Friday, November 27, 2015

DIY Bucket Shelving

diy bucket shelving

Hello buildy friends!  Things are getting serious now that we're past Thanksgiving and the countdown is really on.  Ana White and I have teamed up to bring you gift plans every Friday until Christmas as part of our Handbuilt Holiday series and today we have a fabulous bucket shelving system.

gifts to build with free plans

So far for this year's series we've shared 8 awesome gift builds with free plans and today is another gift idea that's sure to please.

diy open shelving with buckets

Ana has the plans for this bucket shelving system here.  I choose to fill my buckets with toys but this would also be great in a mudroom space for hats, gloves, scarves, shoes, etc.

galvanized buckets for storage

The buckets are removable for easy toy transport.  If you don't like the shiny galvanized metal of the buckets another option would be baskets.

glavanized buckets in open shelving

open shelving with galvanized buckets

Ana designed the shelving support system so the bottom of the bucket rests on the back support and the top front edge rests on the front support.  Genius I tell you!

removable buckets shelving system

slanted shelving system with buckets

To build this bucket shelving system follow Ana's plans here.

I suggest using a scrap piece of 1x3 cut at a 45 degree angle to mark the legs where the cross supports will attach:

how to build open shelving for buckets

natural wood open shelving

I choose to finish this piece using The Real Milk Paint Co. milk paint in flag red:

The Real Milk Paint Co. flag red

It's got great coverage, I only used one coat then sanded to distress and sealed with clear wax.

diy open shelving with buckets

Hope you enjoyed this fun bucket shelving project.  It's definitely a quick build you could have ready in time for Christmas!

Be sure to click here to see all the previous gift build ideas if you're looking to make a handbuilt holiday gift.  See you next Friday for another project.

handbuilt holiday series 2015


  1. I am not going to build anything, not anytime soon, although I am trying to learn in my older age. But your shelf gave me a wonderful idea on how to use the top shelf of something I already had, so thank you very much. Mine was meant to hold books and buckets will fit there nicely.

  2. This project is so versatile! It would be great for drinks at a party, for the garage for tools, or the bedroom for toys. Thanks for sharing!