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DIY Kitchen Open Shelves!

I love the idea of open shelving in kitchens.  They are a great way to add a custom feel to any kitchen, and of course display all your dishes!

I wanted to build shelves and then attached to them to the wall.
I made my shelves for about $40.
I bought 2 1inch x 12inch x 8 foot pine boards from Home Depot.
Out of those boards I cut all three of my shelf tops, my corbels, and my 1×2 back support.  I made my own pattern and cut them out with our jig saw.  You can buy pre-made ones from Home Depot if you don’t want to cut your own out.
After you have everything cut out we added a bead of glue along the edges and used our nail gun to secure them.
It should look like this after everything is glued/nailed together.  (this is the view from the bottom)

Next if you want to add your decorative molding and wood fill any gaps with a stainable putty.

Now we are ready to stain them.  I used General Finished Antique Walnut gel stain.  I love how rich it makes the grain look!

Now you are ready to hang them.  We drilled through the 1×2 piece of pine straight into the wall, make sure you hit a stud so you don’t loose all your pretty dishes. 
Now you have pretty shelves to display all your treasures!

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  • Jaime Hatcher

    Stunning. I've wanted open shelving for so long! It's the perfect mix of English and Southern to me. And I LOVE the dishes you've displayed! 🙂

  • Blendedd Services

    Really many thanks for this awesome helpful blog. I love getting impressive information.

  • DL

    You did an amazing job on the entire kitchen! It's gorgeous!!

  • Sara Kaufer

    The stain color is beautiful! Well done! One regret I have when we redid our kitchen was not adding open shelves! Oh man! I love how you displayed your dishes and you kitchen is beautiful!

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