A simple wall shelf tutorial for making shelves of any length to reduce clutter or to add to the overall decor of your home.
I've only said I was going to put shelves up next to these cabinets for the two years I have lived here.
I honestly just hadn’t gotten around to it. But also in my mind, I thought it would take way more time and energy to create these simple shelves than it actually did.
These shelves could be done in a day. Maybe a day and a half if you start later in the day. But not a lot of time is my point here.
The way my life is set up, and doing the project shuffle I’m always seemingly doing, it took me a weekend. But still not too bad.
To make these shelves it only took a few materials as well. And since I was making my window shelf curtain rod combo for this months’ At Home Challenge, I figured it as good a time as any to get it done.
The goal for these shelves is to help all the clutter that accumulates on the counter below them to not exist.
That counter area ends up being the dumping ground for my family. And it drives me insane!
How To Make A Simple Wall Shelf Using 2×4’s
I started by cutting the three 2×4’s to the desired width. For these, I needed them to be 11 inches to fit into the space next to my cabinets.
I used the Kreg jig to combine the pieces of wood. By making pocket holes and screwing them together, I was able to make a single shelf. Well, two single shelves.
From there I sanded the shelves down with 180 grit sandpaper first to get rid of any markings and imperfections.
Then, I used 220 grit to finish them and make them nice and smooth.
Once all smooth I wiped the shelves down real good to get rid of the sawdust.
And as with almost all of my wood projects that require stain, I used my favorite stain, Varathanes Early American. I stained it and topped it with some polyurethane, and was ready to install my simple DIY shelves.
Installation of Simple Shelves
To install my shelves I installed anchors to hang my brackets.
After installing the brackets, I placed the shelves and screwed it into place with screws in each of the holes on the underside of the brackets.
The shelves are nice and sturdy to place all of the things. In my case, they will be used to clear my counter clutter.