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!!!
*Wood in varying lengths and widths
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!!! 😉
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!
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.
I used screws for more stability when attaching the bottom and back 1x’s but I just used finished nails on the frontside.
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! 🙂
See what I mean?!?!?! SIMPLE construction… SUPER easy to put together… And it’s a REALLY quick project!!!
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!!!
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.
My sad empty wall from down the stairs…
Again… This is from the top of the stairs looking down.
I love how the simple construction of the shelves really seems to show off what’s ON the shelves!
Looking up from the stairs…
Don’tcha just love ’em??!?!
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?!?!? 😉