DIY Free Shelving!

Free EASY DIY gallery shelves  - DIYinRealLife.com

Yes… I made all these shelves for free.  I just used oodles of my odds and ends scrap wood downstairs.  Now I realize that not everyone has a bunch of scrap wood in their basement….  But you could also do them for free if you used pallets… Or at the very least you could make these super inexpensively even if you went out and bought the wood from a home improvement store!   This is a CRAZY easy project that almost ANYONE could do! Seriously just try it!!!

 

 

I needed:

*Wood in varying lengths and widths

*Drill

*Drill bits

*Screws

 

Yes… You’ll need 4 items.  I told you it was easy!!!

 

You’ll need to overlook the quality of the photos… Try taking pictures AND drilling a hole at the same time.  It’s interesting to say the least!!! 😉

 

Free EASY DIY gallery shelves  - DIYinRealLife.com

I used all 1×4’s for the “bases” of the shelves, old lathe from when we ripped out the lathe and plaster walls for the “fronts” and then I used a variety of 1×4’s and 1×6’s for the “backs”.   I did this because I didn’t want to go out and buy more lumber so they were all the same I like the variety! 😉   I actually do like the variety and how they turned out though! Haha!

Free EASY DIY gallery shelves  - DIYinRealLife.com

I always drilled pilot holes before screwing the pieces together… It REALLY helps with preventing the wood from cracking or accidentally putting the screw in a bit crooked and so it pops out the side… I screwed the back to the bottom of the shelf first and then finished with the front piece.

Free EASY DIY gallery shelves  - DIYinRealLife.com

I used screws for more stability when attaching the bottom and back 1x’s but I just used finished nails on the frontside.

Free EASY DIY gallery shelves  - DIYinRealLife.com

You’ll notice I have quite the variety of woods and some of the lathe even has plaster on it yet…  That didn’t matter to me since I was planning on painting these fellows.  If you were wanting to stain them and go with the natural wood look, you’ll want to get more similar wood so that it all takes the stain the same! 🙂

Free EASY DIY gallery shelves  - DIYinRealLife.com

See what I mean?!?!?!  SIMPLE construction… SUPER easy to put together… And it’s a REALLY quick project!!!

Free EASY DIY gallery shelves  - DIYinRealLife.com

I simply gave them the usual 1 coat of primer and 2 topcoats of a water-based latex paint…  Don’t you LOVE the little bits of plaster still on the lathe?!?!?   I think it’s awesome!!!

 

Free EASY DIY gallery shelves  - DIYinRealLife.com

This is looking from the top of the stairs.

Most of the shelving went here on the stairway… This enormously tall wall totally needed SOMETHING but it couldn’t be anything too wide since it was on the stairway and we were only dealing with so much space.

Free EASY DIY gallery shelves  - DIYinRealLife.com

My sad empty wall from down the stairs…

Free EASY DIY gallery shelves  - DIYinRealLife.com

TAAA-DAAA!!!

Again… This is from the top of the stairs looking down.

Free EASY DIY gallery shelves  - DIYinRealLife.com

I love how the simple construction of the shelves really seems to show off what’s ON the shelves!

Free EASY DIY gallery shelves  - DIYinRealLife.com

Looking up from the stairs…

Free EASY DIY gallery shelves  - DIYinRealLife.com

Don’tcha just love ’em??!?!

*Happy Sigh*

I simply LOVE the idea of gallery shelves because I like to move things all. the. time. but with the lathe and plaster, don’t want to be filling nail holes all the time.  With the shelves, I can move the art and other items as much as my little heart pleases!

Can’t say it enough times… Just try it!!!  You’ll love these guys!!!

What’s the worst that could happen?!?!?  😉

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4 Comments on DIY Free Shelving!

  1. Abby @ Just a Girl and Her Blog
    May 6, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Ooh it looks so cool! I love how you styled the shelves too! And free?! That makes it all the more awesome! I popped over from Home Stories A to Z–thanks for sharing!

    ~Abby =)

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