Rustic Shelves

These simple to build rustic shelves are sturdy and beautiful.  Build them in just an hour with no special tools or materials.  Just cut, screw, stain and hang!

We built these rustic shelves for our kitchen (see the whole tour here), but I could see them used in any room of the home.

They add such a nice break from the wall cabinets.



Other Shelving Options

We did consider quite a few different options for our kitchen shelving, but non quite worked out.


Floating Shelves

I had originally wanted floating shelves (plans here) – but the space tightwad in me can’t stand all the wasted space inside the floating shelves… ridiculous, I know. 


Shelves with Support Brackets

So then I thought long and hard about shelves with brackets underneath (plans for these shelves here).  But the brackets would have to be mounted over our tile backsplash, meaning we’d have to drill through the tile to hang.  And we’d be dependant on where studs are located as to where the brackets would have to be placed.  


$10 Ledges

Next, I thought about the $10 ledge shelves (plans here).  Those would be perfect.  But the weight limit isn’t suitable for glass jars full of flours and rice ….  and the depth isn’t there …. 


So we came up with these rustic shelves – basically just a $10 ledge with more depth, more strength, and a pretty front.

Each 41″ long shelf is just one 8 foot 1×8 board – between $8-$12 a board (depending on where you live).

The front is a piece of flat metal stock (available at pretty much any hardware store).

The stain I used is Varathane Weathered Gray. 

Isn’t she beautiful on these shelves!

Ok, your turn!  Where would you use these shelves?  Let me know in the comments.

The free plans follow.  Enjoy and please do share if you build, we love seeing your projects – it’s a big deal to us!

Have a great one!





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