I have a quick and easy project for you today. I posted a kitchen sneak peek on my Facebook page, and everyone wanted instructions on how to make these farmhouse shelves... so here they are!
Sometimes its a finishing touch like this that really ties a space together. I painted the kitchen ceiling and walls over the weekend, and then decided to hang these shelves.
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Here's what the space looked like before - I almost edited out all the junk, but then realized - that's real life, and that's what it really looked like. We had a microwave shelf and a shelf for cookbooks. Now the microwave and books fit in the island, so there is no more need for these bulky shelves.
When I took the shelves out to paint, the space instantly felt so much bigger. I think being able to see to the back wall makes a big difference. Now the microwave is in the island, and the cookbooks in a shelf below them.
I'm using 2x10's for these shelves. They are about $10 for an 8ft board. You can't beat the price, and they have the thickness and rustic look I love!
Measure the space you have and cut your boards to size. I cut them with my circular saw.
Once the boards are cut, sand them down. I used 120 grit and my pad sander. I just wanted the edges smooth but didn't want to take away all the rustic wood texture. You can sand as much or as little as you like.
Then it was time to stain! My color I've been using in the kitchen (like on my kitchen table) is a mix of 50/50 General Finishes Antique Oak and Walnut Water Based Stain. The mixture of these colors is just right!
Once the stain was dry the shelves got two coats of High Performance Top Coat in flat finish. I did this so the shelves are smooth and easy to dust.
Thebrackets are simple, yet have a little detail that really makes them nice. If you aren't hitting studs in the wall, make sure you place anchors in the wall to hold it in there! Just mark where your screws go and then drill and attach.
I noticed after hanging one of them it wasn't perfectly level... oops. So I shoved a little popsicle stick under the shelf to give it that tiny boost and make it level, once I stain that tiny sliver of wood no one will notice!
And there you have it - the easiest farmhouse shelf ever! It's the perfect spot to display some kitchen decor! I love the way it ties in all the other wood tones in the kitchen too.
Another kitchen project marked off the list, only a few left to go!
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