February 6, 2012
After making this DIY bookshelf, the bf has been in the mood to build more things for our little apartment. His most recent venture are kitchen shelves that we modeled after these West Elm wood shelves. We were *this close* to buying those shelves at $79 a piece until Kyle decided to make a version of them himself.
So he bought a few slabs of wood, used the same stain as our bookshelf, and picked up a few cheap-o wall brackets at Ikea. And now, we have 10x more storage in our kitchen!
To make these shelves, here’s what we used:
3 – 8″ x 24″ red oak (or any other hard wood, custom cut at Home Depot)
1 Minwax wood conditioner (to prep before the stain)
1 Minwax wood stain in “dark walnut”
6 – Ikea Ekby Valter brackets, black (it comes with screws)
12 – #12 2″ screws (to screw into the wall)
6 – small screws (to screw into the wood)
Extra fine sand paper, 220 (to sand the wood before staining)
You basically just sand and stain the wood, drill the brackets into the wall (preferably a stud, but if not, then use drywall anchors), line the shelves on top, and drill them into the brackets. Voila!