Monday, February 18, 2013

DIY Wall Shelves

Build: knock off wall shelves

Build your own beautiful wall shelves to fit your space.
I teamed up with Ana White again to come up with plans these shelves.
 Ana drew up easy to follow building plans customizable for any length to fit your wall space.

 A friend had asked I could build shelves similar to the Pottery Barn Hayden shelves in espresso:

With a little help from Ana, we made it happen.

The Pottery Barn version are MDF, I used pine boards.
And the Pottery Barn version only come in 2' and 4' lengths, I made these shelves 3' each for about $22 total in lumber.

The perfect spot for the boys trophies and Skylanders: 

We did have a closet door on the right side to contend with, to keep it from opening all the way and smacking into the corner of the lower shelf we added a hinge stopper.

Here's how to build the wall shelves:

1. Follow Ana's plans and make wood cuts.
* The shelves pictured are 36" long and the cuts are:
1 - 1x8 @ 36"
2 - 1x6 @ 6"
1 - 1x4 @ 30 1/2"

For shelf supports use a template to mark curves:

Cut curves with a jigsaw:

2. Before construction, if desired, add keyhole mounts to back top:

Mark wood and set up fence guides then drill keyhole with router:

Make two equal holes for each shelf. 

Finish construction with pocket holes and finish nails:
(back view)

3. Sand, stain Minwax espresso and seal 3 coats Minwax Polycrylic satin:


  1. those look great! very rustic- i love the brackets!

  2. They look fantastic! Awesome stain. I love it when you can DIY something for a fraction of the cost. You get to totally peronsalize it and make it look just the way you want.

  3. love these! they turned out great. They are so charming.

  4. These look great Jamie!! I definitely need a router now:-)

  5. Great DIY project! I host a DIY link party every Monday and would love for you to join!

  6. Really pretty!

    Cher @ Designs by Studio C