If I told you my new DIY reclaimed wood kitchen shelves had a former life as a telephone pole would you believe me? Seriously, they did. They are Western Red Cedar and nope, they weren’t covered in creosote. They have a yummy texture and chunkiness that was just begging to be used. The kitchen I’ve been working on had an ugly old cinderblock chimney wall that needed some visual diversion. It was meant to be. If you love open shelves, you’ll love these 21 Open Shelving Kitchen Ideas You Can DIY.
I just returned from another two weeks of DIY projects in The North House Lodge. As usual, I came home tired but happy with the amount of work I was able to knock out. These two DIY reclaimed wood shelves were made from scraps I had left over from another project that I’ll share soon. They’re just one of the many Creative DIY Shelving Ideas for Organizing and Styling your Home.
As my sister-in-law always says…I see a light at the end of the tunnel, and it’s not a freight train!
I’m finally at the point where it’s not just heavy lifting projects like painting and flooring to take care of on this side of the duplex. I can actually be creative and think home decor projects!
You an make your own set of DIY reclaimed wood shelves with pretty much any rough cut wood. The Home Depot near me in FL carries 2″ rough cut cedar that is kiln dried and extremely light. I’ve been eyeing that wood for a long time.
All you’d need to do is to sand one side down for a smooth shelf top, slap some brackets on and they’d be good to go. Instant personality 🙂
This kitchen has come so far since last fall. I painted the kitchen cabinets, changed out the appliances, put in a wine cooler added shiplap walls and lots more. Be on the lookout, next week I’m sharing a video and tutorial on how to paint kitchen cabinets. It was easy and they look so much better! 🙂
DH and I had work at opposite ends of the country last week. he was sweet enough to send flowers for my birthday that I celebrated in a snowstorm in VT.
Todays post is a simple – simple project. But quick and easy projects feel good too, don’t they? You guys know I love chunky shelving, you may also like the DIY Industrial Shelving I added to our place in Fl. If you’re looking for creative storage you may also love my upcycled Metal Bakers Rack Makeover.
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Do you have an area in your kitchen or home that you’d love to add texture to with chunky textured reclaimed wood shelves? What would yours look like and where would you put them? Share below in comments my friends!
Great project! Is the unfinished look intended? Looks a little out of place since everything else in the kitchen are well finished.
Hi David, yes these shelves are supposed to be rough cut lumber. I’m still working on the kitchen, actually just getting ready to add the backsplash and then I’ll add another one over the sink. Mixing styles is a good style. Especially up here in VT. Thanks for your comment and question!
I love the shelves! I can’t wait to do my kitchen over, I want chunky open shelves. Pinning and sharing, thanks for linking up to #HomeMattersParty
Hi Emily! I loved this textured wood as soon as I saw it! Had to have it and use every last scrap of it too. It was a good addition to the kitchen, we needed some texture in the mix. I still have some decorating to do but we are off to a good start:) Thanks so much for your visit:)
The shelves are such a nice addition to the kitchen to display so fun items. I’ll have to check our Home Depot if they have this type of wood. I would love to change out my shelves to this type of wood.
Hi Erlene and thank you! I’d use the rough cut cedar from Home depot in a heartbeat! I was surprised they carried it and loved the visual texture. I hope you find some in your local store! Have fun & happy building!
Kimm at Reinvented says
I love that cedar. Those look perfect in your kitchen!
Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday!
Hi Kimm! Thanks so much 🙂 I fell in love with the chunky wood and texture and knew I had to find a place for it. I think they fit beautifully in the kitchen too:)
Tiffany Eliis says
Beautiful shelves! Is weight an issue at all with these? I have some old wooden bottle cartons I’m considering doing the same thing with. Any thoughts?
Hi Tiffany and thank you! These wood shelves are a lot lighter than they look. We did use good anchor bolts into the wall though. Your project/shelves sound nice! I’d check the weight rating of the shelf brackets you are looking to use to be sure they are the right ones for your project and use good anchor bolts like we did. Thanks so much for your visit and good luck with your project!
Grandmas House DIY says
I love how rustic those shelves turned out, they look lovely! We would love to have you over at our To Grandma’s house we go link party that started this morning! grandmashousediy.com
Hi and thank you so much! That spot needed something amazing to cover the cinder block walls. Thanks for the invite and Ill try to stop over!
Marie from The Interior Frugalista says
They’re perfect for that narrow wall and the rustic goodness fits so perfectly in the North House. I wondered if you were there during that nasty snow storm.
Hi girlfriend and thank you! Yes.. I was there. We were snowed in and I had to stay a few more days..oh darn! LOL Extra family time was a bonus. Thanks so much, I love that they added some personality to the kitchen. I’m so ready to start decorating up there and not just installing big stuff!
Girl I love those shelves, you just continue to amaze me with your skill and creativity. They look so good and I love that you made from repurposed wood scraps.
Hi Patty and thank you! That was was so darn ugly even painting didn’t cover up the uglies. I kept looking at the scraps thinking they were too good to throw away. Love a good & cheap project! I can’t wait to share the next few I did up there..they are awesome! Take care 🙂
Great looking ! Which Home Depot has the cedar wood. I live in pinellas county too
Hi Lisa! I go to the Home depot on the corner of Park & Seminole Blvd. Look in the lumber section in the back. The isle with the better quality boards (standing up) on the back right you’ll see lots of 2″ thick cedar. It’s perfect for projects! Have fun & let me know if you have any questions!
Beautiful shelves Wendi. I love your kitchen. Hugs and blessings, Cindy
Hi Cindy! Thank you. The kitchen has come a long…long way since last fall. It’s fun to look back and see what it looked like when I started compared to what it looks like now. I can’t wait to share a few of the other projects I finished on this last trip too! Thanks so much for your visit!
Beautiful reclaimed wood shelves Wendi! So simple, but they really dress up the space!
Hi Gail & thank you! The space needed the dressing up, that’s for sure! I fell in love with this wood and am on a mission to use every last bit of it!