DIY Kitchen Shelves

February 6, 2012

Filed Under : INTERIORS

diy kitchen shelves

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!

diy kitchen shelves

diy kitchen shelves

To make these shelves, here’s what we used: 

Wood Shelves
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”

Wall Brackets
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)

Other tools
Extra fine sand paper, 220 (to sand the wood before staining)
Hand drill
Stud finder

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!

17 thoughts on “DIY Kitchen Shelves

  1. Ann-Marie

    oh. my. gosh. i could stare at your kitchen for days!!! it is stunning and of course, those shelves are spectacular. when i move back, i want to come visit you at your super stylish abode!

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