Easy Open Shelving

The Easiest Open Shelving

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


polycrylic polyurethane

paint brush


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!

Easy 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!

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About Amanda

I’m a Minnesota mama of three, wife of one, and human to our 4 legged canine friends Charlie and Jack. I’m a lover of all things DIY, coffee with cream, summer nights at the lake and good craft beer.


  1. Your shelves turned out beautifully! I haven’t installed any in my home {yet} but am planning to place them above the toilet in my downstairs 1/2 bath. I was leaning toward floating shelves and am curious what led you to decide on brackets? The black brackets you chose look so elegant that I’m second guessing my plan!

    • Thanks so much Erin!I love floating shelves, I bet they’d look great! I went with the brackets because I there’s just something about wood and metal combo that makes my heart happy :)

  2. This is so easy even I could do it! And I just love how homey yet elegant open shelving looks :) Followed you over from Inspire Me Monday! Pinning!
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  3. These are beautiful, I am obsessed with open shelving and these are just my style.
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  4. I love the colors of your open shelving! This really makes a statement. I would love if you shared this at Totally Terrific Tuesday! Hope to see you there!

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  5. This does look easy! I’d like to do some sort of open shelving in our bathroom, and these may work. Going to pin it!
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  6. I love this! That wood stain is gorgeous, I like the pops of bright and light accessories with the dark wood stain and black finishes. Amazing!
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  7. These are beautiful! The fiance’s been looking for a project. I think this is a good one for him.

  8. Love your style and those shelves!!

  9. These are gorgeous! I love how you have them styled, too!
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  10. I love how the shelves turned out! Thanks for linking up with us over at Idea Box!
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  11. These are great! I know of a few places around my house that would be perfect. Thanks for sharing!
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  12. Thanks for Linking Up on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday – Link Party! Hope to see you again tomorrow! Pinned

  13. Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com says:

    Love your open shelving, Amanda! And you styled them beautifully! Hope you’re havig a great week! :)

  14. I love the look of open shelving. And I love the decor you have on them. So pretty. Thanks for sharing at On Display Thursday!
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  15. I Love, love, love this! So gorgeous – it makes me want to redo mine with the black brackets! I love the cute white pitchers, too! Where did you get those?

    Well done! Simply elegant, quick and easy, and inexpensive too!
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  16. These are beautiful, I love this idea! Pinning for our home :)
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  17. Love the open shelving! You did an awesome job! And styled perfectly! Have a great day!
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