you used open shelving in your home? I love seeing the trend, especially in kitchens!